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LONDON — Abu Dhabi Film Festival organizers said this year’s edition will include two sections to celebrate world cinema – one on silver screen classic restorations and one to honor Indian moviemaking, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
Restored classics set to unspool include Alfred Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder, which will be screened in 3D.
Hitchcock originally shot the film in 3D only for the format to fall out of favor just before its first release in 1954.
A digital restoration of Sergio Leone’s original uncut version of Once Upon a Time in the West with Ennio Morricone’s celebrated soundtrack showcased in digital surround sound will also air.
Also unspooling will be restored copies of Jacques Demy’s 1964 musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, starring Catherine Deneuve, and Blake Edwards‘ Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with Audrey Hepburn in her iconic role as Holly Golightly.
Abu Dhabi audiences will also be able to watch The Red Shoes, the 1948 masterpiece set within Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale story about a rising star of the ballet.
The restoration of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s film took over two years to complete.
The event’s Celebrating Indian Cinema sidebar will carry five titles selected from 100 years of Indian cinema, including one from Guru Dutt, regarded as one of the greatest directors of all time, while at the time of his death he was mourned first as a matinee idol.
The festival will give Dutt’s Eternal Thirst (Pyaasa) a gala outing.
Abu Dhabi Film Festival director Ali Al Jabri said both special programs “offer audiences the opportunity to re-discover great and timeless films. The restored cinematic classics that the festival will feature this year will contribute to the appreciation of the historic art of cinema.”
The festival runs Oct. 24-Nov. 2.
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