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Elton has released digitally-restored footage of the I’m Still Standing music video, which was shot at Carlton Beach in Cannes, France 36 years ago.

Directed by Russell Mulcahy in 1983, the original film suffered when Mulcahy and his camera fell off the beach’s pier and into the ocean.

After being rescanned from the original negative, the footage was reconstructed from scratch — dirt was removed and colour was restored — to create a remarkable high-definition video. The pop maestro’s white suit and cane are in stark contrast to the crowd on the beach, which triumphantly dance around him as he plays his gleaming piano.

“The energy you see in the video is the energy on the set…’I’m Still Standing’ is really high up,” Russell told Rolling Stone magazine. “It’s just a fantastic song. It surfaced just at the right time in his career…It sends such a clear message that everyone can have a fall but you can get back up, and that’s the anthem. I really forged a friendship with Elton. We became the best of mates and carried on making videos. He’s just the most extraordinarily generous person.”

The vocalist also released a live performance of the song, captured last month at the afterparty for the Cannes International Film Festival. The singer was there for the premiere of his biopic, Rocketman.