Luce Institute is online
With 200,000 catalog cards, 4,000 hours of movies and 400,000 images, Luce Institute (translator’s note: "Light Institute", with Luce being the acronym for "L’ Unione Cinematografica Educativa", i.e. "The Educational Film Union") is the oldest public institution dedicated to the cinematic diffusion for educational and information purposes.
We are talking about nearly a hundred years of images, a fundamental reference tool for scholars and fans of the history of Italy. History is traced through the daily life that goes from information to literature, from science to art and, of course, to history.
It was founded in 1924 by Benito Mussolini as an important propaganda tool, but in the founding statute it is stated that the purpose of the Institute was to spread popular culture and education through film broadcasting. Furthermore, a few years later, in 1927, Luce Institute created the Cinegiornale Luce, that’s the ancestor of our news.
Years later, the institute founded ENIC (translator’s note: National Cinematographic Industries Organization), becoming a producer and one of the first feature films produced by Luce is the colossal "Scipione l'Africano" by Carmine Gallone. Among the most recent, since the post-war period, there are also documentaries directed by Pupi Avati, Mario Monicelli and Ettore Scola. The Luce archive is, therefore, an absolutely precious heritage that documents all the twentieth century and, with it, the changes of Italy.