(Re)Discoveries: New Restorations, New Prints

  • April 9, 2016 — June 12, 2016

As cinema moves into its second century, the preservation of classic films is finding new life through digital technology and collaborative efforts by film archives and studios worldwide. At the same time, appreciation for the glories of 35mm film prints and the opportunity for new generations to see the originals on the big screen remains a distinct pleasure. The Film Center is pleased to present this selection of iconic classics enjoying a second life via restoration or preservation, either by digital magic or lovingly made film prints. We hope you’ll discover something new, or see a longtime favorite in an entirely new light.


A Brighter Summer Day

Directed by Edward Yang

A sprawling cast, set against a backdrop of political and social turmoil in early-’60s Taiwan, forms the basis for Yang’s

Real-life Tuskegee Airman and actor Virgil Richardson plays a version of himself in STRANGE VICTORY - a heroic black pilot coming home from the war to find that he is refused jobs because of the color of his skin. The newly restored documentary STRANGE VICTORY (1948), directed by Leo Hurwitz and produced by Barney Rosset. The new restoration, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, was off the original 1948 35mm fine grain master postive. The work was done by Metropolis Post, Rich Cutler Sound and Mix and Milestone Films.

Strange Victory

Directed by Leo Hurwitz

Hurwitz, while known best for his Emmy- and Peabody-award-winning film covering the 1962 Adolf Eichmann war crimes trial as well


Fat City

Directed by John Huston

A Hollywood legend of outsized proportions, Huston returned to critical and commercial success with the late-career Fat City, which trades


Heaven Can Wait

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

Aging playboy Henry Van Cleve (Don Ameche) dies and dutifully heads directly to hell, where the lobby looks very similar


Black Girl

Directed by Ousmane Sembene

Sembene, the unofficial “father” of African cinema, made his feature film debut with the ravishing Black Girl, a meditation on



Directed by Akira Kurosawa

One of the late masterpieces of Japanese master Kurosawa's long and distinguished career, Ran was inspired by Shakespeare's King Lear

Director Akira Kurosawa. Photo Courtesy of Rialto Pictures.


Directed by Chris Marker

Marker’s (La Jetee, Sans Soleil) hyper-observational style is on full display in A.K. as he skirts around Akira Kurosawa’s legendary,


Late Spring

Directed by Yasujirō Ozu

Noriko (the incomparable Setsuko Hara in her first of six roles with Ozu), late twenties, lives at home with her