|If you are a professional cinematographer or student, you are aquainted with renowned Arriflex movie cameras. Since 1917, when August Arnold and Robert Richter founded Arnold & Richter Cine Technik (ARRI) in Germany, ARRI has been revolutionizing the film industry.
Thirteen years after developing their first film camera (the Kinarri 35 in 1924), ARRI introduced the legendary Arriflex 35 in 1937--the first motion picture camera with a reflex mirror shutter, a technology found in just about every motion picture camera today! Hollywood jumped on board with the Arriflex 35 with the 1947 film, "Dark Passage," starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
Another reflex "first" for ARRI came with the Arriflex 16ST in 1952, which was the first professional 16mm movie camera with a reflex viewing system; and it was an instant hit for new and television.
Throughout the 1960s, ARRI provided cameras that both the feature film and news/television industries used more effectively than previous cameras: lower cost; lighter to carry, which made them ideal for on-location shooting; fast; and easier to sync with sound. In 1966, the Arriflex 35BL won the "Scientific and Engineering Award" from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This was the first of many awards to follow.