By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 20, 2012 at 8:23PM
Three anniversary classics will screen at the 50th New York Film Festival (September 28-October 14): David Lean’s 50-year-old epic "Lawrence of Arabia," fresh from its 8K unveiling at Cannes, Walt Disney’s 75-year-old animated "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," and Rob Reiner’s comedy "The Princess Bride," marking a quarter century with a cast renunion.
Other special events include a sneak of three episodes of Oliver Stone’s ten-part 2012 Showtime series "The Untold History of the United States," and World Premieres of Molly Bernstein’s and Alan Edelstein’s magician portrait, "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay," and avant-garde theater director Richard Foreman's feature debut focusing on the rituals of 25 people, "Once Every Day."
With the Elinor Bunin Munroe Center needing programming, the NYFF is adding two new sidebar sections to their main slate. Documentaries about movies--from casting to an Indian archivist and a look at Ingmar Bergman and his long-term muse Liv Ullman to an assemblage of 450 global films--will run in "Cinema Reflected," while movies about other media, such as Jeff Kaufman's portrait of jazz great Chick Webb, "The Savoy King," will show in "On the Arts."
The NYFF will also present "The Met Live in HD: l'Ellsire d'Amore." And Marina Zenovich follows up 2008's "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" with "Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out." Sundance hit "Room 237" looks at various theories about Stanley Kubrick’s "The Shining." Francesco Patierno’s "The War of the Volcanoes" follows two rival film productions on volcanic island Stromboli, one directed by Roberto Rosselini and starring new lover Ingrid Bergman and the second starring his ex, Anna Magnani. Delicious.
NYFF MASTERWORKS FILMS AND DESCRIPTIONS
Restorations, revivals and rediscoveries from cinema’s past, as they were meant to be seen on the big screen.
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962) 227min
Director: David Lean
Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest films of all time—and, for many contemporary filmmakers, the chief inspiration for wanting to become a director—LAWRENCE OF ARABIA has now been returned to the peak of its visual magnificence in this staggering 8K restoration. Arguably the ultimate in epic cinema, David Lean's masterpiece is indisputably one of those films that demands to be seen on the largest of screens in the best possible version, which is what Sony has wrought after more than a year of fastidious labor. Debuted to wide acclaim at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, this immaculate restoration delivers the full brilliance of the images fashioned across the landscapes of Jordan, Morocco and Spain by Lean and cinematographer Freddie Young, in a work of historical and biographical cinema that has often been emulated but never equaled. A must for big-screen fanatics. A Sony Pictures Repertory release.
SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937) 83min
Director: David Hand
A true milestone in film history, Walt Disney’s SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS is the story of a princess driven from the palace by her wicked stepmother and then saved by a group of seven descriptively-named dwarves. The 1937 film was at first dubbed “Disney’s Folly,” as no one had ever attempted a feature-length cel animation before. Facing a cost that eventually ran to $1.4 million—a huge amount back then—Disney even mortgaged his house to complete the film. At the end of its premiere in December, 1937, an audience composed of the cream of Hollywood rose to give it one of the longest standing ovations in anyone’s memory. A perennial on every list of greatest films ever made, SNOW WHITE returns with its brilliant colors, wonderful songs and unforgettable characters. A Walt Disney Pictures release.
PAPERMAN (2012) 7min
Director: John Kahrs
An innovative animated short about a young New Yorker who relies on heart, imagination, a stack of papers—and a little luck—to change his destiny and win the girl of his dreams. A Walt Disney Pictures release.
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