At SFTV we believe the best way to honor the invaluable contribution of restoration work is through the exhibition and viewing of great films. Each year, the Cineteca di Bologna, one of Europe’s most renowned archives for film restoration and preservation, and SFTV present Il Cinema Ritrovato on Tour, a mini-film festival that offers our students and community the chance to see lovingly restored works on the big screen.
This year, the free festival features a selection of classic and renowned films from many acclaimed filmmakers, including Jane Campion, Djibril Diop Mambéty, Sergio Leone, Louis Malle, Agnès Varda, and more. Check out the full program below!
Il Cinema Ritrovato On Tour
Newly restored films from the Cineteca di Bologna Festival
When: February 21-26, 2020
Where: Mayer Theater (Communications Arts Building, Room 100), LMU Main Campus
FREE and open to the public; RSVP required for all screenings
Friday, February 21 | Opening Night
Opening Night Reception | 6:00pm – 7:15pm at the Welcome Center in the Charles Von Der Ahe building. No RSVP is required.
Once Upon a Time in the West | 7:30pm; RSVP
A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a widow from a ruthless assassin in Sergio Leone’s epic western, featuring an iconic score by Ennio Morricone.Italy-USA / 1968 / Color / 164 mins. Director: Sergio Leone
Read more about the film at the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival database at: https://festival.ilcinemaritrovato.it/en/film/cera-una-volta-il-west/
Saturday, February 22
Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l’échafaud) | 1:00pm; RSVP
Taking place over the course of one restless Paris night, Louis Malle’s richly atmospheric crime thriller stars Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet as lovers whose plan to murder her husband (his boss) goes awry, setting off a chain of events that seals their fate.France / 1957 / B&W / 93 mins. Director: Louis Malle
Read more about the film at the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival database at: https://festival.ilcinemaritrovato.it/en/film/ascenseur-pour-lechafaud-2/
The Cameraman | 3:30pm; RSVP
In his first feature for MGM, Buster Keaton plays a clumsy tintype photographer who yearns to be a cameraman, if only because the girl he likes is a secretary in the studio’s newsreel office. USA / 1928 / B&W / 69 mins. Director: Edward Sedgwick, Buster Keaton
Read more about the film at the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival database at: https://festival.ilcinemaritrovato.it/en/film/the-cameraman/
Stan and Ollie (Laurel and Hardy) are on the run in this action-packed short, which features some of the most exciting stunts and suspense in the silent comedy canon. USA / 1929 / B&W / 19 mins.
Read more about the film at the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival database at: https://festival.ilcinemaritrovato.it/en/film/liberty/
Live accompaniment by Cliff Retallick.
Reception | 5:30pm-6:45pm in Lawton Plaza. Featuring food from Roaming Italy LA by Chef Gavin Mills (Chopped, Barbrix, Wood & Vine)
Cabaret | 7:00pm; RSVP
In 1931 Berlin, a love triangle unfolds amongst an American cabaret singer (Liza Minnelli), a British academic (Michael York), and a playboy baron (Helmut Griem), set against the backdrop of the freewheeling Kit Kat Klub and the rise of the Nazi regime. USA / 1972 / Color / 124 mins. Director: Bob Fosse
Read more about the film at the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival database at: https://festival.ilcinemaritrovato.it/en/film/cabaret/
Vintage Technicolor 35mm dye transfer print courtesy of the Constellation Center at the Academy Film Archive
Monday, February 24
Varda by Agnès (Varda par Agnès) | 7:30pm; RSVP
In what would be her final film, the queen of French cinema takes the stage to guide us through her illustrious career in her own words, illustrated by a treasure trove of clips and archival footage. France / 2019 / Color / 115 mins. Director: Agnès Varda
Read more about the film at the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival database at: https://festival.ilcinemaritrovato.it/en/film/varda-par-agnes/
Tuesday, February 25
The Piano | 7:30pm; RSVP
Jane Campion’s Palme d’Or-winning film tells the story of a mute woman in the 19th century who is sent, along with her daughter and a prized piano, to New Zealand to marry a wealthy landowner and pursued by a worker on the plantation. USA / 1993 / Color / 121 mins. Director: Jane Campion
Read more about the film at the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival database at: https://festival.ilcinemaritrovato.it/en/film/the-piano/
Wednesday, February 26
Touki Bouki | 7:30pm; RSVP
After meeting in Dakar, young lovers Mory and Anta dream of leaving Senegal for Paris in this French New Wave-influenced fantasy-drama, considered by many to be one of the most important African films ever made. Senegal / 1973 / Color / 88 mins. Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty
Read more about the film at the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival database at: https://festival.ilcinemaritrovato.it/en/film/touki-bouki/
The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (La Petite vendeuse de soleil)
The final film from esteemed Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambéty is a slice of life tale of a young girl, on crutches due to polio, who finds success in the male-dominated world of newspaper vendors on the streets of Dakar. Senegal / 1999 / Color / 45 mins. Director: Djibril Diop Mambéty
Read more about the film at the Il Cinema Ritrovato film festival database at: https://festival.ilcinemaritrovato.it/en/film/la-petite-vendeuse-de-soleil/
The Il Cinema Ritrovato On Tour program was curated by Guy Borlée (Festival Coordinator, Il Cinema Ritrovato), Dr. Richard Hadley, Dr. Carla Marcantonio, Dr. Alice Royer, and Stephen Ujlaki (Loyola Marymount University).
Special thanks to Gian Luca Farinelli, Andrea Meneghelli, Carmen Accaputo (Cineteca di Bologna), Bob Berman, Deborah Glenn, Rachel Moreau, Tim O’Neill, and Ivan Salinas (Loyola Marymount University), John Bailey, May Hong Haduong, and Edda Manriquez (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences).