Saturday, June 29, 2013

Czech film restoration

Apparently the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic began last night, with John Travolta in attendence to introduce Grease, since that's 35 years old (yikes, it really is 35 years since the movie was released!) and he was one of the stars. One of the highlights of the festival is supposed to be the showing of the digital restoration print of the 1969 Czechoslovak movie All My Good Countrymen, which will be getting its first showing as I'm writing this post. So, it's too late to see that, although if you're wealthy and can afford plane tickets to the Czech Republic and then festival tickets, it's supposed to be getting another showing on Wednesday at 7:30 PM Czech time.

For those of us who can't make it to Karlovy Vary, we'll have to make do with this interview with one of hte people who helped restore the movie. That's a text transcript; if you'd rather listen to the interview, there's also a MP3 file which is about 2MB and should run five or six minutes. I listened to Radio Prague's half-hour program in which this interview was aired in full from a different source, so I don't remember exactly how long the interview runs.

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