Inside the archive’s treasure troves – a history restored and retold: Lerski in Technicolour

2 Minutes, 2018
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Directed by: Ran Tal
Language: Hebrew
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As part of the Israel Film Archives’ special Treasure Troves project, Ran Tal chose to focus on the work of German-Jewish director, Helmar Lerski, who was a filmmaker and one of the most eminent photographers of the 1930s and ‘40s; as well as the leading figure in his field to have documented the land in the days before the establishing of the State of Israel.
This is the second time that Tal has revisited Lerski’s work. His 2007 film, Children of the Sun, distinctly echoes Lerski’s own 1939 film of the same title. In Lerski in Technicolour, Tal features a snippet from Hebrew Melody, a Helmar Lerski film from 1935. Using a unique colourising technique and a contemporary sound design approach, Tal injects a new lease of life into this long-forgotten historical film that is well worth revisiting in the present.
Original Archival footage:
Hebrew Melody (1935)

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