Open for reference, research and study


The MARCO BECHIS ARCHIVE brings together material collected over the course of the director's professional career and personal life, from the 1970s until the present day.

It is a multimedia archive, enabling us to explore the different periods of Marco Bechis's life as a film-maker, from his early shorts to his most recent productions. The items that make up the archive include screenplays, production diaries, screen-tests, personal notes, photographs, costumes, interviews and behind-the-scenes material.

The collection reflects the many spheres of activity that were important for the director's development, even before his debut in the cinema. For that reason it also contains documentary material of value to historians and anthropologists, such as texts on Latin America and human rights, books, magazines and documents connected with Marco Bechis's time as a political activist in Argentina, as well as original films and documentaries never distributed in Italy, and much else.

There are documents on paper, photographs, slides, negatives and microfilms, a wide range of audiovisual items (vhs, betacam and U-matic videos), a variety of digital media, and 35 mm celluloid films.

The collection, which is already vast and extremely diverse, is constantly developing and evolving.

The Marco Bechis archive is a unique educational resource, open for reference, research and study. Researchers, students and interested members of the public are free to consult material in the archive for private and professional purposes, or when writing academic dissertations in the fields of art, psychology, cinema, anthropology, human rights, migration and politics.

It's possible to consult all the material in the archive - here a list of books available.

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The Marco Bechis archive is located at:

Fondazione Cineteca Italiana
Manifattura Tabacchi
Viale Fulvio Testi 121

Since 1947 the Cineteca Italiana - established as a foundation in 1996 - has been active in conserving and promoting our cinema heritage, and supporting film culture both in Italy and abroad.
Its administrative offices and the Museo Interattivo del Cinema (MIC) are located on the site of the Manifattura Tabacchi.

tel. 02 8724 2114