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.
A Preservationist’s Puzzle: Restoring The Front Page
When the Academy Film Archive embarked on a new restoration of The Front Page, preservationists stumbled onto a mystery regarding the existing prints of the film.
Visits with Raoul Coutard
Last week, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Raoul Coutard. Our technical director, Lee Kline, shared some memories of working with the great cinematographer.
Cleaning Up A Brighter Summer Day
Following an arduous restoration effort that involved broken scanners, missing reels, and the complicated transfer of materials between Taipei, Bologna, and New York, Edward Yang’s 1991 epic film is finally available in a high-quality viewing forma…