Steven Spielberg and Christopher Nolan Join the HFPA for Restored Classic Films Screening

09/25/2017

STEVEN SPIELBERG AND CHRISTOPHER NOLAN JOINED THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION, THE FILM FOUNDATION AND THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE TO CELEBRATE THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GOLDEN GLOBE® AWARDS WITH RESTORED CLASSIC FILMS SCREENING SERIES AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (Sept. 25, 2017) – Iconic filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Christopher Nolan joined the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), The Film Foundation and the American Cinematheque for a special program to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Globe® Awards. The restored films screening series took place Sept. 21-24 at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, Calif. The restorations have been made possible in part by grants awarded annually to The Film Foundation by the HFPA. To date, the HFPA, in partnership with The Film Foundation, has helped fund the restoration of over 90 classic feature films.

HFPA President Meher Tatna expressed the importance film restoration has to the association, and committed continued support. “Film restoration is part of the HFPA's mandate, so that classic cinema, a part of Hollywood history, is preserved in its original glory and lives on for future generations to enjoy. We pledge to continue our support as long as we are around, at least for the next 75 years.”

“This diverse group of restorations makes it clear that the HFPA has a deep commitment to preserving the art of cinema. The Film Foundation and the HFPA have had a long and successful partnership, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration,” said Steven Spielberg, a founding board member of The Film Foundation.

“When you’re looking for the importance of film history, when you’re looking for the connections that are made between one generation of filmmakers and the next, they’re not always obvious,” said Christopher Nolan, board member of The Film Foundation. “They’re not necessarily the story or the characters of the script, or even the themes. That can only be experienced and passed on from generation to generation by preserving and restoring the experience of watching film.”

The restored classic films screened throughout the weekend included Elia Kazan’s A Face In The Crowd, the Powell-Pressburger masterpiece, The Red Shoes, Robert Altman’s Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, the first film version of Death Of A Salesman, and Indian director Satyajit Ray’s acclaimed Apu Trilogy.

Tune in to the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony, airing on NBC live coast-to-coast on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 5:00-8:00p.m./PST (8:00-11:00p.m./et). 

 

ABOUT THE HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION

Founded in the 1940s during World War II, the HFPA was originally comprised of a handful of L.A.-based overseas journalists who sought to bridge the international community with Hollywood, and to provide distraction from the hardships of war through film. Seventy years later, members of the HFPA represent 56 countries with a combined readership of 250 million in some of the world’s most respected publications. Each year, the organization holds the third most watched awards show on television, the Golden Globe® Awards, which has enabled the organization to donate nearly $30 million to entertainment-related charities, scholarship programs and humanitarian efforts. For more information, please visit www.GoldenGlobes.com and follow us on Twitter (@GoldenGlobes) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/GoldenGlobes).

 

ABOUT THE FILM FOUNDATION

Created in 1990 by Martin Scorsese, The Film Foundation (TFF) is dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. By working in partnership with archives and studios, the foundation has helped to restore over 750 films, which are made accessible to the public through programming at festivals, museums, and educational institutions around the world. TFF’s World Cinema Project has restored 31 films from 21 different countries representing the rich diversity of world cinema. The foundation’s free educational curriculum, The Story of Movies, teaches young people - over 10 million to date - about film language and history. For more information visit: www.film-foundation.org.

 

ABOUT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE

Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a 501 C 3 non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on Dec. 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman's first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In January 2005, the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. Major funding comes from the American Cinematheque’s Award Show. This year the organization honors Amy Adams on November 10.

 

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