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National Museum of Singapore - Film Restoration School Asia


Sat Nov 23 2013, 2:30pm–7:00pm

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

Restrictions: All ages

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  • Admission: Free


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National Museum of Singapore - Film Restoration School Asia

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.

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Film Screenings
Saturday 23 November 2013 | 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Director: Roberto Rossellini
1950 / Italy / 106 min / DCP / Rating TBC
In Italian with English subtitles
Co-presented with Italian Cultural Institute of Singapore
Image courtesy of Cineteca di Bologna

Set on the Sicilian island of Stromboli, Rossellini’s portrait of a woman cast upon an unfamiliar land was released in 1950, in tune with a scandal which emerged from its production. Stromboli is the first collaboration between Rossellini and another renowned director, Ingrid Bergman, leading to a sensational affair which made the tabloids. In the film, Bergman stars as Karin, a Lithuanian war refugee who marries a fisherman residing on the island as a means to escape prison internment. Karin is a stranger to the conservative community residing within the harsh and unforgiving landscape of the remote island. As her despair heightens, the other protagonist of the film and main geographical feature of the island – a towering, active volcano threatening to erupt at any moment – becomes a metaphor for her precarious emotional state.

Saturday 23 November 2013 | 5pm – 7pm

Director: William Dieterle
1950 / Italy / 106 min / 35 mm / Rating TBC
In Italian with English subtitles
Co-presented with Italian Cultural Institute of Singapore
Image courtesy of Cineteca di Bologna

After shooting a series of documentaries about underwater spearfishing at the Aeolian Islands, the film studio Panaria Film approached Roberto Rossellini to make a film at the islands with his companion Anna Magnani. When Rossellini abandoned the project to shoot a film at Stromboli with Ingrid Bergman, Panaria Film responded by enlisting American director William Dieterle to direct Vulcano with Magnani who stars as Maddalena, a prostitute who is sent back by the police to the island of her birth. There, she defends her younger sister from the advances of a deep-sea diver while suffering from being ostracised by the islanders. A tale of sacrifice and familial relations, Vulcano brings forth a remarkable mix of neo-realism in its documentation of the volcanic landscape and island life. The film’s melodramatic excess is personified by Magnani’s explosive performance that unfolds in tune with the tremors of nature.