'Brazil' Movie Director's Cut: Film-to-Film Festival

Brazil movie Terry GilliamBrazil Movie Director's Cut screening at the Academy's Film-to-Film Festival

The original director's cut of Terry Gilliam's controversial Brazil, Mark Sandrich's Oscar-winning short So This Is Harris (Sandrich was the director of several Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers musicals), and Herk Harvey's cult classic Carnival of Souls are a few of the features and shorts to be screened as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' “Film-to-Film Festival,” which runs September 27-29 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. (Image: Terry Gilliam's Brazil movie.) [Full list of Film-to-Film Festival movies.]

The information below is from the Academy's press release:

A year ago the Academy Film Archive launched an ambitious effort called “Project Film-to-Film,” aimed at preserving as many films on film as possible over a two-year period. The initiative's main goal is to take advantage of the current, but threatened, availability of film stock to create new prints of a diverse range of motion pictures, encompassing the whole history of the art form.

More than 390 new prints have already been created from the best available film elements, covering significant narrative features and documentaries, as well as experimental, animated and short film titles.

More Film-to-Film Screenings: Navajo, Naked Yoga, Spider Baby

Also screening at the “Film to Film” festival are Norman Foster's Oscar-nominated documentary feature Navajo (a minor leading man in the early '30s, Foster is probably best remembered as Claudette Colbert's first husband and as the co-director – with Orson Welles – of Journey into Fear); Paul Cordsen's Oscar-nominated documentary short Naked Yoga, which at one point was thought lost; and the world premiere of the restoration of Jack Hill's little-known Spider Baby, which sounds like a must: “The eerie story follows three siblings suffering from a rare genetic disorder that causes them to regress to a primal state of being and act out with savage, incestuous and animalistic behavior.”

Tickets for each screening in the “Film-to-Film” Festival are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

Terry Gilliam's Brazil movie photo: Courtesy of AMPAS.

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