Lyrical Nitrate

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Lyrical Nitrate (Dutch: Lyrisch Nitraat) is a 1991 collage film by Peter Delpeut. The film consists of clips from various silent films printed on decaying nitrocellulose (or nitrate) film stock, including shorts, documentaries, and travelogues.[1] There is no formal narrative. Delpeut followed the film with 1993's The Forbidden Quest, which also uses found footage; the two were released together on video and DVD.[2]

The films were drawn from the Desmets Collection of the Nederlands Filmmuseum, where Delpeut worked as deputy director for a decade.[3] Jean Desmet (1875–1956) was an early Dutch film distributor. After Desmet's death a cache of film prints was discovered in the attic of a theater he owned in Amsterdam, and subsequently added to the museum's collection.[1][4]

See also


  1. ^ a b Canby, Vincent (1991-10-11). "The Beauty of the Silents". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  2. ^ Purtell, Tim (1996-04-26). "Foreign Videos". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-11-12. 
  3. ^ Elsaesser, Thomas (2009). "Archives and Archaeologies: the Place of Non-Fiction Film in Contemporary Media". In Vinzenz Hediger, Patrick Vonderau. Films that Work: Industrial Film and the Productivity of Media. Amsterdam University Press. p. 30. ISBN 978-90-8964-013-0. 
  4. ^ op den Kemp, Claudy (2004-11-30). "Plus belle que la beauté est la ruine de la beauté". Offscreen. 

External links

Lyrical Nitrate on IMDb

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