Gaumont Film Company|
Gaumont Pathé Archives was set up after the catalogues of Cinémathèque Gaumont and Pathé Archives were combined in 2004. This venture is now the leading French image bank for black and white and colour images illustrating the history of the 20th and 21st centuries. The archive contains nearly 12,000 hours of footage including Pathé, Gaumont and Eclair newsreels from 1908 to 1979, Sygma archives and the recently acquired Soviet archives from the Arkeion catalog, and numerous documentaries.
Gaumont-Pathe Archives also conserves and showcases silent movies from the combined catalogues of Gaumont and Pathé which contains over 2,000 titles. These include films by the founding fathers of French cinema, from Leonce Perret and Albert Capellani to Ferdinand Zecca and Louis Feuillade.
The company, chaired by Mrs Martine Offroy, is 57.5%-owned by Gaumont and 42.5% by Pathé.
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