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Monday, April 27, 2009

The Reel Thing

We knew Gucci was genius at restoring the luster of style hits from years past—fur chubbies, disco dresses, the Jackie bag—but the luxury house doesn’t stop its good work there. Last night at the San Francisco Film Festival, Gucci and The Film Foundation, in partnership with the San Francisco Film Society, presented two freshly restored classics of the screen, John Cassavetes' ever-cheerful A Woman Under the Influence and Michelangelo Antonioni’s fashion-centric Le Amiche (if you haven't seen it, it's like a grittier 1950s version of Sex and the City, complete with a suicide plot line). Next in line to get spiffed up courtesy of Gucci: Barbara Loden's Wanda and Luchino Visconti's Senso. “It's important to restore the works of John Cassavetes and other filmmakers who had such a major impact on cinema,” said Foundation founder and chair Martin Scorcese. “A Woman Under the Influence still feels as powerful and vital as when it was made.” Kind of like the Jackie bag, non?

—Nancy MacDonell

Le Amiche

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