Film archives, both public and private, are the organizations responsible for acquiring, safeguarding, documenting and making films available to current and future generations for study and pleasure. The International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) has been dedicated to the preservation of, and access to, the world’s film heritage since 1938. It brings together the world's leading non-profit institutions in this field; FIAF and its affiliates comprise more than 150 archives in 74 countries and have rescued more than two million films in the last 80 years.
An annual summit meeting of top film preservationists, the FIAF Congress takes place in a different city each year, and in 2017 it will be hosted in Los Angeles by the Academy Film Archive and the UCLA Film and Television Archive. It’s a golden opportunity for Southern California cinephiles to see some of the latest discoveries and restorations from FIAF’s global network.
Stefan Dröessler of the Munich Film Museum brings two programs to the Egyptian. An afternoon of shorts from the Hal Roach Studios features little-known comedy team Anita Garvin and Marion Byron as well as shorts starring their occasional foil Max Davidson. Emil Jannings stars in ALGOL, a sci-fi tale about the corrupting influence of power that features the wild production design of Walter Reimann (THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI); the program is co-presented by the Art Directors Guild Film Society. And from the Hungarian National Film Archive, György Ráduly unveils his new restoration of TWO GIRLS ON THE STREET, one of the first features by noted B-movie specialist André de Toth.
Series compiled by Gwen Deglise, Stefan Dröessler and György Ráduly. Program notes by John Hagelston.