Scorsese to oversee Cannes retrospective section

Wed Apr 29, 2009 6:14am EDT
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By Rebecca Leffler

PARIS (Hollywood Reporter) - Filmmaker and cinema historian Martin Scorsese will serve as honorary president of the sixth annual Cannes Classics sidebar at next month's Cannes Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday.

This year's retrospective lineup will feature the works of such familiar names as Jean-Luc Godard ("Pierrot le Fou"), Michelangelo Antonioni ("L'avventura"), Luchino Visconti ("Senso") and Jacques Tati ("Mr. Hulot's Holiday"), while Scorsese will personally present a restored version of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1948 feature "The Red Shoes."

Scorsese's nonprofit World Cinema Foundation will present three films: Edward Yang's "A Brighter Summer Day" (1991), Shadi Abdei Salam's "Al-Momia" (1969) and Emilio Gomez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann's "Redes" (1936).

Other special screenings include "To Hell and Back, Memories of Henri-Georges Clouzot," Serge Bromberg's recomposition of lost footage from Clouzot's mythical 1964 shoot of "L'Enfer"; and unseen footage from Ingmar Bergman home movies in "Images From the Playground," restored by Stig Bjorkman.

Cannes Classics also will celebrate Joseph Losey's 100th birthday with a Joseph Losey Centenary section complete with screenings of "Accident" (1967) and a new print of "Don Giovanni" (1979).

(Editing by Sheri Linden at Reuters)

<p>U.S. director Martin Scorsese attends a news conference for the World Cinema Foundation at the 60th Cannes Film Festival May 22, 2007. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier</p>