Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Boudu sauvé des eaux (2010 restoration)

22.00 Piazza Maggiore
Boudu salvato dalle acque. FR 1932. PC: Les Films Sirius / Michel Simon Productions. P: Michel Simon. D: Jean Renoir. Starring Michel Simon. 84 min
A restored version that includes scenes that were cut in the original. Pathé (2010) in association with L'Immagine Ritrovata and Digimage.
Digital projection from a 2K digital intermediate from the camera negative.
Presenta Jean Douchet.

I watched only the beginning from the last row on the piazza, already getting tired. From the distance the image looked bright and sharp, but a friend who had seen it from a closer distance commented on the video-like quality with the vibration missing from Jean Renoir's plein air comedy. - Another friend who had seen this in Paris applauded the nitrate look of the experience. - Yet another friend commented that the image had an unconvincing nitrate imitation look.

In the catalogue the duration of this film is announced to be 84 min but the version released in Finland in 1971 was 86 min. But maybe the catalogue information was not accurate, and the new restored version is longer.

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