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Cannes Cine Classics 2014

The Cannes Film Festival attracts thousands of professionals in the film industry and the press, in April of each year. The festival, which is known worldwide, showcases films from all types of genres, styles, and lengths and participants await the jury’s selection of award honors. An interesting and unique piece of the festival is the Cannes Classics.

Cannes Classics were introduced at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and have been an area of great interest ever since. The Cannes Classics include some of film’s greatest, but in a restored and rediscovered fashion. Cinematheques, production companies, right holders, and national archives are given the opportunity to boast their preservation of these timeless masterpieces originally recorded in . They bring an added value to film history by preserving these films so they can be rejuvenated and enjoyed by the entire world for years to come.

Some of this year’s selections at the 2014 Cannes Cine Classics include:

Paris, Texas (1984) directed by Wim Wenders and filmed on 35mm film: Paris, Texas stars Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, and Dean Stockwell and is a story about a man that disappeared four years ago, but now reappears and is found by his brother. He is reunited with his son in Los Angeles and the two of them take a journey to find the boy’s estranged mother who left after her husband disappeared. 

Cruel Story of Youth (Seishun Zankoku Monogatari) (1960) Also filmed on 35mm, directed by Nagisa Ȏshima: Makota, a high school girl and Kiyoshi, a university student meet when Kiyoshi rescues her from an altercation with an older, middle-aged gentleman. Makota and her friends find it intriguing to accept rides and entice older men, but soon get in too deep. After a second rescue, Kiyoshi and Makota begin a rough relationship with each other, move in together, and support their living expenses by extorting money from middle-aged men interested in Makota. Viewers will get engrossed in this timeless classic to see how and where this doomed relationship goes.

The Last Metro (Le Dernier Metro) (1980) directed by François Truffaut: The Last Metro was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award in 1981 in the category of Best Foreign Film. Stars, Catherine Deneuve, Gérard Depardieu, and Jean Poiret build the on-screen tension as the story of an actress, whom is married to a Jewish theater owner, must keep her husband hidden from the Nazis. Not only must she keep him hidden, but she must maintain her career, as well as managing the operations of the theatre.

The Bitch (La Chienne) (1931) directed by Jean Renoir, it’s a black and white film telling the story of a vicious love triangle erupts when Maurice Legrand, unsatisfied with his terror of a wife, meets Lulu and makes her his mistress. Legrand, believing he has finally found love, is actually being used by Lulu who is a streetwalker and in love with her pimp, Dédé. Lulu and Dédé plan ways to get money from Legrand, all the while, he is falling for Lulu.
Lost Horizon (Horizons Perdus) (1937) directed by Frank Capras: This American fantasy-drama black and white tells a story about Robert Conway, a diplomat that has just rescued British nationals and is flying them out of China on the last plane. Unbeknownst to the passengers, the plane has been hijacked, crashes, and they wind up in a beautiful mountainous valley by the name of Shangri-La. All of the passengers are becoming fond of their new surroundings, except Conway’s brother George. Once Conway figures out the real reason they have landed where they are and why George is so desperate to leave; he must concoct yet another plan.

There are a total of 22 feature films and two documentaries on the roster of the 2014 Cannes Classic, all timeless works of art in film history. There are no 35mm films among this year’s classics; however, those that are showing will be screened in DCP (Digital Cinema Package) 2K or DCP 4K.