Satyajit Ray Films to be Restored

Satyajit Ray

World-renowned film director Satyajit Ray

[From The Times of India]

“Eighteen of Satyajit Ray’s films will soon be restored to iimprove their longevity.

Ray’s timeless classics will now be protected from the ravages of time. The Criterion Collection, which has restored some of the world’s best-known classics and critically successful obscure movies like ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ (1928), M (1931), ‘The Children of Paradise’ (1945) apart from Chaplin films and works of AkiraKurosawa, is set to do a repeat with 18 of Satyajit Ray’s movies.”

Mark Toscano of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Archive adds this crucial clarification/elaboration: “The Academy Film Archive (not even mentioned in the article) preserved/restored these films on film over the past 20 years or so (I got to work on 3 of them myself), at a fairly massive cost of funding and preservationist/laboratory labor. Criterion is now going to release them on home video, doing some additional digital restoration work, as they often do with their releases.”

How Groucho Was Saved (

From the report: “Groucho Marx began hosting the TV game show “You Bet Your Life” in 1947. This was after his classic films with Chico, Harpo and Zeppo, and unlike those movies, Groucho didn’t dance around in a painted-on mustache. He sat in a chair with his cigar, wisecracking with the contestants for a long time, and the results were the stuff of classic TV.

You can watch the show on Netflix now, or YouTube – which might not have been possible if it weren’t for the efforts of Andy Marx, the grandson of Groucho Marx. Andy’s a writer and photographer now. But in 1973 he was instrumental in saving this vital piece of Marxianna and Hollywood history from the garbage dump.”

University Petition for Research Access to European Film Archives

Udine University has initiated a petition to the European commission and the European parliament to make more money available to digitize archive holdings and make them accessible for research.

From the Declaration of Udine:

“As media and cinema scholars, educators, and University professors, either gathered here today in the XX Udine International Film Studies Conference, or later undersigning this declaration,


That films – intended in the broader possible sense, including feature-length and short fiction films, documentaries, newsreels and non-fictional works – are mostly unavailable to the public and are mostly unaccessible for research and educational purposes at all levels.

That this limitation in the number of works that are currently available – especially films produced in Europe and films which are older than ten years ago – seriously hinders our ability to educate new generations to Media and Film studies and deeply threatens the future of Europe as a knowledge-based society.

That this regrettable situation is only going to worsen as all analog materials (the thousands of prints conserved by archives all over Europe) will soon become unavailable as analog projection will disappear due to the expansion of digital cinema and other digital delivery platforms.

That, instead of seizing the opportunity offered by digital distribution channels to widen access to our European history and culture, we are in fact heading to the opposite direction, a new dark age.”

Cornell Archive receives $300K NEH grant to preserve access to digital artwork

Cornell’s Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media, a part of the Cornell University Library, has received a $300,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help preserve its digital artwork. The Goldsen Archive contains international, new media artwork.

Cornell Archive receives $300K NEH grant to preserve digital artwork

Logo for Rose Goldsen Archive

Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art @ Cornell University

Millions for project on European television heritage

The European Commission has awarded a 3.75 million Euros grant to Utrecht University for the research project EUscreenXL. The project will contribute to the European Digital Agenda by making more than 1.000.000 audiovisual sources, mostly professional TV programming, accessible for European citizens, professionals and researchers.

European television heritage project

European Television Heritage Project

Posted date: 22 February 2013