Frame by Frame – Restoring Films
28 Oct 21–2 May 22
A single frame from the film ‘New Year’s Eve’ (GER, directed by Lupu Pick), made in 1924. There is clear damage to the edge of the film strip; the next time it is run through a projector, it will break. The film must be saved – because if the frail celluloid is lost, so too might stories and people that bear witness to the era be lost.
A new exhibition pays homage to the complex and laborious work of film restoration in the service of preserving our collective visual memory. Extensive projections amidst a backdrop of the tools of the restoration trade, and interactive installations with a loupe and a light table will invite visitors to take a detailed look at the investigative work of film restoration.
Five segments explore everything from the world-wide search for pieces of film to the reconstruction of early audio tracks, right up to colour grading and correction for Technicolor films. The exhibition follows the process of using segments of film from the temperature-controlled vaults of film archives and the darkrooms of film labs to rebuild a complete film.
The exhibition is funded by the Governing Mayor of Berlin – Senate Chancellery and the Wüstenrot Foundation.