Venice Unveils Classics Lineup

ROME — The Venice Film Festival has announced the lineup of its Venice Classics section, which comprises Luchino Visconti’s “Sandra (Of a Thousand Delights),” toplining Claudia Cardinale, who will be the event’s guest host.

Restored by Sony Pictures Entertainment, the new print of “Sandra” (Vaghe stelle dell’Orsa) will open the Lido section dedicated to classics and film history docus at the fest’s upcoming 70th edition.

This Venice Classics sidebar was started last year by artistic topper Alberto Barbera.

The 1965 “Sandra,” an adaptation of the Greek Electra myth, won the Golden Lion at the 30th Venice fest.
Other restored vintage pics set to unspool on the Lido include Emir Kusturica’s debut feature “Do You Remember Dolly Bell?” (1981), Roberto Rossellini’s neorealist classic “Paisa” (1946), and Bruce Weber’s Chet Baker docu “Let’s Get Lost” (1988).
As previously announced, section will also feature the world preem of William Friedkin’s 1977 thriller “Sorcerer,” freshly restored in 4K by Warner Bros. Friedkin is being feted this year by Venice with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement.
For a complete list of Venice Classics titles announced so far go to:
The Venice fest’s complete main lineup will be announced on July 25.
The 70th Venice Film Festival will run August 28-September 7.
by Nick Vivarelli
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