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PATTINI ARCHIVE, 1908 - 1969

Franco Pattini was born in Salsomaggiore, in the province of Parma, on 22 December 1923, and died in 1993. His long career saw him work as cameraman at Italian national television RAI studios in Milan and Genoa.
This archive, acquired in 1991 on behalf of the Region of Liguria, is composed of 34 silent films (from the 1910s), both Italian (luca Comerio) and Engish (Charles Urban) productions. There is also a fiction film dated to the very early 1900s. The films are 35 mm format.
Urban's films were shot using the Kinemacolor process (a film colouring system obtained by applying filters in the three primary colours), invented by the Englishman Smith at the beginning of the century.
Luca Comerio, five of whose films are conserved in the Pattini archive, was a famous photographer and pioneer of Italian silent cinema.

Between 1907 and 1909 Comerio created the largest European film studio in Milan. He was particularly famous as a war documentary filmmaker: the Italian invasion of Libya in 1911 and the First World War, which he followed as the only cameraman until the Caporetto rout.

To date, 14 of these films have been processed and made available.

archivio-pdfPattini archive, 1908 - 1969


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