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Additional screenings of "Restored Treasures" Universal Studios classics (with photos)

     The "Restored Treasures - Screen Makes Believe: Universal Studios Centenary Restorations" series, presented by the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), has received an enthusiastic response and all tickets for the previously announced screenings from February to June have sold out. "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962), which won three Academy Awards; Alfred Hitchcock's thriller masterpiece "The Birds" (1963); and "The Sting" (1974), a winner of seven Academy Awards, will have additional screenings on June 12 and 20 and July 1 respectively at the HKFA Cinema.

     Set in the 1930s, "To Kill a Mockingbird" depicts a small-town lawyer challenging formidable social norms. Despite the economic depression and racial discrimination in the American south, the lawyer proudly shows dignity in court. Gregory Peck won the Best Actor award for his role as the small-town lawyer. The film has been restored through high-resolution scans of the original 35mm source elements, presenting much clarity and precision in the scenes.

     In "The Birds", flocks of completely unprovoked birds begin to attack people and buildings in every corner of a quiet coastal town. "The Birds" applies numerous filming techniques and sound effects of electronic compositions to create massive anxiety in the reversal of roles and power between birds and humans. The digital restoration provides new depth to both the sound and vision of the film, making it a timeless classic of mystery and suspense.

     "The Sting" is a comedy with an ingenious plot full of misdirection and humour in an elaborate gambling scam. The catchy albeit anachronistic music score also adds to the irresistible piece of entertainment. The film scored seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Original Screenplay.

     Tickets for the additional screenings priced at $50 are now available at URBTIX. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens aged 60 and above, people with disabilities and their minders, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients. Credit card telephone bookings can be made at 2111 5999 or on the Internet at For enquiries, please call 2739 2139 or 2734 2900. Detailed programme information can be found by browsing the webpage:

Ends/Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Issued at HKT 10:00


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