Summer isn't only the time for bombs and blockbusters. Sometimes it's the time for sexy, romp-filled French classics like Jean-Jacques Beneix's 1986 film Betty Blue. Starting this Friday, the film will hit selected screens in a special, newly-struck 35mm Director's Cut print. We're not talking about a little scene here or there, but an hour of footage never released in the US.

The film focuses on the manic love between an imbalanced Betty and an aspiring novelist named Zorg. She's obsessively supportive of his writing, but quite temperamental about much else -- burning down their home, attacking his boss -- the usual imbalanced mania. The film was nominated for a slew of awards including Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, and has collected a sea of fans, although Roger Ebert certainly isn't one of them. Maybe if he'd seen this version... Cinema Libre, who's presenting the feature, promises that this footage more fully realizes and depicts central characters Zorg and Betty while also giving "more screen time to the secondary characters who add a sense of celebration and wild abandon with plenty of extremely funny moments along the way."

Friday kicks things off with a week-long stint at New York's Cinema Village, and from there it will travel to the Nuart in LA on July 3, the Landmark in Minneapolis on July 24, Landmark's Varsity in Seattle on August 7, the Starz FilmCenter in Denver on August 21, and then back to the East Coast at Landmark's Kendall Square in Boston on September 11. Since the mainstream biggies haven't completely lived up to expectation, why not go retro?

For now, you can get a taste for the film below. Betty learns that they have to paint all the shacks on the beach where they live, and she chooses to paint something else entirely.