Prestato dall'ampia collezione personale di Martin Scorsese, una delle ultime copie esistenti di The Band Wagon. Ian Christie, storico del cinema, conosce Scorsese dall'84 e sa che Vincente Minnelli è uno dei registi da lui più ammirati. Per questo conserva questo capolavoro americano dell'MGM, la fabbrica dei sogni, che trasforma il mondo in un balletto.
Festival Opening: Bertrand Tavernier presents Voyage à travers le cinéma français Sala Auditorium – Laboratori delle Arti UniBo, at 4pmBertrand Tavernier is the guest of honour at this edition, which opens on the Lumière brothers and therefore the essence of cinema, its beginnings, its many reasons for being. This year Tavernier, director of some of the most beautiful French films of the last forty years, presents in Bologna (after the Cannes premiere) his own personal voyage through the cinema of his country, as a sort of best wishes for the opening of the festival (accompanying him will be producers Jérôme and Nicolas Seydoux). It represents a personal recherche du cinéma perdu that interweaves autobiographical evocations with fabulous discoveries concerning a variety of film-makers who were loved, interviewed, known and supported by Tavernier. “It is like a dear friend telling us about the loves of his life, recounting his innermost secrets. Tavernier does this in a lucid, cultured, simple and moving way. We discover another Gabin, another Renoir, and many of the films that are in the Cinema Ritrovato Programme” (Gian Luca Farinelli). Que la fête commence!
Rainer Rother is head of the Berlinale's "Retrospective". Over the years, he published primarily articles on film history in several journals and newspapers. Since 2001, he has been a member of the selection committee of the Competition of the Berlin International Film Festival. From 2004 to 2006 he co-curated the Berlinale series "Selling Democracy". In April 2006, Rother was appointed artistic director of the Deutsche Kinemathek.