Akahige, Amarcord, Aleksandr Nevskij among Venice Classics titles; Bertrand Tavernier selects four films.

a matter of life and death

Akahige, Amarcord, Aleksandr Nevskij and A Matter of Life and Death are among 21 titles announced today to screen in Venice’s (September 2-12) Classics section, which will reveal further titles later this month.

Director Bertrand Tavernier, who is to receive the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award, has selected and will present four films for the Classics strand: Pattes Blances (White Paws) by Jean Grémillion, La Lupa (The Vixen) by Alberto Lattuada, Sonnenstrahl (Ray of Sunshine) by Pál Fejös and A Matter of Life and Death by Michael Powell and Eric Pressburger. 

The 21 restorations:

Akahige (Red Beard) by Akira Kurosawa (Japan, 1965, 185’, B&W), restoration by Tōhō Co., Ltd.

Aleksandr Nevskij (Alexander Nevsky) by Sergej Michajlovič Ėjzenštejn (USSR, 1938, 108’, B&W), restoration by Mosfilm

Amarcord by Federico Fellini (Italy, 1973, 123’, Color) restoration by Cineteca di Bologna with the support of yoox.com and the contribution of Comune di Rimini. In collaboration with Cristaldifilm and Warner Bros.

Apenas un delincuente (Hardly a Criminal) by Hugo Fregonese (Argentina, 1949, 90’, B&W), restoration by Museo del Cine y Filmoteca Buenos Aires

Le beau Serge (Bitter Reunion) by Claude Chabrol (France, 1958, 93’, B&W), restoration by Gaumont

Fenggui lai de ren (The Boys from Feng-kuei) by Hou Hsiao-hsien (Chinese Taipei, 1983, 99’, Color), restoration by Cinémathèque Royal de Belgique in collaboration with Hou Hsiao-hsien and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project

Heaven Can Wait by Ernst Lubitsch (US, 1943, 113’, Color) restoration (World Premiere): The Film Foundation

Léon Morin, prêtre (Léon Morin, Priest) by Jean-Pierre Melville (France, 1961, 130’, B&W), restoration by Studiocanal

La Lupa (The Vixen)vby Alberto Lattuada (Italy, 1953, 93’, B&W), restoration by CSC - Cineteca Nazionale in collaboration with Filmauro

A Matter of Life and Death by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger (UK, 1946, 104’, Color), in collaboration with Park Circus Limited

I mostri by Dino Risi (Italy, 1963, 118’, B&W), restoration by Museo Nazionale del Cinema  – Fondazione Maria Adriana Prolo and Cineteca di Bologna in collaboration with Rti-Mediaset, Lyon Film and Surf Film

Pattes blanches (White Paws) by Jean Grémillon (France, 1949, 92’, B&W), restoration by Gaumont

Pyaasa (The Thirsty One) by Guru Dutt (India, 1957, 144’, B&W), restoration by Ultra Media & Entertainment Pvt. Ltd

The Power and the Glory by William K. Howard (US, 1933, 80’, B&W), restoration by 20th Century Fox

Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom) by Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italy, 1975, 116’, Color), restoration by Cineteca di Bologna and CSC – Cineteca Nazionale, in collaboration with Alberto Grimaldi

To Sleep with Anger by Charles Burnett (US, 1990, 101’, Color), restoration by Sony Pictures

Sonnenstrahl (Ray of Sunshine) by Pál Fejös (Germany/Austria, 1933, 87’, B&W), in collaboration with Filmarchiv Austria

The Trial of Vivienne Ware by William K. Howard (US, 1932, 55’, B&W), restoration by The Museum of Modern Art

Umut (Hope) by Yilmaz Güney (Turkey, 1970, 97’, B&W), restoration by Republic of Turkey – Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Venise, A Gaumont Chronochrome production (France, 1912, 10’, Color), restoration by Gaumont

Vogliamo i colonnelli (We Want the Colonels) by Mario Monicelli (Italy, 1973, 96’, Color), restoration by CSC – Cineteca Nazionale, in collaboration with Dean Films