Cannes Announces Classics Sidebar Lineup, Includes Five Film History Documentaries

With each day that passes, Cannes is becoming closer and closer, and now, for those looking forward to seeing a few, let’s say, more classic features, your sidebar has just been announced.

Cannes has announced their Classics Sidebar lineup, and what a lineup it is.   A few Criterion directors have found their way onto the list, including Roberto Rossellini (The Machine To Kill Bad People), Bernardo Bertolucci (The Conformist), and Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Despair).   And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The most interesting additions are both Georges Melies’ classic 1902 silent film, A Trip To The Moon, as well as Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.   The festival’s jury head, Robert De Niro, will also be focused on in this sidebar, as his film A Bronx Tale will also be showing during the festival.

Personally, the film that I’m most excited to see would have to be A Trip To The Moon.   Not only is it still to this day an absolute wonder to watch, but with the chance to see it on the big screen, it’s just something you really can’t pass up.   With this sidebar rounding out the majority of the festival’s slate, I can honestly say that if there was ever a year to go to the Cannes Film Festival, this one is it.   I can’t think of a more fantastic lineup than the one put together here.  Toss in a collection of film history documentaries (touching on names like Belmondo, Kubrick and Kurosawa), and you have a really brilliant lineup.

Here’s the full sidebar:

1.  A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune) by Georges Méliès (France, 1902, 16′)

2.  Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick (USA, 1971, 137′)
3.  The Machine to Kill Bad People (La Macchina Ammazzacattivi) by Roberto Rossellini (Italy, 1952, 80′)
4.  A Bronx Tale by Robert De Niro (USA, 1993, 121′)
5.  The Conformist (Il Conformista) by Bernardo Bertolucci (Italy, 1970, 118′)
6.  Sugar Cane Alley (Rue Cases Négres) by Euzhan Palcy (France, 1983, 106′)
7.  Puzzle of a Downfall Child by Jerry Schatzberg (USA, 1970, 105′)
8.  The Law of the Border (Hudutlarin Kanunu) by Lufti O. Akad (Turkey, 1966, 74′)
9.  No Man’s Land (Niemandsland) by Victor Trivas (Germany, 1931, 81′)
10.  The Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du paradis) by Marcel Carné (France, 1945, 190′)
11.  Despair by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Germany, 1978, 115′)
12.  The Savage (Le Sauvage) by Jean-Paul Rappeneau (France, 1975, 106′)
13.  Chronicle of a Summer (Chronique d’un été) by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin (France, 1966, 91′)
14.  The Assassin (L’Assassino) by Elio Petri (Italy, 1961, 100′)

The Look by Angelica Maccarone (Germany / France, 2011, 95′)

Corman’s World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel by Alex Stapleton (USA, 2011, 125′)
Belmondo … Itineraire by Vincent Perrot and Jeff Domenech (France, 2011, 86′)
Kurosawa’s Way (Kurosawa, la Voie) by Catherine Cadou (France, 2011, 52′)
Once Upon a Time … A Clockwork Orange (Il était une fois’¦ Orange mécanique) by Antoine de Gaudemar and Michel Ciment (France, 2011, 52′)

Source: Deadline

Joshua Brunsting

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