An image from a Georges Melies film presented by Serge Bromberg at the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s Restoration Summit.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., best known for hosting the Golden Globes, presented its second annual Restoration Summit February 15 and 16 at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre, screening a diverse selection of films it helped preserve. President Lorenzo Soria began the first presentation by announcing that one of the association’s main goals is preserving our film culture, one of the main art forms of the 20th century. Introduced to film preservation by Martin Scorsese several years ago, the association donates funds to restore and preserve motion pictures from around the world.
Film preservationist and historian Serge Bromberg hosted “Retour de Flamme” or “Treasures from the Silent Era,” an informative and entertaining stroll through the world of silent-film preservation. The passionate and expressive Bromberg revealed the process of film restoration, from finding original camera negatives to fine-grain master positives to release prints, and then combining the best elements of what survives to restore a film as closely as possible to the original filmmakers’ intentions.
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