A second announcement from the Cannes Film Festival today, this one, frankly, a bit more momentous. After adding six films to the Official Selection, the festival’s rolled out its Cannes Classics 2014 lineup, leading with the terrific news that Sophia Loren, winner of Cannes’ Best Actress award in 1961 and president of the jury in 1966, will be the program’s guest of honor. A nice touch, considering that her frequent onscreen partner, Marcello Mastroianni, adorns this year’s poster.
Loren will attend the screening of Edoardo Ponti’s La Voce Humana, “which marks the occasion of her comeback to the movies.” That same evening, Cannes will screen a new 4K restoration of Vittorio De Sica‘s Marriage Italian Style (Matrimonio all’italiana, 1964). Loren will also be giving a “masterclass” in the form of an onstage conversation.
The rest of the lineup:
Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars (1964), another new 4K restoration.
Wim Wenders’s Paris, Texas (1984), on the occasion of the Palme d’or-winner’s 30th anniversary.
Marceline Loridan and Joris Ivens‘s Regards sur use Revolution: Comment Yukong Deplaça les Montagnes (1976), restored from the 2K scan of the 16mm negatives.
Nagisa Oshima‘s Cruel Story of Youth (1960). Oshima’s DP, Takashi Kawamata, has supervised the restoration.
Raymond Bernard’s Wooden Crosses (1931). 4K restoration.
Stuart Cooper’s Overlord (1975), presented by Criterion. “HD Digital transfer supervised by director Stuart Cooper from a new 35mm fine-grain master.”
Roberto Rossellini’s La Paura (1954). Restored as part of the Rossellini Project, a collaboration between Instituto Luce Cinecittà, the Cineteca di Bologna and the CSC-Cineteca Nazionale and Coproduction Office.
Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Blind Chance (1981). “Restoration carried out in 2K with the color framing supervised by the director of photography.”
King Hu’s Dragon Inn (1967). 4k, and the DP has supervised the color framing.
Marcel Carné‘s Daybreak (1939). 4K.
Sergei Parajanov‘s Color of the Pomegranate (1968). 4K.
Jean-Claude Lauzon’s Leolo (1992). “Digital restoration made in 2k from the original negative.”
Jean-Paul Rappeneau‘s Gracious Living (1965). “Film restored in 2K at Mikros from the original negative, with a restoration of the stock shots. Color framing realized in collaboration between Jean-Paul Rappeneau and Pierre Lhomme, director of photography. Restoration of Michel Legrand’s music by Stéphane Lerouge.”
Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn (1939). 4K.
Michel Drach’s Le Violons du Bal (1974).
Eldar Shengelaia’s Blue Mountains (1983). 4K.
Frank Capra‘s Lost Horizon (1937). 4K restoration by Park Circus, who’ll be releasing the film later this year.
Jean Renoir’s The Bitch (1939). “Restoration in 2K (from a 4K scan).”
Kon Ichikawa‘s Tokyo Olympiad (1965). 4K.
Federico Fellini‘s 8½ (1963) will be presented as the opening film of the Cinéma de la plage.
And then there are two documentaries on cinema, Steve James’s Life Itself, with an additional section on Roger Ebert‘s relationship with Cannes, and Hilla Medalia’s The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films, which could be a blast.