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Lawrence Conquers Cannes Again In World Premiere Of 4K Restoration

Omar Sharif and Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia

Omar Sharif and Peter O’Toole in Lawrence of Arabia

On Saturday 19 May, Lawrence of Arabia rode desert sands again for the world premiere of the stunning 4K digital restoration of David Lean’s incredible epic.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the release of Lean’s multi-award winning film which introduced the world to the unique talent of Peter O’Toole and also starred Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn, Alec Guinness, Claude Rains and Jack Hawkins, the version that went before the ever-diligent audiences of Cannes has been lovingly restored to 4K digital by Sony Pictures Entertainment at Sony Pictures Colorworks from the 1988 reconstructed Director’s Cut.

Grover Crisp (pictured, right) from Sony, who oversaw the new digital restoration proudly introduced the screening . In conversation with festival director Thierry Frémaux (pictured, left) he thanked the many talented people involved in keeping Lawrence of Arabia alive for future generations.

The film looked amazing, Freddie Young’s breath-taking cinematography, Maurice Jarre’s all-powerful score and Lean’s exquisite vision dominated the Salle du 60ème and Cannes on the first Saturday of the festival. When the film ended the restoration credits received a round of applause. Lawrence of Arabia has begun its desert trek back into cinemas around the world.

Red Carpet Entrance for Lawrence Of Arabia

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Park Circus in Cannes

Humphrey Bogart in The Caine Mutiny

Humphrey Bogart in The Caine Mutiny

With the 64th Cannes International Film Festival now in full swing, we’re pleased to be in attendance representing three restored classic titles which we hope to bring to a wider international audience. Each film will be shown at the Festival’s outdoor cinema, the Cinéma de la Plage.

Our first screening is Grover Crisp and Sony Pictures restoration of Wolfgang Petersen’s epic war movie, Das Boot: The Director’s Cut, which was released in 1997, 16 years after the original. This longer version can be seen this evening at 9.30pm.

Next up, on Monday at 9.30pm, is the Grover Crisp/Sony Pictures restoration of 1954′s The Caine Mutiny, director Edward Dmytryk’s version of Herman Wouk’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The film stars Humphrey Bogart and Fred McMurray as shipmates during WWII, aboard a destroyer-cum-minesweeper.

Finally, on Tuesday at 9.30pm, attendees will have the chance to see Roy Ward Baker’s take on the Titanic disaster, 1958′s A Night to Remember, in a digital restoration by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Kenneth More, Ronald Allen and Honor Blackman star.

We hope any of our blog readers in Cannes will come and say hello before or after the screening!

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Now Showing: Friday 22 – Thursday 28 April 2011

Park Circus supplies films for public screening around the world, with titles for the next four weeks listed on our Now Showing page. Each week we highlight a selection coming up in the next seven days.

  • Italy’s Valsusa Filmfest will screen the Australian animated comedy, Mary and Max, on Tuesday 26 April. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Colette and Barry Humphries provide the voices for Adam Elliot’s oddly affecting story of two penpals who have nothing in common except each other
  • John Dahl’s neo-noir thriller, Kill Me Again, heads to Spain’s Instituto Valenciano del Audiovisual y de la Cinematografia Ricardo Munoz Suay for screenings on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April
  • As part of Bogota’s Fundacion Festival De Cine Europeo En Colombia Eurocine, a month long festival taking place in four Colombian cities between Thursday 28 April and Sunday 8 May, director Steve McQueen’s often-shocking drama, Hunger, will be shown. Set in Northern Ireland’s Maze prison, Michael Fassbinder stars
  • Cinemateket in Norway is celebrating the career of director Frank Capra this month, with a print of 1932′s American Madness screening on Tuesday 26 and Thursday 28 April. Walter Huston stars as a bank president who must somehow find funds locally to stay open when there’s a run on his establishment
  • Finally, Tron: Legacy can be seen in the UK in Slough, Sunderland, Basildon, Poole and High Wycombe on Wednesday 27 April. The hit sequel to the 1980s cult classic once again stars Jeff Bridges alongside some impressive 3D visuals, as his son begins searching for his father

Use our Find a Screening search to see what’s showing near you.

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Have a Great Muppet Caper at Edinburgh’s Filmhouse this Easter

Jim Henson and friends

Jim Henson and friends

Talking frogs, a prima donna pig and madcap musical numbers are just some of the images that spring to mind when Muppets are mentioned, Jim Henson’s unique brand of puppet still known around the world over 50 years after their first appearance.

Now, Edinburgh’s Filmhouse in the UK is celebrating Henson’s legacy with an 11-day event, Muppets, Music and Magic. Alongside compilations of commercials and classic Muppet sketches, a selection of films will be shown, including the Park Circus-licensed The Great Muppet Caper, Labyrinth and Muppet Treasure Island.

We spoke to long-time Henson friend and collaborator, Martin Baker, who will be in Edinburgh to introduce a number of screenings over the Easter weekend, about his time working on these films and his involvement in the latest Muppet movie.

Park Circus: How did you first come to work with Jim Henson?

Martin Baker: I first met Jim in the late 1960s when I was a floor manager on a UK show called This is Tom Jones, a big weekly variety series. Jim and Frank Oz were an act on an episode. Jim returned over the next few years and, by the time he came to do The Muppet Show, Jim asked four of five of us to become part of The Muppet Show production team.

What can you remember about working on The Great Muppet Caper?

The Great Muppet Caper was the first project I worked on when I joined Jim’s company and it was wonderful. We had great guest actors and a wonderful cast. When we did the underwater dance routine we flew in the dancers from America and shot it in the heart of the winter in Elstree Studios in England.

We’d built a huge tank for this big dance number and had girls over from Los Angeles running around in bikinis with snow on the ground.

David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly in Labyrinth

David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly in Labyrinth

Labyrinth was a move away from the Muppets for Jim Henson. Was that a big challenge?

Labyrinth was a pretty amazing film. Here was this man who had the ability to create Kermit the Frog and the Muppets and the next minute we were making Labyrinth.

Labyrinth was a huge, epic, movie and we’d sit in these meetings thinking Jim was crazy because it was so big and unwieldy, but he knew exactly where he was going. While it may not have had the commercial success that everybody hoped for, it has become one of those cult movies.

Even after all these years I’m staggered by the amount of people who come to talk to me about the film and how it’s their favourite movie. It’s constantly appearing in film festivals. I was just in LA and every other Friday night there was a running of Labyrinth in movie theatres, with lines around the block.

Following the success of The Muppet Christmas Carol, you went back to the classics for Muppet Treasure Island.

Kermit the Frog

Kermit the Frog

Treasure Island again had a great cast including Billy Connolly, Tim Curry and Jennifer Saunders. We also had the young Kevin Bishop, who has gone onto bigger things on UK television.

He was one of several hundred kids we auditioned. Kevin was the first person we met for the part and we went through another 299 people and then went back to him. He was only 11 or 12 but we saw it in him then and where he’s gone is exactly where we thought he would.

A fun movie, even if we did all get a little bit seasick. We had the Hispaniola built on a set at Shepperton and it was put on a gimbal so we could give it movement – all the puppeteers would come off feeling very nauseous after hours aboard.

What can you tell us about the upcoming feature film, The Muppets?

The last feature we made was in 1999, with Muppets from Space, so it’s been great gearing up for the new movie. The Walt Disney Company now own the characters and they’re behind it 150%. They’ve been extremely supportive and we’re all excited about it.

Muppets, Music and Madness runs from Monday 18 – Thursday 28 April, full details are available on the Filmhouse website.

© Photography courtesy of The Jim Henson Company, The Muppets Studio, LLC, and Sesame Workshop

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David Lean Cinema to screen its Last Picture Show

Cybil Shepherd in The Last Picture Show

Cybil Shepherd in The Last Picture Show

Sad news has reached us that the David Lean Cinema in Croydon, a well-established independent community cinema, is to close in April after 16 years of operation. Its final screening will be The Last Picture Show, licensed by Park Circus.

The cinema, which is to close due to funding cuts, will say thank you to its loyal patrons with a special film festival, also called The Last Picture Show, to be curated by Ronnie Corbett and Julian Fellowes.

Running from Friday 1 – Thursday 22 April, the festival will see Fellowes visit the cinema on Wednesday April 6 and Corbett on Tuesday April 19. There will also be a screening of over 20 films, seven of which will be supplied by Park Circus:

We wish the team behind the festival well and you can visit the Croydon Clocktower website to find out more about the event and see the full line-up.

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Exclusive film introduction by Harold Lloyd’s granddaughter

On Friday evening we were part of the audience for the inaugural Silent Cinema Festival at the Hippodrome in Bo’ness, Scotland.

As well as having three films represented by Park Circus shown over the weekend, as we mentioned on Friday, we were also pleased to supply the Festival with an exclusive in the shape of a message from silent star Harold Lloyd’s granddaughter, Suzanne.

The video was filmed in Ms Lloyd’s LA home and edited by the Festival ahead of its screening on Sunday afternoon, just before Harold Lloyd’s 1921 comedy, Never Weaken.

For those who missed the video, in which Ms Lloyd discusses Never Weakens’ Scottish connections and mentions the Hippodrome, we’ve now uploaded it to YouTube for you to enjoy.

We have a selection of silent films available to watch at home as well as a range of films ready to be shown on the big screen.

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Celebrate silent film in style at the Bo’ness Hippodrome

Silent star Harold Lloyd

Silent star Harold Lloyd

Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema may be gearing up for its 100th anniversary in 2012, but it also has a reason to celebrate this week: the Hippodrome in Bo’ness, near Edinburgh, is about to host their first silent film festival.

Running from Friday 18 – Sunday 20 March, the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema will screen a range of films accompanied by live music, much of it by world-renowned pianist, Neil Brand.

There will also be a series of special events and talks over the weekend in the stunning pre-art deco style auditorium.

Inside the Bo'ness Hippodrome

Inside the Bo'ness Hippodrome

We’re proud to be supplying the Festival with three classic movies from the 1920s: Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid, Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr and Fred C Newmeyer’s Never Weaken, starring the great Harold Lloyd.

As a special treat for Lloyd fans, we’ve also managed to secure an interview with Ms Suzanne Lloyd, the actor’s granddaughter, which was filmed recently at her LA home. The short video introduction is currently being edited for a showing before Sunday’s screening of Never Weaken.

Suzanne Lloyd

Suzanne Lloyd has recorded a new video introduction

To find out more details about the Festival, visit the Hippodrome website, where tickets can also be bought for Never Weaken.

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