Personal Papers and Company Archives
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Personal Papers and Company Archives form the heart of the Deutsche Kinemathek collection. The archives encompass more than 600 separate collections, including personal estates and living donations from members of all fields of the film and TV industry, private collections from film historians as well as corporate and institutional archives of a particular film-historical importance.
One major collection is built on the private trove of films, documents and objects gifted by one of the museum's founding fathers, film director Gerhard Lamprecht. Another important source related to the topic of Film Exile during the Nazi period comes from the over 160,000 pages of correspondence in the film archive of Hollywood agent Paul Kohner. Significant cultural bequests such as the Marlene Dietrich Collection Berlin and the Ken Adam Archive represent extensive source repositories for film-historical research and are regularly used in exhibits in Germany and abroad. Contemporary collections, such as the pre-mortem bequest by Werner Herzog, supplement the historical archive and propel film and television history forward into the present.
Werner Herzog ArchiveTo the Online Presentation
Discover photo galleries from 42 of Werner Herzog's films and dive into world of the director's imagery.
Josef Fenneker CollectionTo the Online Presentation
Josef Fenneker was one of the most important film poster artists of the 1910s and 1920s. An almost complete collection of his film posters is available for viewing, together with information about Fenneker's life and work.
Marlene Dietrich Collection BerlinTo the Online Presentation
Get the first glimpse online into the Marlene Dietrich Collection Berlin.
Nearly fifty years of history at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB) are now online: our DFFB archive website hosts full-length films, interviews with people who made or experienced events firsthand and a broad range of relevant supporting documents.
Ken Adam ArchiveMore information
Discover the artistic oeuvre of production designer Ken Adam, known for his work with directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Robert Aldrich and István Szabó as well as many on James Bond films.
Heinrich Breloer production archiveMore information
An extensive dossier of director Heinrich Breloer's production work is featured in our Personal Papers and Company Archives. It features a range of materials that provide insights into his methodology and approach.