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Cannes 2011: Cannes Classics Will Feature Clockwork Oranges and a Trip to the Moon

The Cannes Film Festival is about far more than just the Competition titles, and the Cannes Classics line-up allows those willing to broaden their focus to experience often seminal works on the big-screen for the first time. Last year, I nearly got to see The African Queen for instance, but was sadly unable thanks to a clash in the chaotic screening schedule. This year, I’m determined to see at least one of the just-announced films in the line-up, and I shall not be thwarted. Unless there’s something, like really good on at the same time…

Anyway, the official Cannes site has today released the Classics, and features some of the most important films in cinematic history, including the restored color version of Georges Méliès’ A Trip To The Moon, beefed up with a brand new soundtrack from French hipsters AIR, plus restored prints of A Clockwork Orange and special screenings of Bertolucci’s The Conformist and De Niro’s A Bronx Tale. That’s some line-up for what is usually considered only a tertiary concern out on the Croisette.

The full line-up is as follows:

  1. A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la lune) by Georges Méliès (France, 1902)
  2. A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick (USA, 1971)
  3. The Machine to Kill Bad People (La Macchina Ammazzacattivi) by Roberto Rossellini (Italy, 1952)
  4. A Bronx Tale by Robert De Niro (USA, 1993)
  5. The Conformist (Il Conformista) by Bernardo Bertolucci (Italy, 1970)
  6. Sugar Cane Alley (Rue Cases-Négres) by Euzhan Palcy (France, 1983)
  7. Puzzle of a Downfall Child by Jerry Schatzberg (USA, 1970)
  8. The Law of the Border (Hudutlarin Kanunu) by Lufti O. Akad (Turkey, 1966)
  9. No Man’s Land (Niemandsland) by Victor Trivas (Germany, 1931)
  10. The Children of Paradise (Les Enfants du paradis) by Marcel Carné (France, 1945)
  11. Despair by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (Germany, 1978)
  12. The Savage (Le Sauvage) by Jean-Paul Rappeneau (France, 1975)
  13. Chronicle of a Summer (Chronique d’un été) by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin (France, 1960)
  14. The Assassin (L’Assassino) by Elio Petri (Italy, 1961)

Along with the following documentaries:

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

Born to the mean streets of Newcastle, England the same year that BMX Bandits was cruelly over-looked for the Best Film Oscar, Simon Gallagher's obsessive love of all things cinema blossomed during that one summer in which he watched Clueless every day for six weeks. This is not a joke. Eventually able to wean himself off that particular dirty habit, and encouraged by the revelation that was One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, he then spent many years reviewing films on the underground scene, throwing away thousands of pounds on a Masters Degree in English in the process, before landing feet-first at the doors of British movie site ObsessedWithFilm.com, where you can catch his blend of rapier wit and morbid sardony on a daily basis. Simon is also a hopeless collector of film paraphenalia, and counts his complete Star Wars Mr. Potato Heads collection among his friends.

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