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"Düsseldorf im Film Fieber"

How the city on the Rhine became a city of film

On Friday the 19th of February the new special exhibition "Düsseldorf im Film Fieber" will start in the Düsseldorf film museum.

 Düsseldorf - The exhibition shows how the state capital developed itself as an important location for the film industry. We talked with the curator of the exhibition about how Düsseldorf became an important filming city and location.

The history of film in Düsseldorf started as early as the year 1783 when the Liesegang company came to Germany to experiment with new techniques, the firm was one of the largest producers of fototechnical equipment at the time. In the year 1896 the Liesegang company then started producing film projectors in order to establish themselves in the cinema industry.

The publishing of the magazine Kinematograf in the year 1907 showed how important the cinema is for the inhabitants of Düsseldorf. This was the first film magazine in Germany and most probably in the whole of Europe and arised as a supplement to an artists magazine and immediately became immensely popular.

The cinema owner and filmlender Ludwig Gottschalk invented in the year 1910 in Düsseldorf in every respect the film renting industry as he aquired the monopoly rights for films in the German market and then distributed and lended them to cinema owners.

Countless feature and advertising films were produced in Düsseldorf over the years, one of the most well known examples of these films is the Afri-Cola advertisement by Charles Wilp from the year 1968.

Düsseldorf has changed drastically as a city of film since the 1910's. The exhibition shows this change in the film museum.



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