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Claudia Cardinale Guest of Honor for Venice Film Festival's Classic Film Lineup; Includes Rossellini, Renoir, Friedkin's 'Sorcerer' and More

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 15, 2013 at 1:15PM

Claudia Cardinale will be the guest host of Venezia Classici, the program devoted to classic film restorations, at the 70th Venice International Film Festival. This year's program includes Roberto Rossellini's "Paisan," Jean Renoir's "La bete humaine" and a Satyajit Ray program. (William Friedkin's "Sorcerer" was previously announced, and will open the series.)
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Claudia Cardinale
Claudia Cardinale

Italian actress Claudia Cardinale will be the guest host of Venezia Classici, the program devoted to classic film restorations, the rediscovery of neglected or underrated films, and to documentaries about cinema, at the 70th Venice International Film Festival, running August 28 through September 7. This year's program includes Roberto Rossellini's "Paisan," Jean Renoir's "La bete humaine" and a Satyajit Ray program.

Cardinale will attend the screening of Luchino Visconti's 1965 film, "Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa," which was awarded the Golden Lion at the 30th Venice International Film Festival -- and starred Cardinale. It is restored by Sony Pictures Entertainment. 

The program opens with William Friedkin's "Sorcerer" (1977), the director's remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot's "The Wages of Fear," which endured a troubled production and lackluster opening but is now widely viewed as a misunderstood masterpiece. It is restored for the occasion by Warner Bros.

Additionally, the Venice festival is launching its first-ever online competition, inviting the public to vote for the film of the decade from the "Venice Days" sidebar. 50 films have been selected from the program's last 10 years, and audiences can vote on the best one.

A full list of the series' restored films below:

This article is related to: Festivals, Venice Film Festival


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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.