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Hedy Lamarr movie wins Best Restored Film at Venice Film Festival

A 1932 Czechoslovakian film, Extase (Ecstasy), controversial in its time for showing its star, Heddie Kietzler (later Hedy Lamarr) in sexually revealing scenes, was screened at the Venice International Film Festival held on the Lido August 28-September, 2019. The film eventually was regarded as an artistic work, but was banned in the U.S. and Germany. Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-born American film actress who had a brief career in Czechoslovakia.
      The Venice Film Festival presented a selection of the best restorations of film classics. Since 2012, the Festival has presented world premiere screenings of the best classic film restorations conducted over the past year by film archives, cultural institutions and production companies around the world.
     The Venice Classics section was juried and chaired by Costanza Quatriglio (Italy), director. The jury was composed of 22 cinema history students, nominated by their professors, from Italian universities, DAMS performing arts courses and Ca' Foscari University of Venice. They awarded the Venice Classics Award for the Best Restored Film.
      Twenty classic films were in competition for the award, including six from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Those films were:

  • The Incredible Shrinking Man by Jack Arnold (USA, 1957, 81´, B/W) restored by Universal Pictures; New York;
  • New York, New York by Martin Scorsese (USA, 1977, 163´, Color), new 35mm print courtesy of MGM on the occasion of United Artists centennial anniversary;
  • Out of the Blue by Dennis Hopper (Canada, USA, 1980, 94´ Color), restored by Discovery productions (John Alan Simon and Elizabeth Karr)
  • Way of a Gaucho by Jacques Tourneur (USA, 1952, 91´ Color), restored by Twentieth Century Fox and The Film Foundation.
  • Crash by David Cronenberg (Canada, 1996, 100´, Color), restored by Recorded Picture Company and Turbine Media Group.
  • Ensayo De Un Crimen (The Criminal Life of Archibaldo De La Cruz) by Luis Bunuel (Mexico, 1955, 92´, B/W), rstored by Cineteca Nacional Mexico in collaboration with Sindicato de Trajadores de la Produccion Cinematografica  

Cohen Film Classics on KCET and Link TV: Good Classics Resource

     Last year, KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, began offering a new classic movie series, COHEN FILMCLASSICS. The show airs at 10 p.m. PT on KCET and airs nationwide at 9 p.m. ET/PT on LinkTV (DISH Network 9410, DirecTV 375). This network offers viewers a chance to see some of the most iconic films that defined the twentieth century cinema landscape. COHEN FILM CLASSICS features the biggest names in entertainment, including Alfred Hitchcock, Vivien Leigh, Fritz Lang, Laurence Olivier, Luc Besson and more. The series is hosted by Charles S. Cohen, president & CEO of Cohen Media Group, producer and distributor of critically acclaimed arthouse, foreign and classic films.
     COHEN FILM CLASSICS airs immediately following KCET MUST SEE MOVIES which airs Fridays
on KCET at 8 p.m. PT, providing uninterrupted movie viewing. Each film will be available for streaming online for seven days following the broadcast premiere.
     To bring this series to life, Cohen selected several works from the vault of over 700 titles featured in the Cohen Film Collection to create a curated mix of ten films that will include the best of documentaries, musicals, comedies, animation, dramas and avant-garde works.