Tuesday, 6/20/2017

Light in the Dark: 100 Years of ARRI

Premiere of Restored MÜNCHHAUSEN

 Robert Richter and August Arnold


When the Nazis produced MÜNCHHAUSEN in 1943, they wanted to show that the Third Reich and UFA studios were capable of turning out a special effects spectacle just like Hollywood could. Propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels dedicated enormous resources to the film, including using a new color processing system called Agfacolor. It was the first time three layers of color-sensitive emulsion were used on one single stip of celluloid, as was to become standard later, replacing the complex mechanical process of Technicolor, in which the light was split by a prism into cyan, magenta and yellow and three different strips of B&W celluloid were exposed.

This historic print of MÜNCHHAUSEN has now been digitally restored in 4K quality by ARRI Media in cooperation with the Murnau Foundation, and will have its world premiere at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN on June 23 at 4 p.m. The film will be introduced by ARRI Group CEO Franz Kraus, FFA film fund head Bernd Neumann, and Ernst Szebedits, chairman of the Murnau Foundation.

One week later, ARRI Media boss Josef Reidinger and Lead Producer Marko Krinke will speak with other members of the restauration team in the Gasteig Black Box on June 30 at 2 p.m. on this fascinating meeting of modern high tech and film history.

ARRI was founded in 1917 by two teenage film buffs, August Arnold and Robert Richter, in Munich's Türkenstrasse, sticking the first two letters of their last names together to form the company name: ARRI. Their first product was a film printer they built out of a lathe Robert Richter got for Christmas from his parents. The company HQ is still on the same site, but ARRI has expanded gloabally, earning 19 Oscars for technical innovation, most recently this year for the digital camera system ALEXA.

Together with lighting maker Osram, ARRI sponsors the ARRI/Osram Award for the best international film from the CineMasters Competition sidebar, valued at €50,000. ARRI provides red-carpet lighting for the Filmfest, including at the ARRI Cinema in Türkenst. 91, where the grand MÜNCHHAUSEN premiere will take place this Friday, June 23 at 4 p.m.

Hans Albers and Marianne Simson in MÜNCHHAUSEN