Fellini, Weir to kick off Sundance cable fest

Federico Fellini’s “Juliet of the Spirits” and Peter Weir’s “The Last Wave” this weekend will kick off the second annual cable fest that goes under the title Sundance Channel Presents Classic World Cinema From the Criterion Collection.

Classic World Cinema will air every Saturday and Sunday night at 9 in July and August. It will incorporate 17 titles, all of which are available on Criterion, the home-entertainment company that specializes in classic and restored films.

‘Innovative, passionate’ pics

“These films epitomize the innovative, passionate approach to filmmaking that is at the heart of Sundance Channel’s mission,” said Paola Freccero, senior VP of film programming for Sundance Channel.

Peter Becker, Criterion Collection prexy, said, “We’re proud to be associated with the Sundance Channel, whose bold commitment to inventive cinema continues to bring new audiences to these groundbreaking, and in many cases hard-to-find, classics.”

The lineup, in chronological order:

“Juliet of the Spirits,” (Giulietta degli spiriti) (Italy, 1965) July 6; “The Last Wave,” (Australia, 1977) July 7; “Branded to Kill,” (Kiroshi no rakuin) (Seijun Suzuki, Japan, 1967) July 13; “Alphaville,” (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1965) July 14.

“Cries and Whispers,” (Viskningar och rop) (Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1972) July 20; “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” (La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc) (Carl Theodor Dreyer, France, 1928) July 21; “Loves of a Blonde,” (Lasky jedne plavovlasky) (Milos Forman, Czechoslovakia, 1965) July 27; “The Cranes Are Flying,” (Letyat Zhuravli) (Mikhail Kalatozov, Soviet Union, 1957) July 28.

“Rashomon,” (Akira Kurosawa, Japan, 1950) Aug. 3; “Le Trou” (The Hole) (Jacques Becker, France, 1960) Aug. 4; “Le Million,” (Rene Clair, France, 1931) Aug. 10; “Day of Wrath,” (Vredens dag) (Dreyer, Denmark, 1943) Aug. 11; “The Firemen’s Ball,” (Hori, ma panenko) (Forman, Czechoslovakia, 1967) Aug. 17.

“Ballad of a Soldier,” (Ballada o soldate) (Grigori Chukhraj, Soviet Union, 1959) Aug. 18; “The Night Porter,” (Il Portiere de notte) (Liliana Cavani, Italy, 1974) Aug. 24; “La Bete Humaine,” (The Human Beast) (Jean Renoir, France, 1938), Aug. 25; “M,” (Fritz Lang, Germany, 1931) Aug. 31.

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