Steven Spielberg and Christopher Nolan joined the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the Film Foundation (FF), and the American Cinematheque (AC) for a special program aimed at promoting the preservation of classic films.
The move comes as part of the 75th anniversary celebrations for the Golden Globe Awards and intends to bind the three organizations together in achieving this goal.
As part of the special program, the screenings include Elia Kazan's "A Face in the Crowd," the Powell & Pressburger masterpiece "The Red Shoes," Robert Altman's "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean," the first cinematic version of "Death of a Salesman," and Indian director Satyajit Ray's acclaimed "Apu Trilogy."
Meher Tatna (President/HFPA), Steven Spielberg and Christopher Nolan at the Egyptian Theatre. /HFPA Photo
Newly-elected HFPA President Meher Tatna said in a recent interview with Xinhua that "as we celebrate the incredible milestone of the 75th anniversary of the Golden Globe Awards, we're so proud to be able to continue to share these timeless stories with the world."
Tatna said "by restoring these iconic films with our partners at the Film Foundation, we are ensuring that cinematic art and culture will live on, and future generations can rejoice at these classic films as we did and still do today."
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, founded in the 1940's, is the most highly regarded and successful foreign press organization in Hollywood and represents respected publications from 56 countries around the globe.
Recognizing the best and the brightest talents in the film and television industry, the annual Golden Globes is the most viewed award shows in America, after the Academy Awards and the Grammy Awards.
Co-hosting the screenings is the FF, founded in 1990 by Academy Award-winning director, Martin Scorsese.
(Cover photo: At the American Cinematheque in Los Angeles, Steven Spielberg presents Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd, restored by the Film Foundation thanks to grants from the HFPA. /HFPA Photo)