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“It was a myth… No one had ever seen it.” —Nicolas Winding Refn on The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds

Welcome to the world of byNWR

AN UNADULTERATED CULTURAL EXPRESSWAY FOR THE ARTS

Born from Nicolas Winding Refn’s passion for the rare, the forgotten and the unknown, byNWR breathes new life into the culturally intriguing and influential. Home to cultural ephemera created by an array of Guest Editors and contributors, our beautifully restored and revived cinematic gems inspire a world of original content, where we share, enjoy and look to the future with hope, prosperity and the idea that culture is for everyone.

MUBI has joined forces with byNWR to give you exclusive early access to the restored films.

The Burning Hell

Ron Ormond United States, 1974

expired 15 days ago

“This film was rescued from the best surviving elements, after the original 16mm negatives were destroyed in a flood in 2010, and a fading and deteriorated dupe negative was restored. The soundtrack was preserved from original magnetic 16mm masters, sounding better than any other version.” —NWR

Night Tide

Curtis Harrington United States, 1961

Expired

“The 35mm negative of Night Tide had become so badly shrunk and deteriorated over time that it was unprintable. After months of treatment in Paris, a new negative was made in the US with the support of the Academy Film Archive. At last, Curtis Harrington’s original vision has been restored.” —NWR

Shanty Tramp

José Prieto United States, 1967

Expired

“A worldwide search was conducted to collect the best extant 35mm materials of this cult classic. The prints were so severely damaged that it required months of chemical treatment to make the film pliable and flat enough to work with, in order to create this outstanding new reconstruction.” —NWR

Hot Thrills and Warm Chills

Dale Berry United States, 1967

Expired

“Since the original negative of this film is lost, this restoration was carried out digitally from the only two 35mm prints known to exist. Painstaking digital correction, hand painting and repair work was done to provide the best result, still keeping a connection to the physical ‘artifact’.” —NWR

The Nest of the Cuckoo Birds

Bert Williams United States, 1965

Expired

“After a very limited release, the film vanished without a trace, leaving only its ad campaign to back up that it ever existed. In the early 2000s, through a twist of fate, a print was discovered. Now, fully digitally restored, it is presented to audiences for the first time in over 50 years.” —NWR

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