The Berlinale and the Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen are pleased to present several outstanding film restoration projects from Germany and abroad during the Retrospective.
This year’s first highlight will be the premiere of the rediscovered color version of HAMLET (D 1920/21, directed by: Svend Gade, Heinz Schall) with Asta Nielsen in the title role. Unlike other works with this silent film actress, the film had never been lost, though until recently only a black-and-white version had been known to exist. On occasion of the 57th Berlinale, the Retrospective will present the elaborately restored color version for the first time, on February 10 at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. >> more
With CABIRIA by Giovanni Pastrone – the first monumental work in the history of film to achieve international success – the Retrospective will be screening still another sensational, newly discovered work on February 17 and 18. This early masterpiece of Italian cinema, whose magnificent sets and brilliant colors are still fascinating today, exists in two versions. The Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin has restored the original silent version (I 1913/14) and, what is more, the 1931 sound version, which had been believed lost.
The Austrian Film Museum is presenting Erich von Stroheim’s BLIND HUSBANDS in an Austrian version from 1921/22. Released under the distribution title DIE RACHE DER BERGE (BLINDE EHEMÄNNER) with German intertitles, this restored print is the most complete version of the film in existence today. It will be screened on February 12.
Premiered as DER TURM DES SCHWEIGENS in January 1925, this was the third film starring Xenia Desni which the experienced director Johannes Guter made for Decla Film. And although it is exemplary for the high artistic standards of cinema at the time, DER TURM DES SCHWEIGENS was overlooked by film historians until recently. The newly restored version of Johannes Guter’s film – a project of the Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau Foundation in Wiesbaden – will be presented on February 9.