Thursday 19 January 2017

Digitisations, Restorations & Revivals (20) - Capra, ANATAHAN, Berlinale, MULTIPLE MANIACS

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.

Frank Capra
Capra at the NFSA
Out of the blue we learn that the National Film & Sound Archive has restored an American film Three Days to Live (Tom Gibson, USA, 1924) which is described on the NFSA website as having a connection to the career of Frank Capra thus: Following a year long restoration project, we bring you the Australian premiere of a film once thought lost to Hollywood mythology. In Three Days to Live Capra is credited as Editor and Titles, two very creative roles. It is also thought, according to biographer Jim McBride, that Capra was assistant director.

“Lost to Hollywood mythology….” Hmmm.

A screening of the film with live musical accompaniment will take place in Canberra as part of a season of Frank Capra films. Details click here

Joseph von Sternberg
Sternberg’s The Saga of Anatahan restored
At the newly established Metrograph in New York, screenings to accompany the DVD release of Joseph von Sternberg’s The Saga of Anatahan a film many regard as one of the director’s finest achievements. The Metrograph web page says: Visionary Josef von Sternberg had once been a feared and revered presence on the Paramount Studios lot, but after one too many clashes over his obsessive perfectionism he went independent, directing, writing, shooting, and narrating this sublime film about a dozen Japanese seamen stranded on a Pacific Island with one woman—unaware that World War II has ended, and with a little war of their own in the making.

2K restoration performed by Kino Lorber, in association with the Library of Congress and Lobster Films, working from the original camera negative and other 35mm elements provided by the Estate of Josef von Sternberg and the Cinémathèque Française.

If you can get there book tickets here

Classics at the Berlinale 2017
Restorations announced already include

Avanti Popolo
By Rafi Bukai, Israel 1986
International premiere of the digitally restored version

By Felipe Cazals, Mexico 1976
World premiere of the digitally restored version

Helmut Käutner
Schwarzer Kies (Black Gravel)
By Helmut Käutner, West Germany 1961
World premiere of the digital version

Details click here

John Waters
John Waters early film Multiple Maniacs  at the BFI.
No details about the restoration but screening details are here. The website says A queer cavalcade of delirious bad taste and delicious moral depravity, John Waters’ little-seen sophomore feature tells the despicable tale of Lady Divine and her travelling sideshow of murderous reprobates. The film has been digitally restored (but without losing any of its filthy charm), so the time has finally come to witness the pope of trash at his anarchic and inflammatory best.

Details click here

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