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Film Classics Restored
September 2, 2011   
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The National Film Archive (Filmoteka Narodowa) will premiere a digitally restored version of a 1918 silent film by Eugene Illés called Mania. The History of a Cigarette Factory Worker, featuring Pola Negri, the legendary star of the Polish pre-World War II movies.

The gala screening will take place Sept. 4 at the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, with music composed by Jerzy Maksymiuk and performed by the Leopoldinum Wroc³aw Chamber Orchestra conducted by the composer.

The film was long believed lost. In 2006 the National Film Archive bought a copy of it from a Czech collector and restored it digitally using so-called 4K technology.

Since 2009 the National Film Archive has run a project to conserve and digitalize pre-World War II feature films. The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. It aims to produce digital versions of 43 historically valuable Polish films from before World War II. At the moment these exist only on original nitrocellulose film, which is highly flammable. The film will tour five European capitals including Paris (Sept. 12), Madrid (Sept. 29), London (Oct. 13), Kiev (Oct. 29) and Berlin (Nov. 8).

M.R.

Sept. 4, 6 p.m., National Philharmonic
5 Jasna St., Warsaw
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