Robert A. Harris

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Robert A. Harris (born 1945) is an American film historian, archivist, and film preservationist.


Robert A. Harris was born in 1945.[1]

Harris is often working with James C. Katz and has restored such films as Lawrence of Arabia, Vertigo, Rear Window, and My Fair Lady.[2]

He was also a producer of two films: The Grifters (1990) and Space Avenger (1990).[3]


Published works[edit]

  • Harris, Robert & Belton, John (2000). "Getting It Right: Robert Harris on Colour Restoration". Film History. 12 (4, Color Film). Indiana University Press: 393–409. doi:10.2979/FIL.2000.12.3.393. JSTOR 3815347.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)(registration required)
  • Harris, Robert A. & Katz, James C. (December 1999). "Film Restoration on the eve of the Millennium: A View from the Trenches". In 70 mm: The 70 mm Newsletter (59). Retrieved February 5, 2020 – via{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

Awards and legacy[edit]

Harris and James C. Katz received the King Vidor Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2000 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival.[9]

In 2010, Harris was honored by the International Press Academy with its Nikola Tesla Award for Visionary Achievement in Filmmaking Technology.[10]

The Academy Film Archive of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is home to the Robert A. Harris Collection, which consists of film, video tape, and audio material related to Harris' restoration work; it includes over 1,100 items.[11]


  1. ^ James M. Welsh, Gene D. Phillips, Rodney F. Hill: The Francis Ford Coppola Encyclopedia. Scarecrow Press, 2010, ISBN 978-0-810-87651-4, p. 128.
  2. ^ "Film Restoration on the eve of the Millennium".
  3. ^ "Robert A. Harris". AFI Catalog.
  4. ^ Belton, John (2000). "Getting It Right: Robert Harris on Color Restoration". Film History. 12 (4): 393–409. doi:10.2979/FIL.2000.12.3.344. JSTOR 3815347.
  5. ^ St. John Erickson, Mark (March 31, 2017). "A red-letter day for history's longest-running film -- "Story of a Patriot"". Daily Press. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  6. ^ "The ASC -- American Cinematographer: Post Focus".
  7. ^ "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  8. ^ "Triumph of the Will [Blu-ray – 2K Remastered Edition]". Synapse Films. October 2, 2015. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  9. ^ History of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. In:, access date February 15, 2022.
  10. ^ "International Press Academy to Honor Motion Picture Preservationist". The Hollywood Reporter. November 30, 2010.
  11. ^ "Robert A. Harris Collection". Academy Film Archive. April 4, 2020.

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