After WWII, films accompanied the reconstruction of Europe’s destroyed cities. Many contained historical footage. How was this material used, to articulate visions of reconstruction, what happened to the material later on, and how do the films relate to municipal film archives? This question is approached in terms of collective cognitive functions, applied to a media archaeological case study of Rotterdam. In focus are two audiovisual landmarks, from 1950 and 1966, and their historical footage, all with different temporal horizons. This study attempts to position the city film archive in media history.

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Keywords municipal film archive, city film, compilation film, reconstruction, Rotterdam, media archaeology
Publisher Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
Journal VIEW Journal
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Note VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture; Vol 4, No 8 (2015): Archive-Based Productions; 91-113
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Paalman, Floris Jan Willem. (2015). Visions of Reconstruction: Layers of Moving Images. VIEW Journal, 4(8), 91–113.

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