A FILM GONE MISSING FOR 80 YEARS!
CELLULOID ANGELS is inviting you to this absolutely exceptional event. To participate in the restoration of a film once deemed lost and yet to be seen! And not just any film! A distribution teeming with great actors, among whom the mythical Jean GABIN in his first major role in cinema.
Cinephiles will immediately spot the connection with Jean VIGO’s l'ATALANTE...as if two years earlier, LA BELLE MARINIERE could have somehow and in some way inspired the chef-d'oeuvre...
Judge for yourself from the synopsis:
''Jean, captain on a barge, saves Marinette, daughter of a lock keeper, from drowning. He takes her aboard, where she passes her time in the company of his sister, Mique. They will fall in love and, soon enough, Jean and Marinette tie the knot. But at some point during the wedding ceremony, Sylvestre, the groom’s best friend, there attending the nuptials on the barge, in turn succumbs to Marinette’s charms. Mique, noticing what’s going on and not without a pang of jealousy alerts her brother. The two men came to blows, before Sylvestre flees. Life follows its monotonous course from lock to lock. Until one day, the couple again crosses the path of Sylvestre. Marinette, now head over heels for the young sailor, absconds on his barge sailing the canal in the opposite direction...''
By way of their international contacts, Serge BROMBERG and his team at LOBSTER FILMS have come across a 35mm copy down the UCLA archives. For the adventure to begin, we are launching this new campaign, seeking to collect the necessary funds to digitize the one and only known original. Technically, it will involve creating a 35mm duplicate (a 35mm back-up copy of the original) followed by a 2K scan once this element arrives on French soil.
All contributors to this project will be able to follow each and every single step throughout all the stages of this incredible event. So it all remains for you to join with us, unless you want to offer a close one this unique gift.
It will be a most beautiful gesture and the satisfaction of being among the first to lay eyes on a rare film!
Breakdown of collected funds for LOBSTER FILMS
- 11 400 euros of collected funds will go towards financing both the project and corresponding rewards (76% of collected funds). The total cost for the 2K restoration comes to 70 896 euros excluding tax; the collected funds will help finance the initial stages (35mm copy of the original and 2K digitizing in France)
- 3 600 euros will be allocated to CELLULOID ANGELS for managing the campaign (digital communication, press advertising, press relations, monitoring the restoration, managing the community and logistics concerning the rewards).
END OF COLLECTION OF FUNDS ON 25 DECEMBER 2016
Wednesday, decembre 21st 2016
Incredible! For this morning, the goal is reached and LOBSTER MOVIES is now going to be able to start the works of the restoration of this movie! An immense one thanks to all the collectives who mobilized and grace to whom this movie is going to return! Thanks to Patrick GLATRE (Mission Cinema of the CG95) for its invaluable advice, thanks to ARMOR-LUX for the original support and the sailor sweaters, thanks to the collective of MERIEL who gathered the most important gift of the campaign with the implication of the Municipality of MERIEL, his tourist office, the Association of the Friends of the Abbey Notre-Dame du Val and the Association of the Friends of the Museum Jean Gabin (in private individuals Mathias and Florence MONCORGE, Jean-Louis DELANNOY, Hubert BERGER, Sylvie LEREBOURG and Latifa CHAREF), thanks to the collective of BUEIL who gathered the Municipality of BUEIL, the City Museum of the Cinema Jean DELANNOY and the Association of Friends of the Film-maker Jean DELANNOY (In private individuals, Claire DELANNOY, Michel CITHER, Denis JOULAIN and Rémy DUPONT)! Finally thanks to all the fans of this adventure and Charles ZIGMAN, who found the original 35mm copy! All the gifts collected beyond the objective are going to allow LOBSTER MOVIES to finance this restoration and to be so able to deepen the work. They will in particular allow to have a bigger room for maneuver if plans of the movie were particularly damaged. Finally (let us dream about little), according to the reached sums, LOBSTER MOVIES can maybe have a bait of budget to envisage the release of the movie in room! That would be fabulous !!!