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Sun, Oct 24, 2010

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Retour de Flamme

Presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

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Tickets $20 general public/$15 seniors, students, and Brattle Members. [Special Event: No Brattle Passes]

We are delighted that film director and archivist Serge Bromberg (HENRI-GEORGES CLOUZOT’S INFERNO) will present his internationally acclaimed program RETOUR DE FLAMME for the first time in Boston here at the Brattle! Bromberg delights in uncovering the most interesting pieces from the history of film. As a way to share this delight with a wider audience Bromberg screens some of the films he has discovered and restored and accompanies them himself live on the piano. The result is astonishing: an unclassifiable, entertaining show which leaves you filled with wonder and amazed by incredible images. Pure magic, offered by an addict to old reels, RETOUR DE FLAMME is a screening with live music that sets itself apart.

An Evening’s Adventure in the Land of Early Movies

Retour de Flamme“RETOUR DE FLAMME is a voyage to the land of films that time forgot. Since the age of 9, I have been looking for lost films in attics, flea markets, abandoned houses, searching for orphan cans whenever I could. […] Among our rediscovered lost films, so many – of every era – look unlike anything I had seen before. Therefore, I decided not only to restore the films, but also « restore the audiences ».

Since 1992, a dozen times a year throughout the world, I present our recent discoveries in highly personal one-man shows. With RETOUR DE FLAMME, I want to share my enthusiasm, and screen the films that most surprised me although I had never heard of them. Just as when I opened the cans for the first time, you’ll be amazed, and convinced that these old films are full of wonder, laughter, thrills, absurdity, charm, drama, unheard melodies… Perhaps more than the films of today !

RETOUR DE FLAMME is for those who want to discover another world of cinema, enjoy a trip through time, have fun, listen to the live music, hear my stories (they are amazing), and, as we go back in time, want to feel younger and younger every minute. I can’t name the casts — in any case there were no stars in early cinema — but we will show films in many genres: early sound, trick films, color, slapstick comedies, newsreels… even early films younger audiences were not supposed to see.

If you don’t know anything about the first 80 years of cinema, or if on the contrary you are an expert, please come, share the enthusiasm and many surprises. Engaging films never stale, and the films we will show tonight certainly haven’t aged at all.

You will just love it.

—Serge Bromberg

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