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DIASTOR conducts color analysis for CALIGARI restoration

DIASTOR is involved in the restoration of “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari” (Germany 1919) by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung in Wiesbaden, currently under way under the supervision of Anke Wilkening at L`Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna.

Based on the findings of their previous research project “Film History Re-mastered” the DIASTOR research team investigates differently tinted and toned nitrate prints regarding their color schemes and the application of the various tints and tones. Our aim is to identify the colors applied and the relationships among the different prints in collaboration with Dr. Ulrich Ruedel from the British Film Institute.

An extensive photographic documentation of the colors from the 1920s has been completed by project manager Barbara Flueckiger in Bologna. Nobel prize laureate Prof. Dr. Richard R. Ernst has conducted measurements on the Raman spectroscope. Additional measurements are scheduled for next week.


Combination of tinting and toning on a nitrate print of “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari”

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