Berlinale To Look Back at Hollywood In The 60’s and 70’s
by Eugene Hernandez
Organizers of the 54th Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival, have announced that the retrospective for the 2004 edition of the event will be: “New Hollywood 1967 – 1976. Trouble in Wonderland.” The program will, in the words of a festival announcement yesterday “bring a wonderful decade of cinematic art back to the screen.” Organizers have also announced plans for a new Co-Production market.
Making the announcement on Tuesday, Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick said in a prepared statement, “The political and social upheavals of this era brought forth a form of cinema which even from today’s perspective contributed to one of the most exciting developments in film.” Continuing he added, “Movies like ‘Easy Rider’ influenced an entire generation. And it was the decline of the old Hollywood studio system which made the birth of the ‘independent’ scene possible.”
A total of 66 films will screen during the retrospective, including Arthur Penn’s “Bonnie and Clyde,” Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver,” D.A. Pennebaker’s “Don’t Look Back,” Hopper’s “Easy Rider,” Terrence Malick’s “Badlands,” Bob Rafelson’s “Five Easy Pieces,” Peter Bogdonavich’s “The Last Picture Show,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather I and II” and Roman Polanski’s “Chinatown.”
The retrospective is organized by the Filmmuseum Berlin – Deutsche Kinemathek, in cooperation with the Osterreichische Filmmuseum, Vienna, with related lectures being held during the annual festival, as well as a publication looking at the films in the program.
In other Berlinale news, the festival recently announced that it is launching the first Berlinale Co-Production Market in 2004. The new project is intended to unite producers, financiers, distributors, TV networks and funding groups during an international forum fostering co-productions. Kosslick has tapped Sonja Morkens to head the initiative, which will include a two-day event, February 8-9, at the House of World Cultures in Berlin. Applications are currently being accepted for the first Berlinale Co-Production Market.
“I am convinced that important signals and fresh impulses for the international film industry will come from the Berlinale Co-Production Market,” Dieter Kosslick said in a prepared statement. “Last year’s experiences revealed that there is a need for a forum for co-productions. We would like to promote a constructive and intensive exchange between filmmakers and financiers, thereby enhancing the activities at the European Film Market.”
The 2004 Berlinale is set to run from February 5-15, 2004 in Berlin, Germany.
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