Five and a half decades after its original release, Marlon Brando’s only film as a director will be back on the big screen and looking better than ever. The brooding Western One-Eyed Jacks has been restored by Universal Pictures and The Film Foundation and will be unveiled Monday evening at the Cannes Film Festival.
Acclaimed filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese supervised the project, which involved scanning the original 35mm VistaVision negative at 6K resolution and restoring it in 4K.
Originally released in 1961, One-Eyed Jacks stars Brando as a bank robber who is betrayed by his partner (Karl Malden) and arrested in Mexico. Years later, he escapes from prison and seeks vengeance but falls in love with his former accomplice’s stepdaughter (Pina Pellicer).
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Brando had originally enlisted a young Stanley Kubrick to direct the film but took over himself when creative differences arose.
Spielberg said in a statement, “One-Eyed Jacks is one of my favorite Westerns and it was more than a privilege to be on the team that restored it for audiences around the world to rediscover or fall under its spell for the first time.”