Serge Bromberg’s Retour de Flamme: A Presentation of Wondrous New Discoveries. 70 min.
Serge Bromberg, the founder of Lobster Films in Paris, is a true impresario: a huntsman who salvages lost classics and curiosities of cinema from attics, flea markets, and other serendipitous places; a conservator who collaborates with archives, foundations, studios, and festivals worldwide to restore these films; and a born showman who, through his now-famous Retour de Flamme (Saved from the flames) presentations, makes moviegoing a thing of wonder and excitement again. This year’s program, which Bromberg also accompanies on piano, features discoveries that he and other dogged film enthusiasts have recently made, including a previously unknown version of Buster Keaton’s The Blacksmith (1922) that the archivist and historian Fernando Martin Peña unearthed in Argentina. Special thanks to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.