I Media Cities


An innovative Horizon 2020 research project led by 9 European cultural institutions (film and audiovisual archives from 8 countries)

The National Museum of Cinema is partner of I-Media-Cities: an ambitious and innovative research project to share, provide access to, and use digital content form film and audiovisual archives, turning it into the lever of novel approaches to multidisciplinary research, to business innovation and to the overall accessibility of the European cultural heritage. As an experimental innovation action, the project focuses on the digital content that refers to cities.
I-Media-Cities strives to be a cross-border, cross-language platform for the study of the history and urban development of large EU cities through large media collections previously non accessible, and the study of the history of Media through the way they depicted urban spaces.
I-Media-Cities would not be possible without the funding of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.
The Museum will upload in the on-line platform:

  • 496 stills from the Photo Archive presenting the great transformation of the city of Turin from the 1850s to the 1950s. The selected images show the Universal Expositions set along the Po riverbanks, some of the most important film studios in Turin (first Italian capital of cinema), the industrial Turin shot by Bertoglio, the more renowned refined views by Le Lieure and Pia, and also extraordinary street portraits in stills by Zumaglino.  


  • More than 50 films, held by the Film Archive, showing Turin’s urban context: both amateur films (the Turin fairs, the documentaries shot by Luis Bogino, military parades, various events, home movies) and fiction films (short comedies and feature films of the silent era, including “Maciste”, “La portatrice di pane” and “Addio Giovinezza!”). All the films were shot between the end of the nineteenth century (the oldest print is “Esposizione di Torino” of 1898), and the Fifties.



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    This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 693559.