My initial trawl of the European Film Gateway online collections has been a frustrating experience, with a surprising paucity of materials on key figures and some videos failing to load. It’s early days, and I look forward to seeing the site develop. I did manage to watch a copy of Chaplin’s A Film Johnnie (Charlie at the Studio, 1914) with Danish inter titles from the Danish Film Institute, which was a delight.
The remarkable online digital film history resource Europeana has opened a web portal showcasing collections of photos, posters, programmes, periodicals, censorship documents, rare feature and documentary films, newsreels and other materials from a range of European archives. It’s surprising and a little depressing that no British partners are included in this exciting initiative.