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Vers une patrimonialisation du cinéma : les collections de scénarios à la Bibliothèque nationale de France

Abstract : By tackling the seemingly trifling question of the patrimonialization of the non-film archives – when compared to the issues of the preservation of the films themselves, this article deals with the admission of screenplays (in a broad sense) into the collections of the National Library of France. This history bears evidence to the variety of these documents that have not always interested the heritage institutions in the same way and of their elusive status, for the collectors, the curators, as well as for the authors and the producers themselves. Commercial issues motivated the first admissions of screenplays into the collection of the National Library at the beginning of the XXth century. It was then less the doing of the institution itself, rather than of film producers, haunted by the fear of plagiarism, who chose to use the legal deposit system in order to protect their texts before and after filming. Only during the interwar an actual acquisition policy was forged for private collections that soon entered the collections of the National Library. As a consequence of the mass of texts, a selection proved to be necessary, while an auteurist perspective just started to develop. Meanwhile, the firms gave up the use of legal deposit. Thus, and quite paradoxically, the collections of the National Library ceased to document the variety of the film production at the same time as cinephiles and institutions began to demonstrate their interest in the film heritage.
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Morgan Corriou. Vers une patrimonialisation du cinéma : les collections de scénarios à la Bibliothèque nationale de France. Manon Billaut; Mélissa Gignac. Le scénario : une source pour l'histoire du cinéma, AFRHC, p. 19-29, 2020, 978-2-37029-024-3. ⟨hal-02537508⟩