Film series: Restorations & Rediscoveries

scene from the film THE CONFORMIST
THE CONFORMIST (1970, dir. Bernardo Bertolucci)

This spring, Cornell Cinema continues its long tradition of showcasing recent film restoration projects and rediscovered masterpieces.

For much of cinema history, movies were made on 16mm and 35mm film stocks, which are susceptible to damage from heat, moisture, light, general use, and neglect and exist in a finite number of copies. This material reality leaves many films at risk of being lost and makes film restoration an important part of collections care. 

Film archives and preservation institutions around the world identify and preserve at-risk films, working with filmmakers, surviving film materials, and the latest digital technologies to restore the vibrancy, clarity, and depth of an original film print. 

Our spring series features four recently restored works, which serve as reminders of the complex, technological history of cinema and the degree to which preservation can be an important, political act.


Solomon King 
directed by Sal Watts (1974, USA)
Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 7:00pm    
Former CIA agent and night club owner, Solomon King seeks vengeance against the sheikdom responsible for Princess Oneeba's death in this over-the-top 1970's action film shot in Oakland, California and complete with a groovy soundtrack, flashy costumes, and smooth dialogue. 1 hr 50 min

The Conformist
directed by Bernardo Bertolucci (1970, Italy)
Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 7:00pm
Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 7:30pm    
Tasked with a political assassination on his honeymoon in Paris, a young Italian fascist faces his unresolved sexual past and its connections to his current political extremism. 2 hrs 50 min

Robinson's Garden 
directed by Masashi Yamamoto (1987, Japan)
Saturday, April 15, 2023 7:00pm    
A punk bohemian girl tries to turn an abandoned industrial site into an urban garden squat in Masashi Yamamoto’s psychedelic masterpiece. Subtitled.1 hr 59 min

The Queen 
directed by Frank Simon (1968, USA)
Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 7:00pm    
A restored documentary of a pre-Stonewall drag competition, the 1967 Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant. 1 hr 8 min

Related films

Scene from the film Solomon King

Solomon King


Scene from the film The Conformist

The Conformist


Scene from the film Robinson’s Garden

Robinson’s Garden


Scene from the film The Queen

The Queen