How film restorers brought The Apu Trilogy back to life
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April 25, 2015
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April 30, 2015
The films of Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy are not only the best and most influential in Indian cinema, they stand among the greatest made anywhere, tracking a life from childhood to parenthood, through despair to triumph and maturity. Yet despite their acclaim, it’s likely cinephiles have never fully experienced them due to the depreciating audio and visual quality of these films since their release about 60 years ago. Beyond the normal wear and tear that comes with time and making prints, the films’ original negatives were housed in London’s Henderson Film Laboratories when that warehouse caught fire in 1993. Many reels were burned beyond repair, and the rest... Enter Criterion, the beloved restorer and distributor of classic films. After a massive worldwide effort, the films have been restored to shockingly good visual quality. The re-release of The Apu Trilogy will begin at New York City’s Film Forum on May 8, followed by a broader release throughout the summer. Club spoke with Criterion technical director Lee Kline about the process of returning Apu to cinema-level quality, and the importance of film restoration.
As the modern world swirled around him, Buster Keaton maintained what critic James Agee called a “mulish imperturbability. ” In his seminal Life magazine essay on the silent film comics, “Comedy’s Greatest Era,” Agee wrote, “Very early in his movie career friends asked him why he never smiled on the screen. on the screen he had merely been so hard at work it had never occurred to him there was anything to smile about. He was by his whole style and nature so much the most ‘silent’ of the silent comedians that even a smile was as deafeningly out of key as a yell. Film historian David Thomson saw the Keaton visage as an almost philosophical choice: “Keaton's impassivity was to save himself from crying. Keaton is the more profound artist because he was not beguiled into comfort by his own self-pity. For a long time it was hard to find Keaton’s movies. The Ultimate Buster Keaton Collection , a 15-disk blue ray compilation, is tremendous and worth the investment. A Hard Act to Follow , the definitive Keaton documentary, was never released on DVD but can now be found on YouTube. It’s an outstanding introduction to Keaton’s life and work.
Handsome heritage monuments, prehistoric architecture, ravages of the World Wars and the blistering memory of discomfiting Left politics are a silent backdrop to the quaint charm of Slavonic Europe. But when I weigh these against the architecture, quaint imprints of art and the high charm quotient, the tourist in me is quite tempted. I start my tour at Krakow, southern Poland’s old capital and one of Europe’s ancient cities. Dotted with Unesco World Heritage monuments and sites, this most historical of cities invokes an air of pleasant awe. For the tourist, Krakow’s must-visit sites include the city centre, the delightful market square, the Wawel or hill area dating back to the Paleolithic times, the royal palace, Kazimierz, its historical Jewish district, and Stradom, another old... Krakow’s quaint way of marking its addresses has a pretty rose in stone at the entrance to my hotel, Pod Roza (meaning ‘under the rose’). Away from the opulent palaces, my personal favourite in Krakow is the old Jewish district of Kazimierz, replete with old-world synagogues and wayside cafes, festive with numerous tourists.