Undoubtedly one of Vienna’s most authentic institutions, since 2002 the Metro Kinokulturhaus has also been the headquarters of the Filmarchiv Austria, which, after taking over the building, also oversaw its renovation and continues to be a reference point for Austrian cinema today, offering, among other projects, also exhibitions and events.
Even today, it’s not uncommon to draw heavily from a literary text when making a film. And if this is still a common occurrence in films, it must be acknowledged that in Austria the combination of words and images was, from the very origins of Austrian cinema, pretty common. But to better understand this trend, we need to take a leap back in time.
The first film archives were created in the 1930s with the intention of preserving what had been made since the origins of cinema. Yet, it has not been possible to recover many of the works previously made, of which several fragments have been permanently lost. This is also the case with Wellen schlagen gegen die Küste, beobachtet von einer Frau, which was also able, in spite of everything, to allow the spectator to be carried away by the feature film itself while watching it.