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SPECIAL SCREENING OF LUCHINO VISCONTI'S THE LEOPARD

5/6/2004 12:00:00 AM

On June 5, 2004, Martin Scorsese and The Film Foundation presented a special screening of Luchino Visconti's 1963 Italian epic THE LEOPARD (Il Gattopardo) at the Lake Placid Film Festival. The rare restored print was provided courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox.  

Starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale, THE LEOPARD compares in scope and subject matter to our own classic "Gone with the Wind." Set in 1860, the film focuses on a Sicilian Prince, Salina (Lancaster) who is coming to terms with the unification of Italy. Cardinale plays the Prince's gorgeous daughter Angelica, whom he uses as a pawn in his drive for social ascent. Alain Delon plays Tancredi, whose gradual involvement with Angelica forms one of the great cinematic love stories of all time. The film wraps up with a legendary banquet scene, which film historians have called one of the greatest set-pieces in movie history."

THE LEOPARD is one of the true masterpieces of world cinema," said Kathleen Carroll, co-founder of the Lake Placid Film Festival, when announcing the screening. "Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Michael Cimino have all used the film as a source of inspiration. In fact, Scorsese ranks it along with 'The Red Shoes' and 'Citizen Kane' as one of the films he lives by.”

 Picture: Martin Scorsese and Kathleen Carroll at the screening of THE LEOPARD

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THE FILM FOUNDATION SERVES AS THE BENEFICIARY OF THE 21 GRAMS PREMIERE

12/2/2003 12:00:00 AM

Universal’s Focus Features hosted the premiere of 21 GRAMS (2003, d. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) starring Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn, and Naomi Watts, on November 6, 2003 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles, benefiting The Film Foundation. Michael Apted, President of The Film Foundation, opened the evening.  Guests included: Benicio Del Toro, Dustin Hoffman, Anjelica Huston Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, Naomi Watts, and many others.

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UNE FETE TO ENJOY

11/18/2003 12:00:00 AM

On November 18, 2003 in New York City, Chiara Mastroianni hosted a reception and silent auction to launch le Enjoy, a new fragrance from Jean Patou Paris.  The Film Foundation received a portion of the proceeds from the first week of sales of Enjoy at Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as ticket sales from a three-evening film series hosted by Jean Patou Paris at New York’s Sunshine Cinema.

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Press Release: THE FILM FOUNDATION'S 2003 PRESERVATION AWARD

The Film Foundation

11/16/2003 12:00:00 AM

As part of the 4th Annual DGA Honors, the Directors Guild of America and The Film Foundation honored Curtis Hanson with the Film Preservation Award for his commitment and dedication to film preservation, at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City on November 16, 2003. 

The DGA holds this annual gala to celebrate and recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding cultural contributions to film and television production.  In addition to Curtis Hanson, filmmaker Robert Altman, AFL-CIO President John J. Sweeney, and Maine Senator Olympia Snowe were recognized. The USC School of Film and Television received a donation to its scholarship fund in recognition of the continued excellence of their department.   

TFF Artists Rights Council member Miloš Forman presented the award to Curtis Hanson.  Prior to the presentation, Donald Sosin, composer and acclaimed silent film accompanist, played an original piece to the clip from the silent film, MY BEST GIRL (1927, d. Sam Taylor), restored by UCLA and funded by The Film Foundation and the Mary Pickford Foundation. 

 Picture: Curtis Hanson receives the inaugural 2003 Film Foundation Film Preservation Award at the DGA Honors in New York City. Hanson was honored for his long-time commitment to, and support for, the issue of film preservation.

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