Alberto Cavalcanti

T. ing.: Alice in Switzerland. F.: Georges Alexath, Jonah Jones Int.: Cyril Chessex, Simone Moeri, Jean-Pierre Suter DCP. D.: 30’. Dufaycolor. 

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Commissioned by the Tourist Office of Lausanne, Alice in Switzerland was directed by the internationally renowned director Alberto Cavalcanti to show the treasures of Romandie’s part of Switzerland, following the journey of a young girl across all the regional sights. The film does not use the Swiss technique “Montreuxcolor film”, but the conventional process “Dufaycolor”: the prints were indeed all made in England, where the film was to be primarily distributed. The Association of Interests of Lausanne justifies its technical choice by taking the example of another commissioned film, Le Léman, arguing that the chromatic results of Montreux-color were a disaster.

As the colour reproduction was impossible by photochemical methods, the restoration was done from a 4K scan of the original negative on the basis of an original print whose colours were well preserved. The digital proved to be very close to the colour range of Dufaycolor, without losing the original look of the mosaic that characterizes this technique.

Caroline Fournier

Copy From

Restored by Cinémathèque Suisse with the support of Memoriav at L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in 2012. Digital 4K restoration from the original diacetate negative given by BFI and from an original diacetate print preserved at the Cinémathèque Suisse