Hollywood Classics: Fall 2012

Hollywood Classics: Fall 2012

Hollywood Classics: Fall 2012

Hollywood Classics: Fall 2012

Hollywood Classics: Fall 2012

Hollywood Classics: Fall 2012

Hollywood Classics: Fall 2012

Hollywood Classics: Fall 2012

Hollywood Classics: Fall 2012

Hollywood Classics: Fall 2012

TIFF Cinematheque - Hollywood Classics

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From musicals and westerns to horror films and film noirs, from the silent era to the first days of disco, this season of Hollywood Classics spotlights recent restorations and new prints of such perennial favourites as Funny Face, To Kill a Mockingbird and Saturday Night Fever, as well as a special 50th anniversary digital restoration of the Grand Guignol classic What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Films in Hollywood Classics: Fall 2012

    • Bonjour Tristesse
    • Otto Preminger
    • An amoral teenager (Jean Seberg) seeks to prevent her aging roué father (David Niven) from succumbing to marital responsibility — with disastrous results — in Otto Preminger's masterful adaptation of the notorious novel by Françoise Sagan.

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    • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
    • Robert Aldrich
    • Robert Aldrich's Grand Guignol cult classic about a pair of aged, ex-starlet sisters (Bette Davis and Joan Crawford) bound together in bitter (and lethal) rivalry in a fetid Hollywood villa returns in a special fiftieth anniversary digital restoration.

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    • Funny Face
    • Stanley Donen
    • A fashion photographer (Fred Astaire) transforms a meek Greenwich Village book clerk (Audrey Hepburn) into an international supermodel in this effervescent musical bursting with droll Gershwin tunes and glamourous Parisian locales.

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    • The Birds
    • Alfred Hitchcock
    • A small town is attacked by flocks of murderous birds in Alfred Hitchcock's chilling tale of ecological apocalypse.

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    • The Searchers
    • John Ford
    • An obsessed, racist Civil War veteran (John Wayne) undertakes a vengeful seven-year search for the Comanches who kidnapped his young niece (Natalie Wood) in John Ford's perennially celebrated masterpiece.

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    • Wings
    • William Wellman
    • William Wellman's eye-popping World War I aviation epic — the first Academy Award® winner for Best Picture — receives a stunning 4K digital restoration.

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    • Laura
    • Otto Preminger
    • A hard-bitten detective (Dana Andrews) becomes fixated on the portrait of the beautiful woman (Gene Tierney) whose murder he is investigating in Otto Preminger's coolly glamourous and deliciously perverse film noir classic.

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    • Phantom Lady
    • Robert Siodmak
    • A sleuthing secretary descends into the sinister nightclubs and shadowy streets of the New York underworld to exonerate her boss of a murder charge, in this definitive film noir from the great Robert Siodmak.

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    • To Kill a Mockingbird
    • Robert Mulligan
    • Gregory Peck won the Academy Award® for Best Actor for his performance as upright Southern lawyer Atticus Finch in this iconic, much-loved adaptation of the famous novel by Harper Lee.

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    • Saturday Night Fever
    • John Badham
    • John Travolta struts his stuff on the dance floor as white-suited, swivel-hipped disco king Tony Manero in the Bee Gees-propelled pop-culture touchstone.

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Extending TIFF Cinematheque's sidebar of restorations presented at this year's Festival, this season of Hollywood Classics focuses on recent restorations and many new digital prints. Ranging through several genres — musical, western, horror, mystery — from the silent period to the first days of disco, and featuring a strong auteurist bent (Ford, Wellman, Preminger, Donen, Hitchcock, and the ever elusive Siodmak), the selection also pays homage to two studios (Universal and Paramount) on occasion of their shared centenaries. Aside from the inevitable echoes between films (e.g., Paris, dance, and Givenchy in Funny Face and Bonjour Tristesse), the season has a strong thematic throughline. Many of the films centre on pursuit: obsessive quests, violent mob hunts, relentless detection. Indeed, the entire series might fall under the rubric "The Searchers."

—James Quandt