Yale-restored film to be shown at National Gallery of Art

The recently restored 35mm print of “Passages from ‘Finnegan’s Wake,’” part of the Yale Film Study Center’s collection, will be screened this month in Washington, D.C. during the National Gallery of Art’s summer film series.

The 1965 work, directed by experimental filmmaker Mary Ellen Bute, was the first-ever film adaptation of a work by James Joyce and has been hailed as one of the best. Ann Horton-Line, manager of the Film Study Center, collaborated with Colorlab in Rockville, Maryland, over a two-year period to restore the work, a project that was funded through a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation and a gift from Yale alumnus Paul L. Joskow.

The restored film was screened in December at the Anthology Film Archive in New York City as part of a weekend program of works from the Yale Film Study Center’s archive. Also featured that weekend was another recently restored film, “The Boy Who Saw Through” (George Stoney, 1956), which stars a 13-year-old Christopher Walken. “The Boy Who Saw Through” will also be screened at the National Gallery of Art in conjunction with “Finnegan’s Wake.”

The two films will be shown at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, and 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. Horton-Line and Michael Kerbel, director of the Yale Film Study Center, will introduce the films, and will take part in a Q&A following the screening on July 30.

The Film Study Center, part of the Yale ITS organization, is committed to the preservation of and access to resources for the scholarly study and appreciation of cinema. Activities include managing a continually expanding collection of films in most celluloid, video and digital formats. The Film Study Center also facilitates exhibition of films in state-of-the-art screening facilities on the Yale campus.

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