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It’s Not Just the Competition! Cannes ’09 Breaks out the Classics

It's Not Just the Competition! Cannes '09 Breaks out the Classics

Godard, Losey, Antonioni, Visconti and more are on tap for the Festival de Cannes 2009 in a program headed by Martin Scorsese. The Cannes Classics 2009 is a section of the festival esbablished in 2004 to accompany the contemporary films of the Official Selection with a program of restored and rediscovered films, to be released theatrically or on DVD. The films will be presented in the Cannes main venue, Palais des Festival, and screened retrospectively at the Licorne theatre.

Highlights for this year’s Cannes Classics

“The Red Shoes” by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
The film has been restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in association with The British Film Institute, The Film Foundation, ITV Global Entertainment Ltd., and Janus Films, with funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, The Film Foundation, and the Louis B. Mayer Foundation. The film will be presented in the Debussy Theater with Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker-Powell in attendance.

“To Hell and back, memories of Henri-Georges Clouzot”
In 1964, Henri-Georges Clouzot’s tempestuous shoot of L’ENFER, with Romy Schneider and Serge Reggiani, comes to a sudden halt. The film lay dormant, never to be touched again; its images and legends remaining a myth. Serge Bromberg, known for his ceaseless efforts at preservation with Lobster Films, found the canisters which contained screen tests and scenes from the film. By successfully “recomposing” the lost work he creates a new film, bringing the old one back to life.

World Cinema Foundation 2009

Inaugurated in Cannes 2007 to help developing countries preserve their film heritage, the World Cinema Foundation, presided by Martin Scorsese, presents three films supported by advisor-filmmakers:
“A Brighter Summer Day” by Edward Yang (1991, 237′ Taiwan), unseen version.
“Al-Momia” by Shadi Abdel Salam (1969, 103′ Egypt)
“Redes” by Emilio Gomez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann (1936, 61′ Mexico)

The World Cinema Foundation has also helped the Bergman Foundation, which will be presenting “Images from the Playground” (29′ Sweden). Restored by Stig Bjoerkman, this unseen footage from Ingmar Bergman’s “home movies” was shot by him during the making of his films.

Joseph Losey Centenary

One hundred years after the birth of Joseph Losey, ten years since the loss of his primary collaborator, Dirk Bogarde and one year on from that of the playwright and screenwriter Harold Pinter, “Accident” (1967, 105′ UK), screened in their honor, was restored by the BFI National Archive and Studio Canal and will be presented in the Bunuel Theater. There will also be a new print of “Don Giovanni” (1979, 176′ Italy) screened as part of our “Cinema de la plage” thematic program.

Documentaries on filmmaking

“Les Deux de la Vague” (90′ France), a film by Antoine de Baecque and Emmanuel Laurent
In celebration of the fifty years since the birth of the New Wave, this documentary recalls the presentation in Cannes 1959 of The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cent coups) and the birth of Breathless (A bout de souffle), evoking the birth of two exemplary New Wave filmmakers: Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard.

“Pietro Germi,” Il Bravo,” “Il Bello,” “Il Cattivo” (60′ Italy) by Mario Bondi
The career and personality of a filmmaker too often forgotten: Pietro Germi – seven of his films in Competition at the Festival de Cannes – received the Palme d’Or in 1966 for “Signore e Signori” (119′ Italy). Struck for the theatrical release following the festival, a new print will be screened.

A selection of restored and new prints

“L’Avventura” by Michelangelo Antonioni (1960, 143′ Italy)
which inspired the 2009 Festival poster. New Print.

“An Uns Glaubt Gott Nicht Mehr” by Axel Corti (1982, 104′ Austria)
Print restored by Le Pacte.

“Once Upon A Time…the Revolution” by Sergio Leone (1971, 153′ Italy)
Print restored by the Cineteca di Bologna and the laboratory Immagine Ritrovata.

“Far from Vietnam” by Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Agnes Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais (1967, 115′ France)
Print restored by the Archives francaises du film du CNC.

Pierrot Le Fou” by Jean-Luc Godard (1965, 107′ France)
Digital restoration and projection by Studio Canal.

“Prince Yeonsan” by Shin Sang-ok (1961, 133′ Coree)
Print restored by the Korean Film Archive and HFR laboratory.

“Senso” (Livia) by Luchino Visconti (1954, 123′ Italy)
Print restored by Studiocanal and Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Cineteca Nazionale at Cineteca di Bologna / L’Immagine Ritrovata with funding provided by GUCCI and The Film Foundation.

“Monsieur’s Hulot’s Holiday” by Jacques Tati (1953, 88′ France)
Print restored by the Fondation Thompson, the Fondation Groupama Gan, Les Films de Mon Oncle and the Cinematheque francaise.

“Victim” by Basil Dearden (1961, 101′ UK)
New print.

“Wake in Fright” by Ted Kotcheff (1971, 109′ Australia)
Print restored by the National Film & Television Archive.

“Eyes Without A Face” by Georges Franju (1960, 91′ France)
Print restored by Gaumont.

MORE CANNES COVERAGE in indieWIRE’s Cannes archive.

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