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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

67th Festival de Cannes - Cannes Classics


As this year Cannes Classics has twenty-two (22) feature films and two (2) documentaries decided to do an independent post to list them all and will have a link to this post in the Official Selection post.

Perhaps is just me but feel that this year this section is very ambitious as will cover many genres in the homage to the birth of the Italian Western plus genres in the many restored movies from Henri Langlois, Kieslowski, Truffaut, Carné, Renoir and other restorations coming from all over the world. On top the section has a Guest of Honor whom is none other than Sophia Loren that will give a masterclass! Ambitious program but yes, interesting and puzzling.

Guest of honor: Sophia Loren
Award for Best Actress in 1961 and president of the jury in 1966, Sophia Loren is the guest of honor of Cannes Classics. She will be present at the screening of the short film La Voce Humana (2014) directed by her son, Edoardo Ponti, which marks the occasion of her comeback to the movies. During the same evening Marriage Italian Style by Vittorio De Sica will be screened.

Sophia Loren has also accepted to give a masterclass—a conversation which will take place on the stage of Salle Buñuel.

The Films

Per un pugno di dollari (A Fistful of Dollars), Sergio Leone, Italy, Spain and West Germany (1964)
To celebrate the birth in 1964 of the Italian western, the Cinematheque of Bologna will present the film restored in 4K by L’Immagine Ritrovata of A Fistful of Dollars directed by Sergio Leone in 1964 with Clint Eastwood and Gian Maria Volonte.

Paris, Texas, Wim Wenders, West Germany, France, UK and USA (1984)
Awarded by the President of the Jury Dirk Bogarde and handed out on stage by Faye Dunaway, the Palme d’or of Paris,Texas is thirty years old. Wim Wenders will be back on the Croisette (besides his selection at Un Certain Regard with The Salt of the Earth) with a new print of Paris Texas. HD Transfer done at Deluxe Laboratory in New York, supervised by Wim Wenders, and Spirit Scan made at the German laboratory CinePost Production. Digital transfer made by Criterion.

Matrimonio all'italiana (Marriage Italian Style), Vittorio De Sica, Italy and France (1064)
4K restoration by L’Immagine Ritrovata.

La Paura (aka Non credo più all'amore) (Fear aka Angst), Roberto Rossellini, Italy and West Germany (1954)
Within the framework of the Rossellini project, a restoration made in 4K by L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna. Cannes Classics has been welcoming since 2011 the ambitious Italian project, The Rossellini Project, from the collaboration between Instituto Luce Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna, CSC-Cineteca Nazionale and Coproduction Office (in charge of international sales). Print restored by the Cineteca di Bologna with L’Immagine Ritrovata collaborating with the Istituto Luce Cinecittà, CSC-Cineteca Nazionale and Coproduction Office.

Przypadek (Blind Chance), Krzysztof Kieślowski, Poland (1981)
A presentation by the Polish Film Institute. Restoration carried out in 2K with the color framing supervised by the director of photography.

La Chienne (The Bitch), Jean Renoir, France (1939)
Film presented by Les Films du Jeudi with the support of the CNC and the help of the Cinémathèque française and the Fonds Culturel Franco-Américain (DGA – MPA – SACEM – WGAW). Restoration in 2K (from a 4K scan) made by Digimage Classics and sound restoration by Diapason.

Le jour se lève (Daybreak), Marcel Carné (1939)
Restoration 4K presented by Studio Canal. Work on the images made by Eclair, sound restored by Diapason in partnership with Eclair.

Le dernier métro (The Last Metro), François Truffaut, France (1980)
Presented by MK2 and the Cinémathèque française with the support of the French and American Fund on the occasion of the thirty years of François Truffaut’s passing away. The original negative was scanned in 4K and restored frame by frame by 2K Digimage laboratory. Restoration and color framing were supervised by DP Guillaume Schiffman. (Photo: Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu)

Les croix de bois (Wooden Crosses), Raymond Bernard, France (1931)
Presented by Pathé and the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux – Pathé. The film was scanned and restored in 4K by the laboratory L'Immagine Ritrovata Bologna. The restoration was carried out by Pathé.

Léolo, Jean-Claude Lauzon, France and Canada (1992)
A presentation of "Éléphant, mémoire du cinéma québécois." Digital restoration made in 2k from the original negative, sound restored by the Cinémathèque québécoise. Technical services: Technicolor, creative services: Marie-José Raymond et Robert Jacquier for Éléphant.

La Vie de château (Gracious Living aka A Matter of Resistance), Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France (1965)
Presented by TF1 DA. Film restored in 2K at Mikros from the original negative, with a restoration of the stock shots. Color framing realized in collaboration between Jean-Paul Rappeneau and Pierre Lhomme, director of photography. Restoration of Michel Legrand’s music by Stéphane Lerouge.

Les violons du bal, Michel Drach, France (1974)
Restoration Silverway Média. Financing by Port-Royal Films with the CNC and the support of the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah.

Seishun zankoku monogatari (Cruel Story of Youth, aka Naked Youth), Nagisa Ôshima, Japan (1960)
A presentation by Shochiku studio. The digital restoration was performed in by 4K Shochiku Co., Ltd. under the supervision of Takashi Kawamata, cameraman of Nagisa Ôshima.

龍門客棧 Long men kezhan (Dragon Inn), King Hu, Taiwan (1967)
A presentation of the Chinese Taipei Film Archive. Digital restoration made in 4K by the L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna from the negative. The director of photography has supervised the color framing.

Overlord, Stuart Cooper , UK (1975)
A restoration presented by The Criterion Collection (New York). HD Digital transfer supervised by director Stuart Cooper from a new 35mm fine-grain master. Mono sound now in 24 bits.

Jamaica Inn, Alfred Hitchcock, UK (1939)
A presentation of the Cohen Film Collection LLC. Digital restoration made in 4K by 4K RRsat Europe – Ray King and Anthony Badger Finishing Post Productions Ltd – Jason Tufano and Marc Bijum.

Sayat Nova (The Color of Pomegranates), Sergei Parajanov, Soviet Union (1968)
Restoration financed by the Film Foundation-World Cinema Project (New York) and made in 4K by L’immagine Ritrovata.

Tsisperi mtebi anu daujerebeli ambavi (Blue Mountains, or Unbelievable Story), Eldar Shengelaia (aka Eldar Shengelaya), Soviet Union and Georgia (1983)
A presentation of the Georgian National Film Center. The digitalization of the image and the sound was made from the original negative in 4K par Gosfilmfond Russia.

Lost Horizon, Frank Capra, USA (1937)
A presentation of Park Circus in a digital print restored in 4k by Sony Pictures Colorworks. Park Circus will release the film in 2014.

Regards sur une Revolution: Comment Yukong déplaça les montagnes (How Yukong Moved the Mountains), Marceline Loridan Ivens and Joris Ivens, France (1976) (documentary)
A presentation by Marceline Loridan and the Archives françaises du film of the CNC. Digital restoration was carried out from the 2K scan of the 16mm negatives. Scans and restorations were carried out by the laboratory of CNC Bois d'Arcy. Color grading and finishes have been made by the Eclair laboratory.

Tôkyô orinpikku (Tokyo Olympiad), Kon Ichikawa, Japan (1965) (documentary)
A presentation of the International Olympic Committee. Digital restoration in 4K by Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging and Audio Mechanics at Burbank.

Also in Cannes Classics two recent documentaries about cinema:

Life Itself, Steve James,USA (2014)
The life and journey of Roger Ebert, great American film critic.
The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films, Hilla Medalia, USA (2014)
The story of Cannon Films and the producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who will be present.

There are many films that have seen but there are a couple that will see as seem quite interesting, like for example Dragon Inn.

Also announced today, the opening film of Cinéma de la Plage, by Federico Fellini (1963)
Restored by Gaumont and Eclair will be screened to give an echo to the poster of the 67th Festival de Cannes and pay a tribute to Marcello Mastroianni. The complete Cinéma de la Plage program will be announced later.

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