Philips and Acclaimed Directors Promote Viewing Movies in Original Format At UCLA Film and Television Archive Festival of Preservation Kick-Off Event
LOS ANGELES, July 24 /PRNewswire/ -- 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick) and THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957, dir. David Lean) are included in a list of the best movies to watch in widescreen issued today by Philips Electronics and The Film Foundation. Compiled by The Film Foundation's Board of Directors that includes acclaimed directors, Woody Allen, George Lucas, Sydney Pollack and Steven Spielberg, the top fifteen list is a collection of classic and contemporary films best viewed in their original widescreen format, including (in alphabetical order):
* 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
* THE 400 BLOWS (1959, dir. Francois Truffaut)
* THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1965, dir. Gillo Pontecorvo)
* THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957, dir. David Lean)
* COOL HAND LUKE (1967, dir. Stuart Rosenberg)
* THE DEER HUNTER (1978, dir. Michael Cimino)
* DELIVERANCE (1972, dir. John Boorman)
* DIARY OF A CHAMBERMAID (1964, dir. Luis Bunuel)
* DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965, dir. David Lean)
* EAST OF EDEN (1955, dir. Eli Kazan)
* JULES AND JIM (1961, dir. Francois Truffaut)
* THE LAST TANGO IN PARIS (1972, dir. Bernardo Bertolucci)
* LOLA MONTES (1955, dir. Max Ophuls)
* ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968, dir. Sergio Leone)
* THE ROBE (1953, dir. Henry Koster)
The list was created in conjunction with the world premiere of the newly restored THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (1954, dir. Joseph L. Mankiewicz), starring Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner and Edmond O'Brien, hosted by Philips and The Film Foundation to kick off the UCLA Film and Television Archive's 11th Festival of Preservation at the Directors Guild of America theatre complex in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 25.
The widescreen film list and screening are part of Philips' ongoing efforts with Martin Scorsese's The Film Foundation to promote the preservation of film and the viewing of films in their original format -- as the director intended them to be seen.
With a line up of award-winning digital widescreen televisions, Philips is committed to providing consumers with a home cinema viewing experience that comes as close as possible to actually being in the theatre. Widescreen televisions display a more rectangular image in a 16:9 aspect ratio, with most widescreen movies filling the entire screen without distortion and without losing any of the film footage. With more than 75 percent of new home video releases available in widescreen format, Philips' digital widescreen televisions allow consumers to enjoy movies the way the director intended them to be viewed.
About Martin Scorsese and The Film Foundation
In addition to his filmmaking accomplishments, Martin Scorsese has been an outspoken advocate for film preservation and artist's rights. He is the founder and Chair of The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization created in 1990 by a group of prominent filmmakers dedicated to raising awareness and funds for film preservation projects at the nation's leading U.S. film archives. The Film Foundation's work over the past decade has helped to encourage the major studios to establish in-house preservation programs as well as cooperative preservation projects with the major archives. Through events and national educational programs such as The Story of Movies project and the Save Film campaign, the foundation raises public awareness and concern about the fragility of film and the need to preserve it for future generations. The Film Foundation's prestigious board members include: Woody Allen, Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, Stanley Kubrick (in memoriam), Sydney Pollack, Robert Redford, and Steven Spielberg.
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