Restored ‘Jaws’ to screen at 2012 Cannes Film Festival

Steven Spielberg‘s science fiction resume of great films may have began with “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” but the “Jurassic Park” director’s career really began with “Jaws” in 1975. This year’s Cannes Film Festival will feature a screening of a restored copy of “Jaws,” the blockbuster which started blockbusters.

Celebrating its 65th year, the Festival de Cannes will include some big-screen features into several legendary titles in its annual showcase of restored films: Cannes Classics.

Martin Scorsese‘s Film Foundation will present a restored version of Sergio Leone‘s 1984 film “Once Upon a Time in America” complete with 25 minutes of additional footage based on Leone’s first cut.

“This restoration was requested by Martin Scorsese,” the fest emphasized in a statement.

Robert De NiroElizabeth McGovernJennifer Connelly, producer Arnon Milchan and the Leone family will all head to Cannes for the screening of the legendary title restored by the Cinematheque of Bologna at the Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory, in association with Andrea Leone Films, The Film Foundation and Regency Enterprises and funded by The Film Foundation and Gucci.

Roman Polanski will make a rare appearance to join Pathe and Nastassja Kinski to present his 1979 film “Tess” whose restoration he supervised himself.

Universal Pictures will present a restored print of Spielberg’s “Jaws” screened in 4K.

Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Ring will screen to the tune of a cine-concert with musician Stephen Horne. The restoration is thanks to the “Rescue the Hitchcock 9″ project launched by the National Archives of the British Film Institute to save nine of Alfred Hitchcock’s silent films.

Later this summer Spielberg will be returning the Sci-Fi genre with “Robopocalyse,” which starts filming in July.

Check out more info on Cannes Classics as their website here as the festival kicks off later this week.

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