Berlin festival plans 60th retrospective

"Play it Again ...!" compiled by film critic David Thomson

COLOGNE, Germany -- The Berlin International Film Festival will mark its 60th anniversary with a best-of retrospective of 40 films cherrypicked from Berlin festivals of the past six decades.

The retrospective, titled "Play it Again ...!" was compiled by British film critic David Thomson and will include classics such as Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless," Michael Cimino's "The Deer Hunter" and "Red Sorghum" from Zhang Yimou.

Thomson has also picked lesser-known films that caused a ruckus at the original Berlin debut, such as "The Forbidden Christ" (1950-51) from Italian director Curzio Malaparte or Nagisa Oshima's "In the Realm of the Senses," whose screening in 1976 was such a scandal that authorities confiscated the film print and Ulrich Gregor, director of Berlin's Forum sidebar, was charge with disseminating pornography.

The films will be screened at the CinemaxX theater in Potsdamer Platz in Berlin and at the Zeughauskino. The complete retrospective program will be available at by mid-January.

The 60th Berlin International Film Festival runs Feb.11-21.