The importance of storytelling in human history can be summed up as part of the essence of¬†who we are. Stories look deep into our emotions and explore the trials and triumphs of what it is¬†to be human.
Storytelling through the genre of film is one of our most wonderful human progressions.¬†Most of us will remember a childhood favourite, that first magical experience where all the colours of our¬†imagination were brought to life as we sat mesmerised, watching the story unfold. We can think back to¬†iconic moments in film where we were transported to the land of imagination on the back of a dragon-dog in The Never-ending Story. We met our adorable alien best friend in ET, and who didn‚Äôt pedal their¬†little hearts out in the hopes of taking off through the sky? We went to space to become a lifesaving¬†Jedi in Star Wars VI and many of us joined our inner child and re-lived that glorious experience more¬†recently.
If we look through the history of film, we can go on a journey of the human story. Looking back, we’re¬†able to know what society found funny or frightening or beautiful at any given time. We’re able to get a¬†glimpse at how we felt about the future, or how we saw the past. What’s included in cinematic history¬†also speaks volumes about what is not, who had the opportunities to make films, star in films or watch¬†them.
Not only do the stories give us these insights, but the technology behind film is too a story of human¬†invention and progression; from silent and black & white to hand-coloured to digital to 3D, and now even¬†4D experiences. It speaks about our behaviour, from Drive-ins to Youtube.
Eye Film Museum stands in Amsterdam as a tribute to film throughout the ages. The building itself, is a¬†visual eye to the cinematic experience. There is a reason why it is known as the, ‚Äòcinematic memory of¬†the Netherlands.‚Äô Its history, which really dates back to 1946 culminates beautifully in the modern setting¬†it sits in today.
Preserving films that date back 1895, the EYE depots store more than 62,000 kilometres of film (that’s¬†roughly 37,000 film titles). One of their most important tasks is the physical and digital preservation and¬†restoration of this history.
Behind these impressive numbers are the people probably most passionate about the medium. Casimir¬†visited the EYE Film Museum‚Äôs extensive archives to speak to the people who work there to find out¬†what it‚Äôs like to work inside a living ode to cinema.