ILLUZION CINEMA
RESTORATIONS
AND DISCOVERIES
The tasks of film archives are quite diverse. They are charged with not only collecting, not only identifying, not only storing, not only restoring, but also recovering films, giving them new life.
A festival of archival films is a natural event that allows a film to experience a “rebirth”. There are many such festivals in the world. The festival of archival films of the Gosfilmofond of Russia is one of the youngest, although it has existed for almost a quarter of a century.
The films that have been undeservedly forgotten, recently discovered, restored, obtained from other archives, appear before the viewers almost “for the first time” after many years of oblivion.

This oblivion is often caused by accidental reasons that lie far from the matter of viewers’ attention. Technologies of film screening change, analogue film projectors are replaced by digital ones: and already entire generations of films that are not even that old fall out of use. Digitization is a natural way to bring them back to viewers, to bring them onto a new technological “orbit”.
Films get “lost” in catalogs due to a change in release title in another country, and researchers sometimes spend many years of their lives trying to establish the real “name” of yet another old film.
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It also happens that fragments of one film are scattered in different places, and then the archivist has to put them together, recreating the original author’s intention.
There are many such stories.
A festival of archival films gives viewers an amazing opportunity to become acquainted with the secrets of the history of cinema, to experience the joy of becoming familiar with the true values ​​of the past, which then become the values ​​of the present.
In the program of reconstructions of the 2021 festival, we have collected films from different eras, from the "primitives" of the early 20th century to the works of our contemporaries.
Here we find “Judith and Holofernes”, an early work by Louis Feuillade, the future director of the famous serial “Fantômas’, so beloved by the avant-garde artists of the 1920s in France and the Soviet Union.
A whole selection of early Italian films, united by the name of the poet Torquato Tasso includes two biographical films about him and a film adaptation of his poem "Jerusalem Delivered", made by the famous director of historical "action films" Enrico Guazzoni in 1910.
Among the works of our compatriots is the unfinished film of one of the brightest figures of Lenfilm studio and of all Russian cinema, Dinara Asanova, "The Stranger" (1985), as well as the restored "Moloch" by Aleksandr Sokurov.
The program also includes two films by Nutsa Gogoberidze, one of the first Georgian (and Soviet) women directors, “Buba” and “Desperate Valley” (“Ujmuri”). She was also a co-director of the first film by the famous Mikhail Kalatozov, “Their Kingdom”.
We will see for the first time the unfinished film by Margarita Barskaya, "Father and Son" (1936), in which she demonstrated her amazing ability to work with children in a way that no one else has been able to do.
We will also see the digital restoration of the film-experiment by Rustam Khamdamov, "Vocal Parallels" (2005), based on the script by Renata Litvinova and featuring her.
And, finally, the audience will see “A Long Happy Life”, which exists in the minds of the modern viewer as a legend: the only film as a director of Gennady Shpalikov, one of the most famous poets of the Thaw period.

Nikolai Izvolov
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It also happens that fragments of one film are scattered in different places, and then the archivist has to put them together, recreating the original author’s intention.
There are many such stories.
A festival of archival films gives viewers an amazing opportunity to become acquainted with the secrets of the history of cinema, to experience the joy of becoming familiar with the true values ​​of the past, which then become the values ​​of the present.
In the program of reconstructions of the 2021 festival, we have collected films from different eras, from the "primitives" of the early 20th century to the works of our contemporaries.
Here we find “Judith and Holofernes”, an early work by Louis Feuillade, the future director of the famous serial “Fantômas’, so beloved by the avant-garde artists of the 1920s in France and the Soviet Union.
A whole selection of early Italian films, united by the name of the poet Torquato Tasso includes two biographical films about him and a film adaptation of his poem "Jerusalem Delivered", made by the famous director of historical "action films" Enrico Guazzoni in 1910.
Among the works of our compatriots is the unfinished film of one of the brightest figures of Lenfilm studio and of all Russian cinema, Dinara Asanova, "The Stranger" (1985), as well as the restored "Moloch" by Aleksandr Sokurov.
The program also includes two films by Nutsa Gogoberidze, one of the first Georgian (and Soviet) women directors, “Buba” and “Desperate Valley” (“Ujmuri”). She was also a co-director of the first film by the famous Mikhail Kalatozov, “Their Kingdom”.
We will see for the first time the unfinished film by Margarita Barskaya, "Father and Son" (1936), in which she demonstrated her amazing ability to work with children in a way that no one else has been able to do.
We will also see the digital restoration of the film-experiment by Rustam Khamdamov, "Vocal Parallels" (2005), based on the script by Renata Litvinova and featuring her.
And, finally, the audience will see “A Long Happy Life”, which exists in the minds of the modern viewer as a legend: the only film as a director of Gennady Shpalikov, one of the most famous poets of the Thaw period.

Nikolai Izvolov
France, Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont
1909, 17 minutes
Restored by Gosfilmofond. DCP
Italy, S. A. Ambrosio
1909, 13 minutes
Restored by Gosfilmofond. DCP
Italy, Cines (the Princeps series)
1911, 25 minutes
Reconstructed and restored by Gosfilmofond. DCP
Italy, Savoia Film
1914, 45 minutes
Reconstructed and restored by Gosfilmofond. DCP
USA, Jesse L. Lasky per Famous Players-Lasky Productions
1918, 66 minutes
Restoration of Cineteca di Bologna in cooperation with MoMA, BFI, and the Gosfilmofond of Russia, DCP
USSR, Lenfilm
1966, 76 minutes
Restored by Gosfilmofond and the Lenfilm studio. DCP
Kazakhstan, Russia, Kazakhfilm, GALA TV, Kinoprom
2005, 66 minutes
Restored by Gosfilmofond and Kazakhfilm. DCP
Russia, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Lenfilm, Goskino of Russia, Fusion Product (Japan), zero film (Germany), with participation of: Filmboard Berlin / Brandenburg GmbH (Germany), Fondation Monteсinemaverita (Switzerland)
1999, 107 minutes
Restored by Lenfilm with the participation of Gosfilmofond. DCP
USSR, Lenfilm
1985, 50 minutes
The film is unfinished.
USSR, Goskinprom of Georgia
1930, 37 minutes
Restored by 3003 FILM PRODUCTION.
Digital copy with added soundtrack courtesy of 3003 FILM PRODUCTION. Music by Giorgi Tsintsadze. DCP
USSR, Goskinprom of Georgia
1934, 46 minutes
Restored by 3003 FILM PRODUCTION.
Digital copy with added soundtrack courtesy of 3003 FILM PRODUCTION. Music by Giya Kancheli. DCP
USA, Norma Talmadge per Joseph M. Schenck Productions
1924, 90 minutes
The copy was restored by L'Immagine Ritrovata lab with the participation of Gosfilmofond. Copy courtesy of Cineteca di Bologna. DCP
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