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March 18 – March 27, 2015

The UCLA Film & Television Archive is, after the Library of Congress, the largest collection of media materials in the United States and ranks among the premier film preservation institutions in the world. The Archive’s annual preservation efforts—an ambitious, eclectic range of everything from lost silents to at-risk mid-century features, shorts, and documentaries—find new audiences in each year’s Festival of Preservation in Los Angeles and in the works selected for a smaller touring program. We are honored to present the 2015 UCLA Festival of Preservation program, a surprise-filled treasure trove sure to delight cinema lovers of many persuasions. “Forget Cannes, Sundance, even the Oscars: This is the cinematic event I look forward to most of all. That’s because no other movie festival comes close to it in the magnificent breadth of neglected but compelling American film material it puts on display. ”— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. Special thanks to Shannon Kelley, Head of Public Programs; Steven Hill, Circulation; Todd Weiner, Archivist; and Dr. Jan-Christopher Horak, Director, UCLA Film & Television Archive, for making these new 35mm preservation prints available. Program notes by Marty Rubin, Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago. Additional notes are available in the Festival of Preservation Program catalogue (, which also includes additional information about the films and the Archive’s ambitious preservation efforts.

Bachelor’s Affairs

Directed by Alfred L. Werker

With a nod to his offscreen playboy persona, debonair star Adolph Menjou plays an aging, wealthy lothario who is railroaded

First Legion

Directed by Douglas Sirk

One of Sirk’s most unusual and explicitly philosophical films, this adaptation of Emmet Lavery’s 1934 play centers on a Jesuit

Her Sister’s Secret

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

B-picture auteur Ulmer took advantage of one of his biggest budgets to craft this intelligently scripted, solidly acted, amazingly subtle

Men in War

Directed by Anthony Mann

Men in War represents a pinnacle of achievement in both the war movie genre and for director Anthony Mann. In

My Best Girl

Directed by Sam Taylor

Mary Pickford was the most popular star of the silent era, whose celebrity surpassed even that of Chaplin and Valentino.

Spring Night, Summer Night

Directed by J.L. Anderson

Disregarded as an exploitation film (complete with tacked-on nude scenes) before dropping out of sight completely for forty years, this

The Big Broadcast

Directed by Frank Tuttle

In 1932 Paramount rounded up an impressive roster of radio personalities and threw them into this lightly plotted story about

The Long Voyage Home

Directed by John Ford

Between 1939 and his departure for the war in 1942, director John Ford was in the middle of a remarkable

White Zombie

Directed by Victor Halperin

I Walked With A Zombie, Night of the Living Dead, and countless other films trace their lineage back to White

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.