R OBERT A. HARRIS mixes art with archeology, bringing forth from the vaults some of the 20th Century's pinnacle achievements in cinema and magically reconstructing and restoring them for this and future generations to enjoy. A producer whose credits include the critically acclaimed The Grifters (with Martin Scorsese), Harris aided Kevin Brownlow in reviving Abel Gance's silent masterwork Napoleon and was instrumental in its presentation in a joint effort with Francis Coppola's Zoetrope Studios.

Thinking it would be "fun" to restore the complete version of David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia , Harris embarked on what turned out to be a two-year odyssey -- involving months of intensive research; more months of detective work as he literally scoured the world gathering over four tons of surviving picture and sound elements; and a touch of modern archeology as he attempted to reconstruct an entirely new negative with neither a written continuity nor a surviving print of the original premiere version to work with. The end result, however, was proclaimed one of the great triumphs of film reconstruction and went on to win over new audiences in theatrical release.

Harris, along with partner Jim Katz, followed Lawrence of Arabia with another triumphant restoration of Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus for Universal Pictures, establishing them as the world's foremost experts in complex, large-format reconstruction. Most recently, Harris and Katz restored the classic American musical My Fair Lady , using the latest in digital technology to bring a badly damaged negative back to stunning, new life. Harris is currently planning an original feature and preparing for another major restoration, both with Jim Katz.

JAMES C. KATZ has built a career equally focused on preserving the old and creating the new in cinema. On the new side, he has produced such features as Paul Bartel's Scenes From the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills and Lust in the Dust and was co-producer of Nobody's Fool , written by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Beth Henley.

As President of the Universal Pictures Classics Division in the early 1980's, Katz was responsible for the reissue of five Hitchcock films-- Rear Window, Vertigo, Rope, The Trouble With Harry and The Man Who Knew Too Much --the reissue of the Beatles' A Hard Day's Night , the Preston Sturges package and Abel Gance's Napoleon , during which he cemented his partnership with Bob Harris.

At the same time, under Katz' aegis, Universal Pictures Classics became the first classics division to be involved in film production with John Huston's Under the Volcano . Katz was also involved in bringing such films as Jerszy Skolimowski's Moonlighting , Merchant Ivory's Heat and Dust , Nagia Oshima's Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and Franco Zeffirelli's La Traviata to U.S. audiences.

During this time Katz' concern with the state of film art converged with Bob Harris' skills in film reconstruction and restoration. Together the team brought film audiences a celebrated reconstruction of Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus and a wondrous new transformation for the Oscar-winning musical My Fair Lady .

Katz began his career in the 1960's in the United Artists publicity department, eventually becoming Vice President of Worldwide Publicity. He was involved in campaigns for such films as the Clint Eastwood Spaghetti Westerns, the James Bond movies, In the Heat of the Night and two Beatles movies, A Hard Day's Night and Help! He subsequently lived in Europe for 10 years, where he produced and directed short films and co-produced the National Theatre's production Chekhov's Three Sisters starring and directed by Laurence Olivier.

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