Venice Film Fest 2007: John Ford's Restored Iron Horse

August 9, 2007–Venice Film Festival will pay tribute to John Ford with the world premiere of a freshly restored print of his celebrated Western, “The Iron Horse,” accompanied by “Becoming John Ford,” a new docu by Nick Redman about Hollywood's most lauded director.

New copy from the Fox archives of Ford's silent 1924 epic, which centers on the construction of the first transcontinental railway, will unspool at the Lido September 8.

Redman's feature-length docu covers the years John Ford spent at Fox during the chairmanship of Darryl F. Zanuck.

Venice honored Ford with a Lifetime Achievement Golden Lion in 1971.

Venice also announced it will unspool as special events five classic 1950s Westerns by cult Hollywood helmer Budd Boetticher, in freshly restored prints returning them to their Technicolor splendor. They include “The Tall T,” “Decision at Sundown,” “Buchanan Rides Alone,” and “Ride Lonesome,” all starring Randolph Scott.

The upcoming Venice fest will be all about Westerns this year with Quentin Tarantino on hand as patron and presenter of a sidebar and a confab dedicated to Spaghetti Westerns. The classic U.S. Westerns will be unspooling to better understand the origins and subsequent ramifications of the Italo oater genre.

The 64th edition runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8.