So, a first run through some of the restorations I saw with hardly any further comment required beyond commending those responsible for their work in bringing films back to their original, or as close to it, condition.
McCabe and Mrs Miller (Robert Altman, USA, 1971). Aaah what memories of the only previous occasion I saw this movie way back when liberation from the film censor seemed at hand even if it was a Liberal who was leading it and it was someone dubbed One-armed Dick who was resisting. At first banned in Australia as part of Don Chipp's crusade to force the introduction of an R Certificate, McCabe and Mrs Miller was always a problem case. Shot in very soft focus and with so much whispered sound, it was always likely that if there were any deterioration of the original material then future screenings would be in trouble. The restoration is close to perfection. ......and my goodness that Warren Beatty was an extraordinarily handsome man. The parable of the start and the growth of the animal spirits of capitalism may well be without peer, something I don't think I quite picked up on way back when...
One Eyed Jacks (Marlon Brando, USA, 1961). At last the days of the Dollar Video version are over. Some dismissal of this as near to worthless and at 141 minutes you can feel it testing patience, but the man is magnetic.
Beat the Devil (John Huston, USA) Grover Crisp has at last relieved us of the scratches and cuts of all those 'public domain' copies. Whatever success they were trying to emulate, most notably the The Maltese Falcon I guess doesn't quite work but still.
Adieu Bonaparte (Youssef Chahine, France/Egypt, 1985). Dubbed a masterpiece way back then, Chahine's melodrama of Napoleon's Egyptian adventure, with Michel Piccoli and and Patrice Chereau front and centre remains an indictment of the mindlessness of colonial invasion. Restored by the Cinematheque francaise and supplied to Bologna as part of a package of forty films from the Cinematheque's collection. That prompts a thought. .......Oops....... You probably need a Cinematheque to do this sort of thing.