Classic Film Stage Sisters Restored with 4K Resolution
   2014-06-17 21:13:03      Web Editor: Wang


The organizing committee of the Shanghai International Film Festival has begun working with international movie laboratories to restore classic Chinese movies.

CRI's Liu Kun has more from Shanghai.

Reporter: The classic Chinese film "Stage Sisters" got a make-over for its new global premiere. Having been restored in color and 4K resolution, this 1964 classic opened this year's Shanghai International Film Festival at the city's Daguangming Grand Theater, where the movie first wowed audiences about half a century ago.

The two sisters in the movie, Xie Fang and Cao Yindi, and one of the actors, Xu Caigen, now all around their 80s, are in attendance, taking the stage to meet their fans.

Cao Yindi, one of the sisters says, from watching a sample of the restoration, she feels excited and renewed.

"The color of the movie has been greatly improved. And the restored movie has a bigger resolution. The restored version just gave me a brand new experience of the movie. As one of the leading actresses, I am happy and excited to see that the movie has been restored to open this year's festival. And I think Director Xie Jin would be pleased to see this, too, if he was still with us."

The film is a masterpiece by the late director Xie Jin, who is one of the most influential Chinese filmmakers of the 20th century.

Under the coordination of the organizing committee of the film festival, it took six months of hard work for L'Immagine Ritrovata Film Restoration Laboratory in Bologna, Italy, to restore the movie.

Davide Pozzi, director of the laboratory, says they were careful to respect and keep the original flavor of the movie during the restoration process.

"The picture has some scratches and we have to fix everything. And then we did the correction and some restoration. At the same time, we did the restoration of the sounds."

Wu Jueren, a curator with the Shanghai Film Museum and one of the initiators of the restoration, explains that they wavered over the presentation of the movie's colors in the restoration process.

"We did a lot of research and we relied heavily on the memory of the original production team--then we set the color."

This is the first time ever that a movie restored with 4K resolution has been released on the Chinese mainland.

Alongside "Stage Sisters," the organizing committee of the festival has also introduced a number of other 4K restored classics from different countries and genres.

Among the list are the 1934 French classic "Les Miserables," the 1960 movie "Purple Noon," led by French actor Alain Delon, and American director Martin Scorsese's two masterpieces, "Taxi Driver" and "The Age of Innocence."

These 4K restorations are also screened in open air parks around the city during the festival.


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