MICHAEL SCHLESINGER

Michael Schlesinger is widely acknowledged as the dean of classic film distributors, having worked for more than 25 years at MGM, Paramount and Sony, keeping hundreds of vintage movies in theatrical release (and later on DVD), and instigating the restoration of many more, including the completion of Orson Welles’ 1942 documentary It’s All True some 50 years later. He has also recorded several DVD commentaries and appeared in numerous documentaries as a film historian. Behind the camera, he wrote and produced the American version of Godzilla 2000 and co-produced such Larry Blamire parodies as The Lost Skeleton Returns Again and Dark and Stormy Night. His first effort as a writer-director (and hopefully not the last), The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster, will be released later this year by Kino Lorber. He’s looking forward to again seeing the Greatest. Movie. Ever. (that would be It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World) in the theatre that was built for it.

In attendance: TWENTIETH CENTURY