A case study of “Gebrauchsfilm” (utility film) will focus on a neglected and largely unstudied subject in film history, particularly in the context of Jewish film. The term “Gebrauchsfilm” focuses on the reception and exploitation contexts of the films; aesthetic criteria, on the other hand, are secondary, although rough distinctions can be made between political, entertainment and educational contexts of utilization.
For an archaeology of cinema, it is important to include utility films: They show in which contexts of use films have stood, which aesthetic, rhetorical and argumentative forms of communication these films made use of and to which visual formats they had access. The aim of the subproject is to investigate the distribution and significance of utility films within the Jewish film heritage. The basis for this is the research and narrowing down of a suitable film corpus.