When it opened on December 1, 1970, Anthology Film Archives issued the following manifesto, which summarized its polemical position:
“The cinematheques of the world generally collect and show the multiple manifestations of film: as document, history, industry, mass communication. Anthology Film Archives is the first film museum exclusively devoted to
the film as an art. What are the essentials of the film experience? Which films embody the heights of the art of cinema? The creation of Anthology Film Archives has been an ambitious attempt to provide answers to these
questions; the first of which is physical – to construct a theater in which films can be seen under the best conditions; and second critical – to define the art of film in terms of selected works which indicate its essences and parameters.“
Two co-founders of the Anthology Film Archives will talk about the beginnings: Jonas Mekas, who is presenting his new film Sleepless Nights Storys in the Forum, and P. Adams Sitney, who is his currently in Berlin as a fellow of the American Academy, working on his new book Cinema and Poetry.
Moderator: Constanze Ruhm.
The panelists will present short films.
In co-operation with the American Academy in Berlin.