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This archive is a necessary guideline, a sort of compass to orientate within Austrian cinema, covering, decade by decade, more than a century of cinema.

Why create an archive?

Since the invention of the cinematograph by the Lumière brothers in 1895, feature films – and even short films – have been made galore. Even in Austria, where, in spite of what has been distributed outside the national borders, film production has always been quite rich and prolific. In spite of difficult historical periods.

And so an archive becomes more than necessary. It’ s necessary to group, each time, the films examined by year, as well as to help the readers to orientate themselves among the pages of the site itself.

In this archive, it is therefore possible to consult all the titles recently produced in Austria, as well as to jump from one decade to the next, being fascinated by nostalgic silent films, and then, step by step, to retrace more than a century (more than 120 years to be precise) of film history.

From the great classics of the past such as The City without Jews (Die Stadt ohne Juden) of 1924, to films that are more widely known outside Austria, including the trilogy dedicated to Elisabeth of Austria, which began with Sissi and was directed by Ernst Marishka between 1955 and 1957, and, last but not least, the works of today’s most internationally renowned Austrian filmmakers, including Michael Haneke, Ulrich Seidl, but also Barbara Albert, Jessica Hausner and the documentary filmmaker Nikolaus Geyrhalter.

In other words, the aim of this archive is to provide anyone wishing to browse through the history of Austrian cinema with a simple but hopefully functional compass. A sort of guideline to the discovery of a filmography that is much more prolific and varied than one might think.