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Ansichten und Einstellungen: zur Geschichte des dokumentarischen Films in der Schweiz

Applicant Tröhler Margrit
Number 105395
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Seminar für Filmwissenschaft Universität Zürich
Institution of higher education University of Zurich - ZH
Main discipline Theatre and Cinema
Start/End 01.11.2004 - 30.06.2006
Approved amount 227'213.00
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Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
“Views and Perspectives: Studies on the History of Non-Fiction Film inSwitzerland” is a 3 1/2-year research project on the history ofnon-fiction film in Switzerland from 1896 to 1964, conducted by the FilmStudies Department of the University of Zurich. The project is composed ofthree parts, covering the production of tourist films, the production ofindustrial films and the distribution of educational films in Switzerlandrespectively.
Despite the fact that non-fiction and documentary films represent themajority of film production in Switzerland for the most part of the medium’s history, relatively little scholarly attention has been devoted tothese films, mostly because film historians chose to focus on the historyof fiction film instead. “Views and perspectives” proposes to contributetowards a closing of this gap by establishing an extensive database ofarchival holdings of non-fiction films in the Cinémathèque Suisse and inother Swiss film archives as well as in private archives of companies andassociations. Furthermore, the project intends to trace the non-fictionfilm’s history through film analysis of large groups of examples as wellas through research into the history of important production companies andtheir relationships with commissioning industries, such as the tourist,the food and the machine industries. By thus mapping some of thenon-fiction film’s most important aspects in terms of style, production,distribution and exhibition, “Views and Perspectives” proposes to lay thefoundations for further research into the history of documentary andutility films in Switzerland as well as in a transnational perspective.
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Number Title Start Funding scheme
68301 Ansichten und Einstellungen: Zur Geschichte des dokumentarischen Films in der Schweiz. 01.11.2002 Project funding (Div. I-III)