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Secrets Beyond the Door: Treasures from the UCLA Festival of Preservation

August 7, 2009 - August 30, 2009

Secret Beyond the Door, August 7

One of our great pleasures is sharing the work our colleagues at other film archives are doing to preserve cinema’s heritage, and so we are delighted to present this traveling showcase of films from the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Fourteenth Festival of Preservation. From Josef von Sternberg and Frank Borzage to John Cassavetes and John Sayles, from Jazz Age Vitaphone shorts to the first Sri Lankan independent film, the festival covers a spectrum of cinema history in sparkling prints. While some of these works are undisputed classics, others are the kinds of undiscovered gems that might have languished unseen were it not for archivists’ tireless efforts. As Kenneth Turan wrote in his review of the festival in the Los Angeles Times, “What could be better than to sample the eclectic collection of rarities, oddities and one-offs that the festival manages to rescue from the far corners of the archive’s staggering holdings?”

Friday, August 7, 2009
6:30 p.m. Ruthless
Edgar G. Ulmer (U.S., 1948). Introduced by Jan-Christopher Horak.

Friday, August 7, 2009
9:00 p.m. Secret Beyond the Door
Fritz Lang (U.S., 1948)

Sunday, August 9, 2009
6:45 p.m. Gamperaliya
Lester James Peries (Sri Lanka, 1964)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
7:00 p.m. A Woman Under the Influence
John Cassavetes (U.S., 1974)

Sunday, August 16, 2009
5:00 p.m. Vitaphone Varieties
(U.S., 1927–31)

Sunday, August 16, 2009
7:15 p.m. The Salvation Hunters
Josef von Sternberg (U.S., 1925). Judith Rosenberg on piano. With short Oil: A Symphony in Motion (M. G. MacPherson, U.S., 1933).

Sunday, August 16, 2009
7:15 p.m. The Salvation Hunters

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
7:00 p.m. Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives
Mariposa Film Group: Peter Adair, Nancy Adair, Veronica Selver, Andrew Brown, Robert Epstein, Lucy Massie Phenix (U.S., 1977). Mariposa Film Group members in person.

Thursday, August 20, 2009
6:30 p.m. In the Land of the Head Hunters
Edward S. Curtis (U.S., 1914). Judith Rosenberg on piano.

Sunday, August 23, 2009
5:00 p.m. Young America
Frank Borzage (U.S., 1932)

Sunday, August 23, 2009
6:30 p.m. Song o’ My Heart
Frank Borzage (U.S., 1930)

Thursday, August 27, 2009
8:25 p.m. The Brother from Another Planet
John Sayles (U.S., 1984)

Friday, August 28, 2009
6:30 p.m. Return of the Secaucus Seven
John Sayles (U.S., 1980)

Sunday, August 30, 2009
5:00 p.m. Point of Order!
Emile de Antonio (U.S., 1963). With short Sunday (Dan Drasin, U.S., 1961).

Sunday, August 30, 2009
5:00 p.m. Point of Order!

Sunday, August 30, 2009
7:15 p.m. The Prowler
Joseph Losey (U.S., 1951)

All prints are courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive. Program notes are adapted from the 14th UCLA Festival of Preservation catalog. We are grateful to Mimi Brody of the UCLA Film and Television Archive for coordinating this tour.

Archival prints and musical accompaniment for silent films are presented with support from the Packard Humanities Institute.