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The New Life Of "THE BROKEN BUTTERFLY" A Rare Film From 1919 Restored 100 Years After In 2019

10/8/2019 12:00:00 AM

As a tribute to its unique relationship with time and dedication to preserving craftsmanship, LOUIS XIII Cognac has partnered with The Film Foundation to restore THE BROKEN BUTTERFLY: a rare film from 1919 to be rediscovered 100 years later. At LOUIS XIII, we think a century ahead. Each decanter is the life achievement of our cellar masters.

"I'm grateful for The Film Foundation's partnership with LOUIS XIII. For many years, they have provided generous support for the foundation's preservation, exhibition, and education programs. LOUIS XIII is passionate about its own legacy, and it's gratifying to know they are equally committed to protecting the world's cinematic heritage and sharing these great works of art with audiences for decades to come," said Martin Scorsese, Founder & Chair of The Film Foundation.

The Premiere took place on October 4th, at The Whitby Hotel in New York City, followed by an exclusive Q&A session and private dinner with Martin Scorsese and Ludovic du Plessis, LOUIS XIII Global Executive Director. They were joined by notable attendees including Kelly Rutherford, Halston Sage, Jean Reno, Fran Lebowitz, J. Smith-Cameron, Stellene Volandes, Brigitte Lacombe, Kenneth Lonergan and more to celebrate this incredible restoration in film. The New York premiere kicks off a series of upcoming screenings in London and Los Angeles with special guest filmmakers.

"Thanks to The Film Foundation and Martin Scorsese, THE BROKEN BUTTERFLY can be experienced once again one century later. Restoring this piece of memory is for us, at LOUIS XIII, a real pleasure and honor. Time is our raw material," said Ludovic du Plessis, LOUIS XIII Global Executive Director.

THE BROKEN BUTTERFLY by Maurice Tourneur was first showcased in 1919 but has been unseen since. Now, 100 years later, it has been painstakingly restored with the support of LOUIS XIII Cognac. The film tells the eternal story of love lost and found, of emotions and memories that shape a lifetime.

Only 20 percent of American films produced in the 1910s and 1920s survive in complete form, so the opportunity to see any fully restored silent film is special indeed. And when that film is a rarely seen gem from an esteemed cinematic artist, it's truly an extraordinary event. Founded in 1990 by Martin Scorsese, The Film Foundation has helped restore over 850 films which are screened at festivals, museums, theaters, and educational institutions all over the world. When it comes to THE BROKEN BUTTERFLY, an extensive digital 4K restoration, that took over 6 months, was required before being shared with audiences.

Martin Scorsese and Ludovic du Plessis at the release of "The Broken Butterfly", directed in 1919 and restored 100 years later in 2019 by The Film Foundation and LOUIS XIII Cognac (PRNewsfoto/LOUIS XIII Cognac)

Martin Scorsese and Ludovic du Plessis at the release of "The Broken Butterfly", directed in 1919 and restored 100 years later in 2019 by The Film Foundation and LOUIS XIII Cognac (PRNewsfoto/LOUIS XIII Cognac)

Jean Reno and Ludovic du Plessis at the release of "The Broken Butterfly", directed in 1919 and restored 100 years later in 2019 by The Film Foundation and LOUIS XIII Cognac (PRNewsfoto/LOUIS XIII Cognac)

Jean Reno and Ludovic du Plessis at the release of "The Broken Butterfly", directed in 1919 and restored 100 years later in 2019 by The Film Foundation and LOUIS XIII Cognac (PRNewsfoto/LOUIS XIII Cognac)

Kelly Rutherford at the release of "The Broken Butterfly", directed in 1919 and restored 100 years later in 2019 by The Film Foundation and LOUIS XIII Cognac (PRNewsfoto/LOUIS XIII Cognac)

Kelly Rutherford at the release of "The Broken Butterfly", directed in 1919 and restored 100 years later in 2019 by The Film Foundation and LOUIS XIII Cognac (PRNewsfoto/LOUIS XIII Cognac)

Ludovic du Plessis and Halston Sage at the release of "The Broken Butterfly", directed in 1919 and restored 100 years later in 2019 by The Film Foundation and LOUIS XIII Cognac (PRNewsfoto/LOUIS XIII Cognac)

Ludovic du Plessis and Halston Sage at the release of "The Broken Butterfly", directed in 1919 and restored 100 years later in 2019 by The Film Foundation and LOUIS XIII Cognac (PRNewsfoto/LOUIS XIII Cognac)

Martin Scorsese and Jean Reno at the release of "The Broken Butterfly", directed in 1919 and restored 100 years later in 2019 by The Film Foundation and LOUIS XIII Cognac (PRNewsfoto/LOUIS XIII Cognac)

Martin Scorsese and Jean Reno at the release of "The Broken Butterfly", directed in 1919 and restored 100 years later in 2019 by The Film Foundation and LOUIS XIII Cognac (PRNewsfoto/LOUIS XIII Cognac)

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Art House Theater Day

9/18/2019 12:00:00 AM

Celebrate Art House Theater Day on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Join fans, filmmakers, and hundreds of mission-driven, community-based theaters for a day of truly exceptional screenings and cinematic experiences.

Are you a theater who wants to participate? Visit our enrollment page.

Are you a film fan who wants to attend? Read about our participating theaters.

The Films

In Fabric (2018)

A24
Dir. Peter Strickland

A lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), recently separated from her husband, visits a bewitching London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She’s fitted with a perfectly flattering, artery-red gown—which, in time, will come to unleash a malevolent curse and unstoppable evil, threatening everyone who comes into its path.

From acclaimed horror director Peter Strickland (the singular auteur behind the sumptuous sadomasochistic romance The Duke of Burgundy and auditory gaillo-homage Berberian Sound Studio) comes a truly nightmarish film, at turns frightening, seductive, and darkly humorous. Channeling voyeuristic fantasies of high fashion and bloodshed, In Fabric is Strickland’s most twisted and brilliantly original vision yet. (118 mins)

Pre-show: TBD

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Booking contact: Nicole Weis, nicole(AT)a24films.com and Sean McDonnell, sean(AT)a24films.com

Putney Swope (1969)

American Genre Film Archive
Dir. Robert Downey Sr.

“Funny, sophomoric, brilliant, obscene, disjointed, marvelous, unintelligible and relevant. If anybody tries to improve it, they should be sentenced.” — Vincent Canby, New York Times

“I just think [Downey’s] one of our great American directors.” — Paul Thomas Anderson

New 50th Anniversary restoration by The Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation! An unforgettable late-’60s counterculture masterpiece, Robert Downey Sr.’s Putney Swope remains a vital provocation on race, pop culture and America. Putney Swope, the only African-American exec at his ad firm, is unexpectedly elected its president and turns the industry on its ear through a series of outrageous, taboo-busting TV commercials (strewn throughout the film like comedic landmines.) As Swope becomes the Generalissimo of Madison Avenue, Downey takes no prisoners and skewers the entire political spectrum. Essential viewing. (84 mins)

Pre-show: Recorded introduction from director Robert Downey Sr.

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Booking contact: Bret Berg, bret.berg(AT)drafthouse.com

The Hottest August (2019)

Grasshopper Film
Dir. Brett Story

A complex portrait of a city and its inhabitants, The Hottest August gives us a window into the collective consciousness of the present. The film’s point of departure is one city over one month: New York City, including its outer boroughs, during August 2017. It’s a month heavy with the tension of a new President, growing anxiety over everything from rising rents to marching white nationalists, and unrelenting news of either wildfires or hurricanes on every coast. The film pivots on the question of futurity: what does the future look like from where we are standing? And what if we are not all standing in the same place? The Hottest August offers a mirror onto a society on the verge of catastrophe, registering the anxieties, distractions, and survival strategies that preoccupy ordinary lives. (94 mins)

Pre-show: Recorded introduction from director Brett Story.

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Booking contact: Nick Newman, nick(AT)grasshopperfilm.com

My Twentieth Century (1989)

Kino Lorber Repertory
Dir: Ildikó Enyedi

“It’s a bracing combination of wit, invention, common sense and lunacy. It’s a gravely comic meditation on civilization at the turn of this century.” —The New York Times, Vincent Canby March 17, 1990

30th Anniversary. New 4k Restoration by the Hungarian National Film Archive. Ildikó Enyedi’s fairytale-like, unconventional ironic film luminaire was awarded the Golden Camera at Cannes in 1989. On the eve of the 20th century, two twin girls, Lili the anarchist and Dóra a luxurious woman of loose morals, along with Mr. Z. who loves them as an entity, all reach the Hungarian border at the same time on board the Orient Express. Their story, rushing under the spell of Edison’s inventions, is a special ‘research of happiness’, reclaiming the ‘mass murdering century’ from the restlessly changing world and the miracle of existence. Tarkovsky’s fabulous actor, Oleg Yankovsky, performs an unforgettable double with the young Polish actress Dorotha Segda. The complete 4K digital restoration of the film was carried out at the Hungarian Filmlab, supervised by the Hungarian Film Fund – Hungarian National Film Archive in 2017. (89 mins)

Pre-show: TBD.

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Booking contact: Jonathan Hertzberg, jhertzberg(AT)kinolorber.com

Vever (For Barbara) (2019)

Video Data Bank
Dir. Deborah Stratman

A cross-generational binding of three filmmakers seeking alternative possibilities to the power structures they are inherently part of. Each woman extends her reach to a subject she is outside of. Vever grew out of the abandoned film projects of Maya Deren and Barbara Hammer. Shot at the furthest point of a motorcycle trip Hammer took to Guatemala in 1975, and laced through with Deren’s reflections of failure, encounter and initiation in 1950s Haiti.

A vever is a symbolic drawing used in Haitian Voodoo to invoke Loa, or god. (12 mins)

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Booking contact: Zachary Vanes, info(AT)vdb.org

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Paramount Releases Martin Scorsese-Curated Republic Pictures Slate for Digital Purchase

Natalie Jarvey

9/9/2019 12:00:00 AM

'That Brennan Girl,' 'Johnny Guitar' and other classics are now available to rent or buy via the Apple TV app.

Martin Scorsese is helping introduce a rare collection of films to the modern world. 

The director of Netflix's forthcoming The Irishman has curated a selection of newly restored Republic Pictures films for release on the Apple TV app, where they are now available to rent or buy.

The films all come from a two-decade period during which Republic churned out what were then considered B movies that gave the filmmakers incredible freedom as long as they stuck to their budgets. Paramount, which owns the library, has remastered and restored many of the titles, including Alfred Santell's That Brennan Girl and Nicholas Ray's Johnny Guitar.

"From the '30s through the '50s, the different studio logos at the head of every picture carried their own associations and expectations, and for me, the name Republic over the eagle on the mountain peak meant something special," Scorsese, who also curated a selection of the films for a 2018 screening series at New York's Museum of Modern Art, said in a statement. "There are so many titles that have been overlooked or forgotten; waiting for decades to be seen again. I can promise you that you have some discoveries in store."

Paramount chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos added in a statement, "We are thrilled that these movies can be experienced once again in the way their filmmakers intended.”

Republic operated for just over three decades as one of the so-called poverty row studios known for their low-budget projects. Because of the creative freedoms it provided, it attracted up-and-comers, helping launched the careers of Western film stars, including John Wayne and Roy Rogers. Paramount parent Viacom acquired the library in the mid-1990s and around a decade ago began an expansive effort to restore the films, many of which experimented with color processing techniques. 

Republic, says Paramount senior vp archives Andrea Kalas, attracted young creatives who "knew how to cut corners but keep the story, great cinematography and great performances going. That challenge comes out on the screen in really wonderful ways." She has been working to rerelease between 75 and 100 titles each year.

After Scorsese's The Film Foundation became interested in Kalas' preservation work, it teamed with MoMA for a screening series. Kalas says that Scorsese and The Film Foundation then selected the 24 titles — also including City That Never Sleeps from director John Auer and The Quiet Man from John Ford — in the collection from around 700 restored Republic works.

Dave Kehr, director of the museum's department of film, says That Brennan Girl, which tells the story of a young woman's rough upbringing and was chosen to open the series, was a particular favorite of Scorsese's. "There's a lot of interesting work in there and it just hasn't been around in any kind of versions that give justice to the actual quality of the production," explains Kehr, adding that he hopes the streaming release of the titles "make these available to a much wider public." 

The 24-film collection, dubbed Republic Rediscovered, can be rented or purchased on Apple's TV app, which is taking the place of iTunes as a marketplace for video content. Each title will be available to rent for $4 or, for a limited promotional period, to buy for $5. After Sept. 16, the price to purchase one of the titles will revert to the standard $13. 

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Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan Among Directors Launching "Filmmaker Mode" TV Setting

Carolyn Giardina

8/27/2019 12:00:00 AM

Leading directors including Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, Ryan Coogler, Patty Jenkins and Rian Johnson have teamed up with the UHD Alliance — a coalition whose members include Hollywood studios and consumer electronics manufacturers — to introduce a new UHD TV setting aimed at preserving the filmmakers' creative intent on consumer displays.

There has been a growing concern in the production community that with the many settings available on consumer TVs, the filmmaker’s creative decisions that are made during production and postproduction are not always what is displayed. This new "Filmmaker Mode" for supported TV models is aimed at giving viewers a consistent, cinematic representation of images as the filmmakers intended, in terms of color, contrast, aspect ratio and frame rates.

As part of the specification development process, the UHDA sought input from more than 400 filmmakers, including 140 directors and cinematographers. The Alliance also reached out to the Directors Guild of America, American Society of Cinematographers, American Cinema Editors and Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation.

Rian Johnson, director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the upcoming Knives Outwas on hand for the announcement and explained Filmmaker Mode with an analogy for sci-fi fans: “Your Skynet is motion smoothing. … Luckily our John Connor has arrived.”

Johnson noted that home theater technology is currently in a "Golden Age," but warned that “many TVs ship with motion smoothing (and other post-processing settings) as a default."

He highlighted that Filmmaker Mode offers “a single button that lines up the settings so it works for the benefit of the movie and not against it.” He got a laugh as he added, “If you love movies, Filmmaker Mode will make your movies not look like poo-poo.”

Johnson introduced a video explaining and urging viewers to use Filmmaker Mode, featuring testimonials from Scorsese, Nolan, Coogler, Jenkins, Paul Thomas Anderson, James Cameron, J.J. Abrams, Ava DuVernay, Judd Apatow, Ang Lee, Reed Morano and the Duffer Brothers, as well as himself.

LG, Panasonic and Vizio announced a commitment to implement Filmmaker Mode in future TVs, though they didn't say when it would be available.

On the origin of the initiative, UHDA chair Michael Zink, vp technology at Warner Bros., said, "Paul Thomas Anderson, Ryan Coogler, Patty Jenkins, Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan reached out to the UHDA about extending the cinematic experience into the living room. We were eager and ideally situated to engage in the conversation."

A “Netflix Mode,” similarly developed to maintain creative intent on the streamer's series, was introduced in 2018 on select TV models, including several from Sony and Panasonic. Netflix, however, is not a member of the UHDA and was not involved in Tuesday’s announcement.

Numerous directors released statements as part of the announcement. Among them, Scorsese said, “I started The Film Foundation in 1990 with the goal to preserve film and protect the filmmaker’s original vision so that the audience can experience these films as they were intended to be seen. Most people today are watching these classic films at home rather than in movie theaters, making Filmmaker Mode of particular importance when presenting these films which have specifications unique to being shot on film.”

Said Coogler, “I care deeply about how cinema is experienced at home because that's where it lives the longest. That's where cinema is watched and re-watched and experienced by families. By allowing the artists in the tent to help consult and give feedback to the electronics companies on Filmmaker Mode, we can collectively help make the consumer’s experience even more like it is in the cinema.”

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