HISTORY

WELCOME TO LOBSTER


Created in 1985, Lobster Films is a team whose goal is to restore films and share the discovery and the passion for cinema - from the early days until present day. A unique cinematheque, a rare-films catalogue (from Georges Méliès to the RKO collection, from Jacques Prévert to Nelly Kaplan), restoration lab, a recording studio, a producer, a DVD editor or organizer of concert films... At Lobster, we help all that participates in the sharing and the recognition of the unknown wonders of cinema.

In 1998, Lobster Films was also the first company to restore sound in films, an activity now established in our department L.E. DIAPASON. Settled since 2017 in a new place, in the heart of the 11th Arrondissement in Paris, and "enjoying" a renewed and complete technical platform and the most advanced technologies in the service of classic films and audiovisual production. We invite you to come discover our unusual, young, happy and poetic universe, centered on humankind. Restoring old films is a wonderful and exciting challenge. But we should first think about... restoring the spectator!

RETOUR DE FLAMME

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Serge BROMBERG - Eric LANGE

Eric Lange having just joined Lobster, the two companions decided in 1992, to launch a unique form of concert film revolving around a main word: wonder. Always pleasant, built around anecdotes telling restoration as a discovery and an adventure, each show is unique, and is lived like an adventure and a trip into the forgotten history of cinema. Lost films, miraculously found, restored in extremis and saved from the claws of oblivion...

Discovery, learning, fun and laughs. With Serge Bromberg playing the piano and storytelling, Retour de Flamme is a unique exploration experience of classic cinema, guided by this quirky Indiana Jones of lost films, who earned Lobster international recognition and numerous awards as prestigious as the show is sincere and simple. You will not believe your eyes...

TITRES RÉCEMMENT ÉDITÉS


  • L’intégrale des films de Georges Méliès
  • La naissance de Charlot : The Chaplin Keystone, Mutual & Essanay Projects (avec le BFI et la Cinémathèque de Bologne)
  • J’accuse d’Abel Gance
  • L’Inhumaine de Marcel L’Herbier
  • Les coffrets Jacques Feyder & King Vidor
  • Vertov, L’homme à la caméra
  • L’intégrale des courts-métrages de Buster Keaton (en collaboration avec Arte)
  • Le documentaire Charley Bowers, Un génie à Découvrir

LOBSTER IN NUMBERS


  • near 50,000 rare movies
  • more than 210,000 reels
  • 30 years of existence
  • one César and numerous international awards

STEAMBOAT FILMS

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Steamboat Films, independant film production company and sister firm of Lobster Films, was born in November 2006. It combines all film production tasks and is directed by Serge Bromberg and Marianne Lère.

A rich collabration was born, and led to the Collection Design coproduced with the Centre Pompidou for Arte, a documentary about the Le Voyage Extraordinaire and also the transmedia series H-Man with Arthur H. Steamboat Films continues its development and carries out all its production projects: documentaries, magazines and TV fictions.

Its goal is to initiate creative and ambitious projects for the European and international market.

L.E. DIAPASON

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Created in 2002, the studio L.E. Diapason is the fruit of a partnership between the Laboratoires Éclairs and the Lobster Films company, forerrunner of digital sound restoration since 1990.

Eversince, the studio has been restoring around a hundred feature-films a year and has developed a philosophy of respect for the original work. We consider recording, sound editing and mixing as an integral part of a movie and that they should be restored in their entirety and without distorting the aesthetics. To us, the fundamental of a successful restoration is to allow the contemporary spectator to live the same cinematic experience than the spectators present at the premiere of the film. Therefore it is not about remixing, adding or removing anything, but only about erasing the marks of time.

THEY TRUST US


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