The following short program, which also appears as a supplement in our new box set The Essential Jacques Demy, gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the painstaking 2013 digital restoration of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, which brought the film back to its original three-strip color splendor and aural brilliance. It features Demy’s widow, filmmaker Agnès Varda, and his children Mathieu Demy and Rosalie Varda-Demy, who have all devoted many years to keeping the director’s work alive. This video appears courtesy of Ciné-Tamaris.
The Final-Hour Preservation of Dance, Girl, Dance in Nitrate
Our plans to release Dorothy Arzner’s feminist classic set in motion a restoration process that led Warner Bros. to discover a nitrate negative that had begun to deteriorate in storage.
Fresh Ears on The Inland Sea’s Exquisite Soundscapes
Lucille Carra’s lyrical documentary got a sonic makeover when Criterion audio supervisor Ryan Hullings solved two major problems that have followed the film since its release.
Veteran archivist Ross Lipman untangles the complexities of restoring Barbara Loden’s film, from questions surrounding the tonal quality of its images to the mysteries of its aspect ratio.