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International Press Academy to Honor Motion Picture Preservationist

Robert A. Harris has contributed to the reconstruction of such films as Abel Gance's 'Un grand amour du Beethoven' and 'J'accuse.'

The International Press Academy will honor motion picture preservationist Robert A. Harris with its 2010 Nikola Tesla Award at the15th annual Satellite Awards gala luncheon, to be held Dec. 19 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Century City.

The award recognizes Harris' work to conserve, preserve and restore the cinematic masterworks of the past.

Harris has contributed to the reconstruction of such films as Abel Gance's Un grand amour du Beethoven and J'accuse. Working with Kevn Brownlow, he found additional footage used in the restoration of Gance's Napoleon.

He has also worked on restoring such films as Lawrence of Arabia, Spartacus, My Fair Lady, Rear Window and Vertigo.