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.
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.
Diving into the Nitty-Gritty of Film Conservation in Kolkata
Members of the Criterion tech team headed to India last month to teach some practical skills in moving-image conservation at the Film Preservation & Restoration Workshop.
A New Restoration Brings Detour Back to the Big Screen
Long available only in substandard public-domain prints, Edgar G. Ulmer’s noir masterpiece looks better than ever in the new restoration opening at New York’s Film Forum this week.