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The Ritman Library - Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica

This private library in Amsterdam houses the works of significant yet often neglected historical figures, unorthodox characters and the radicality they were about, that have subterraneanly forged what at the very end counts as mainstream history of ideas and conceivably our whole western cultures, personalities as: Basilius Valentinus, Marsilio Ficino, Johannes Reuchlin, Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, Paracelsus, Giordano Bruno, Heinrich Khunrath, Michael Maier, Jacob Böhme, Lambspring, Robert Fludd, Daniel Mögling, Baruch Spinoza, Matthäus Merian, Stephan Michelspacher and other iconoclasts of their times. We show you their writings and outline what their heritage means for the contemporary philosophical, religious, visual and material cultures and which role they have played in making the European history.

  • Exclusive rare books, manuscripts, wood cuts, engravings and first editions
  • Fascinating interviews and anecdotes
  • Amazing visual contents and images
  • Stunning symbols of Alchemy, Hermetica, Mysticism, Cabala, Magic, Rosicrucianism
  • Learn more about the spellbinding history of Western Esotericism

The Ritman Library - A film by Sara Ferro and Chris Weil

Title: The Ritman Library
Runtime: 90 min
Country: Italy
Language: English
Year: 2016
Genre: Documentary film
Filming Locations: Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica, Amsterdam
Additonal shootings in: Italy, France, Morrocco, North America, Sweden, Hungary

Joost Ritman: Founder of the library
Esther Ritman: Director of the library
Cis van Heertum: Curator of the 1800-present rare books collection
José Bouman: Curator of the pre-1800 rare books collection
Dr. Marco Pasi: Associate Professor in History of Hermetic philosophy and related currents
(University of Amsterdam)

Sara Ferro: Director, Photographer, Editor, Investigation, Bibliographic research, Script, Location Manager
Chris Weil: Director, Camera man, Video editor, Motion graphics, Audio Mixing, Grading
Production: Artoldo Pictures

Technical Specs:
Video Format: Full HD 1080p
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Ready to broadcast: Yes
Audio Format: Stereo 24bit, 48Khz
Audio Tracks: Six : 1-2 (Master), 3-4 (Voices), 5-6 (Music)
Loudness: ITU-R BS. 1770-2 Loudness -23 LUFS
Ready for Voiceover: Yes
Subtitles: Available
Music Licence: Creative Commons (PD) (CC) (SA) (BY)
Music List: Available
Transcript: Available
Color graded: Yes
Safe Colors YUV 8bit: Yes
Color Bars: Available
Output Container: MXF OP1a
Codec: XD CAM HD 4:2:2
Framerate: 25fps or 29,97fps
Graphics: Yes
Cleanfeed: Available
Thumbnails and Still Images: Available
No Stock Images used: All motion pictures and photographies shot by Sara Ferro and Chris Weil
Copyright: © 2016 Sara Ferro and Chris Weil - All rights reserved.

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