Serge Bromberg is a French filmmaker and film preservationist who has presented films live in his Retour de Flamme series; restored lost, unknown and damaged films both visually and aurally through his company, Lobster Films; and personally oversaw the partial reconstruction of the unfinished Henri-Georges Clouzot film, L’Enfer, in his documentary Henri-Georges Clouzot’s Inferno.

Serge was in Toronto to present The Extraordinary Voyage, the documentary he co-directed that chronicles the restoration of the only known, hand-painted version of Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon. We met with him at the Consulate General of France in Toronto, where we talked about his relationship with silent and international film, documentaries on film restoration, and the unique experience of being permitted to work with the unfinished L’Enfer footage.

 

 

This profile is from the ninth issue of The Seventh Art, which was released in December of 2012.