UCLA Festival of Preservation

9/1/11 to 10/30/11

UCLA Film and Television Archive's biennial Festival of Preservation showcases their remarkable restoration and preservation achievements. This year's offerings range from Cecil B. DeMille's 1935 epic The Crusades through Douglas Sirk's petit-noir Sleep, My Love, to Robert Altman's 1982 Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.

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  • Waiting for Godot

    • Sunday, October 30 6 pm

    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)

  • Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

    • Saturday, October 22 6:30 pm

    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)

  • Sleep, My Love

    • Saturday, October 15 8:45 pm

    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)

  • Eve's Leaves

    • Sunday, October 9 4 pm

    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)

  • Native Land

    • Sunday, October 2 4 pm

    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)

  • On the Vitaphone: 1928-1930

    • Thursday, September 22 7 pm

    (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)

  • This Is Your Life: Holocaust Survivors

    • Sunday, September 18 4 pm

    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)

  • Cry Danger

    • Saturday, September 10 8:35 pm

    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)

  • Wanda

    • Saturday, September 3 8:50 pm

    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)

  • The Crusades

    • Thursday, September 1 7 pm

    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)