Three years ago, Cannes Festival launched Cannes Classics, a stage to re-introduce older cinema, display restored films and feature theatrical and DVD re-releases. Great in idea -- to give the stage back to forgotten films, but sadly small in scope. Unfortunately most of us won't get to enjoy the experience, although luckily we can pick up DVDs of many of them. This year, the project has a slew of great cinema packed into three diverse categories: Birth of the World Cinema Foundation, John Wayne Centenary and Laurence Olivier's Shakesperian films, plus a bunch of filmmaking documentaries and restored prints.

To make the dough even sweeter, Classics will screen a restored copy of Andrzej Wajda's Kanal, which was the winner of the Special Jury Award at the festival 50 years ago. More well-known, Jane Fonda will also be on-hand for an homage to father, Henry, with a screening of Sidney Lumet's 12 Angry Men. The latter is enough for me. That is probably the first old, highly-regarded classic that I totally loved as a kid. You can get lot of information at the Cannes website, but here's the list of films, separated by category:

World Cinema Foundation:
Transes by Ahmed El Maanouni with an introduction by Martin Scorsese
Limit by Mario Peixoto with an introduction by Walter Salles
Forest of the Hanged by Liviu Ciulei with an introduction by

John Wayne Centenary:
Hondo by John Farrow with an introduction by Gretchen Wayne (3D)
Rio Bravo by Howard Hawks

Laurence Olivier's Shakesperian Films:
Hamlet with Words for Battle (narrated by Olivier)
Henry V
Richard III

Filmmaking Documentaries:
Brando -- Maurice Pialat, L'Amour Existe -- Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient --
Never Apologize: A Personal Visit with Lindsay Anderson


Restored/New Prints:
Israel Why, Bound by Chastity Rules, My Last Mistress, Mikey and Nicky, Escape from Yesterday, Suspiria, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, Dracula, Yo Yo
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