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'Pleasures Past' Swan Cine Club/Les Holloway 1974

'Pleasures Past' Swan Cine Club 1974

Liverpool on film

A new archive of Liverpool on film has been published online, logging over 1,500 films made in and around the city.

The catalogue, which has been created by The University of Liverpool, includes information on over 1,500 films made in and around Liverpool over the last 100 years.

The database is part of the City in Film project which looks at the relationship between Liverpool's architecture and moving pictures. Film footage from the late 19th century to the present day is collated in the database which can be searched online.

Silent Witness by Swan Cine Club features in the catalogue

Silent Witness by Swan Cine Club

The resource will help film makers and historians locate historical footage of the city.

The oldest examples feature the first film shot of Liverpool in 1897 by the French film makers, the Lumiere Brothers and footage of Liverpool's Overhead Railway.

There are also scenes of city life in the streets of Liverpool in the 1960s and 1970s housing conditions and films of art and theatres.

The majority of the films are held by the British Film Institute and the Northwest Film Archive. The catalogue also details films held by private collectors and enthusiasts.

Dr Julia Hallam from the University's School of Politics and Communication Studies said:

"Liverpool's rich history and grand architecture has attracted film makers to the city since the beginning of moving picture technology. We have located and catalogued approximately 1,700 films that feature the city to help us explore the evolution of film and how Liverpool's urban landscape has been used over the past century"

Dr Hallam spoke to BBC Radio Merseyside's Claire Hamilton about the project.

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