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  • Writer's pictureSamantha Cross

Archives in the Movies: Archival Shorts

Updated: Aug 20, 2021

Sometimes sitting through a two hour movie looking for the one scenes where and archives or an archivist appears is too much. Sometimes you want a succinct story told in less than ten minutes that also tries to encapsulate an archival setting or an archivist-type character.

Today I have two such short films for you!

The Archivist (2012)

A short film produced under the BBC Electric Proms New Music Shorts scheme
  • Directed by James Lees

  • Written by David Whitehouse

  • Produced by Libby Durdy

  • Cinematography by Lol Crawley

  • Produced by Warp Films

  • Music by Wild Beasts

I'm not going to overanalyze this too much. The build-up is great and I love the dark sense of humor that comes into play. Also, kudos to the film's archivist character for vacuum sealing and properly labeling everything. The'll just have to watch and find out.

The Archivist (2017)

Animation film produced as part of the 3D animation cinema training at ESMA school
  • Directed by Inès Bourie, Robin Froissart, Fiona Lynch, Nicolas Morel, Pascaline Perez, Thomas Rouquette

  • Music by Logan Berdah, Jonas Siry, Vincent Blanot

  • Sound by José Vicente, Yoann Poncet, Sébastien Fournier – Studio des Aviateurs

Per the description on YouTube:

A little girl called Eva and her dad are hunting in a post-apocalyptic world. Eva slips away from her father, and ends up stumbling into an underground library, where she makes a curious encounter...

So, as I've said many times before, this is a case where libraries and archives are used synonymously. Or, to be more specific, the Archivist robot is actually a Librarian. Or, they could be neither. The terminology mix-up notwithstanding, the animation is lovely and the story is heartwarming and bittersweet.


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