One of the most acclaimed Hollywood films of 1931, Lewis Milestone’s Oscar-nominated The Front Page was the first of several screen adaptations of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s Broadway smash. In 2014, when the Academy Film Archive embarked on a new restoration, preservationists stumbled onto a mystery regarding the existing prints of the film. While examining material from the Howard Hughes film collection, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the Library of Congress, the team discovered that they were working with two different versions: Milestone’s preferred cut, which had been made for domestic audiences, and a general foreign cut. In the following video, the Academy’s Heather Linville and Mike Pogorzelski explain the common early-Hollywood practice of creating versions for different markets, and recount the sleuth work that resulted in the vibrant new incarnation of The Front Page, featured on our release of another take on Hecht and MacArthur’s play, His Girl Friday.
An Indonesian Classic in a New Light: A Conversation on the Landmark Restoration of After the Curfew
Two key figures in the pathbreaking project, Lisabona Rahman and Lintang Gitomartoyo, discuss its significance for Indonesian cinema, the challenges they faced while working on it, and the legacy of the film’s director, Usmar Ismail.
Remembering Giuseppe Rotunno, a Gentle Maestro
Criterion’s technical director pays tribute to the late, great cinematographer, who worked in both Italy and the U.S., and whose brilliant eye and warm personality were well known in the film world.
The Lady Eve’s Long Road to High Definition
Preston Sturges’s screwball masterpiece is one of the most beloved Hollywood comedies of all time, but a lack of good film materials held up our recently released Blu-ray upgrade for years.
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.
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