Venice’s Restored Classic Lineup for 80th Fest Includes Welles, Hawks, Bergman, Rosselini and Cimino, In Person with ‘Heaven’s Gate’

Venice's Restored Classic Lineup for 80th Fest Includes Welles, Hawks, Bergman, Rosselini and Cimino, In Person with 'Heaven's Gate'

In celebration of the Venice Film Festival’s 80th anniversary, the fest will screen a program of restored classic films, titled “Venezia Classici.” Included in the cinephile-dream lineup is Orson Welles’ seldom-seen “Chimes at Midnight,” Ingmar Bergman’s “Fanny and Alexander,” Howard Hawks’ “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” Roberto Rosselini’s “Stromboli” and the restored version of Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate,” which Cimino will accompany (the epic failure, as described in Steven Bach’s must-read “Final Cut,” brought down United Artists).

The program’s mission statement shows an admirable embrace of both the preservation of invaluable film heritage and the new digital age:

Although relatively recent, the promotion of access to and appreciation of  the vast heritage represented by classic films is now a phenomenon of international significance. Until the end of the last century, the conservation and restoration of vintage films were for the most part entrusted to cinematheques and the film archives of the major film institutions. With the growing awareness that film heritage is a cultural asset deserving the same attention given to other forms of artistic expression, and with the proliferation of distribution platforms restoring market value to films that seemed to have outlived their economic usefulness, an increasing number of organizations are now devoting considerable energy and resources to the restoration of classic films: production companies, home video distributors, copyright holders, public and private art and cultural institutions, film museums, film libraries and national archives.

The main result of this new trend, facilitated by the advent of the digital age, is to give contemporary audiences the opportunity to view again or see for the first time (in the case of young people who have very little knowledge of the past) films of great historical importance, and to revaluate films that have been unjustly forgotten or that are no longer visible, projected on the big screen in the best possible conditions.

Full lineup below:

VENEZIA CLASSICI –  Restored Films

·         The Mattei Affair (Il caso Mattei, 1972)

by Francesco Rosi, Italy, 1972 (Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at the lab L’Immagine Ritrovata in collaboration with The Film Foundation, Paramount Pictures and Museo Nazionale del Cinema of Turin. Restoration financed by Gucci, Eni, and The Film Foundation)

·         Heaven’s Gate (219’)

by Michael Cimino, USA, 1980 (Criterion)

·         Chimes at Midnight (Campanadas a medianoche, 1965s)

       by Orson Welles, Spain, 1965  (Filmoteca Española)

·         Karumen kokyō ni kaeru  (Carmen Comes Home, 1951)

       by Kinoshita Keisuke, Japan, 1951  (Shochiku)

·         Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto, 1970) (Sony)

by Elio Petri, Italy, 1970  

·         Stromboli (Stromboli Terra di Dio, 1950)

by Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1950  (Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna, CSC-Cineteca Nazionale, Coproduction Office)

·         Tell Me Lies
      by Peter Brook, UK/USA, 1968 (Fondation Technicolor pour le Patrimoine du Cinéma)

·         Pigsty  (Porcile, 1969)

      by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy, 1969 (Cineteca di Bologna)

·         Miracle  (Himala, 1982)

by Ishmael Bernal, Philippines, 1982 (Film Development Council of Philippines, Manila)

·         Anita Garibaldi (Camicie rosse, 1952)

by Goffredo Alessandrini, Italy, 1952 (Cineteca Nazionale)

·          Terra animata (1967, 7’) e SKMP2 (1968, 30’)

by Luca Patella (Cineteca Nazionale)

·         Sunset Boulevard

by Billy Wilder, USA, 1950, Paramount

·         Fanny e Alexander (BIM)

by Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1982

·         Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (20th Century Fox)

by Howard Hawks, USA, 1953

·         The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, (20th Century Fox)

by Joseph L. Mankiewicz , USA, 1947

·         South Seas Adventure (Cinerama, 1958)

by Francis D. Lvon Walter Thompson, Basil Wrangler, Richard Goldstone, Carl Dudley, USA, 120’

·         To Be Twenty in the Aures (Avoir 20 ans dans le Aurès, 1972) (Cinémathèque française)

by René Vautier, France, 1972

·         The Tenth Victim (La decima vittima, 1965)

by Elio Petri, Italy, 1965 (Cineteca di Bologna, Museo Nazionale del Cinema of Turin)

·         American Dreams

by James Benning, USA, 1984, 53’ (FilmMuseum Vienna)

VENEZIA CLASSICI  – Documentaries

  • La Guerra dei vulcani                       

by Francesco Patierno (Italy)

·         Dai nostri inviati alla Mostra di Venezia

by G. Giannotti, D. Savelli, E. Salvatori  (Italy)

·         Valentino’s Ghost                              

by Michael Singh   (USA)

·         Miradas Multiples                             

by Emilio Maillé  (Messico-France-Spain)

·         Harry Dean Stanton Partly Fiction  

by Sophie Huber  (USA-Switzerland)

·         Conteurs d’images                            

by Noelle Deschamps (France)

·         Sedia elettrica                                    

by Monica Strambini (Italy)

·         Gli anni delle immagini perdute     

by Adolfo Conti (Italy)

·         Monicelli. La versione di Mario      

by Mario Canale, Felice Farina, Mario Gianni, Wilma Labate, Annarosa Morri (Italy)

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