Toute la mémoire du monde – the International Festival of restored films at the Cinémathèque, 4th-8th March 2020

The festival of classic films newly-restored is back at la Cinémathèque, with a famous sponsor and guest – Isabella Rossellini – classics to see in sparkling high definition, and showings in four cinemas not far from our hotels.

There’s probably never been a better time for restoring classic films.

On one hand, we have all the digital tools necessary to scan films in ultra-high definition and erase all the damage, making them more handsome than when they were first released. On the other, home TVs and cinema projectors are now 4K (with four times more pixel than a standard HD image).

Time to catch up on some gorgeous classics!

Toute la mémoire du monde - le Festival international du film restauré à la Cinémathèque du 4 au 8 mars 2020

Even if we’re looking forward to the restored versions of Blue Velvet and Casablanca, the festival is a lot more than just showings of lovely-looking films.

— Isabella Rossellini will be giving a masterclass and presenting certain films.

— Director Philip Kaufman (The Unbearable Lightness of Being), is a special guests and will be present for the Body Snatchers night with four films being shown (including his).

— Rob Legato, a master of special effects, will presenting some films (Aviator, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Titanic, Apollo 13…) and giving a masterclass.

— There’s a homage to the Cineteca Nazionale in Rome, with showings of a few key films.

— Another homage is celebrating 30 years of Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, with ten films to rediscover.

— There are films and cine-concerts for kids…

Toute la mémoire du monde - le Festival international du film restauré à la Cinémathèque du 4 au 8 mars 2020

— You’ll be able to see new restored versions of Citizen Kane, Elephant Man, Two For The Road with Audrey Hepburn…

…and is if that wasn’t enough, the westerns of Columbia studio are being honoured, six special making-of films are being shown (including one about The Empire Strikes Back), there’s a homage to silent movie star Mary Pickford…

Toute la mémoire du monde - le Festival international du film restauré à la Cinémathèque du 4 au 8 mars 2020
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If you speak a little French, the press release for the festival, including the full programme, can be consulted at the bottom of this article.

Toute la mémoire du monde – le Festival international du film restauré is at the Cinémathèque (here) (and elsewhere) from 4th-8th March 2020

Full programme here ici

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To consulte the full press release, simply click the ‘fullscreen’ button at the bottom right of the image below.