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GUCCI AND THE FILM FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE THE CINEMA VISIONARIES PROGRAM

11/7/2008 12:00:00 AM

The Film Foundation and Gucci celebrated both the opening of Gucci’s new San Francisco store, and an exciting partnership with the San Francisco Film Society, at a private cocktail party held on November 7th at the store. The partners announced the launch of Cinema Visionaries, a traveling preservation screening program featuring motion pictures that have been preserved or restored with funding from Gucci and the foundation. 

Through the program, the 52nd San Francisco International Film Festival (April 23–May 7, 2009) will host one of the first screenings of the restoration of John Cassavetes’ astonishing marital drama, A Woman Under the Influence (1974) and the North American premiere of the restored Le Amiche (1955), Michelangelo Antonioni’s vivid portrayal of feminine anxiety at the Castro Theatre.

The festive evening was hosted by William R. Hearst III and Film Foundation board member Alexander Payne, and the host committee of Sloan and Roger Barnett, Jennifer and Doug Biederbeck, Karen and Frank Caufield, Juliet and Andre de Baubigny, Vanessa and Billy Getty, Katie and Todd Traina and Alexis and Trevor Traina.

Photo: TFF board member Alexander Payne (right) with Haroula Spyropoulos
Photo courtesy of Drew Altizer Photography

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PRESERVATION SCREENING PROGRAM KICKS OFF ITS SECOND YEAR AT FESTIVALS IN BOSTON AND CALGARY

11/6/2008 12:00:00 AM

The Film Foundation and American Express kicked off the second year of their Preservation Screening Program in September 2008 at the Boston Film Festival and the Calgary International Film Festival.

Boston Film Festival (September 12 - 18)
The Film Foundation and American Express welcomed the Boston Film Festival to the Preservation Screening Program and launched the program’s second year with a screening of THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (1954, d. Joseph L. Mankiewicz), from the program’s “In Glorious Technicolor” series. The film screened at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, MA on September 15th.
 
Released in September of 1954 by Figaro, Inc. and United Artists, THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA follows the meteoric rise of Spanish dancer Maria Vargas, played by the captivating Ava Gardner. Her story is narrated by the three men who knew her best, beginning with the movie director who discovered her (Humphrey Bogart); Edmond O’Brien as the press agent who guided Maria’s progress through café society; and finally the Italian count (Rossano Brazzi) who, by marrying Maria, made her a contessa. The film was preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in cooperation with MGM Studios, with funding provided by The Film Foundation and Robert B. Sturm. 
 
Calgary International Film Festival (September 19 - 28)
In its second year at CIFF, the Preservation Screening Program brought two more feature films to the historic Plaza Theater: LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1945, d. John M. Stahl) and ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968, d. Sergio Leone). 
 
John M. Stahl’s classic LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN, from the program’s “In Glorious Technicolor” series, screened on September 20th.   The film was restored by the Academy Film Archive in cooperation with Twentieth Century Fox, with funding provided by The Film Foundation.
 
On September 21st, Paramount’s Barry Allen introduced Sergio Leone’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST and talked about the technical aspects involved with the restoration of this Western epic. This film was restored in 2007 by Paramount in association with Sergio Leone Productions. Funding was provided by The Film Foundation and the Rome Film Festival.
 
New York Film Festival (September 26 – October 12)
On October 10th, the 46th New York Film Festival unveiled the World Restoration Premiere of PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN (1951, d. Albert Lewin) at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center. Martin Scorsese, Founder and Chair of The Film Foundation introduced the film alongside Kent Jones from the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
 
The film was restored by George Eastman House, in cooperation with The Douris Corporation, at Cineric, Inc. in New York City.  After an exhaustive worldwide search, no original negatives could be found. Working from separation master positives created in 1951, the film was restored photochemicallyusing the Cineric Single Pass System to re-register the color records and manufacture timed separation negatives. Sections of the film were scanned 4K resolution to perform digital dirt and scratch removal. Additionally, the soundtrack was fully restored by Audio Mechanics in Burbank, California. Funding was provided by The Film Foundation, the Franco-American Cultural Fund, and the Rome Film Festival.  
 
Chicago International Film Festival (October 16-29)
The Preservation Screening Program brought New American Cinema classic FACES (1968, d. John Cassavetes), and a special screening of ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968, d. Sergio Leone) to the historic Music Box Theater.  
 
On October 26th, FACES screened with introductions by Heather Herbert of American Express and UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Ross Lipman. Lipman presented a before-and-after restoration showcase that incorporated clips from both Cassavetes’ SHADOWS (1959) and FACES. On October 28th, the restored ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST made its Chicago premiere.

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TFF AND GUCCI HOST FIRST SCREENING OF RESTORED A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE

10/21/2008 12:00:00 AM

Hosts Gena Rowlands and Martin Scorsese hosted the first screening of the newly restored A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE (1974, d. John Cassavetes) for invited guests at New York’s Museum of Modern Art on October 21st. Introduced by Ms. Rowlands, the screening was followed by a dinner that celebrated the film’s beautiful restoration by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. 

The film will have its public world premiere next spring at UCLA’s Festival of Preservation, and then its Northern California premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival in April 2009.

Gucci and The Film Foundation launched their partnership and the restoration of A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE at a special dinner in October 2006, attended by the film’s stars Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk, along with late TFF board member Sydney Pollack.

Since then, Gucci and The Film Foundation have also funded the restoration of Michelangelo Antonioni’s LE AMICHE (1955), which premiered at the Bologna Film Festival in July 2008. The partnership will next fund the restoration of Barbara Loden’s WANDA (1970).

Photo: A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE star Gena Rowlands (second from left) with family - daughters Zoe & Xan Cassavetes, granddaughter Veronica Ross, and son Nick Cassavetes

Photo by Chance Yeh at Patrick McMullan

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TFF PRESENTS ROBERT ROSEN WITH JOHN HUSTON AWARD AT THE 2008 DGA HONORS

The Film Foundation

10/16/2008 12:00:00 AM

Robert Rosen, Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television received The Film Foundation’s John Huston Award for his significant contributions and commitment to film preservation and restoration. Rosen, who serves as Chair of The Film Foundation’s Archivists Advisory Council, accepted this prestigious award from Film Foundation Founder and Chair Martin Scorsese as part of the 2008 Directors Guild of America Honors held in New York City on October 16th. 

Scorsese spoke fondly of Rosen, citing him as one of the key figures in the 1990 creation of the foundation. He added that Rosen “was essential in making The Film Foundation a reality. 18 years later, The Film Foundation has contributed to the restoration of over 500 titles and counting, the studios and the archives are working together, and every major studio except one has a restoration/preservation program. Without Bob, I don’t know where we’d be.”

Rosen has spent more than 30 years guiding the growth of the UCLA Film & Television Archive from a small study collection to the world’s largest university-based holding of original film and television materials. He has held many leadership roles including: Founding Director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute; Executive Committee Member of the International Federation of Film Archives; Member of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress; Board Member of the Stanford Theatre Foundation; and Board Member of the Geffen Playhouse.

The John Huston Award was created to honor those with an extraordinary commitment to defending the rights of filmmakers and, by extension, the rights of filmmakers to have their art preserved in its original, intended state. Previous honorees are Bertrand Tavernier, Curtis Hanson, Elliot Silverstein, Sydney Pollack, Tom Cruise, Miloš Forman, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Fred Zinnemann.

DGA Honors began in 1999 as an event that would celebrate the intersection of film and television production with labor, business and politics. “At DGA Honors, we celebrate those who have committed themselves to bringing about positive changes in society, whether it be through film or television production, advocacy or humanitarian work,” said DGA National Vice President Steven Soderbergh. “All of our honorees have left their mark on our industry in an indelible way.”

Mr. Rosen was among 5 honorees including Miloš Forman, Director; Dick Wolf, Creator/Producer; Irwin Young, Chair of DuArt Film Laboratories; and Congressman John Conyers Jr. (D-MI). The awards were presented at the DGA Theater on West 57th Street, followed by a VIP after party at Nobu 57.

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