We are delighted to confirm that The Last Waltz (1978) has been officially selected for the Cannes Classics programme at the Festival de Cannes 2022. More than just one of the greatest concert films ever made, MGM Studios’ The Last Waltz is presented by Park Circus thanks to a new 4K digital restoration from the Criterion Collection, approved by director Martin Scorsese.
This joins Warner Bros.’ 70th anniversary presentation of a glorious new 4K restoration of Singin' in the Rain (1952). Park Circus represents Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen’s joyous and life affirming musical for international screenings.
Several other classics represented by Park Circus will feature as part of the Cinéma de la plage programme, a series of free screenings taking place each evening in an open-air theatre on the Macé beach (opposite the Majestic).
These include a 50th anniversary screening of Paramount’s The Godfather (1972), in celebration of 100 years of the MPA (Motion Pictures Association), Sony’s The Last Picture Show (1971) in homage to director Peter Bogdanovich and Paramount’s The Truman Show (1998) screening ahead of a reissue across France on 15 June by distributor Ciné Sorbonne.
See you on the beach!
Cannes Classics Sélection Officielle
The Last Waltz, Sunday 22 May at 22:00
Singin' in the Rain, Friday 27 May at 14:45
Cinéma de la Plage
The Truman Show, Tuesday 17 May at 21:30
The Godfather, Saturday 21 May at 21:30
The Last Picture Show, Saturday 28 May at 21:30
The Last Waltz
Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, this new 4K digital restoration of The Last Waltz was created from a scan of the 35mm original camera negative made in 16-bit 4K resolution on a Lasergraphics Director film scanner at Roundabout Entertainment in Burbank, California. A 35mm print courtesy of Sikelia Productions was used as a color reference.
The 5.1 surround soundtrack was remixed from the original two-inch 24-track magnetic masters in 2001 by Ted Hall at POP Sound in Santa Monica, California, under the supervision of Robbie Robertson. Stereo mixes and stems made by Robertson’s mixer Dan Gellert and approved by Robertson were used in the creation of the 5.1 surround mix.
Singin' in the Rain
The new 4K master has been created by meticulously aligning the 3 separate masters obtained from the original Technicolor negatives. Warner Bros. Imaging carefully scanned each of the black and white “recordings” representing the primary colors Red, Green and Blue. The results present the phenomenal Technicolor photography as it has never been seen before. This is a great leap forward from previous remasters: For the movie’s 50th anniversary, in 2002, Warner Bros. exclusive Ultra-Resolution technology had been used to realign the separation masters, which was at the time a great stride forward. In 2012, for the 60th anniversary, the process was improved greatly with the Blu-Ray release.
Now, for the 70th anniversary, the use of cutting-edge image-realignment and image-separation technology is a remarkable step forward, with results that look even-more brand new than the initial release. Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging used the transfer of the original archived Technicolor dyes as reference for the new master’s color grading, creating an even better image resolution with the use of HDR, making the color palette more vibrant than it’s ever been. For the audio, the new 4K copy offers the audience a new 5.1 mix derived from the original MGM tapes produced during the making of the movie and the best audio technology to offer an even clearer soundtrack than that of the original.