This free to the public festival features a collection of recently restored versions of acclaimed films from high profile directors such as Altman, Argento and Kazan as well as a hands-on film restoration workshop.
For Immediate Release — The Cineteca di Bologna, one of Europe’s most renowned archives for film restoration and preservation, and the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University present Il Cinema Ritrovato On Tour, a mini-film festival held on the LMU campus March 19 – 23rd. The free festival features acclaimed films from Robert Altman, Dario Argento, Elia Kazan, Gustavo Serena, Pietro Germi and Nicholas Ray as well as Agnès Varda’s 2018 Independent Spirit Award winner and Academy Award-nominee for Best Documentary.
Covering the gamut of movie genres with documentary, comedy, mystery/horror and dramatic westerns represented on the schedule, the festival offers something for all film fans. This year, the festival will conclude with a day-long two session film restoration workshop. The festival schedule is culled from the yearly Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival that takes place in Bologna, Italy during the summer.
The festival is curated each year by Guy Borlée of Cineteca di Bologna, LMU School of Film and Television Dean Stephen Ujlaki, Associate Professor of Film, TV and Media Studies Dr. Richard P. Hadley and LMU Chair of Film, TV and Media Studies, Dr. Carla Marcantonio.
“Cineteca di Bologna is very happy to renew its collaboration with LMU to help promote the culture of film heritage restoration. Students can learn so much from great works of the past, screened in their best shape and splendor,” said Borlée.
Dean Ujlaki commented, “It is a pleasure to continue our partnership with Cineteca di Bologna in bringing Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour for its fifth year to our campus. To share these celebrated films with our students and community on a big screen is an experience unlike any other and at the same time, helps reinforce the importance of art preservation as we educate and nurture our future filmmakers.”
Il Cinema Ritrovato On Tour
Newly restored films from the Cineteca di Bologna Festival
March 19 – 23, 2018
Free screenings, open to the public; RSVP required
Mayer Theater, LMU Campus
RSVP for Il Cinema Ritrovato 2018 screenings, or RSVP for the individual screenings below. Seating is limited.
Monday, March 19
4:10pm – McCabe & Mrs. Miller
In the Old West in the early 1900s, a young man, John McCabe (Beatty), sets out to open a whorehouse in a small mining and lumber town. He is joined by a professional madam, Constance Miller (Christie), who offers to help run the girls and the business. As McCabe’s whorehouse thrives, a larger corporation run tries to buy him out. When McCabe refuses the offer, trouble arises in town.
7:30pm – Faces Places
DIR: Agnès Varda, JR
CAST: Agnès Varda, JR
Few would anticipate the friendship between Agnès Varda — an almost 90-year-old French New Wave filmmaker — and JR — a young, elusive photographer and street artist. Yet, this film captures their budding friendship and creates portraits of the two artists as they travel rural France in a van, visiting significant places from Varda’s films and documenting JR’s artistry.
Tuesday, March 20
1:45pm – Assunta Spina (live piano accompaniment by John Reed-Torres)
DIR: Gustavo Serena
CAST: Francesca Bertini, Gustavo Serena, Carlo Benetti
When Assunta Spina’s (Bertini) violent fiancé, Michele Mangiafuoco (Serena), is sent to prison for assault, she struggles to help him gain his freedom. In the face of adultery and murder, she must decide just how much she’s willing to lose for her love.
4:10pm – America America
DIR: Elia Kazan
CAST: Stathis Giallelis
Stavros Topouzoglou (Giallelis), a young Greek man living under Turkish oppression, dreams of emigrating to America. Faced with his family’s disapproval and financial hardship, Stavros’ determination is tested as he struggles to achieve his goals for a better life.
7:15pm – The Bird With the Crystal Plumage
DIR: Dario Argento
CAST: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno
Sam Dalmas (Musante), an American writer living in Rome, witnesses an attempted murder by an infamous serial killer. His investigation of the murderer becomes necessary for survival when he discovers he may be the next victim. The directorial debut of Dario Argento.
Wednesday, March 21
1:00pm – Signore & Signori (“The Birds, the Bees and the Italians”)
DIR: Pietro Germi
CAST: Virna Lisi, Gastone Moschin, Nora Ricci
This 1966 winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, tells the story of the sexual indiscretions of a small Italian town which are exposed through three stories, following the chaos that results from adultery, jealousy and the seduction of an underage girl.
4:10pm – Johnny Guitar
Genre: Drama, Western
DIR: Nicholas Ray
CAST: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge
Introduction by Andrea Kalas, who restored the film at Paramount Pictures
After a heist takes the life of a man, the townspeople accuse the saloon owner, Vienna (Crawford), of being involved. Her old lover, Johnny Guitar (Hayden), must help her clear her name before the townspeople take their revenge.
Friday, March 23
10:00am-3:30pm – Safeguarding Moving Images: A Workshop on Audiovisual Preservation
Hannon Library, Von Der Ahe Family Suite #322
Presented by Juana Suarez, Director of the Moving Image Archiving & Preservation program at New York University and Pamela Vizner from AVPreserve
Featuring demos and hands-on activities that illustrate some of the technical procedures involved in the expansive field of film restoration, there will also be a panel of moving image archivists who will address their field training, prospective career paths and the impact of the digital world.
For more information, please contact:
LMU School of Film and Television