Cannes Classics fetes Renoir, Hitchcock

16 restored features highlight Croisette retrospective

PARIS — The 7th annual Cannes Classics unveiled a lineup Tuesday rich with restored film gems, documentaries on cinema and a pair of Italian short films.

Headlining the program is Jean Renoir’s 1932 comic romp “Boudu Saved from Drowning,” which will be screened in a completely restored version that includes one unreleased scene. Starring Michel Simon as a lecherous hobo who wreaks havoc on a bunch of bourgeois Parisians, pic is best known Stateside via its Hollywood remake, the 1986 Nick Nolte starrer “Down and Out in Beverly Hills.”

A new print of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” will be shown with a “remastered and reconstructed” soundtrack, while restored prints of John Huston’s “The African Queen,” Luchino Visconti’s “The Leopard,” and a director’s cut of Volker Schlondorff’s 1979 Palme d’Or winner “The Tin Drum” will be among the 13 features on hand.

The World Cinema Foundation, created in 2007 by Martin Scorsese, will present three features hailing from Kazahkstan, Hungary and India, all of which were recently restored by the Cinematheque of Bologna and L’immagine Ritrovata.

Four documentaries about filmmaking will explore an array of topics: “Hollywood Don’t Surf,” by Greg MacGillivray highlights American surfing movies; “Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff” traces the career of the great British cinematographer; “…But Film Is My Mistress” by Stig Bjorkman is the second in a series of unseen footage of and by Ingmar Bergman; while French docu “Toscan” reflects on the life of producer and former Gaumont topper Daniel Toscan du Plantier.

All films will be screened at the Palais des Festivals and La Licorne during Cannes.



“The African Queen,” U.S.-U.K. (1951), John Huston

“The Battle of the Rails,” France (1946), Rene Clement

“Boudu Saved from Drowning,” France (1932), Jean Renoir

“La campagne de Ciceron,” France (1989), Jacques Davila

“The Great Love,” France (1969), Pierre Etaix

“Happy Go Lucky,” France (1946), Marcel L’Herbier

“Kiss of the Spider Woman,” U.S.-Brazil (1985), Hector Babenco

“The Leopard,” Italy (1963), Luchino Visconti

“Psycho,” U.S. (1960), Alfred Hitchcock

“The Ruins,” India (1983), Mrinal Sen

“The 317th Section,” France (1965), Pierre Schoendoerffer

“The Tin Drum,” Germany (1979), Volker Schlondorff

“Tristana,” Spain-France-Italy (1970), Luis Bunuel


“The Red Flute,” Kazakhstan (1989), Ermek Shinarbaev

“A River Calles Titas,” India (1973), Ritwik Ghatak

“Two Girls in the Street,” Hungary (1939), Andre de Toth


“The Eloquent Peasant,” Egypt (1970), Chadi Abdel Salam

“Il Ruscello di Ripasottile,” Italy (1941), Roberto Rossellini


“…But Film Is My Mistress,” Sweden, Stig Bjorkman

“Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff,” U.K., Craig McCall

“Hollywood Don’t Surf,” U.S., Greg MacGillivray

“Toscan,” France, Isabelle Partiot-Pieri