Film Restoration and Preservation

Started by wilder, January 16, 2013, 09:30:59 PM

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Quote from: wilder on April 28, 2021, 05:11:15 PM

On The Criterion Channel May 6th. Trailer above.

he's a good example, in fact a slightly influential example (in movieland), of the materials needed for captivating drama existing right in life. he influenced who? Kaufman most noticeably, but also ARP, in terms of kindred spirits, those I know for sure, and Baumbach theoretically. plus, he was the killer in Last Action Hero

it's too bad that The Wife isn't being included. and his other two I've never seen. what sort of package will he be a part of on the criterion channel, I'm not sure, although I see the list, and Minnie and Moskowitz is coming too, oh good, a selection of Josephine Decker, that's nice, Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie, cool, plus Lois Weber selections


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Coming to blu-ray from Oscilloscope June 22, 2021

Quote from: wilder on February 03, 2021, 09:05:52 PM
Oscilloscope has restored Tom Noonan's What Happened Was... (1994). Now available VOD.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Screenwriting Award at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, WHAT HAPPENED WAS... is Tom Noonan's directorial debut; a darkly humorous take on dating dread. Featuring powerhouse performances by Noonan and Karen Sillas as two lonely hearts spending one claustrophobic Friday night together in an imposing apartment, the film exposes with startling clarity the ways in which people struggle to connect. As relevant now as ever, O-Scope undertook a brand new 4K restoration from the film's original 35mm negative and is making this pristine version widely available for the first time since the 90s.


Now streaming on Shudder

Quote from: wilder on May 07, 2021, 06:41:56 PM

Recently discovered and restored 46 years after its completion by the George A. Romero Foundation and produced by Suzanne Desrocher-Romero, The Amusement Park stars Martin's Lincoln Maazel as an elderly man who finds himself disoriented and increasingly isolated as the pains, tragedies and humiliations of aging in America are manifested through roller coasters and chaotic crowds. Commissioned by the Lutheran Society, the film is perhaps Romero's wildest and most imaginative movie, an allegory about the nightmarish realities of growing older, and is an alluring snapshot of the filmmaker's early artistic capacity and style and would go on to inform his ensuing filmography. The "lost" film was restored in 4k by IndieCollect in New York City.


Falbalas aka Paris Frills (1945) is coming from StudioCanal UK later this year

Quote from: wilder on July 21, 2018, 02:06:24 AM
Question mark. But whoa.

aka Paris Thrills (1945)

Philippe Clarence, a famous Parisian dressmaker, seduces his friend's fiancee. But, for the 1st time in his life, this is for real. The film is also a sharp picture of the fashion world.

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Quote from: wilder on July 21, 2018, 02:06:24 AM
Quote from: CriterionForum user senseboveJuly 20, 2018

Just saw Jacques Becker's absolutely wonderful Falbalas—did Anderson actually acknowledge it as an influence anywhere?

Because I find it hard to believe he didn't see it... There are too many things that seem to be lifted: a fussy, capricious, and wantonly cruel couturier whose House is managed by his only living relative, a matronly older sister; a breakfast scene where the obsequious former lover who has fallen out of favor storms off when he rejects her overt attempts to cater to him; and some banter between the designer and a model which starts with his seemingly derisive comment on her breast size and ends with him telling her its none of her business (implying what PT makes explicit: it's his to make her have some if he wants her to). I may have gone into it looking for them—but put together they all seem a bit much to be coincidental.

Quote from: Letterboxd user rischkaMay 30, 2016

an early becker effort set in the world of haute couture. raymond rouleau stars as a womanizing diva designer who employs an army of seamstresses to produce his creations, each season inspired by a new muse. his latest discovery is betrothed to a dear friend, a girl who's too naive to see his seductions shouldn't be taken seriously. that is, until she's no longer available to him, when he suddenly decides to chuck everything and run away with her, not caring who may be hurt in the process. while i don't totally buy the ending, raymond rouleau is terrific here, becker has a deft hand with the witty dialogues and frantic pace and a great eye for interesting character traits. he still hasn't let me down. plus the wonderful paris 40s fashions esp amazing hats!!

Quote from: Letterboxd user Connor DenneyJuly 16, 2017

Flippant playboyism descends into the psychosexual when that required component of physical relationships, the self-gratification awarded by absolute power over romantic partners, is not awarded. We see the effects that objectification of women can have when the "objects" begin to turn on their "master," and the response feels as truthful as it does striking and surprising.


^ on blu-ray from StudioCanal UK October 25, 2021, from a 4K restoration

Micheline, a young woman from the provinces, arrives in Paris to prepare for her marriage to a silk manufacturer from Lyon, Daniel Rousseau. Flush with the romance and excitement of Paris, she ends up falling in love with the best friend of her husband-to-be, the fashion designer Philippe Clarence. An unremitting womaniser, Clarence seduces her into a tempestuous liaison doomed for failure.

A 4K restoration of Masahiro Shinoda's Demon Pond (1979) was presented at Cannes last year / is forthcoming from an unknown distributor.

Outside of a small village in Japan, a mysterious pond is inhabited by mythic creatures. Their story is of revenge, tragedy, and the power of real love.


Was debating whether I should post this here and it only feels right.


New 4K DCP via Janus Films.

Restored from the original camera negative by Cineteca di Bologna and Compass Film, in collaboration with Mediaset, Infinity, Arthur Cohn and Variety Communications at L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory.
Screening Friday, December 3 – Thursday, December 16 at Film Forum NYC.

'Once upon a time in postwar Italy . . . Vittorio De Sica's follow-up to his international triumph Bicycle Thieves is an enchanting neorealist fairy tale in which he combined his celebrated slice-of-life poetry with flights of graceful comedy and storybook fantasy.'


That looks fantastic! Hadn't even heard of it! In the past I've had a hard time vibing with De Sica, but that looks like the one that might do it.

Reminds me of the trailer for CoinCoin and the Extra Humans:


Great editing on that trailer. I've gotta check it out to see all that surrounds it, didn't know Bruno Dumont had made a film with a tone like this.


Original restored trailer is on vimeo

Coming from Severin in the US


Wish I'd known about this. Have to imagine a physical release is in the works.

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The Tree of Knowledge

Directed by Nils Malmros

1981, Denmark, 101m, DCP

Nils Malmros's deeply personal coming-of-age film follows the rearranging social circles of a group of pre-adolescent school children in 1950s Denmark, whose wants and desires shift according to the season. When these children get fined for their misbehavior, it foregrounds the film's economy of desire: as over a dozen individual personalities clash, gossip, and go dancing in the dark, an increasing desperation sets in at countless community gatherings, with never a dull moment—all while the most popular girl, Elin (Eva Gram Schjoldager) becomes a victim of her own prudishness. The caustic images of sexual awakening recall Goodbye, Columbus and the work of Maurice Pialat, as the film's darting energy—filmed over two years to enhance the subjects' precociousness—navigates intuitively between cruelty and grace.

Los Angeles premiere of a digital preservation from the Danish Film Institute

Screened at the 1983 Los Angeles International Film Exposition (Filmex)

Official Selection: Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival, 1982

"The truest and most moving film I have ever seen about the experience of puberty... a creative act of memory about exactly what it was like to be 13 in 1953." -Roger Ebert

"Malmros's masterpiece... A series of exquisitely staged, expansive vignettes that accumulate with quietly shattering force." -Max Nelson, Film Comment


Pitt Archives will be hosting the first-ever public screening of George A. Romero's Jacaranda Joe on April 12

QuoteThe George A. Romero Archival Collection was acquired by the University of Pittsburgh Libraries back in 2019, and the team has been hard at work on preserving lost gems from Romero's career. One of those lost treasures is a short film titled Jacaranda Joe, which Romero filmed back in 1994. It's never been seen by Romero fans, but that's about to change!

Pitt Archives will be hosting the first-ever public screening of George A. Romero's Jacaranda Joe on April 12, and not only is the screening virtual and open to all, it's also FREE!

Free with registration, the screening will be followed by a Q&A with crew-members Michael Sellers, George Rizkallah, and Elizabeth Tobin Kurtz. You can sign up right now!

As explained by the University of Pittsburgh Library System's Horror Studies website, "In June 1994, George Romero traveled to Valencia College in Florida to make a short film called Jacaranda Joe. It was a re-imagined version of a movie he'd tried to make in the 1970s called The Footage, about a TV show in which a famous athlete learns to hunt alongside a handful of experienced outdoorsmen that stumbles onto a bigfoot community.

"But while that story was entirely focused on the film shoot, with the footage never actually being seen by anyone (one version ends with the bigfeet throwing the film reels into the air like streamers), Jacaranda Joe takes place after a clip from a similar TV show has leaked out. It was very much a proto-found footage movie, about which Romero told a local paper that he "wants to know if audiences can be scared by a documentary format." But it was also pre-Blair Witch Project, and so that footage makes up only a few seconds of the running time."

The 17-minute short film centers on documentary footage of an alleged Bigfoot sighting, and the website notes that Romero was potentially interested in expanding it into a feature. In an update on the project that was shared last year, Adam Charles Hart explained that nine reels of 35mm film had been recovered, making the short's preservation a reality.

He explained, "Six of the reels were original camera negatives from the filming of Jacaranda Joe at Valencia College (then Valencia Community College), with director of photography and Valencia faculty member Dominic Palmieri, and those reels are either pristine or have sustained minimal damage. Comparing the negatives with the surviving cut of the film as well as the storyboards, this appears to be complete: as far as I can tell, every 35mm shot is accounted for."

"Our first priority here, as it is with all of our archives, is preservation. And with the recovery of this 35mm negative, we can ensure that this unseen short from George Romero's filmography will be preserved in its original format," Adam Charles Hart continued.

University of Pittsburgh RSVP link

QuoteIn 1994, George A. Romero traveled to Valencia Community College in central Florida to make a short film about a swamp-dwelling bigfoot called Jacaranda Joe. Largely unknown and presumed lost, a copy of the film was discovered in the University of Pittsburgh Library System's Romero archive.


Join us for the film's FIRST EVER public screening, followed by a discussion with Valencia alums who worked on the film.


Martin Scorsese Foundation Launches Free Virtual Screening Room For Film Restorations
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Martin Scorsese is taking his love of cinema in a new direction. His long-running nonprofit The Film Foundation, dedicated to film preservation and the exhibition of restored and classic cinema, is officially launching a free virtual screening room to showcase film restorations.

The first Film Foundation restoration screening is set to launch Monday, May 9, and will feature the 1945 romantic comedy "I Know Where I'm Going!," directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. The film stars Wendy Hiller and Roger Livesey. Scorsese is a longtime admirer of Powell and Pressburger. His longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker was married to Michael Powell for six years and the Scorsese was able to get to know the legendary English filmmaker intimately through her.

The film will be available for 24 hours. Screening participants can also enjoy access to introductions with filmmakers and archivists, which will provide insight not only into the film but the restoration process itself. The concept harkens back to "appointment viewing," with films and materials available at a set date and time and only for a limited period, unlike other streaming models.

Scorsese will introduce the film, and there will be interviews with Thelma Schoonmaker, Tilda Swinton, Kevin Macdonald, and "The Souvenir" director Joanna Hogg, a filmmaker Scorsese helped by executive producing her 'Souvenir' films. There are a number of other restorations planned in a wide range of genres, with upcoming titles including Federico Fellini's "La Strada," "the 1979 Malaysian film "Kummatty" by filmmaker G. Aravindan, Marlon Brando's "One-Eyed Jacks," Sarah Maldoror's 1972 war-in-Angola feature "Sambizanga," and a noir double feature of "Detour" and "The Chase."

"We're looking forward to making these beautiful restorations available to a wide audience," Scorsese said in a statement. "Many of these presentations will feature restorations that are rarely seen, with myself and other filmmakers sharing why these films are important, how they have impacted our lives, and why it's crucial that they be preserved."

The Film Foundation also hosts many of its titles on the Criterion Channel. The restoration was overseen by The Film Foundation and BFI National Archive, in association with ITV Park Circus and Janus Films.