AMC unreels films worth watching - and saving At a glance

October 03, 1997|By Chris Kaltenbach

Movie fans owe it to themselves to keep an eye on AMC's fifth annual Film Preservation Festival, which begins today and runs through Monday morning. Not only will they see some great films, but by forking over a few dollars, they'll help ensure future generations enjoy the films just as much.

Preservation is essential because the majority of films made before 1950 -- 90 percent of those produced in the United States before 1929 -- have disappeared; and, in many cases, those that remain are in desperate need of restoration, particularly color films.

This year's festival focuses on classic suspense, and today the men take center stage. Among the highlights: from 1950, Richard Widmark as a two-bit hustler in "Night and the City" (11: 15 a.m.-1 p.m.); Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas and Jane Greer in a restored version of the 1947 classic "Out of the Past" (1 p.m.-2: 45 p.m.), which was remade in '84 as "Against All Odds"; John Hodiak as an amnesiac trying to learn who he is in 1946's "Somewhere In the Night" (6 p.m.-8 p.m.); and John Garfield in one of the greatest boxing films ever, 1947's "Body and Soul" (12: 30 a.m.-2: 30 a.m.).

Pub Date: 10/03/97

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