|David Shepard (1940-2017)|
Shepard was a respected figure in the enthusiast area and was involved in an impressive range of restorations - Our Daily Bread (Vidor 1934) Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler (Lang 1922) Visages d’enfants (Feyder 1925) A King in New York (Chaplin 1957) Long Pants (Capra 1927) Prison Train (Wiles 1938) included. No wonder he carried off that slew of awards
He was agreeable company and I’m sorry to hear of his death. Kevin Brownlow is still about but the other movie enthusiast operators have pretty much gone now - Raymond Rohauer, Bill Everson and now David Shepard. I suspect they would have objected to being bracketed in that manner.
What they did has shifted into industrial operations like TCM and The Warner Archive where film is only (if you’re lucky) the first leg of the process and the circulation of celluloid mainly a memory. It’s not the same and I’m not sure it’s better.
|Kevin Brownlow, David Shepard|
Editor's Note: David Shepard's name appears against a lot of major restorations that have been done in recent decades. His contribution to film preservation is amongst the greatest work in the field. He is owed a great deal. For more details and a partial list of the films he was involved with you can go to his Wikipedia page.