An Evening in Honor of Livio Carmeli /
An Evening in Honor of Livio Carmeli
For four decades, the Film Archive has been the beating heart of the School of Film and Television. A place where both students and teachers gather for most of the day, assisted by the tens of thousands of films in perfect order for the sake of studying, teaching, and research. For most of its existence, the archive has been identified with the one and only Livio Carmeli. A man who, with his own two hands, turned the institution he manages into a cinematic treasure box; a place that preserves the history of the school, from the very beginning of its existence, and primarily an institution in which its collection of films and items places it right by the leading of its kind in the world. The film archive began as a small room with several shelves and a table. Thanks to Livio’s determination and energy, resources and donations have been collected over the years, enabling it to become what it is today. The opening of any one of the packed drawers that cover the walls of the archive – an action performed by priests of the movie temple alone – is accompanied by a sense of vertigo. Not only the quantity of films, but also the information embedded in the covers of the tapes and DVDs. Carefully collected newspaper clippings that include almost every journalistic review ever written about the films in capacity. Anyone who has ever worked with Livio is aware of the extraordinary effort required to construction of such an archive. Step by step, decade by decade, until its current form. The tens of thousands items that make up the archive are testimony to the determination and passion of this one man, without whom none of this would exist today.