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Friday, 3 March 2017

Digitisation, Restorations and Revivals (21) - Anna Magnani, Paris Restorations Festival, Sons of Matthew, The Dumb Girl of Portici

Associate Editor (Restorations and Revivals) Simon Taaffe has come across the following screenings and other information. Click on the links for times, more detail etc where indicated.

For the record and for purists, this piece from Filmmaker magazine  runs through the 29 feature films shot on 35mm last year.

Anna Magnani in Volcano
Anna Magnani
Volcano is the title of a series devoted to the films of Anna Magnani presented by the Toronto International Film Festival as part of its year round Cinematheque screening program. The story of Volcano,  William Dieterle’s movie made parallel with Rossellini’s Stromboli, is one of the more amazing ego-driven moments in cinema. There’s a rather good doco about the whole thing and you can find a review of it by Todd McCarthy in this piece in the Hollywood Reporter

Joe Dante
Tout la Memoire du monde in Paris
The 5th Festival of Restored Films presented by the Cinematheque francaise is notable for having Joe Dante, one of the current great collectors of film, as the festival “Parrain” and Wes Anderson as special guest. From 1-5 March in Paris. Is this what heaven looks like?

Here’s the word from the organisers: Du 1er au 5 mars 2017, le Festival proposera une sélection des dernières restaurations de prestige. À travers un programme cinéphile et éclectique, la manifestation rendra hommage au travail des archives, des ayant-droits, des studios et des laboratoires pour sauver les œuvres du passé. La programmation se composera à nouveau de plusieurs sections thématiques et donnera lieu à un intense programme de rencontres, d'ateliers et de ciné-concerts.  Click here for the Festival Trailer which links up to the picture of Joe Dante at left. Very funny. Now you know.

Sons of Matthew
The National Film and Sound Archive has ‘restored’ Charles Chauvel’s Sons of Matthew. That’s the claim anyway on its website. I’ve been dubious about some NFSA restorations, until I see them, especially after watching the horrendous result of the NFSA’s efforts on the silent classic The Kid Stakes.  Anyway the claim is out there and there is a screening at the NFSA’s ARC Cinema in Canberra on 17 March. No details or technical specifications are provided on the website. If you click on the link  at the end  which supposedly takes you to NFSA Restores Screenings  in Autumn you don’t get much info. Any further reports welcome.  

The Dumb Girl of Portici
The Dumb Girl of Portici

At the Toronto IFF Cinematheque a screening of Lois Weber & Phillips Smalley’s silent classic The Dumb Girl of Portici. Restored by and issued on DVD by Bologna’s Cinema Ritrovato if you cant make the screening on 4 March.

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