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Cannes Classics line-up revealed; Costa-Gavras guest of honour

29 April 2015 10:36 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Section to also include celebrations of Ingrid Bergman and Orson Welles as well as screenings of The Terminator and Jurassic Park 3D.

Costa-Gavras has been named guest of honour at this year’s Cannes Classics section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).

The Greek-French film director and producer won the Palme d’or with Missing in 1982, was member of the jury in 1976 that crowned Taxi Driver and picked up the award for best director with Section spéciale in 1975.

The filmmaker will be present for a screening of Z, which won the jury prize in 1969, and has had the original negative scanned in 4k and restored frame by frame in 2K, supervised by Costa-Gavras.

Orson Welles

Marking 100 years since the birth of Orson Welles, Cannes will screen restorations of films from the legendary Us actor, director, writer and producer, who died in 1985.

The titles include his staggering debut Citizen Kane (1941), which has received a 4k restoration completed »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Movie Review – The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

9 March 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Tales of Hoffmann, 1951.

Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Starring  Moira ShearerRobert Helpmann and Léonide Massine.


An opera, Hoffmann tells of his romantic history with three beautiful women; Olympia, Giulietta and Antonia

“I have to say”, says director Michael Powell prior to working on The Tales of Hoffmann, “I didn’t know much about the opera”. That makes both of us Mr Powell. On Extended Run at the BFI this month is the Technicolor triptych-narrative, The Tales of Hoffmann. Released in 1951, this was made three years after Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s celebrated masterpiece The Red Shoes. Rather than incorporating dance into a story, Powell and Pressburger decided to adapt a full performance in its entirety, presenting an epic story of romance, lost-love and tragedy.

In the interval of a ballet, Hoffmann (Robert Rounseville) regales a crowd with talk of his previous exploits. Drunkenly holding court, »

- Simon Columb

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