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Restoring Harry Smith's Mahagonny

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Harry Smith is probably best remembered for his Folkways' "Anthology of American Folk Music" which contributed to the folksong revival of the late 1950s and 60s. Harry Smith was also a prolific collector, artist, and avant-garde filmmaker. His work "Mahagonny" is a 221-minute, split screen art film that was set to the sound track of the 1930s opera "Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny" by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. Smith's film "event" required four projectors and two projectionists who followed Smith's notes on how to time the projection of the images to the music. Smith died in 1991. This film documents the research that guided the restoration of the film onto a 35mm single strand film. The film is highlights the detective work that is often a part of film restoration. Copyright: 2002 Cineric, Inc. Directed by Simon Lund. Executive Producer: Balazs Nyari. Used with permission of Rani Signh, the Harry Smith Foundation (http://www.harrysmitharchives.com).

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  • 16mm