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Bertolucci, Reed pic at San Sebastian Fest

American retro to focus on 'TV generation' helmers

ROME — Oscar-winning Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci, late British craftsman Carol Reed and the so-called TV generation of U.S. directors of the 1950s and ’60s will be the subject of retrospectives at the 48th San Sebastian Intl. Film Festival, which runs Sept. 21-30.

Centerpiece of the Bertolucci program will be a special showing on the giant screen in the town’s 3,000-seat Velodrome stadium of the director’s 1976 historical epic, “1900” (Novecento). The fest will screen Bertolucci’s entire output of films plus documentaries on his work.

The complete Reed retrospective aims to draw attention not only to the director’s celebrated films such as “The Third Man,” “Odd Man Out” and “The Fallen Idol,” but also to his lesser-known works, which, according to film historians, have long been ignored and misunderstood.

TV generation

The fest’s third retro will focus on the group of filmmakers who pumped new blood into American cinema in the ’50s and ’60s and who were labeled the TV generation due to the small-screen origins of their careers.

Directors whose work — both for film and television — will be showcased include Arthur Penn, John Frankenheimer, Sidney Lumet, Martin Ritt, Delbert Mann, Robert Mulligan, Fielder Cook, Franklin J. Schaffner, Stuart Rosenberg, Ralph Nelson and George Roy Hill.

The American retro continues San Sebastian’s efforts to introduce young audiences to key figures and movements in Hollywood history that often tend to be overlooked. The fest’s increasingly popular U.S. retrospectives in recent years have focused, among others, on John M. Stahl, Tod Browning, James Whale, Mitchell Leisen and Gregory La Cava.

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