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Venezia Classici – Restored Films

A selection of restored classic films, named Venezia Classici, created to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Venice Film Festival, is slated to be screened during this edition as a completion of the “80!” retrospective (Lido, 29 August – 8 September 2012).
 
Venezia Classici will be highlighted by the presence of the great American director Michael Cimino, who will attend the screening of his masterpiece Heaven’s Gate (1980, 219’), in the restored copy by Criterion.
Heaven’s Gate had been presented in its original premiere length at the 1982 Venice Film Festival (directed by Carlo Lizzani), in the Mezzogiorno-Mezzanotte section (curated by Enzo Ungari).
 
Although relatively recent, the promotion of access to and appreciation of  the vast heritage represented by classic films is now a phenomenon of international significance. Until the end of the last century, the conservation and restoration of vintage films were for the most part entrusted to cinematheques and the film archives of the major film institutions. With the growing awareness that film heritage is a cultural asset deserving the same attention given to other forms of artistic expression, and with the proliferation of distribution platforms restoring market value to films that seemed to have outlived their economic usefulness, an increasing number of organizations are now devoting considerable energy and resources to the restoration of classic films: production companies, home video distributors, copyright holders, public and private art and cultural institutions, film museums, film libraries and national archives.
 
The main result of this new trend, facilitated by the advent of the digital age, is to give contemporary audiences the opportunity to view again or see for the first time (in the case of young people who have very little knowledge of the past) films of great historical importance, and to revaluate films that have been unjustly forgotten or that are no longer visible, projected on the big screen in the best possible conditions.
 
Venice joins the growing list of festivals (Cannes, Bologna, Pordenone, Lyon, to name just a few) that support and promote such initiatives. This rendezvous with the most significant restored vintage films will become a recurring feature also for future editions of the Festival, replacing the traditional retrospectives of the past years.
 
The section will be complemented by the presentation of documentaries on film-making and cineastes.
 
VENEZIA CLASSICI – Restored Films

· The Mattei Affair (Il caso Mattei, 1972)
by Francesco Rosi, Italy, 1972 (Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at the lab L’Immagine Ritrovata in collaboration with The Film Foundation, Paramount Pictures and Museo Nazionale del Cinema of Turin. Restoration financed by Gucci, Eni, and The Film Foundation)
· Heaven’s Gate (219’)
by Michael Cimino, USA, 1980 (Criterion)
·  Chimes at Midnight (Campanadas a medianoche, 1965s)
by Orson Welles, Spain, 1965  (Filmoteca Española) + Las versiones de Campanadas a medianoche de Orson Welles (17’) by Luciano Berriatúa, 2012 (Filmoteca Española)
· Karumen kokyo ni kaeru  (Carmen Comes Home, 1951)
by Kinoshita Keisuke, Japan, 1951  (Shochiku)
· Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto, 1970) (Sony)
by Elio Petri, Italy, 1970  
· Stromboli (Stromboli Terra di Dio, 1950)
by Roberto Rossellini, Italy, 1950  (Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna, CSC-Cineteca Nazionale, Coproduction Office)
· Tell Me Lies
by Peter Brook, UK/USA, 1968 (Fondation Technicolor pour le Patrimoine du Cinéma)
· Pigsty  (Porcile, 1969)
by Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy, 1969 (Cineteca di Bologna)
· Miracle  (Himala, 1982)
by Ishmael Bernal, Philippines, 1982 (ABS-CBN Corporation)
· Anita Garibaldi (Camicie rosse, 1952)
by Goffredo Alessandrini, Italy, 1952 (Cineteca Nazionale)
· Terra animata (1967, 7’) e SKMP2 (1968, 30’)
by Luca Patella (Cineteca Nazionale)
· Sunset Boulevard
by Billy Wilder, USA, 1950, Paramount
· Fanny e Alexander (BIM)
by Ingmar Bergman, Sweden, 1982
· Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (20th Century Fox)
by Howard Hawks, USA, 1953
· The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, (20th Century Fox)
by Joseph L. Mankiewicz , USA, 1947
· Cinerama South Seas Adventure (Cinerama, 1958)
by Francis D. Lvon Walter Thompson, Basil Wrangler, Richard Goldstone, Carl Dudley, USA, 143’
· To Be Twenty in the Aures (Avoir 20 ans dans le Aurès, 1972) (Cinémathèque française)
by René Vautier, France, 1972
· The Tenth Victim (La decima vittima, 1965)
by Elio Petri, Italy, 1965 (Cineteca di Bologna, Museo Nazionale del Cinema of Turin)
· American Dreams
by James Benning, USA, 1984, 53’ (Austrian Film Museum, Vienna)
 
VENEZIA CLASSICI  - Documentaries

· La Guerra dei vulcani                       
by Francesco Patierno (Italy)
·  Dai nostri inviati alla Mostra del Cinema di Venezia 1932-1953
by G. Giannotti, D. Savelli, E. Salvatori  (Italy)
· Valentino’s Ghost                              
by Michael Singh (US)
· Miradas Múltiples (La máquina loca)                                                    
by Emilio Maillé  (Messico-France-Spain)
· Harry Dean Stanton Partly Fiction  
by Sophie Huber (US-Switzerland)
· Conteurs d’images                            
by Noelle Deschamps (France)
· Sedia elettrica, il making-of di ‘Io e Te’                                                       
by Monica Stambrini (Italy)
· Gli anni delle immagini perdute     
by Adolfo Conti (Italy)
· Monicelli. La versione di Mario      
by Mario Canale, Felice Farina, Mario Gianni, Wilma Labate, Annarosa Morri (Italy)