Workshop for the Preservation of Audio- and Videotapes 2024

Film Heritage Foundation in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai conducted a Workshop for the Preservation of Audio- and Video Tapes taught by the German conservation expert Andreas Weisser in March 2024.

About the Workshop

Do you have a collection of VHS, U-matic, Betas, audiocassettes in your personal collection, museum, archive or studio that you would like to preserve and digitize? Learn the intricacies of the preservation of audio and videotapes at a two-day workshop presented by Film Heritage Foundation in collaboration with the Goethe Institut, Mumbai conducted by Andreas Weisser, conservation expert from Germany who specializes in the field.

The workshop had covered the history of audio and video technology (analog and digital), degradation mechanisms, risk assessment, equipment care, storage requirements and optimization of storage facilities, conservation/restoration treatment methods, and preparation for in-house or external digitization projects. We covered the latest developments in the preservation of audio and video tapes and discuss digital strategies for the long-term preservation of digitized content. The 2-day course integrated theoretical and practical instruction combined with interactive sessions where participants worked together on related issues.

The training was designed for participants with little or basic knowledge in the field of the preservation of audiovisual media. English was the language of instruction.

Date: March 11 and 12, 2024


Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai

Coomaraswamy Hall,

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS Museum)

Fort, Mumbai – 400023

Time: 10:00 am to 05.30 pm

Picture Gallery

Our Expert


Andreas Weisser

Andreas Weisser (Munich, Germany) studied conservation and restoration at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne.

Since 2003 he works as a conservator for time-based media and as a preservation manager for audiovisual collections. His consultancy focuses on the support of public and private collections for analogue and digital long-term preservation and storage of contemporary art, light-art and time-based media art.

In 2015, he joined Doerner Institute, Munich in a part time position. There he is re-sponsible for the preservation of the time-based media art collection of the Pinako-thek der Moderne and the Museum Brandhorst. In 2019 he co-founded preserva-tion as a service with Dr. Anna Schäffler. With their shared expertise they develop holistic and sustainable preservation strategies for art and cultural assets at the in-tersection of art history and conservation.

He held lectures in conservation at the Universities of Applied Sciences in Cologne and Berlin, at the Amsterdam University and worked as Consultant for Deutsche Welle Akademie in North Africa and Middle East and for Goethe Institute in India.

Our Collaborator

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai

The Goethe-Institut is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution operational worldwide. We promote the study of German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. We also foster knowledge about Germany by providing information on its culture, society and politics.


March 11 and 12, 2024 at Regal Cinema, Mumbai


1. METROPOLIS (1927): March 11, 2024 at 06:30 pm


Metropolis, Germany, 1927, Fritz Lang

148 mins with 25 Minutes of Restored Footage, Black & White, English Inter-titles, DCP, Aspect Ratio 1.37:1

Director: Fritz Lang, Screenplay: Thea von Harbou, Cinematographers: Karl Freund, Günther Rittau, Music: Gottfried Huppertz, Producer: Erich Pommer, Production Design: Otto Hunte, Erich Kettelhut, Karl Vollbrecht

Cast: Alfred Abel, Brigitte Helm, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge, Fritz Rasp, Theodor Loos, Erwin Biswanger, Heinrich George, Heinrich Gotho

Metropolis takes place in 2026, when the populace is divided between workers who must live in the dark underground and the rich who enjoy a futuristic city of splendor. The tense balance of these two societies is realized through images that are among the most famous of the 20th century, many of which presage such sci-fi landmarks as 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner. Lavish and spectacular, with elaborate sets and modern science fiction style, Metropolis stands today as the crowning achievement of the German silent cinema.

Incorporating more than 25 minutes of newly discovered footage, this 2010 restoration of METROPOLIS is the definitive edition of Fritz Lang’s science fiction masterpiece. Backed by a new recording of Gottfried Huppertz’s 1927 score (presented here in 5.1 Stereo Surround), the film’s dazzling visual design and special effects are more striking than ever. And the integration of scenes and subplots long considered lost endows METROPOLIS with even greater tension and emotional resonance, as it dramatizes the conflict between wealthy über-capitalists and rebellious subterranean laborers—orchestrated by a diabolical scientist capable of destroying them both.

Restored Film courtesy: Kino Lorber

2. M (1931): March 12, 2024 at 06:30 pm


M, Germany, 1931, Fritz Lang

111 mins, Black & White, English subtitles, DCP, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Director: Fritz Lang, Screenplay: Thea von Harbou, Fritz Lang, Cinematographer: Fritz Arno Wagner, Sound: Adolf Jansen, Editor: Paul Falkenberg, Producer: Seymour Nebenzal, Production House: Nero-Film, Production Design: Emil Hasler, Karl Vollbrecht, Production: Ernst Wolff, Gustav Rathje

Cast: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke, Theodor Loos, Gustaf Gründgens, Friedrich Gnaß, Fritz Odemar, Paul Kemp, Theo Lingen, Rudolf Blümner, Georg John

A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. “Who Is the Murderer?” pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann . . . In his harrowing masterwork M, Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller.

3. THE BIG HEAT (1953): March 12, 2024 at 09:00 pm


The Big Heat, USA, 1953, Fritz Lang

89 mins, Black & White, English subtitles, DCP, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Director: Fritz Lang, Screenplay: Sydney Boehm, Cinematographer: Charles Lang, Editor: Charles Nelson, Art: Robert Peterson, Music: Henry Vars, Sound: George Cooper, Producer: Robert Arthur, Production House: Columbia Pictures

Cast: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Alexander Scourby, Lee Marvin, Jeanette Nolan, Peter Whitney, Willis Bouchey, Robert Burton, Adam Williams, Howard Wendell, Chris Alcaide, Michael Granger, Dorothy Green, Carolyn Jones, Ric Roman, Dan Seymour, Edith Evanson

Fritz Lang’s iconic film noir masterpiece is an uncompromising exploration of corruption and violence at the dark heart of small-town America. Glenn Ford is the good cop in a bad town, who single-handedly takes on local mobsters headed by Alexander Scourby and his psychotic right-hand man Lee Marvin.

Screenings are free, seating on first-come first-serve basis.


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