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Classics at Cannes 65: 'Once Upon a Time in America,' 'Jaws,' 'Lawrence of Arabia,' 'Tess,' Ballad of Narayama'

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 26, 2012 at 1:23PM

The 65e Festival de Cannes has revealed its Classics selection of restored prints. The Cannes Classics selection has been a mainstay of the festival's official selection since 2004, as the "relationship between contemporary cinema and its own memory was disrupted by the advent of the digital age."
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"Once Upon A Time in America"
"Once Upon A Time in America"

The 65e Festival de Cannes has revealed its Classics selection of restored prints. The Cannes Classics selection has been a mainstay of the festival's official selection since 2004, as the "relationship between contemporary cinema and its own memory was disrupted by the advent of the digital age."

Among the films that will be rediscovered at the festival, many of which will screen at the Palais' Salle Buñuel or the Sixtieth Anniversary theatre, and many in the presence of their filmmakers and restorers, include Sergio Leone's "Once Upon A Time in America" (1984), Roman Polanski's "Tess" (1979), Stephen Spielberg's "Jaws" (1975), David Lean's"Lawrence of Arabia" (1962),  and Keisuke Kinoshita's "The Ballad of Narayama" (1958). The thirteen features, two shorts, four documentaries and mini-concert included in the Classics selection will all be world premieres and are listed in detail below:

CANNES CLASSICS

•The Film Foundation (USA), chaired by Martin Scorsese, will present a restored and reconstructed print of ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA by Sergio Leone (1984, 245'), with 25 minutes of additional scenes, based on the first cut by Sergio Leone in 1984. This restoration was requested by Martin Scorsese.
The screening will be attended by Robert De Niro, Elizabeth McGovern, Jennifer Connelly, producer Arnon Milchan (which also has a small role in the film) and, of course, the Leone family.

Restoration by the Cinematheque of Bologna at the Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory, in association with Andrea Leone Films, The Film Foundation and Regency Enterprises. The restoration was funded by The Film Foundation and Gucci.

•Pathé presents TESS (1979, 171') by Roman Polanski, in a restoration which he himself supervised and was "very impressed" by the laboratory work. Roman Polanski and Nastassja Kinski will be in attendance.

A Pathé restoration, image restored by Eclair Group and Le Diapason for the audio restoration.

•To celebrate its centenary, the Hollywood studio Universal Pictures will present a restored print this emblematic film in the studio's recent history: JAWS by Steven Spielberg (1975, 124').

The restoration carried out by Universal Pictures and the film will be screened in 4K.

•The "Rescue the Hitchcock 9" project was launched by the National Archives of the British Film Institute (London) to save nine of Alfred Hitchcock’s silent films. THE RING (1927, 109') will be screened as a world premiere and a cine-concert with the musician Stephen Horne.

The restoration was carried out by the BFI National Archives, and funded by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, The Film Foundation and the Deluxe 142 Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation

•To mark the 50th anniversary of the production and release of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA by David Lean (1962, 222'), Sony-Columbia have made a new restoration of the film in 4K.

Restored by Sony Pictures Colorworks and distributed by Park Circus. Courtesy of Metro Goldwyn Mayer / Park Circus.

•Keisuke Kinoshita is a Japanese filmmaker born in 1912 and deceased in 1998. Having spent much of his career at the Shochiku studios (he worked as a producer for Ozu or Naruse), he will be celebrated by the current management of Shochiku with the projection of THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA (1958, 98').

The digital version has been restored and funded by Shochiku Co., Ltd. and Shochiku Media Worx Inc.; digital restoration by Imagica Corp. and Imagica West Corp. The film will be distributed in France by MK2.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.