Retour de Flamme is a screening with live music which sets itself apart. Lobster's collector of old movies himself (Serge BROMBERG) presents the films he has discovered and restored and accompanies them on the piano.
The result is astonishing: an unclassifiable, unusual two-hour show, which leaves you filled with wonder and amazed by naïve or, on the contrary, incredibly modern images. Pure magic, offered by an addict to old reels who invites you to travel.
Retour de Flamme takes place in Paris twice a year : once in winter at the Forum des Images, and once in the early summer in the open air, in a different place each year.
The next Retour de Flamme will take place on November, 28th and 29th 2009, at FORUM DES IMAGES, Paris.
FLASH BACK TO A FEW RETOUR DE FLAMME RARITIES PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT
TRIP TO THE MOON
France, 1902, 11’ , Direction : Georges Méliès . With exceptional agreement of the Melies Association.
Nobody could have ever imagined that the most famous Melies film, whose centenary was celebrated in 2002, existed with colours… Yet Lobster found one colour print in 2000, in very poor condition, and took up the bet of restoring it. A temporary version of this historic restoration was presented on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the show.
HE COMES UP SMILING
United States, 1918, Black and White Silent, 5’ Excerpt, Comedy
Production Douglas Fairbanks Pictures, director Allan Dwan
The first dazzling five minutes of a lost film starring the great Douglas Fairbanks: a miraculously surviving piece accidentally found in a box among crap. Here is the beginning of a feature film by Allan Dwan, who would employ Fairbanks again in 2 of his adventure films, Robin Hood in 1922 and The Iron Mask in 1929.
United States, 1934, 19’40, Colour, Musical
Production RKO, director Lloyd Corrigan
A cult movie, nearly disappeared: the first film ever shot in Glorious Technicolor, restored in its original brightness thanks to the fortuitous discovery of camera negatives in a university cellar!
WHEN I WAS DEAD (Als Ich Tot War)
Germany / 1916 / 33' / Comedy directed and performed by Ernst Lubitsch
This is Lubitsch's oldest surviving film in the world, as his prior works have not been found so far.
Animation / United States 1946 / 7’ / A Walt Disney Production
One has heard of the links between Dali and film, of his collaboration with Buñuel in the early thirties.
But who knows he also tried his hand at film animation?
For the centenary of his birth, here is the wonderful result of the meeting between Salvador and Walt.
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