If my piece about the new restoration of William Friedkin's Sorcerer premiering at TIFF Cinematheque this week got you all excited, here's some even better news: that restoration, which has its Toronto premiere tomorrow night (Saturday, April 12), is just one of more than a dozen classics being brought back into circulation - most of them in new restorations or screened from new prints - at the Lightbox under the banner of TIFF Cinematheque Special Screenings.
This month, TIFF is offering new looks at Joseph L. Mankiewicz's lavish Cleopatra (April 13), Henri-Georges Clouzot's riveting, Sorcerer-inspiring The Wages Of Fear (April 15), Elio Petri's Italian thriller Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion (April 17), Humberto Solás's Cuban epic Lucía (April 24) and Nobuhiko Obayashi's rather gloriously demented horror pastiche Hausu (April 24).
May offers John Sturges's cracking-good POW thriller The Great Escape (May 6); Robin Hardy's long-promised definitive cut of his pastoral horror classic The Wicker Man (May 8); both the Fritz Lang and Joseph Losey versions of M (screening May 8 and May 9, respectively); Losey's twisted psychological thriller The Servant (May 11), Robert Bresson's austere prison drama A Man Escaped (May 13); Alain Resnais's Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime (May 15); Michelangelo Antonioni's existentialist mystery L'Avventura (May 15); Roberto Rossellini's emotionally fraught Voyage In Italy (May 17) and Nagisa Oshima's lacerating social drama Boy (May 18).
Yes, it's a massive laundry list of cinema, and a number of these are readily available on DVD and Blu-ray in very good restorations - but some of them aren't, and none of them looks anywhere near as good at home as they will on a big screen.
Here's a challenge: if there's a title in the list above that you don't recognize, just book it. I guarantee it'll be worth your while.