Tickets for the July 9 showing at the Warner Theater of George Cukor's 1954 production of A STAR IS BORN in its recently restored, augmented original version are supposed to be available beginning Monday. The number to call for ticket information or reservations is 626-1050. The prices range from $15 to $30 for this one-time-only presentation, the second stop on a national benefit tour for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation. In addition to seeing a three- hour restoration of the only existing three-strip Technicolor, CinemaScope, four-track stereo print of the movie, spectators can look forward to a newly prepared documentary introduction that includes newsreel footage of the 1954 Hollywood premiere and other recollections of the period.
y Speaking of illustrious restorations, 20th Century- Fox recently prepared a three-hour version of Luchino Visconti's movie version of THE LEOPARD for a special showing at the annual Filmex festival in Los Angeles, and this print has been secured by American Film Institute programmer Mike Clark to conclude a MARTIN SCORSESE WEEK at the request of Scorsese himself. When first imported here in the early '60s, the movie was shortened severely enough to make a good deal of the exposition incomprehensible. A great admirer of "The Leopard" in its intended form and an activist for film preservation in many areas, notably color preservation, Scorsese is tentatively scheduled to appear at the AFI Theater on July 12 following the 7 p.m. screening. The Scorsese program begins July 6 with showings of two films he regards as masterpieces, Michael Powell's PEEPING TOM and John Ford's THE SEARCHERS; continues with his own features THE LAST WALTZ and MEAN STREETS; and incorporates three of the pictures he described as "Guilty Pleasures" in an article for Film Comment -- MURDER BY CONTRACT, LAND OF THE PHARAOHS and EXORCIST II: THE HERETIC. Can't do much better by guilty pleasure than "Exorcist II," of course, and "Land of the Pharaohs" might have a freshly amusing cachet now, assuming you're curious about the youthfully vixenish Joan Collins and have bogged down in Norman Mailer's "Ancient Evenings."
y Still, for even more richly evocative guilty pleasure, the AFI Theater might consider reviving WICKED WOMAN with Beverly Michaels and FLAME AND THE FLESH with Lana Turner, two of the films vividly recalled by LILY TOMLIN as definitive smoldering stuff in her impressionable movie-going adolescence. These recollections make up the most amusing and even revealing section of the "cover story" -- actually, it appears to be a selection from monologue material in progress -- in the frequently pompous, largely expendable debut issue of the new periodical, THE MOVIES. After reading Tomlin's account of a movie-crazy girlhood, you may get an inkling of what prompted the goofy level of fantasizing that evidently led to the fiasco of MOMENT BY MOMENT.
y Incidentally, who is "Roger Director," the "contributing editor" of The Movies magazine who takes such an elaborately scurrilous dig at director John Landis in a capsule review of the upcoming TWILIGHT ZONE anthology? "Somewhere between the pit of man's cowardice and the pinnacle of his greed -- in the land known as the Landis Zone -- no one has seen fit to acknowledge the two Asian youths killed, along with Vic Morrow, in the filming." It's a little difficult to accept the suggestion that a literary arbiter this smug would have been appeased by a formal acknowledgment of those tragic deaths, which are certain to haunt the responsible director, Landis, both publicly and privately for the rest of his life. No, there's something ignobly malicious at work in this little slice of commentary. It almost equals that infamous Boston Phoenix review of the Hemingway letters in which an overly ambitious young attention-grabber began with the quip, "He must have looked funny with his face shot off."
y Well, to get off the old high horse, the opening date of Michael Ritchie's new comedy THE SURVIVORS, co-starring Robin Williams and Walter Matthau, has been moved up two days to next Wednesday, perhaps in emulation of Landis' TRADING PLACES, which got off to a promising commercial start last Wednesday. This shift leaves Friday, June 24, represented by the trio of TWILIGHT ZONE, YELLOWBEARD and PORKY'S II: THE NEXT DAY. Reassured by an excellent opening weekend in New York, local exhibitor Ron Goldman has confirmed Friday, July 1, as the opening date for his French import THE RETURN OF MARTIN GUERRE at both the K-B Janus and Outer Circle. Bergman's FANNY AND ALEXANDER remains firm for the same date. Incidentally, Triumph Films, the importing subsidiary of Columbia, has undercut the idea that "Fanny and Alexander" might be Bergman's "last movie" by acquiring American theatrical distribution rights to his recently completed AFTER THE REHEARSAL, a film for Swedish television co-starring Erland Josephson and Ingrid Thulin. Triumph anticipates a fall release.