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Interview von Uni News, Universität Zürich (in German)

Die Kommunikationsabteilung der Universität Zürich hat ein Interview zu DIASTOR und zur Caligari-Restaurierung geführt:

http://www.uzh.ch/news/articles/2014/wir-verlieren-unser-filmhistorisches-erbe.html

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Fotografie einer historischen Nitratkopie von «Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari». Copyright: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden. Quelle: Archivo Nacional de la Imagen – Sodre, Montevideo/ Cineteca di Bologna. Fotografie: Barbara Flückiger, Timeline of Historical Film Colors / DIASTOR (Bild: zVG)

Six videos of new CALIGARI restoration now online

Six videos of the 2014 restoration of “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari” are now available online. DIASTOR is proud to have provided the color analysis, see various postings here. (Update January 28: We added a seventh video and replaced all the videos with HD versions).

Restoration (2014) by Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden
Copyright: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden (Murnau-Stiftung)
Digital restoration: L’Immagine Ritrovata – Film Conservation & Restoration, Bologna

Compare the videos with images of the historical tinted and toned nitrate prints on the corresponding pages of Timeline of Historical Film Colors, created and curated by DIASTOR project manager Barbara Flueckiger:

Tinted frames from “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari” (lower part of image gallery)
Toned frames from “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari” (lower part of image gallery)

Here are the links to the videos:

Comparison restoration from 1984 with 2014 (HD)

Split-screen garden VFX (HD): Lacunae in the camera negative were replaced by clips from the exhibition prints. Since these clips are different in contrast and resolution, visual effects helped to reduce the difference. The video consists of three parts: Raw scan from the negative with two lacunae; raw scan from the negative and raw scan of the nitrate print; final version.

Cesare’s escape (HD)

Murder (HD)

Exposition (HD)

Jane (HD)

Cesare opens eyes (HD

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Comparison photochemical restoration (1984, left) to digital restoration (2014). Restoration (2014): Copyright: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden. Digital restoration: L`Immagine Ritrovata — Film Conservation & Restoration, Bologna.

First video of 2014 restoration of “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari”

After the end of the press embargo, the video is online again with five additional videos.

Please find the links to the videos in the new posting here.

New Caligari Frames Discovered

Thanks to information from Dan Streible, professor of cinema studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, we became aware of an additional source for our quest for the colors of Caligari (see initial post here).

The Museo del Cine Pablo C. Ducrós Hicken, Buenos Aires under the direction of Paula Felix-Didier holds a sample book of individual tinted and toned frames from “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari”.

The restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung in Wiesbaden is currently under way under the supervision of Anke Wilkening at L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna and will have its premiere at the Berlinale Film Festival in February 2014.

See images on the corresponding pages of Timeline of Historical Film Colors, created and curated by Barbara Flueckiger:

Tinted frames from “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari” (end of the image gallery)

Toned frames from “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari” (end of the image gallery)

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Sample book with individual frames of “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari” (GER 1919, Robert Wiene). Credit: Museo del Cine Pablo C. Ducrós Hicken, Buenos Aires.

Three versions of tinted and toned CALIGARI images now online

In the framework of DIASTOR’s color analysis for the restoration of “Das Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” five differently tinted and toned nitrate prints were documented photographically.

The restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung in Wiesbaden is currently under way under the supervision of Anke Wilkening at L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna (see previous posting here) and will have its premiere at the Berlinale Film Festival in February 2014.

The images from the nitrate prints of the following institutions are available online now (Copyright: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden):

on the corresponding pages of Timeline of Historical Film Colors, created and curated by Barbara Flueckiger, project leader of DIASTOR:

Tinted frames from “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari” (see end of the image gallery)

Toned frames from “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari” (see end of the image gallery)

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Three versions of tinted and toned nitrate prints. Copyright: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden

Photographic documentation for CALIGARI restoration partially online

The first part of the photographic documentation by DIASTOR for the restoration of “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari” (Germany 1919) is now online.

The restoration by the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung in Wiesbaden is currently under way under the supervision of Anke Wilkening at L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna (see previous posting here) and will have its premiere at the Berlinale Film Festival in February 2014.

The images from the tinted and toned nitrate print of the Cinémathèque française are now displayed in the corresponding pages of Timeline of Historical Film Colors, created and curated by Barbara Flueckiger, project leader of DIASTOR:

Tinted frames from “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari”

Toned frames from “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari”

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Credit: Copyright: Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Wiesbaden. Source: Cinémathèque française, Paris Film: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (GER 1919, Robert Wiene).

Color Analysis of Caligari Near Completion

As posted earlier, the DIASTOR team conducts a color analysis of a variety of tinted and toned nitrate prints of the famous German expressionist film “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari”. In addition to the photographical documentation and tests with various types of illumination (diffuse and collimated, different color temperatures), several analytical methods to determine the dyes and chemical compounds have been tested: Measurements with spectrophotometry, Raman spectroscopy, micro-spectrophotometry, spectral photography, semi-destructive laser ablation ICP, and X-ray fluorescence. The results of these tests will be presented on up-coming conferences.

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X-ray fluorescence line-scan: Green Fe, red Ka. By Beat Aeschlimann, ETH Zurich,
Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry.

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.

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

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