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National Museum of Singapore - Film Restoration School Asia


Tue Nov 19 2013, 9:30am–10:00pm

Where: Gallery Theatre, National Musem, 93 Stamford Road, Museum, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


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Film Restoration School Asia is the first Asian edition of the world-renowned Film Restoration Summer School. Hosted by the National Museum of Singapore in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, L’Immagine Ritrovata and Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation, the six-day programme provides film preservation and restoration training through screenings, lectures and practical hands-on lessons.

As part of the National Museum of Singapore Cinémathèque’s efforts to generate greater awareness about film restoration and preservation, selected lectures, talks and screenings of restored films will be opened to the public, conducted by film preservation and restoration experts from around the world.

Admission is free upon registration on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please visit or call 6332 3659.


Film Scanning Strategies
Speaker: Sibylle Maier (ARRI)
Tue 19 Nov 2013 | 9.30am – 11am

This lecture will provide an overview of the basics of film digitisation. The speaker will discuss the process and difficulties of digitising old film material. She will also share the technical knowledge required for a film scanning project.

Case Studies

The Restoration of Taxi Driver (1976)
Speaker: Grover Crisp (Sony Pictures Entertainment)
Tue 19 Nov 2013 | 11.30am – 1pm

This case-study will re-examine the process of restoring Taxi Driver (1976).

Taxi Driver was restored in 2011 by Sony Pictures Entertainment on the occasion of its 35th Anniversary.

Film Screening
Tuesday 19 November 2013 | 8pm – 10pm

Taxi Driver
Director: Martin Scorsese
1976 / USA / 114 min / DCP / M18
In English

Etched firmly into the canon of American cinema as a defining film from the 1970s, Taxi Driver is one of the most relentless and unforgiving explorations of the post-World War II psyche. In the film, Vietnam veteran, Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro), roams the streets of New York as an insomniac taxi driver. Anxiety builds up as Travis observes and laments about the nocturnal unrest and exploitation that unfolds around him, leading to his gradual descent into madness. He develops a consuming, spiritual inclination towards vengeance, which transforms him into a vigilante committing an acute and singular act of heroic violence. With a script by Paul Schrader, and brilliant cinematography by Michael Chapman, Martin Scorsese reveals the portrait of an accursed city – not unlike Sodom and Gomorrah – and its mythology of the isolated urban anti-hero in the throes of passion and madness.

Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment / Park Circus