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UCLA Festival of Preservation

September 1, 2011 - October 30, 2011

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One of our great pleasures is sharing what our colleagues at other film archives are doing to preserve cinema’s heritage, allowing us to experience cinema as it was meant to be seen—and heard. The biennial Festival of Preservation from the UCLA Film and Television Archive showcases their masterful restoration and preservation achievements with a broad sampling of the works they have rescued over the past few years. A Cecil B. DeMille epic, vintage episodes of This Is Your Life, a Paul Strand-photographed docudrama, early Douglas Sirk in blazing black-and-white, silent star Leatrice Joy in a cross-dressing role, Zero Mostel in Waiting for Godot, and the premiere of a resurrected gem, Barbara Loden’s Wanda, are among the pristine prizes from the Festival of Preservation. Preserved, now projected!


Steve Seid, Video Curator

Thursday, September 1, 2011
7:00 p.m. The Crusades
Cecil B. DeMille (U.S., 1935). New Preservation Print! The Crusades, Cecil B. DeMille-style: grandiose set pieces, campy flourishes, and romance between Richard the Lionheart and a young bride (Loretta Young). “Two hours of tempestuous extravaganza” (NY Times). (125 mins)

Saturday, September 3, 2011
8:50 p.m. Wanda
Barbara Loden (U.S., 1970). New Preservation Print! A housewife hits a high lonesome road through crumbling factories, two-lane wastelands, and ratty motels in this astounding cinema verité gem. "Wanda is full of unexpected moments and raw atmosphere, never settling for cliché in situation or character" (David Thomson). (102 mins)

Saturday, September 10, 2011
8:35 p.m. Cry Danger
Robert Parrish (U.S., 1951). New Preservation Print! Eddie Muller in person. Dick Powell is a tough ex-convict trying to find the gang that framed him for a crime he didn’t commit in this terse L.A.-set noir. “A crackerjack crime film—short, smart, sassy, and full of surprises” (Eddie Muller). (79 mins)

Sunday, September 18, 2011
4:00 p.m. This Is Your Life: Holocaust Survivors
Axel Gruenberg, Richard Gottlieb (U.S., 1953, 1955, 1961). New Preservation Prints! Julie Kohner in person. Some of the first televised remembrances of the Holocaust are featured in this compilation drawn from NBC’s famous This is Your Life program. Includes Hanna Bloch Kohner, the first survivor to share her story on national television. (90 mins)

Thursday, September 22, 2011
7:00 p.m. On the Vitaphone: 1928-1930
(U.S., 1928–1930). New Preservation Prints! American beauties, country gentlemen, harpists supreme, and “that surprising fiddler” pop from the screen in this lively compilation of rare late 1920s Vitaphone films— an early technology that added sound to cinema. (90 mins)

Sunday, October 2, 2011
4:00 p.m. Native Land
Leo Hurwitz, Paul Strand (U.S., 1942). New Preservation Print! Fictional footage, documentary images, and Eisensteinian editing combine in this startling American agit-prop call to arms, designed by famous photographer Paul Strand and featuring Paul Robeson. Includes a 1941 News of the Day newsreel reporting a war in Libya and a union defying a Wisconsin governor. (89 mins)

Sunday, October 2, 2011
4:00 p.m. Native Land


Sunday, October 9, 2011
4:00 p.m. Eve’s Leaves
Paul Sloane (U.S., 1926). New Preservation Print! Judith Rosenberg on Piano. This silent comedy/melodrama stars William Boyd (before he became Hopalong Cassidy) in this tale about a young girl (Leatrice Joy) forced by her sea captain dad to masquerade as a boy. (75 mins)

Saturday, October 15, 2011
8:45 p.m. Sleep, My Love
Douglas Sirk (U.S., 1948). New Preservation Print! The director of All That Heaven Allows and Magnificent Obsession turned to gaslight noir in this little-seen tale of a socialite being driven mad by her ruthless husband. Starring Claudette Colbert, Robert Cummings, and Don Ameche. (96 mins)

Saturday, October 22, 2011
6:30 p.m. Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
Robert Altman (U.S., 1982). New Preservation Print! Cher, Karen Black, and Kathy Bates star in Robert Altman’s tale of the members of a James Dean fan club reuniting in a small Texas town. (109 mins)

Sunday, October 30, 2011
6:00 p.m. Waiting for Godot
Alan Schneider (U.S., 1961). New Preservation Prints! An evening of two Samuel Beckett masterpieces: Waiting for Godot, from New York’s WNTA-TV’s Play of the Week, starring Zero Mostel and Burgess Meredith, and the legendary Film, starring Buster Keaton. (124 mins)

Sunday, October 30, 2011
6:00 p.m. Waiting for Godot


All films from UCLA Film and Television Archive. Special thanks to Shannon Kelley and Todd Wiener, UCLA Film and Television Archive; Barbara Scharres, Gene Siskel Film Center; John Couch, Ralph and Barbara Edwards Family Foundation; and to all the generous funders who made the preservation possible. Julie Kohner’s appearance at the September 18 program is made possible by the generosity of the Ralph and Barbara Edwards Family Foundation.

Program notes adapted from those by Jeffrey Bickel, Dan Einstein, Steven K. Hill, Jan-Christopher Horak, Shannon Kelley, Ross Lipman, Mark Quigley, Pauline Stakelon, Todd Wiener.