UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour 2018

For the third year we are hosting the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s tour of their recent preservations. Along with the George Eastman Museum, UCLA is one of the few archives in the world committed to making their new preservations available on 35mm film. Their latest traveling package of new prints will be presented at the Dryden in its entirety and includes no less than eleven features and five shorts, again ranging from certified studio classics to forgotten masterpieces of American independent cinema. All prints and program notes courtesy of UCLA.

Date:
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour | Silent Tuesday. Constance Talmadge, one of the silent era’s most popular comedic stars, plays a down-on-her-luck working girl who impersonates a friend to take a job as secretary to an elderly socialite. Things immediately start going downhill when she is tasked to introduce a ne’er-do-well nephew to high society—but ends up bailing him out of a string of scandals instead.
Date:
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour. Playboy/thief Gaston Monescu (Herbert Marshall) meets the expert pickpocket Lily (Miriam Hopkins) on the Riviera, and they, of course, fall in love. Initially, they try to steal from each other—a kind of foreplay among thieves—before realizing their mutual interests make them a perfect team.
Date:
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour. Playboy/thief Gaston Monescu (Herbert Marshall) meets the expert pickpocket Lily (Miriam Hopkins) on the Riviera, and they, of course, fall in love. Initially, they try to steal from each other—a kind of foreplay among thieves—before realizing their mutual interests make them a perfect team.
Date:
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour. In the back room of a seedy, small-town bar, a group of men pronounce someone guilty of an unknown crime. Newlyweds John and Jane arrive as houseguests of an old army buddy only to have him turn up missing. As the couple investigate their friend's disappearance they realize that he and his town are hiding deep-rooted prejudices.
Date:
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour. Alfredo Gaspar is a Buenos Aires–based journalist who is down on his luck. He meets a Hungarian immigrant and together they create a fake correspondence school as a get-rich-quick scheme. After a brief period of initial success, Alfredo becomes more and more paranoid, and eventually commits a murder, which he then attempts to cover up.
Date:
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour. Juleen Compton was an independent American filmmaker and one of the only women making features during the 1960s. Stranded, her first movie, tells the story Raina, a young American woman (played by Compton), traveling through Greece with her American lover, and her French, gay, best friend.
Date:
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour. It's ironic that the film version of The Aspern Papers by the 19th-century American author Henry James, revered for his naturalism, should be the zenith of Hollywood gothic. In James’s story, a nameless American scoundrel bent on a publishing coup tracks the centenarian Juliana Bordereau to a decaying Venetian palazzo. In The Lost Moment, the scoundrel is an unscrupulous New York publisher (Robert Cummings), who plots to acquire Jeffrey Ashton’s love letters to his withered muse (Agnes Moorehead) even if it requires wooing the tedious great-niece, Miss Tina (Susan Hayward).
Date:
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour. Compton’s second independent film is the story of a clairvoyant teenage girl, Norma Jean, taken advantage of by a boy band fashioned after the Beatles, determined to exploit the young woman’s powers as part of a hoax revival.
Date:
Friday, May 25, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour. Inspired by the true story of Erwin “Machine Gun” Walker’s shocking LA crime spree throughout 1945 and 1946, He Walked by Night is a superbly crafted documentary-style noir thriller released by Eagle-Lion Films and produced by Bryan Foy.
Date:
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s fourth feature-length comedy, Sons of the Desert, begins at a secret meeting of the boys' eponymously titled fraternal lodge. Amid secret handshakes and tarbooshes, the “exhausted ruler” swears attendance at the lodge’s 87th annual convention in Chicago. When their wives forbid them to go, Hardy comes up with a ruse.
Date:
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour. A group of independent filmmakers in Chicago, fashioning themselves as the Film Group, set out to profile Chairman Fred Hampton, the charismatic 21-year-old leader of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, and ended up documenting the last nine months of his life.
Date:
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Time:
7:30 p.m.
Location:
Dryden Theatre
UCLA Festival of Preservation Tour. Based on Jane Rule’s novel Desert of the Heart (1964), Donna Deitch’s narrative feature debut centers on a burgeoning romance between libertine casino worker Cay Rivvers (Patricia Charbonneau) and repressed university professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) in Reno, Nevada, in the late 1950s, a climate wherein being queer was . . . complicated.