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Sundance spins world film classics series

Airings include Antonioni's 'L'Avventura' and Fellini's 'Cabiria'

The Sundance Channel will present a 13-week classic foreign film series, Classic World Cinema from the Criterion Collection, featuring works by major international directors, beginning June 7.

Skein will air Thursdays at 9 p.m. in the slot following Sundance Channel’s ongoing “Conversations in World Cinema” series, which has featured filmmakers such as Jane Campion, Ismail Merchant, Liv Ullman and Ed Harris. “Conversations” becomes a weekly skein in June.

Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1960 film “L’Avventura” will open the series, which will go on to include such films as Ingmar Bergman’s “The Seventh Seal” (1957), Federico Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria” (1957), Akira Kurosawa’s “High and Low” (1963), Roman Polanski’s “Knife in the Water” (1962), Jean Renoir’s “Grand Illusion” (1938), Andrei Tarkovsky’s “Andrei Rublev” (1966) and Agnes Varda’s “Cleo from 5 to 7” (1961).

“These magnificent films were groundbreaking in their time,” said Sundance Channel exec VP of programming and marketing Liz Manne, “Airing them reinforces Sundance Channel’s commitment to innovative and challenging cinema both past and present.”

The Criterion Collection distributes DVD and Laserdisc editions of classic and restored films in their original theatrical formats.

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