Many classic motion pictures are in danger of being permanently lost due to the deterioration of their film. Since 2006, Gucci has helped preserve one classic film each year. The latest, a digitally restored version of Il Gattopardo (The Leopard), will be screened for the first time on May 14 at the Cannes Film Festival — the same place it premiered 47 years before. The following day, Frida Giannini, Gucci's creative director, will host a dinner celebrating the Film Foundation's 20th anniversary. To date, the foundation has saved more than 500 films.
Last year, Gucci funded the restoration of Senso, an Italian period piece directed by Luchino Visconti, who also directed Il Gattopardo. Originally released in 1954, the romantic drama tells the story of a doomed love affair between an Italian countess and an Austrian officer.