Locarno Fest’s Retrospective Will Screen Director Otto Preminger’s Entire Body of Work

Locarno Fest's Retrospective Will Screen Director Otto Preminger's Entire Body of Work

The Locarno Film Festival (August 1-11) will partner with the Swiss and French Cinémathèques for its 2012 retrospective, devoted to Austrian-Hungarian director Otto Preminger ("Laura" [1944], "Anatomy of a Murder" [1959], "Porgy and Bess" [1959]). Preminger's entire body of work – forty films – will be screened in 35mm prints along with fest discussions with filmmakers, actors and critics. The retrospective's curator, Carlo Chatrian, will also hold a roundtable discussion open to fest attendees. Capricci will publish French and English versions of a book on Preminger, and the screenings will be repeated by each of the Cinémathèques in the fall.

Locarno artistic director Olivier Père says Preminger's work "appears to be the peak of classicism, and is built on balance and a feel for brilliant composition as well as storytelling, that encompasses both individual destinies and history, violence and restraint, a cold intelligence and emotion, lofty scepticism and humanism."

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Even SKIDOO? Talk about "completist." Now if only they could get some surviving cast members to show up. Carol Channing would be quite a coup. If not her, try for Mickey Rooney or Frankie Avalon.

Dave Kehr

Has "Porgy and Bess" been confirmed? This would be quite a coup for Locarno, since the film has been unavailable (and, reportedly, rotting away in a Los Angeles storage facility) for decades because of a dispute between the Gershwin and Goldwyn estates.

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