Roman Polanski's 'Macbeth,' Musical 'Guys and Dolls' Among Venice's Classics Picks

A restored copy of Roman Polanski's 1971 classic "The Tragedy of Macbeth" will appear in the lineup
A restored copy of Roman Polanski's 1971 classic "The Tragedy of Macbeth" will appear in the lineup
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ROME -- Joseph L. Mankiewicz's 1955 classic Guys and Dolls, Stolen Kisses (Baisers Volés) from François Truffaut, and Roman Polanski's The Tragedy of Macbeth will be among the 21 prominent historical films restored by the Venice Film Festival for the second edition of the Venice Classic section.

The films will be in a competition between restorers, with filmmaker Giuliano Montaldo heading a jury of prominent film students, which will select the winner of the Venice Classics Award for the best restored film as well as for the best documentary on cinema.

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The section will include a special not-in-competition screening of Marco Bellocchio's 1967 drama China is Near (La Cina e' vicina), which won a jury prize in Venice and was specially restored by Sony Pictures Entertainment and the Cineteca di Bologna. The film comes from the Venice Biennale's Historic Archives of the Contemporary Arts, best known by its Italian initials ASAC.

In addition to the aforementioned films, the in-competition lineup of classics will include Jack Clayton's The Innocents, Umberto D. from Vittorio De Sica, and A Special Day (Una giornata particolare) made by Ettore Scola. The lineup will also include three restored short films and documentaries about cinema.

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The films will screen alongside the films in the regular program on the Lido, which will be announced July 24. The 71st edition of the storied festival runs August 27-Sept. 6.

The full lineup of feature films in the Venice Classics section:

Stolen Kisses (Baisers volés) by François Truffaut (France, 1968, 90 minutes, color); restored by: Mk2

No End (Bezkońca) by Krzysztof Kieślowski (Poland, 1984, 108 minutes, color); restored by: Studio Filmowe Tor with the support of the National Audiovisual Institute (the Multiannual Government Programme Culture+) and the Polish Film Institute

Bride (Gelin) by Ömer Lütfi Akad (Turkey, 1973, 92 minutes, color); restored by: Erman Film

Guys and Dolls by Joseph L. Mankiewicz (USA, 1955, 150 minutes, color); restored by: Warner Bros. Motion Pictures Imaging and Samuel Goldwyn

Only She Knows (Kanojo dake ga shitteiru) by Takahashi Osamu (Japan, 1960, 63 minutes, B&W); restored by: Shochiku Co. Ltd and TOKYO FILMeX

Papal Audience (sometimes also called The Audience) (L’udienza) by Marco Ferreri (Italy/France, 1971, 112 minutes, color); restored by: Cineteca di Bologna and Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino, in collaboration with Cristaldi Film

China is Near (La Cina è vicina) by Marco Bellocchio (Italy, 1967, 108 minutes, B&W); restored by: Sony Pictures Entertainment (period copy used as reference from ASAC), in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna

Mouchette by Robert Bresson (France, 1967, 82 minutes, B&W); restored by: Argos Films, with the support of the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée (CNC)

Without Pity (Senza pietà) by Alberto Lattuada (Italy, 1948, 89 minutes, B&W); restored by: CSC – Cineteca Nazionale di Roma, in collaboration with Cristaldi Film

The Innocents by Jack Clayton (United Kingdom/USA, 1961, 100 minutes, B&W) restored by: Twentieth Century Fox

The Iron Mask by Allan Dwan (USA, 1929, 97 minutes, B&W); restored by: The Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Man From Laramie by Anthony Mann (USA, 1955, 102 minutes, color); restored by: Sony Pictures Entertainment

The Tales of Hoffmann by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger (United Kingdom, 1951, 138 minutes, color); restored by: The Film Foundation and the BFI National Archive in association with Studiocanal. The funding for the restoration was provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Franco-American Cultural Fund, The Film Foundation,, and the Louis B. Mayer Foundation

The Tragedy of Macbeth by Roman Polanski (United Kingdom/USA, 1971, 140 minutes, color); restored by: Sony Pictures Entertainment

Todo modo by Elio Petri (Italy/France, 1976, 125 minutes, color); restored by: Cineteca di Bologna and Museo Nazionale del Cinema di Torino, in collaboration with Surf Film

Umberto D. by Vittorio De Sica (Italy, 1952, 91 minutes, B&W);  restored by: CSC – Cineteca Nazionale di Roma, in collaboration with the Cineteca di Bologna, the Associazione Vittorio De Sica and RTI

A Special Day (Una giornata particolare) by Ettore Scola (Italy/France, 1977, 110 minutes, color); restored by: CSC – Cineteca Nazionale di Roma, in collaboration with Surf Film

Walking the Streets of Moscow (Ya Shagayu po Moskve) by Georgiy Daneljia (USSR, 1963, 78 minutes, B&W); restored by: Gosfilmofond

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