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The year 2001, May 19 - 20
Satyajit Ray in the West
This presentation resulted in many people being able to enjoy screenings of Ray films, from excellent prints.
You see, of the many films Ray produced, Directed and wrote, the issue of good surviving prints is the number one sorrow. Many of the originals were lost in the London fire that claimed the film warehouse where his best existing prints had been collected for duplication. This tragic event made the job of restoration many times more complex than for a "normal" film. For the case of this discussion, a normal film is defined as a film, regardless of quality or artistic merit, was reproduced in sufficient versions so that damaged sections can be removed from better ones, and the process of comparison, on a scene by scene basis, is done to find the best "survivor". This scene, or section of the film, is then set aside, to be reassembled into the original order once it has been restored. These days, computers and digital 'image enhancement' techniques are the most prevalent and cost effective way to complete a restoration.
In the case of Ray's films, however, we do not have the luxury of having several prints to select less damaged elements/scenes from. In some instances, there are few, or none, of the films known to exist. Since he is one of the great film maker, it is critically important that what there is surviving be cared for and preserved as much and as soon as possible.
It is toward this end that Gabreal Franklin wishes to thank Professor Dillup Basu and the people working with him in the effort to not only preserve and restore the remaining works by Ray, but also to applaud the work in assembling the terrific body of notes, drawings, storyboards, poster sketches and other materials created by this mastermind of filmmaking during his creative process.
Be sure to check here for more news about All Planet's work with the Ray Foundation and Professor Dillip Basu as Gabreal, Aloke and Arthur continue their support of this ongoing project.
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Invited supporters of Satyajit Ray
"Satyajit Ray in Russia",
"Satyajit Ray in My Cinema",
"Satyajit Ray in America",
"Satyajit Ray in Britain",
Invited Supporters out of the country on these dates are:
Francis Ford Coppola
Mr. Franklin sends regards and best wishes to everyone lucky enough to be at the event, and hopes they enjoy the restored film, part of the fruits of Professor Basu's wonderful efforts to preserve as much as possible of Satyajit Ray's body of work.
3:30 p.m.: Media Theater
A banquet Dinner will be held at West Coast
Santa Cruz Hotel, 175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz.
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