Locarno gears for 50th fest

ROME — With the Cannes film festival’s 50th bash now out of the way, Switzerland’s premier film event, the Locarno Intl. Film Festival, is gearing up for its golden anniversary edition Aug. 6-16.

One of the centerpieces will be a U.S. retrospective titled “50 (+1) Years of American Film.” The retro aims to rediscover the most original, influential and undervalued works to come out of the U.S. during the past half-century.

A group of 30 established filmmakers including Woody Allen, Robert Altman and Clint Eastwood, among others, were asked to choose a film they believe has been instrumental in shaping trends and inspiring budding filmmakers.

Selections range chronologically from Jacques Tourneur’s 1946 Western “Canyon Passage,” chosen by Scorsese, to Tim Burton’s 1995 biopic “Ed Wood,” courtesy of Paul Morrissey.

Among the most surprising entries are Allen’s choice of “The Hill” by Sidney Lumet, Coppola’s of Marlon Brando’s “One-Eyed Jacks,” John Waters’ nod to Joseph Losey’s “Boom!,” Gus Van Sant’s vote for Robert Redford’s “Ordinary People,” Allison Anders’ selection of Douglas Sirk’s “There’s Always Tomorrow” and John Carpenter’s of “Falstaff” (aka “Chimes at Midnight”) by Orson Welles.

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