Gaumont to restore, digitize 270 pix

Move is backed by the French gov't

PARIS — Gaul’s Gaumont is set to restore and digitize 270 classic films in high-resolution.

The first 25 films include cult pics, Maurice Pialat’s Under the Sun of Satan,” Henri-Georges Clouzot’s “The Murderer Lives at Number 21,” Ingmar Bergman’s “Fanny and Alexander,” Jean Vigo’s “L’Atalante” and Max Ophuls’ “The Earrings of Madame De.”

The government will invest €10 million ($12.2 million) in the restoration in exchange for a revenue share from the films over the next 15 years.

The pact is part of the government’s Investissement d’Avenir (Future’s Investment) created by former president Nicolas Sarkozy. It has a budget of $122 million to digitize the libraries of select French studios, which could include StudioCanal, EuropaCorp and/or SND, according to French reports.

“This agreement signed with Gaumont aims at preserving and promoting French film heritage on all distribution platforms — theatrical, television and VOD — to boast our legal offer,” said Antoine Gosset-Grainville, managing director of government-owned bank Caisse des Depots.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety