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TiF! Silent Film Restorations: The Chemistry of Color in Silent Cinema

In conversation with guests, Giovanna Fossati (chief curator at EYE and professor of Film Heritage at the UvA) addresses a wide range of film heritage projects. Each session consists of a (guest) lecture, a Q&A and a film screening, often accompanied by live music.

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This lecture will introduce the audience to the magnificent world of early coloured cinema. In preserving and restoring early cinema, knowledge of early colour processes is indispensable. Guest speaker Professor Ulrich Rüdel will address how these films were originally coloured and which different techniques can be used today to restore these colours on modern film stock and as digital images. During his talk, he will illustrate various methods to reproduce the tinting and toning techniques that were commonly used until 1930.

Guest: Ulrich Rüdel (professor for Conservation and Restoration of Modern Media - film, photo and video - at HTW / University of Applied Sciences, Berlin)


- De Molens die juichen en weenen (Alfred Machin, NL, 1912, 7 min)

- Maudite soit la guerre (Alfred Machin, BE, 1914, 50 min)

Live music by Pien Straesser (soprano) Daan van den Hurk (piano)

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This is Film! 2017

From April 3 to May 15, Eye and the University of Amsterdam present This is Film! Film Heritage in Practice, a series of public lectures at Eye devoted to notable projects in the field of film restoration and film heritage. Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator at Eye and Professor of Film Heritage at the UvA) addresses, in the course of six lectures, various recent restoration projects and presentation forms of film heritage, varying from pre-cinema to recent experimental films and Hollywood classics.

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