Cannes unveils Classics program

Film greats Wayne, Brando honored

PARIS – John Wayne, Marlon Brando, Henry Fonda and Elaine May feature in the Cannes Film Festival’s Cannes Classics program, unveiled Wednesday, while Martin Scorsese and Jane Fonda will be on hand to lend the event some star power.

Scorsese will give a press conference May 22 to launch the World Cinema Foundation, dedicated to the preservation of films from all over the world. He will introduce a screening of Ahmed Al Maanouni’s 1981 Moroccan music film “Transes,” one of three restored world cinema titles that will air during the fest. Walter Salles will present the Brazilian film “Limite,” and Cristi Puiu will present the Romanian film “Forest of the Hanged.”

In other parts of the program, “Hondo” (1953) and “Rio Bravo” (1959) will screen to mark the 100th anniversary of Wayne’s birth, while Sydney Lumet’s “Twelve Angry Men” will screen in a May 26 tribute to Fonda to be attended by Jane Fonda.

“Brando,” by Leslie Greif and Mimi Freedman, features in the Classics’ selection of four cinema docus, while Elaine May’s “Mikey and Nicky” (1976) will air in the Classics’ lineup of 10 restored films.

Event this year is placed under the patronage of Andrezj Wajda, who will attend for the screening of a restored copy of his film “Kanal,” winner of Cannes’ Special Jury Award in 1957.



Andrzej Wajda
“Kanal” by Andrzej Wajda
Henry Fonda
“Twelve Angry Men” by Sydney Lumet

World Cinema Foundation launch

“Transes” by Ahmed Al Maanouni (Morocco, 1981)
Restored by the Cineteca di Bologna; introduced by Martin Scorsese
“Limit” by Mario Peixoto (Brazil, 1931)
Restored by the Cinemateca Brasileira, VideoFilmes, the Mario Peixoto Institute, with the participation of Arte France; introduced by Walter Salles
“Forest of the Hanged” by Liviu Ciulei (Romania, 1964)
Restored by the National Film Archive of Romania, introduced by Cristi Puiu

John Wayne Centenary

“Hondo” (3-D) by John Farrow (USA, 1953)
Film restored by Batjac Productions and Paramount; introduced by Gretchen Wayne
(Screening will be in the original conditions, i.e., projected in 3-D).
“Rio Bravo” by Howard Hawks (USA, 1959)
Film restored by Warner Bros.

Laurence Olivier Films William Shakespeare

Shakespearian trilogy presented by Granada Intl. as digital screenings
“Hamlet” (Great Britain, 1948)
Preceded by a Humphrey Jennings short documentary, “Words for Battle” (Great Britain, 1941), narrated by Laurence Olivier (restored by the British Film Institute)
Film restored by Granada Intl.
Presented by Fiona Maxwell
“Henry V” (Great Britain, 1944)
Film restored by Granada Intl.
Presented by Fiona Maxwell
“Richard III” (Great Britain, 1955)
Film restored by the Criterion Collection

Documentaries on Filmmaking

“Brando” by Leslie Greif and Mimi Freedman (USA, 2007)
A Greif Co. /TCM
“Maurice Pialat, L’amour existe” by Jean-Pierre Devillers, Anne-Marie Faux (France, 2007)
A Les Films du Worso
“Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient” by Todd McCarthy (USA, 2007)
Deep Focus Productions
“Never Apologize: A Personal Visit With Lindsay Anderson” by Mike Kaplan (Great Britain, 2007)
A Travis Productions / Circle Associates

Selection of restored films and new prints:

“Israel Why” by Claude Lanzmann (Italy-France, 1972)
Restoration: Why Not Productions
“Bound by Chastity Rules” by Sang-Ok Shin (South Korea, 1962)
Restoration: Korean Film Archives
“My Last Mistress” by Sacha Guitry (France , 1943)
Restoration: Cin©math¨que fran§aise/Studio Canal
“Mikey and Nicky” by Elaine May (USA, 1976)
New print: Carlotta Films
“Escape From Yesterday” by Julien Duvivier ( France, 1935)
Restoration: CNC – French Film Archives/SND
“The Garden of the Finzi-Continis” by Vittorio de Sica (Italy, 1970)
Restoration: Ronald Chammah/AdVitam
“Suspiria” by Dario Argento (Italy, 1977)
Restoration: Luciano Tovoli/Wildside Films
“The Adventures of Prince Achmed” by Lotte Reiniger (Germany, 1926)
Restoration: Deustches Filmmuseum Frankfurt am Main
“Dracula” by Terence Fisher (England, 1958)
Restoration: British Film Institute/Swashbuckler Films
“Yo Yo” by Pierre Etaix
Restoration: Gan Foundation for Cinema

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