Vincenzo Neri's archive

The Neri's archive was founded in Bologna in 2008 after materials of great historical value were found inside Neri’s office. There were 1572 items, 1353 of which were photo- graphic in nature (plates, including stereoscopic samples, x-rays, prints, and much more). There were 113 typographic clichés, 106 cinematographic pieces (mainly shot in 35 mm and 16 mm between 1906 and 1956), diagrams, paper prints (indirect evidence) of addi- tional cinematographic shots, a synoptic panel obtained from a 35 mm film and marked “ELGE” (Léon Gaumont), and lost sequences that were filmed in 17.5 mm (probably with a Biokam or similar apparatus, dating back to 1909-1910).

The cinematographic material that survived, excluding two 16 mm edited elements dating back to the end of 1940s, is almost totally composed of unedited units. In a few cases, the sequences show evidence of editing, which was used to show an elementary sequence of cases and the steps involved in the clinical filming protocol. The 35 mm collection dates back to between 1908 and 1928, while the 16 mm collection dates from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Neri died in Bologna in 1961. His films are especially notable for showing the neurological activities of Charcot’s pupils (in particular, Joseph Babinski; Neri, 1958) in Paris and at the Bologna hospital that continues his teachings and clinical activity to this day.