More classics being restored by Cannes

Sidebar to include 'Psycho,' 'Boudu Saved From Drowning'

PARIS -- Festival de Cannes official selection sidebar Cannes Classics will be saving more old films from drowning in a sea of obscurity, with titles including Jean Renoir's "Boudu Saved From Drowning" set to screen during the festival, organizers said Tuesday.

The fest also will screen a restored version of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" from Universal Pictures and Audionamix complete with a reconstructed soundtrack.

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Created in 2004, the Cannes Classics program restores old movies so that they can be rereleased in theaters or on DVD and screened with their contemporary counterparts in Cannes during the festival.

This year's selection also includes Rene Clement's 1946 film "The Battle of the Rails," "John Huston's 1951 film "African Queen" and Luchino Visconti's 1963 title "The Leopard" among several films from across the globe.

Martin Scorsese's nonprofit World Cinema Foundation is also planning to screen more obscure titles from the film archives of Kazakhstan, Hungary and India.

Other highlights of the sidebar include archive documentary from Craig McCall "Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff" plus films from Luis Bunuel, Hector Babenco and Palme d'Or winner Volker Schlondorff.