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Gosudarstvennyi fond kinofil'mov RF (Gosfil'mofond Rossii/GFF)
[State Fond of Motion Pictures]
Agency: Ministerstvo kul'tury i massovykh kommunikatsii Rossiiskoi Federatsii (Minkul'tury Rossii)
[Ministry of Culture and Mass Communication of the Russian Federation]
|Address: 142050, Moscow oblast, Domodedovo, mikroraion Belye Stolby, prosp. Gosfil'mofonda;
(Moscow Office): 125009, Moscow, Malyi Gnezdnikovskii per., 9/8, build. 1-4
Telephone: (495) 546-05-20; Fax: (495) 546-05-12, (496-79) 6-34-98, (279) 6-34-98 (fax from Moscow); (Moscow
Office): (495) 629-91-09, tel./fax: (495) 234-18-61
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org (Moscow Office)
Website: http://gosfilmofond.ru or http://www.aha.ru/~filmfond/
Hours: M-F 9:00-17:00
General Director: Nikolai Mikhailovich Borodachev (tel. 546-05-05)
Deputy General Director, Head of Center for International Relations and
Scientific-Information Activities: Vladimir Iur'evich Dmitriev (tel. 546-05-13)
Chief, Division of Domestic Films: Vladimir Nikolaevich Antropov (tel. 546-05-14)
- 1948-1992 - Vsesoiuznyi gosudarstvennyi
fond kinofil'mov (Gosfil'mofond)
[All-Union State Fond of Motion Pictures]
Established in 1948, Gosfil'mofond serves
as a centralized repository for the collection and storage of depository copies and
negatives of all artistic, popular science, and other feature films and shorts, as well as
some documentary films and animated filmsóby 1993 totalling some 50,000 titles, together
with related film footage and editing outtakes, produced in the former Soviet Union. Before
2000, Gosfilmofond operated under the State Committee for Cinematography (Goskino), but
since then the functions of the State Committee and with it Gosfil'mofond have been under
the Ministry of Culture.
Since 1991, Gosfil'mofond collects films
from Soviet successor states and other foreign countries. Owing to the privatization of
film production, however, and the extent to which many post-1991 films have been produced
as joint ventures, Gosfil'mofond has not succeeded in acquiring copies (and related
archival materials) of all recent films.
In addition to the films themselves,
Gosfil'mofond also has an extensive collection of scenarios, film posters, photographs,
press clippings, scrapbooks, set designs, production files covering 4,572 films, and other
documentation on the history of film. It holds the personal papers of the filmmakers and
directors, as well as film critics and scholars. It retains individual personal record
cards on the major figures of Soviet cinematography. Gosfil'mofond provides an important
center for film research, with an extensive cataloguing and publication program.
N.B. Documentary films and newsreels are
normally retained by RGAKFD (B-11),
while films produced specifically for television are preserved by Gosteleradiofond
Access to Gosfil'mofond collections is
unrestricted for bona fide researchers and their agents. There are occasional limitations
due to preservation requirements. Fees are charged for screening films and the use of
research facilities. Inquiries can be made by letter, telephone, or personal visit.
All film research and other types of work
with documents are handled by the Center for International Relations and
Scientific-Information Activities at Gosfil'mofond. Prospective visitors can obtain more
detailed information about the materials in Gosfil'mofond and research facilties from the
Center. There are special projection rooms for viewing films (on a fee basis). Advance arrangements can
often be made for screening films from Gosfil'mofond holdings at the Scientific Research
Institute for Cinema Arts (NII kinoiskusstva) in Moscow.
Recent General Guides
Extracts from the catalogue of domestic films and film personalities are available at the website:
http://www.aha.ru/~filmfond/. See also sample entries
for archival materials: http://www.aha.ru/~filmfond/left2.htm.
Sovetskie khudozhestvennye fil'my:
Annotirovannyi katalog.Moscow: "Niva Rossii," 1995-. [Gosfil'mofond]
- Sovetskie khudozhestvennye fil'my:
Annotirovannyi katalog. Compiled by N. A. Glagoleva et al. Edited by A. V. Macheret et
al. 5 vols. Moscow, 1961-1979. (Lib: DLC; IU; MH) [IDC-R-10,999]
A systematic annotated catalogue
of Soviet feature films, copies of which are held in Gosfil'mofond. Provides extensive
annotated entries and bibliography for each film covering extant scenarios, reviews, and
related analyses. There are indexes of directors, actors, and production studios, and
lists of film productions from the former union republics.
- Vol. 1: Nemye fil'my (1918-1935). 527 p.
- Vol. 2: Zvukovye fil'my (1930-1957).784 p.
- Vol. 3: Prilozheniia. 307 p.
- Vol. 4: (1958-1963). 824 p.
- Vol. 5: (1964-1965). M., 1979. 432 p.
Continues the annotated
catalogue of Soviet feature film productions, copies of which are held in Gosfil'mofond.
The new, much more popularized format provides less extensive annotations and lacks the
bibliography and extensive indexes of the earlier series, although there are alphabetical
lists of films and lists of production studios, including those of the former union
republics. Additional volumes are in preparation covering films produced during subsequent
years, and plans call for cumulative bibliographies and indexes.
Testimoni silenziosi: Film russi,
1908-1919/Silent Witness: Russian Films, 1908-1919. Compiled by P. Usai. [Pordenone]:
Biblioteca dell'Immagine, [ca. 1989]. 621 p. Coordinated with an introduction by Iurii
Tsivian. [Associazione le Giornate del Cinema Muto; British Film Institute] (Lib: DLC; IU;
MH) Parallel texts in English and Italian.
- ---, 1966-1967 gg. Compiled by V. P.
Borovkov, M. I. Pavlova, et al. Edited by V. S. Malyshev. M., 1995. 287 p.
- ---, 1968-1969 gg. Compiled by E.
M. Barykin. S.V. Skovorodnikova, et al. M., 1995. 303 p.
- ---, 1970-1971 gg. Compiled by M. I. Pavlova and E. M. Barykin. M.,
1996. 308 p.
- ---, 1972-1973 gg. Compiled by N. M. Chemodanova and T. V. Sergeeva.
M., 1996. 303 p.
- ---, 1974-1975 gg. Compiled by N. M. Chemodanova and V. P. Borovkov.
M., 1997. 318 p.
- ---, 1976-1977 gg. Compiled by V. F. Semerchuk and T. V. Sergeeva.
M., 1997. 344 p.
- ---, 1978-1979 gg. Compiled by E. M. Barykin and V. F. Semerchuk. M.,
1998. 344 p.
- ---, 1980-1981 gg. Compiled E. M. Barykin et al. M., 1998. 384 p.
- ---, 1982-1983 gg. Compiled by V. F. Semerchuk, S. V. Skovorodnikova. M., 1999. 368 p.
- ---, 1984-1985 gg. Compiled by V. N. Antropov et al. M., 2001. 416 p.
RUSSIAN VERSION: *Velikii Kinemo.
Compiled by V. Ivanova, V. Myl'nikova, S. V. Skovorodnikova, Iu. Tsiv'ian, R. Vengerov.
Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 2002. 566 p.
A filmographic catalogue of
286 silent films which have been restored and reprinted on 35mm safety film by
Gosfil'mofond, including prerevolutionary feature and animated films (1908-1917) and
privately produced films (1917-1919). Page-long annotations include cross-references to
shooting diaries, title lists, and reviews, with comments from reminiscences and other
documentation in Gosfil'mofond, the Museum of Cinema, and other archival sources. Includes
appended biograms of 17 filmmakers, bibliographic references, and indexes. The Russian
edition has been revised and updated.