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DIE LIEBE DER JEANNE NEY - new restoration

PostSat Aug 26, 2017 11:17 am

Last night I saw the new 2K restoration of DIE LIEBE DER JEANNE NEY (1927) in Cologne. The Murnaustiftung have restored the film from the print held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. They commissioned Bernd Thewes to compose an orchestral score from the piano music held at MoMA for the film. Earlier this year Frank Strobel had recorded the score with the WDR Funkhausorchester and earlier this week the new restoration had been premiered in in Berlin in front of an audience.
We saw the film with full orchestra, Frank Strobel conducting and the composer present. Unfortunately the auditorium at the WDR Funkhaus in Cologne, the home of a local TV station, was less than half full. I estimated about 250 patrons were there, who nevertheless applauded the musicians long and hard.
The film - my favourite Pabst - looks great in this new restoration and the music accompanied it wonderfully. It is always great to have a full orchestra to play the score. It struck me again how much like a Hitchcock film DIE LIEBE DER JEANNE NEY is. Fritz Rasp with his trademark sneer is especially vile in this.
This restoration will air on Arte later this year as part of their season celebrating UFA's 100th birthday. There will also be a DVD or bluray release. Next Monday Arte are showing the new restorations of WEGE ZU KRAFT UND SCHÖNHEIT and MÜNCHHAUSEN, as well as a new documentary on UFA.
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Re: DIE LIEBE DER JEANNE NEY - new restoration

PostSat Aug 26, 2017 9:36 pm

About three evenings ago I watched the Kino release, and wondered after its release on video silence followed.
Glad to know there is a restored update on it.
Last night I watched Joe May's Asphalt, and I believe this one does deserves some upgrade as well.
I am not an expert on scores, but both of them seem very satisfactory (Kino releases)

If Eurika!/Masters Of Cinema or Kino/Lorber releases them on Blu-Ray I will buy them both again.

Too bad I miss all these films on the big screen.

Thank you for these news, wish I were there.
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Re: DIE LIEBE DER JEANNE NEY - new restoration

PostSun Aug 27, 2017 5:42 am

There is a new restoration of ASPHALT out on bluray. Unfortunately it seems to be only available as part of Murnaustiftung's "Jubiläumsedition" released in 2016.

https://www.amazon.de/50-Jahre-Murnau-Stiftung-Jubil%C3%A4umsedition-Blu-rays/dp/B01K429ZUY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503833797&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=fw+murnaustiftung+jubil%C3%A4umsedition

And even more unfortunately it only has German titles. Most probably that is because Murnaustiftung want to license the films abroad. So there is a chance that Kino or MoC will release a version.
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PostSun Aug 27, 2017 5:53 pm

Arndt wrote:There is a new restoration of ASPHALT out on bluray. Unfortunately it seems to be only available as part of Murnaustiftung's "Jubiläumsedition" released in 2016.

https://www.amazon.de/50-Jahre-Murnau-Stiftung-Jubil%C3%A4umsedition-Blu-rays/dp/B01K429ZUY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503833797&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=fw+murnaustiftung+jubil%C3%A4umsedition

And even more unfortunately it only has German titles. Most probably that is because Murnaustiftung want to license the films abroad. So there is a chance that Kino or MoC will release a version.


Many thanks for your reply & the link to the box set,(the lack of English titles does not bother me) I will keep it on my wish list, until my wallet recovers from the last Silent film spending spree.
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PostMon Aug 28, 2017 4:06 am

Arnt, does there seem to be a concerted effort to restore a number of German film productions these days from the 20s-30s? I just got the Eureka Westfront 1918 and Kameradschaft in Blu(as many of my purchases are these days) and loved them both. There are a number of pre-1933 talkies that were existing that I want to see and some are musicals. I can hope.
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PostMon Aug 28, 2017 9:23 am

moviepas wrote:Arnt, does there seem to be a concerted effort to restore a number of German film productions these days from the 20s-30s? I just got the Eureka Westfront 1918 and Kameradschaft in Blu(as many of my purchases are these days) and loved them both. There are a number of pre-1933 talkies that were existing that I want to see and some are musicals. I can hope.


Definitely. There are a number of institutions at work simultaneously and there is a steady if slow trickle of restored films coming out. Next week Arte are going to broadcast the restored print of DIE LIEBE DER JEANNE NEY together with VIKTOR UND VIKTORIA and DER MANN, DER SHERLOCK HOLMES war. Happy birthday, UFA, and thanks for the presents!
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PostTue Aug 29, 2017 3:53 pm

Thanks for the update -- the restoration sounds great. After a recent visit to Berlin's terrific film museum, I was wondering if there was a good book on the history of the UFA studios in English. Any recommendations?

The documentary will hopefully be released in the States as well.
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PostTue Aug 29, 2017 4:52 pm

Decotodd wrote:Thanks for the update -- the restoration sounds great. After a recent visit to Berlin's terrific film museum, I was wondering if there was a good book on the history of the UFA studios in English. Any recommendations?

The documentary will hopefully be released in the States as well.

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PostThu Aug 31, 2017 1:58 pm

A restoration of WEGE ZU KRAFT UND SCHÖNHEIT?

Perhaps we will be able to see for ourselves if Leni R. was one of the nearly naked dancers, as she always claimed.
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PostFri Sep 01, 2017 7:42 am

There's a pretty nice version on the Arte website with a truly craptastic music score, I wonder if that's it?
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PostSat May 05, 2018 8:05 pm

Arndt wrote:There is a new restoration of ASPHALT out on bluray. Unfortunately it seems to be only available as part of Murnaustiftung's "Jubiläumsedition" released in 2016.

https://www.amazon.de/50-Jahre-Murnau-Stiftung-Jubil%C3%A4umsedition-Blu-rays/dp/B01K429ZUY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503833797&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=fw+murnaustiftung+jubil%C3%A4umsedition

And even more unfortunately it only has German titles. Most probably that is because Murnaustiftung want to license the films abroad. So there is a chance that Kino or MoC will release a version.


Arndt, do you know if Die wunderbare Lüge der Nina Petrowna (1929) has also undergone a 2K/4K restoration like Asphalt and Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney via Murnaustiftung?
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PostSun May 06, 2018 1:42 am

Keatonesque wrote:
Arndt wrote:There is a new restoration of ASPHALT out on bluray. Unfortunately it seems to be only available as part of Murnaustiftung's "Jubiläumsedition" released in 2016.

https://www.amazon.de/50-Jahre-Murnau-Stiftung-Jubil%C3%A4umsedition-Blu-rays/dp/B01K429ZUY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503833797&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=fw+murnaustiftung+jubil%C3%A4umsedition

And even more unfortunately it only has German titles. Most probably that is because Murnaustiftung want to license the films abroad. So there is a chance that Kino or MoC will release a version.


Arndt, do you know if Die wunderbare Lüge der Nina Petrowna (1929) has also undergone a 2K/4K restoration like Asphalt and Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney via Murnaustiftung?

I don't know if that's a 2K restoration, but Die wunderbare Lüge der Nina Petrowna (1929) was broadcast on Arte some years back. I saw the digital print at Forum des Images and it's absolutely breathtaking. I hope that one day it will be on DVD.
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Re: DIE LIEBE DER JEANNE NEY - new restoration

PostSun May 06, 2018 3:21 am

Ann Harding wrote:
Keatonesque wrote:
Arndt wrote:There is a new restoration of ASPHALT out on bluray. Unfortunately it seems to be only available as part of Murnaustiftung's "Jubiläumsedition" released in 2016.

https://www.amazon.de/50-Jahre-Murnau-Stiftung-Jubil%C3%A4umsedition-Blu-rays/dp/B01K429ZUY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1503833797&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=fw+murnaustiftung+jubil%C3%A4umsedition

And even more unfortunately it only has German titles. Most probably that is because Murnaustiftung want to license the films abroad. So there is a chance that Kino or MoC will release a version.


Arndt, do you know if Die wunderbare Lüge der Nina Petrowna (1929) has also undergone a 2K/4K restoration like Asphalt and Die Liebe der Jeanne Ney via Murnaustiftung?


I don't know if that's a 2K restoration, but Die wunderbare Lüge der Nina Petrowna (1929) was broadcast on Arte some years back. I saw the digital print at Forum des Images and it's absolutely breathtaking. I hope that one day it will on DVD.


Fascinating. Murnaustiftung has seemed to prefer 2K restorations in recent years, so I hope we can find out if Die wunderbare Lüge der Nina Petrowna follows that pattern. It's very exciting so many late 20s Wiemar gems have received this treatment overseas and may finally get BD releases alongside DVDs. A decade ago, DVDs were the norm, but in 2018, these films deserve better (including many that Warner has woefully released strictly as DVD-Rs rather than DVDs). Speaking of Wiemar cinema and the otherworldly Brigitte Helm, I am also wondering what the status is of another classic she was in, Marcel L'Herbier's L'Argent (1928). Its initial distribution makes me think perhaps it too is in the hands of Murnaustiftung, which would bode well for its 2K/4K restoration chances, if it hasn't already been subject to restoration.
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PostSun May 06, 2018 5:47 am

To the best of my knowledge, L'Argent (1928) is currently being restored by Lobster.
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PostSun May 06, 2018 1:25 pm

andybenz wrote:To the best of my knowledge, L'Argent (1928) is currently being restored by Lobster.


I just glanced at their website and you're correct! It's supposed to be completed this year: https://www.lobsterfilms.com/fr/editions
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PostWed May 09, 2018 12:44 pm

Does anyone know if the print of Die wunderbare Lüge der Nina Petrowna used for the 2012 SFSFF presentation was a restored version or just a pre-restored version via Murnau Stiftung?
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PostWed May 09, 2018 10:03 pm

Keatonesque wrote:Does anyone know if the print of Die wunderbare Lüge der Nina Petrowna used for the 2012 SFSFF presentation was a restored version or just a pre-restored version via Murnau Stiftung?


It was 35mm, and looked very nice. Can’t say whether it was “restored,” as it may have just been one of those films that survives in fine condition and doesn’t need restoration. BFI has a print with English titles, but SFSFF were unable to get that one for some reason. We’ve played for the Eastman House print too (at Telluride), and it has substantial censorship problems — someone cut out large swaths.
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PostThu May 10, 2018 5:27 am

To the best of my knowledge, they have an original camera negative for this film in good condition.
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PostThu May 10, 2018 12:43 pm

andybenz wrote:To the best of my knowledge, they have an original camera negative for this film in good condition.


This bodes well for Nina Petrowna then. It may not need immense restoration work, so a 2K/4K scan by Lobster or the Murnau Stiftung may be all that's necessary. Fingers crossed. More Brigitte Helm is a good thing.

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