Classics chock-full of arthouse favorites

PARIS — The Cannes Film Festival’s sixth annual Classics program was unveiled Tuesday afternoon in Paris. Under the direction of honorary president Martin Scorsese, the repertory lineup features more than 20 restored or newly printed world cinema classics, including two new docus about legendary European filmmakers.

Toplining the program is a restored print of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1948 Technicolor ballet masterpiece, “The Red Shoes.” A favorite of Scorsese’s, the film will be presented by the helmer and his long-time editing partner and Powell’s widow Thelma Schoonmaker.

The other main feature is a “recomposed” version of French director Henri-Georges Clouzot’s unfinished 1964 drama “To Hell,” assembled by archivist Serge Bromberg. Romy Schneider starrer, about an ill-fated couple’s psychotic relationship, was apparently halted due to Clouzot’s own mental troubles during shooting.

The World Cinema Foundation, created in 2007 to help developing countries promote their cinematic heritage, will present three works in the program, including an unreleased long version of recently deceased Taiwanese helmer Edward Yang’s seldom screened “A Brighter Summer Day.”

Two docus about legendary New Wave filmmakers Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, and Italian Palme d’Or winner Pietro Germi, will also be preemed at the fest.

The extensive retrospective is rounded out by a celebration of helmer Joseph Losey’s 100th birthday — including screenings of the Harold Pinter scripted/Dirk Bogarde starrer “Accident,” and the director’s version of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” — and a program of 11 restored classics, including works by Godard, Antonioni, Visconti and Tati, and the rarely screened 1971 Australian Outback thriller “Wake in Fright.”

“The Red Shoes,” U.K. (1948), Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, presented by Martin Scorsese and Thelma Schoonmaker
“To Hell (and Back) — Memories of Henri-George Clouzot,” France (1964, 2009), Henri-Georges Clouzot, Serge Bromberg
A “recomposed” version of Clouzot’s 1964 unfinished film, starring Romy Schneider and Serge Reggiani

“A Brighter Summer Day,” Taiwan (1991), Edward Yang — unreleased long version
“Al-Momia,” Egypt (1969), Shadi Abdel Salam
“Redes,” Mexico (1936), Emilio Gomez Muriel, Fred Zinnemann
The Bergman Foundation will also present “Images From the Playground,” (29′, Sweden), a restoration by director Stig Borkman of Ingmar Bergman’s “home movies” shot during the making of his films. The film received funding from the World Cinema Foundation.
“Accident,” U.K. (1967), Joseph Losey — restored by the BFI National Film Archive and StudioCanal
“Don Giovanni,” Italy (1979), Joseph Losey — new print screened in the Cinema on the Beach series

“Les Deux de la vague,” France, Antoine de Baecque, Emmanuel Laurent
Docu celebrates 50th anniversary of the Cannes presentation of Francois Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows” and the birth of the French New Wave
“Pietro Germi, Il Bravo, Il Bello, Il Cattivo,” Italy, Mario Bondi
Docu on Italian filmmaker Pietro Germi, who won the Palme d’Or in 1966 for “Signore e Signori”

“L’avventura,” Italy (1960), Michelangelo Antonioni
“An Uns Glaubt Gott Nicht Mehr,” Austria (1982), Axel Corti
“Once Upon a Time…the Revolution,” Italy (1971), Sergio Leone
“Loin du Vietnam,” France (1967), Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Agnes Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais
“Pierrot le Fou,” France (1965), Jean-Luc Godard
“Prince Yeonsan,” South Korea (1961), Shin Sang-ok
“Senso,” Italy (1954), Lucino Visconti
“Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday,” France (1953), Jacques Tati
“Victim,” U.K. (1961), Basil Dearden
“Wake in Fright,” Australia (1971), Ted Kotcheff
“Eyes Without A Face,” France (1960), Georges Franju

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