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Restaurare Film is a film restoration studio founded by film restorer and archivist Ruxandra Blaga. She currently restores and researches early American silent films, for Film Preservation Society, focusing on the restoration of films produced by the Biograph Company, home to pioneering director D. W. Griffith and such actors as Mary PickfordLillian Gish, and Lionel Barrymore. In parallel, she restores Romanian silent films for the Romanian Film Archive. Her work includes the restoration of films such as Romania's Independence War (1912) - the first Romanian feature film, Manasse (1925), Leiba Zibal (1931).

Ruxandra previously worked in the Digital Restoration department at L'Immagine Ritrovata - Cineteca di Bologna film restoration and preservation laboratory (Bologna, Italy), and is an alumna of the Dual Masters in Heritage Studies: Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, University of Amsterdam.



Dual Masters in Heritage Studies: Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image

University of Amsterdam,

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

 Master’s Thesis: Performing Kinemacolor: Between Film Restoration and Presentation, Supervisor Dr Giovanna Fossati.


Bachelor of Arts in History of Art
University of York

York, United Kingdom

Dissertation: To Colour the Desert: Colour Materiality and Representation in Michelangelo Antonioni’s ‘Red Desert’ (1964),  Supervisor Dr Emanuele Lugli.


Erasmus Scolarship, Study Year Abroad

Università degli Studi di Firenze

Florence, Italy

Studies in History of Art and Criticism, Theatre (Medieval) and Cinema, department DAMS (Discipline delle Arti, della Musica e dello Spettacolo).

Romanian - Native, English - Fluent (C2), Italian - Fluent (C1)

Film Restorer  and Archivist / Film Preservation Society, Los Angeles, CA
May 2022 - present
I focus on restoring and researching early American silent films, with a focus on the restoration of films produced by the Biograph Company, home to pioneering director D. W. Griffith and such actors as Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, and Lionel Barrymore.

Writer at Cinema Victoria
January 2022 - 2023, Cluj-Napoca
Writing the presentation texts for films premiering at Cinema Victoria, one of the oldest art house cinemas in Transilvania.

Film Restorer / The Romanian National Film Archive (Collaborator)

July 2020 - present
Carrying out the digital restoration of films archived at The Romanian National Film Archive in Bucharest, Romania. 

Completed restorations of the films: Manasse (1925),  Leiba Zibal (1931), Independența României (1912) 

Film Restorer / L’Immagine Ritrovata Film Restoration & Conservation / Intern
October 2018 - March 2019, Bologna, Italy.
I was part of the Digital Restoration Department where I worked on the restoration of 30 films, presented at international film festivals. Some examples include Easy Rider (1969) - Cannes 2019; Apocalypse Now (1979) - Il Cinema Ritrovato 2019; College (1927) - Marché du Film Classique at the Lumière Festival in Lyon.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection / Intern, Assistant
October 2016 - December 2016, Venice, Italy
Museum Education: Presentations, group and private tours focused on mediating and contextualizing the works of painting, sculpture, and mixed media from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, belonging to artistic movements: Surrealism, Cubism, Abstract, Expressionism, Arte Povera.
Children's Museum Education, Kids Day. Educational workshops in the museum were offered weekly to children between 4 and 10 years old, carried out bilingually (English and Italian).
Customer Relations: Ticket sales and wardrobe.
Quality Control of paintings signed by Tancredi, for the exhibition My Weapon Against the Atom Bomb, is a Blade of Grass. Tancredi. A Retrospective (November 12, 2016 - March 13, 2017).
Assistant Photographer: I assisted in the photography of the museum's collection by David Heald, photographer of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York.

Writer of Exhibition Texts / Galeria Uniunii Artiștilor Plastici

February-September 2017
Compiling a series of descriptive texts of paintings and sculptures for the Art Museum of Baia Mare.

Unknown Magazine / Visual Arts Editor; Layout Editor
October 2013 - July 2016, York, United Kingdom.
Responsible for the selection of works of art, layout, and collaboration with visual artists from countries such as England, France, Romania, Spain, United States.
The Norman Rea Gallery / Committee Member and Curator
October 2013 - July 2016, York, United Kingdom.
Responsible for the selection of artworks, artists, and presentation of mixed media artworks and installations at the gallery.

Professional Formation (Selection):

  • „Restaurarea de film cu Ruxandra Blaga” Cinema Arta, Cluj Napoca (5 May, 2023)

  • „Imagini recuperate: Ruxandra Blaga despre munca de restaurare”- Radio România Cultural, București (21 October 2022)

  • „ Note de subsol: Fotogramă cu fotogramă ”| Interviu cu Ruxandra Blaga - Films in Frame Magazine (13 October 2022)

  • „Manasse (1925) Q&A Ruxandra Blaga”- Cinema Victoria, Cluj Napoca (26 September 2022)

  • FIAF Film Restoration Summer School - Bologna, Italy (2018) 

  • Film Identification, Archiving Project - EYE Collection Centre (2018): Identification and archiving of the VHS collection, slides, and 16mm film, from the collection of the artist Peter Rubin.

  • Film Handling Workshop / EYE Collection Centre (2017) Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Identification of nitrate film from the film collection of the EYE Filmmuseum, under the guidance of film restorers and curators Mark-Paul Meyer, Simona Monizza, Elif Rongen, and Anne Gant.

Independența României (1912)
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