Berlinale Classics unveils restored masterpieces

'On the Waterfront,' 'Cabaret,' 'Dial M for Murder' to unspool


The Berlin Film Festival has introduced a Berlinale Classics showcase, presenting restored film classics and rediscovered works as part of its Retrospective sidebar.

This year’s lineup includes Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller “Dial M for Murder,” Elia Kazan’s “On the Waterfront” from the same year, Hanns Heinz Ewers’ 1913 silent film “The Student of Prague,” Bob Fosse’s 1972 musical “Cabaret” and Yasujiro Ozu’s 1953 “Tokyo Story.”

“In the past years, viewers have been able to experience premiere screenings of new restorations in the Retrospective,” said Rainer Rother, who is director of the Retrospective and artistic director of the Deutsche Kinemathek film and TV museum. “Recently, the number of high-quality restorations and reconstructions using the new possibilities offered by digital processing has risen. Thus we have decided to establish Berlinale Classics as a forum for premiering them.”

Originally shot in stereoscopic Natural Vision 3D, “Dial M for Murder” will unspool in digital 3D in what will be its European premiere, while “On the Waterfront,” which won eight Oscars and made Marlon Brando a star, will have the world premiere of its 4K digital restoration, produced by Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Grover Crisp.

“The Student of Prague,” restored by the Munich Film Museum, boasts a new musical arrangement by Bernd Thewes of the pic’s original score by piano virtuoso Josef Weiss, which will be performed by Orchester Jakobsplatz Muenchen under Daniel Grossmann.

Harold Nebenzal, the Berlin-born associate producer of “Cabaret” will attend the fest to present the Liza Minnelli starrer. A third-generation producer whose father and grandfather produced some of the most significant films of the Weimar Republic, Nebenzal will also present two films screening in this year’s Retrospective.

In addition to the restoration of “Tokyo Story,” Japan’s Shochiku also produced Yoji Yamada’s “Tokyo Family,” an homage to the Ozu classic and one of the films screening in this year’s Berlinale Special.

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