2020 Restoration & Preservation – Title

Here is the shortlist for our 2020’s Restoration – Single Title award. This award recognises …

Apocalypse Now

Involved Partners: American Zoetrope, Roundabout, L’Immagine Ritrovata, Meyer Sound, Dolby Laboratories
Film Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Original release: 1979
Film Synopsis: A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l-ViOOFH-s

Details: This new restoration and cut of Francis Ford Coppola’s revered film is the first to scan and restore the original camera negative. The Apocalypse Now Project was created to pay respects to every version of Apocalypse Now that Director Francis Ford Coppola has crafted over the past forty years. It was the team’s goal to make sure that each version—Apocalypse Now (1979), Apocalypse Now Redux (2001), and Apocalypse Now Final Cut (2019)—was restored, made available with the best picture and sound quality possible, and preserved for future generations. Picture restoration was done at American Zoetrope and  took 11 months to complete, with 300,173 frames cleaned from 20 reels, taking 2,720 hours to complete.

Destry Rides Again

Involved Partners: Universal Pictures, The Film Foundation, NBCUniversal StudioPost
Film Director: George Marshall
Original release: 1939
Film Synopsis: James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich set the standard for all Western comedies to come in this story about a mild-mannered deputy who is called to restore order to a corrupt frontier town.

Details: As part of Universal Pictures’ Centennial celebration in 2012, the studio announced an expanded effort to preserve and restore the Universal Film Library. Since then, the studio has restored over 100 feature films to help preserve the studio’s history. This 4K restoration was made in collaboration with The Film Foundation, using a 35mm nitrate composite print as the primary source. A safety print was used for reel 5 due to the original reel no longer existing. Special attention was paid to the film’s audio.

La Roue

Involved Partners: L’Immagine Ritrovata, Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, L’Image Retrouvée
Film Director: Abel Gance
Original release: 1923
Film Synopsis: Hailed by filmmakers, artists and intellectuals as a stunning advance in modern art, Abel Gance’s La Roue is about an engineer who adopts a young infant girl. Both her adopted brother and father end up falling in love with her, and the story builds upon this triangulation.

Original nitrate elements photographed at L’Immagine Ritrovata

Details: La Roue is a celebrated film, but the original version that premiered to audiences in 1923 hasn’t been seen since. This restoration drew from a wide variety of prints – approximately 50,000 metres of film – in order to reconstruct an earlier and more complete version of the film. The work was overseen by film historian François Ede, with screenplays, letters, early press and the musical score used to reconstruct the film. Different restoration elements were dated and extensively compared at L’Immagine Ritrovata, and The Radio Symphony Orchestra performed the score – the longest ever film score – with the film in Berlin.

Los Olvidados

Involved Partners: L’Immagine Ritrovata, World Cinema Project (The Film Foundation), The Material World Foundation, Fundacion Televisa, UNAM laboratory, Cineteca National de Mexico
Film Director: Luis Buñuel
Original release: 1950
Film Synopsis: A group of juvenile delinquents live a violent and crime-filled life in the festering slums of Mexico City, and the morals of young Pedro are gradually corrupted and destroyed by the others. Winner of 2 Cannes Film Festival awards, Los Olividados was the director’s first international box-office success.

Details: This 4K restoration of Luis Buñuel’s masterpiece was conducted after the film was given ‘World’s Memory’ classification by UNESCO. The original camera negatives were scanned at UNAM laboratory, and the sound digitised at Cinetica National de Mexico, before L’Immagine Ritrovata carried out extensive restoration work on the film’s thick scratches, gaps, spots and dirt. Gabriel Figueroa Flores, son of cinematographer Gabriel Figueros, supervised the color grading.