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2018 UCLA Festival of Preservation

  • April 1, 2018 – April 22, 2018

The UCLA Film & Television Archive is, after the Library of Congress, the largest collection of media materials in the United States and 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 pleased to present the 18th Festival Tour, a surprise-filled treasure trove sure to delight cinema lovers of many persuasions. “Forget Blu-ray discs and plasma TVs. For true cinephiles, nothing lets a movie really sing like a pristine celluloid print. In which case, UCLA’s Festival of Preservation is a veritable opera.”—Matt Sussman, Flavorpill.

Special thanks to the Head of Public Programs; Steven Hill, Circulation; Paul Malcolm, Film Programmer; Todd Weiner, Archivist; and Dr. Jan-Christopher Horak, Director, UCLA Film & Television Archive, for making these new preservation prints available. Full program notes, are adapted from the 2018 Festival of Preservation catalogue, which includes additional information about the films and the Archive’s ambitious preservation efforts and complete restoration credits.

Desert Hearts

Directed by Donna Deitch

Based on Jane Rule’s novel Desert of the Heart (1964), Donna Deitch’s narrative feature debut centers on a burgeoning lesbian

He Walked By Night

Directed by Alfred Werker

Inspired by the true story of Erwin “Machine Gun” Walker's shocking Los Angeles crime spree throughout 1945 and 1946, He

Los Tallos Amargos

Directed by Fernando Ayala

Los tallos amargos is based on a novel by journalist Adolfo Jasca, winner of the Emecé Literary Prize, Argentina's highest

Open Secret

Directed by John Reinhardt

In the back room of a seedy, small town bar, a group of men pronounce someone guilty of an unknown

Sons of the Desert

Directed by William A. Seiter

Drawing on story elements from their earlier shorts We Faw Down and Be Big, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's fourth

Stranded

Directed by Juleen Compton

Juleen Compton was an independent American filmmaker—and one of the only women making features during the decade—working in both Europe

The Lost Moment

Directed by Martin Gabel

It's ironic that the film version of The Aspern Papers by the 19th-century American author Henry James, revered for his

The Murder of Fred Hampton

Directed by Howard Alk

The Murder of Fred Hampton has never felt more relevant. It serves as a document of the late 1960s, but

The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean

Directed by Juleen Compton

Written, directed, and self-financed by Juleen Compton, The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean is the story of a clairvoyant teenage

Trouble In Paradise

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch

The playboy/thief Gaston Monescu (Herbert Marshall) meets the expert pickpocket Lily (Miriam Hopkins) on the Riviera, and they, of course,