Even if we’re movie lovers and we try to keep up with the immense movie production across the globe every year, too often we forget about the importance of preserving the masterpieces that made us dream in the past. And with the continuous evolution in digital supports and technology, the whole process of preserving cinema is more and more essential, both for early cinema and recent film.
The EYE, which is a World excellence in film heritage and restoration and it’s now hosting an exhibition on the retrieved movies of Jean Desmet, is now presenting a series of lectures and screening on this subject, in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, which are running every Thursday at 4pm from February 12th to March 19th.
Hosted in English (you’re welcome, Amsterdam expats!) by Giovanna Fossati, chief curator at EYE and professor of Film Heritage and Digital Film Culture at the UvA, she will go through a number of remarkable film restoration projects, such as Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove (on Feb 19th), the European classic Menschen am Sonntag (on Feb 26th), the digitization of early color films (1897-1914) from the EYE Collection, and a special day dedicated to children too (on March 12th).
Although we missed the first lecture on February 12th, This is Film! is not to be missed with the next events if you love film and you want to get an insight into the technology that has made the restoration work possible. Have a look at the program, visit the Jean Desmet’s Exhibition and enjoy also the beautiful location of the EYE on the Ij.