Audiences need a good reason to go to a movie theater these days, and a digital restoration of a great film classic is one of them. The 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival has landed four world premiere restorations set to play the fest from March 26-29, 2015 at Hollywood venues in Los Angeles.
TCM will celebrate the film’s 55th anniversary with a new print of Stanley Kubrick‘s glorious 1960 Roman epic “Spartacus,” starring Kirk Douglas as the title rebel warrior, with Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Laurence Olivier, Charles Laughton, John Gavin and Peter Ustinov, who won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1961. A restoration of Ron Howard‘s beloved 1995 space odyssey “Apollo 13,” turning 20 next year, will also be playing the festival. Both are presented in collaboration with Universal Home Entertainment.
TCM and Warner Bros. Classics will unveil a new print of William Dieterle’s majestic 1939 RKO Production of Victor Hugo’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” starring Charles Laughton as Quasimodo. They will also be showing the Buster Keaton silent comedy “Steamboat Bill Jr.” from 1928, accompanied by a never-before-heard live orchestral score by storied silent movie composer Carl Davis.
Passes go on sale November 13. More info is here. The venerable Robert Osborne will once again host the festival.