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Shuffled Zeppelin Clips: The Flight and Crash of LZ 129 Hindenburg in the Archives (2021)


This essay discusses practices of reuse, archiving, and digitization of historical film documents from the Nazi era. It lays out the ways in which those filmic images can contribute to questions about remembering and discussing history. In 1958 the historian Fritz Terveen, editor for history at the Institute for Scientific Film (IWF) in Göttingen, published a film on the flight and crash of the notorious zeppelin LZ 129 Hindenburg. These catastrophic scenes of the airship crash were reproduced and reused many times and now appear on numerous online platforms. The reappearance of analogue 16-mm film in the digital world offers the opportunity to discuss the provenance and reuses of research and educational films. The central question is how those reused and recycled film materials can claim to produce specific knowledge about historical events that are now part of cultural memory. The essay argues that films like the one on LZ 129 were always embedded in a referential system of different media and that making them accessible today requires strong contextualization within curated platforms. It is an attempt to write the recent history of film digitization, including the earliest provenance of a historic research film.

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Article Anja Sattelmacher; Mario Schulze; Sarine Waltenspül (2021) Introduction: Reusing Research Film and the Institute for Scientific Film. Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 291-298). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Waltenspül, Sarine
Olszynko-Gryn, Jesse
Patrick Ellis
Schulze, Mario
Pimentel, Juan
Jacobs, Robert Alan
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
British Journal for the History of Science
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Journal of Literature and Science
Science in Context
Kartographische Nachrichten
Abada Editores
Lexington Books
University of California, Santa Cruz
Cambridge University Press
University of Chicago Press
Gdańskie Towarzystwo Naukowe
Science and film
Film and media studies
Visual representation; visual communication
Digital humanities
Science and culture
Yerkes, Robert Mearns
Skinner, B. F.
United States
Gotha (Germany)
20th century
16th century
21st century
19th century
20th century, early

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