Mme Marion in Paris: Toute la Mémoire du Monde

La Cinémathèque Française’s FIRST International Festival of Restored Film

Tess by Roman Polanski (recently restored by Pathé) opened the festival the first night. Mr Polanski looked so genuinely moved while introducing his movie on stage that he received a standing ovation.

Preserving the history of film has always been a key challenge for the Cinémathèque Française. For its inaugural event, the festival offers over 40 screenings across the three sections of the programme : a Tribute to Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, Restorations and early films aand The Early Days of the Talkies (1900-1932) with workshops, lectures and ciné-concerts complementing each programme.

So this weekend you know what to do in Paris instead of watching crap TV:

Thursday 8.30pm The restored 4K version of David Lean’s 1989 director’s cut of Lawrence of Arabia (1962), presented by Omar Sharif.

Friday 2pm Le Fleuve by Jean Renoir : Martin Scorsese’s favorite

Friday 10pm All That Jazz by choreographer and film-maker Bob Fosse (1979); the 4K restoration carried out by Fox will be presented for the first time in Europe!

Saturday 11am The Fireman’s Ball, the last Czech film by Milos Forman; the version distributed in 1967-68 has been recently restored and digitized.

Saturday 2pm Shanghaï Gesture by Josef von Sternberg (1941), from Marlene to Gene Tierney

Saturday 9.30pm The Spanish Dancer by Herbert Brenon (1923), which marks Pola Negri’s debut in the United States.

Sunday 9pm A major figure on the French electronic music scene, Dj Chloé, a composer and DJ, will mix live over a silent version of Blackmail by Alfred Hitchcock (1929) – a BFI restoration.

La Cinémathèque Française, Paris now til 2nd December 2012

More information, Tickets €6.50 

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