Turner Classic Movies has announced a multi-year agreement with The Film Foundation to fund film history education.
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has announced an expanded partnership with Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation in a multi-year financial commitment to fund education and the restoration of classic films.
To mark the partnership, George Stevens’ newly restored 1956 epic “Giant” will premiere at the TCM Classic Film Festival on April 22 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. Legendary filmmaker and Film Foundation board member Steven Spielberg is set to join executive director Margaret Bodde and George Stevens Jr. ahead of the screening as part of a discussion on the legacy of ‘Giant,’ moderated by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.
“Anything that claims to be called ‘Giant’ better fulfill such a lofty promise,” Spielberg said in a press release. “Both Edna Ferber and [director] George Stevens went way beyond the title to bring such an epic American story to the big screen, and I’m proud to have been part of the restoration team for this classic film.
The Film Foundation was created by Oscar winner Scorsese in 1990 and was the first to restore over 900 classic films. Scorsese and fellow board member Spielberg chose “Giant” as one of the band’s latest restoration projects, working with the Warner Bros. Archives team. for a year to complete the process.
“Working with The Film Foundation allows us to preserve these important films for future generations to experience on multiple platforms,” said Pola Changnon, CEO of TCM. “There’s so much to learn from classic films and we’re honored to host the world premiere of ‘Giant’s 4K restoration.”
“Giant” stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and James Dean in an adaptation of Ferber’s controversial novel about a Texas family during the oil boom. The film received 10 Oscar nominations and is known for exposing the marginalization and segregation of Mexican Americans for one of the first times on the big screen.
The new 4K restoration was completed by purchasing both the original camera negatives and protective RGB separation master positives for the best possible image, and color correcting in high dynamic range for the final image display technology. The audio is mostly from a 1995 copy protection of the original mono magnetic soundtrack. Picture and sound restoration was carried out by Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services: Motion Picture Imaging and Post Production Sound. The 4K restoration of “Giant” will be available to stream on HBO Max later this year.
“Giant” will be screened as part of the 13th edition of the TCM Classic Film Festival, which runs from April 21-24. The theme for 2022 is “All Together Now: Back to the Big Screen,” and Spielberg is also set to present a special anniversary screening of “ET” on opening night.
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