Cannes Classics adds retro feel to sidebars

Old pic screenings become official part of fest

PARIS — The Cannes fest is introducing a new sidebar for classic pics.

Cannes Classics will present the world premiere of Michelangelo Antonioni’s short “Michelangelo’s Eye” plus a restored version of the helmer’s landmark “Blow-Up,” which Warner is releasing on DVD.

The section also will spotlight Jacques Richard’s 3½-hour docu “Henry Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque,” about the life and times of the legendary creator of France’s film archive and museum.

Cannes Classics will have four categories this year: Films by Buster Keaton, including a digital screening of a restored version of “The General” accompanied by music written and conducted by Joe Hisaishi; a tribute to Brazilian films celebrating 40 years of Cinema Novo, which will be accompanied by a Brazilian bash May 17; documentaries on filmmaking, including the Langlois pic; and a section for restored and new prints, including a special edition of Samuel Fuller’s “The Big Red One.”

The fest has screened classic pics in the past, including beachside showings of the re-edited version of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” and Jacques Tati’s “Mr. Hulot’s Vacation.”

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