Visitors by appointment only
The Technical Archive at Deutsche Kinemathek encompasses working equipment and devices used for the production, editing, visual review and presentation of films. It gathers a wide range of cameras and projectors, material related to the history of the film laboratories, viewing and editing tables as well as peripheral devices such as light and sound technology and camera trolleys. Also included are instruments used to document the history of television. We also hold a variety of objects related to film theaters, such as historical cinema seats, cinema gongs and cash registers.
The core of the Technical Archive comes in the collection of early projectors and cameras from our founding director, Gerhard Lamprecht. Special items such as the “Stachow Filmer” camera used by Karl Freund as an unchained camera in films such as Fritz Lang's ‘Metropolis’ (G 1927) and one of the few Technicolor cameras still in existence are presented in the Permanent Exhibition of the Deutsche Kinemathek.