Il Cinema Ritrovato: Festival of Restored Cinema Masterworks

Il Cinema Ritrovato is a three-day festival of world cinema masterworks from the Italian film archive Cineteca di Bologna. The 2019 edition of this extraordinary annual touring program represents a fraction of the cinema treasures rescued, restored and exhibited worldwide each year through the collaboration of the Il Cinema Ritrovato Festival in Bologna, Cineteca di Bologna, The Film Foundation and others. The festival is presented by the DFT in cooperation with the Consul of Italy in Detroit. 

Friday, November 29, 4 p.m. | City Lights  (USA/1931—directed by Charles Chaplin)

A tramp (Charlie Chaplin) falls in love with a blind flower girl (Virginia Cherrill) and vows to get enough money to restore her sight. Hilarious, poignant, and widely regarded as Chaplin’s masterpiece. (86 min.) Find tickets >

Friday, November 29, 7 p.m. | Victims of Sin (Mexico/1951—directed by Emilio Fernández) 

This daring melodrama from Emilio “El Indio” Fernández includes several fantastic dance numbers by the star Ninón Sevilla and music by Pérez Prado. (90 min.) Find tickets >

Saturday, November 30, 2 p.m. | Touki Bouki (Senegal/1973—directed Djibril Diop Mambéty)

One of the most important African films ever made tells the story of two lovers planning to leave Senegal for the glamor of France—until they encounter complications both concrete and mystical. (88 min.) Find tickets >

Saturday, November 30, 4:30 p.m. | In a Lonely Place (USA/1950—directed by Nicholas Ray) 

Noir doesn’t get much darker than this powerful and nuanced tale of a fading and volatile screenwriter (Humphrey Bogart) suspected of murder. (94 min.) Find tickets >

Saturday, November 30, 7 p.m. | Suspiria (Italy/1977—directed by Dario Argento) 

Dario Argento’s suspense classic—about a ballet dancer at a mysterious dance academy—is more shocking than ever in the vibrant colors of this superb restoration. English language version. (97 min.) Find tickets >

Sunday, December 1, 12 p.m. | The Barber Takes a Wife (China/1947—directed by Huang Zuolin)

In 1947 Shanghai, a penniless young woman meets a hairdresser; they both fake their identities, hoping the other will propose marriage. This sparkling satire is a gem of Chinese cinema. (92 min.) Find tickets >

Sunday, December 1, 2 p.m. | Tree of Wooden Clogs (Italy/1978—directed by Ermanno Olmi)  

Olmi’s masterwork lovingly focuses on four 19th century families working on an isolated estate in Bergamo. Intimate in scale but epic in scope, this is a towering work of humanist storytelling. (184 min.) Find tickets >