Restoration of films
For a decade, the Franco-American Cultural Fund (FACF) has been restoring French and American films in partnership with the Cinémathèque française chaired by Costa-Gavras and the Film Foundation chaired by Martin Scorsese.
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« The challenge is not to simply restore a film, but to keep the initial experience and the soul of the film intact. You also need to preserve the way the film was manufactured at the time; you shouldn’t necessarily modernize everything. »
Mathieu Demy, french actor, director, producer
Films restored by the FACF
Directed by Max Ophüls, screenplay by Max Ophüls, Jacques Natanson, Annette Wademant, Franz Geiger, Peter Ustinov and Claude Heymann, based on Cecil Saint-Laurent’s novel La vie extraordinaire de Lola Montés.
Les Films de l’Albatros
From the Albatros archives.
Pierrot le fou
Written and directed by Jean-Luc Godard, based on Lionel White’s novel Obsession.
Written and directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau.
La 317e Section
Directed by Pierre Schoendoerffer, based on his own novel, published by Éditions de la Table Ronde.
Quai des brumes
Directed by Marcel Carné, screenplay and dialogue by Jacques Prévert, based on Pierre Mac Orlan’s novel.
La Belle et la Bête
Written and directed by Jean Cocteau, adapted from the version of the story published in 1757 by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.
La Baie des anges
Written and directed by Jacques Demy.
Directed by René Clément, screenplay and dialogue by René Clément and Paul Gégauff, adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel, The Talented Mr Ripley.
Written and directed by Jean Renoir, adapted from the novel by Georges de La Fourchardière.
Une partie de campagne
Written and directed by Jean Renoir, adapted from the short story by Guy de Maupassant.
Le dernier métro
Written and directed by François Truffaut, co-written by Suzanne Schiffmann.
The Pagnol Trilogy:
Marius directed by Alexandre Korda,
Fanny directed by Marc Allégret,
César directed by Marcel Pagnol,
screenplay and dialogues by Marcel Pagnol.
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
Written and directed by Albert Lewin.
The Secret Beyond the Door
Directed by Fritz Lang, screenplay by Silvia Richards, based on the Rufus King novel Museum Piece No. 13.
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, screenplay and dialogue by S.K. Lauren and Gordon Kahn, based on the novel Prelude to Night by Dayton Stoddart.
Sunny Side Up
Directed by David Butler, screenplay by B.G. DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson.
Directed by Stanley Kubrick, screenplay by Will Chasen.
Directed by Arthur Ripley, screenplay by Phillip Yordan, based on Cornell Woolrich’s novel The Black Path of Fear.
The Tales of Hoffmann
Written and directed by M. Powell and E. Pressburger, based on the opera by Jacques Offenbach taken from the stories of E.T.A. Hoffmann.
Her Sister’s Secret
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer, screenplay by Anne Green, based on the novel Dark Angel by Gina Kaus.
Directed by Albert S. Rogell.
Directed by John Ford, written by S.N. Behrman, Maude Fulton, Sonya Levien.