(l-r) George Eastman and Thomas Edison
It was July 30, 1928. George Eastman, the founder the Eastman Kodak Company, had a garden party at his home in Rochester, New York, the weekend before the announcment of Kodacolor. His guest list was very impressive and included:
- Thomas Edison - an American inventor and businessman who developed the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and much more.
- General John Pershing - a general officer in the United States Army in World War I.
- Hiram Percy Maxim - an American radio pioneer and inventor.
- Dr. F. E. Ives - an American inventor in charge of the photographic laboratory at Cornell University.
- W. G.Stuber - President Eastman Kodak Company at the time.
In the morning, Mr. Eastman showed his guests a new system for the home movie maker - Kodacolor Film. He told them a filter and bright sunshine were all they would need and then invited his guests to use the system themselves. That evening the processed Kodacolor film that was shot earlier in the garden was shown.
Laborer's Love Poster
Lanwei BJ has been busy restoring five classical Chinese films this year including Laborer's Love (Laogong zhi aiqing), a 1922 short film produced in China.
Wang Haizhi, CEO of Lanwei, said "modern technology helped lower the cost and enhance the efficiency significantly on movie repairing. The fact that these were originated on motion picture film, makes it possible for us to have these images with over 100-years of history, and films are still the best archival media today."
Scenes from Gate of Hell before and after restoration (Photo ©1953 Kadokawa Pictures)
Gate of Hell is the first Japanese feature film shot on EASTMAN Color Negative Film 5248 / Tungsten EI25. Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa in 1953, this movie was awarded the Grand Prize in Cannes in 1954 and also won two Academy Awards®.
The restoration was a joint project of Kadokawa Pictures and the National Film Center (NFC) of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, who conducted research and led the project as film archivists. The intention was to faithfully restore the original 1953 look of EASTMAN Color Film.
President and General Manager
Entertainment and Commercial Films Group
Vice President of Eastman Kodak Company
It’s no secret that the entertainment industry is engaged in a technology transition that puts high stakes on the line when it comes to the preservation of motion picture assets. “The Digital Dilemma 2,” recently published by the Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, takes a thorough and analytical look at the impact of the digital revolution on filmmakers’ assets, and in particular, the assets and processes of independent filmmakers.
The report follows 2007’s “The Digital Dilemma,” which focused on studio content, and like its predecessor, this second in-depth study covers critical topics for the overall industry in terms of securing entertainment assets for the long term.
The Korean Film Archive
Written by Bong-Young Kim
Head of Film Conservation Center, Korean Film Archive
Translated with permission from the Korean Film Archive
Movies document the culture and awareness of contemporary times and such recognition, elevates the cultural value of movies. Back in February, Turning Point of the Youngsters, by Jong-Hwa Ahn (1934) was registered as a cultural property in Korea. This is the eighth classical film registered as cultural property, all of which are securely kept in the Korean Film Archive.