These film stills come from the Eye Desmet collection. This collection, consisting of more than 900 films and about 2000 posters, photos, brochures and leaflets, stems from the archive of cinema owner and film distributor Jean Desmet. Most of the films and artefacts in this collection hail from the time period of the 1900s and the 1910s.
The first still (set of three identical lanterns) comes from L’Obsession d’or Pathé Frères, presumably directed by Lucien Nonguet. France, 1906.
The second still (set of three identical lanterns) comes from Al cinematografo guardate-ma non toccate, Itala Film, director unknown. Italy 1912.
The cinema lanterns are made of paper.
Eye Film Museum
Eye is sometimes called ‘the cinematic memory of the Netherlands’. And in all modesty, that title is no exaggeration.
The Dutch national museum for film, located on Amsterdam’s IJ harbour, manages more than 54.000 films from all genres. The collection represents an outstanding sample of film history, from classics and blockbusters to cult films. But Eye does not only focus on the past: it also closely follows the latest developments in film by organizing new acquisitions, programmes, and debates. The building is open every day for anyone who is interested in film and film culture. Visitors are welcome in four cinemas, an exhibition space, a floor dedicated to educational activities, a shop, and a bar-restaurant.
Eye is internationally acclaimed for its knowledge of and expertise in the field of film restoration, research, and education. The organization has 185 employees who do their very best to make everything you would want to know about film easily accessible. For young and old, for film enthusiasts and professionals, and from constantly changing perspectives, Eye focuses on film as an art form, as entertainment, and as part of digital visual culture.