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The historical sweep and technical wizardry of the UCLA Film & Television Archive's preservation projects—from early silent films and Golden Age classics, to fascinating rarities and contemporary gems—are showcased in the Archive’s biennial Festival of Preservation. Hailed by The Los Angeles Times as “the city’s most surprising, most stimulating, most invigorating film event,” the festival now heads east for its premiere New York engagement, featuring breathtaking new restorations of forgotten classics by Robert Altman, Cecil B. DeMille and Douglas Sirk, rare films by Samuel Beckett and John Steinbeck, and much more!

Photo Credit: Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Julie Kohner; Donald Sosin; UCLA Film & Television Archive/Jan-Christopher Horak, Steven K. Hill, Shannon Kelly, and Sandcastle 5/Matthew Seig.

Past Films

The Chalice of Sorrow + The Flower of Doom

The Chalice of Sorrow + The Flower of Doom

Rex Ingram | | 35mm | 70 mins

Live piano accompaniment by Makia Matsumura.

The Chalice of Sorrow
Rex Ingram, 1916, USA, 35mm; 70m
World-renowned opera star Lorelei juggles two passionate lovers—a powerful Mexican governor and an American artist—in this loose adaptation of Victorien Sardou’s play La Tosca. Preservation funded by The Packard Humanities Institute.
screening with The Flower of Doom
Rex Ingram, 1917, USA, 35mm; 70m
A gritty drama set in the shadowy world of gang warfare in Chinatown.

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Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

Robert Altman | 1982 | 35mm | 109 mins

Q&A on July 15 with Oscar-nominated production designer David Gropman, production executive Peter Newman, distribution executive Ira Deutchman and Kathryn Altman, widow of Robert Altman.

Sandy Dennis, Cher, and Karen Black star as James Dean fans who reunite in a small Texas town, in Altman’s stellar adaptation of an original play. Preservation funded by The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.

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The Crusades

The Crusades

Cecil B. DeMille | 1935 | 35mm | 125 mins

DeMille’s saga about Jerusalem’s takeover by Islamic warrior Saladin is a sturdy entertainment crafted with brio by a master at the height of his powers. Preservation funded by The Cecil B. DeMille Foundation and The Packard Humanities Institute.

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Cry Danger

Cry Danger

Robert Parrish | 1951 | 35mm | 79 mins

In an underappreciated noir that crackles with sardonic dialogue, pitch-perfect Dick Powell plays an excon combing downtown Los Angeles for the gang that framed him. With Rhonda Fleming and an amazing Richard Erdman. Preservation funded by the Film Noir Foundation.

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Highlighting the Outfest Legacy Project: Three Films

Highlighting the Outfest Legacy Project: Three Films

Various | | 35mm

Three extraordinary and often prescient film rarities highlight the diversity of LGBT representations offered in the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation.

Queens at Heart
Director unknown, 1967, USA, 35mm; 22m
screening with Mona’s Candle Light
Director unknown, 1950, USA, 35mm; 28m
screening with Choosing Children
Debra Chasnoff and Kim Klausner, 1984, USA, 35mm; 45mPreservation funded by the Andrew J. Kuehn, Jr. Foundation, with support from The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of New York Women in Film & Television and Outfest.

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Native Land + The Forgotten Village

Native Land + The Forgotten Village

| 35mm | 156 mins

Native Land
Leo Hurwitz, 1942, USA, 35mm; 80m
Paul Strand and Leo Hurwitz’s controversial docudrama is a strikingly shot and fluidly edited essay on patriotism, intolerance, and class struggle, mingling reenactment and newsreels. Preservation funded by The Packard Humanities Institute.
screening with The Forgotten Village
Herbert Kline, 1941, USA, 35mm; 67m
John Steinbeck wrote this parable about an indigenous couple in Mexico whose son is caught between the worlds of tradition and science. Preservation funded by The Packard Humanities Institute.
screening with  News of the Day (April 3, 1941)
1941, USA, 35mm; 9m
Preservation funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Picture preserved from original 35mm nitrate printing negative; sound preserved from a 35mm nitrate composite print. Laboratory services by Film Technology, Inc.

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On the Vitaphone!

On the Vitaphone!

Various | 1928-1930 | 35mm | 90 mins

A delightful sampling of these landmark early sound films. Starring the top talent of the day, including Born and Lawrence, Jimmy Conlin and Myrtle Glass, Carlena Diamond, and more.

Gladys Brockwell in “Hollywood Bound”, 1928, USA, 35mm; 9m
Carlena Diamond in "Harpist Supreme", 1929, USA, 35mm; 6m
Born & Lawrence in "The Country Gentlemen", 1928, USA, 35mm; 7m
Niagara Falls”, 1930, USA, 35mm; 11m
Harry Fox and His Six American Beauties, 1929, USA, 35mm; 12m
Frank Whitman in "That Surprising Fiddler", 1929, USA, 35mm; 7m
What a Life”, 1930, USA, 35mm; 11m
Val Harris with Ann Howe in “The Wild Westerner”, 1928, USA, 35mm; 9m
Eddie White in “I Thank You”, 1928, USA, 35mm; 9m
Jimmy Conlin and Myrtle Glass in "Sharps and Flats", 1928, USA, 35mm; 9m

Total runtime: 90m

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Rendezvous with Annie

Rendezvous with Annie

Allan Dwan | 1946 | 35mm | 80 mins

In Dwan’s tender wartime comedy of errors, questions of family honor arise after a corporal (Eddie Albert) surprises his wife with a trip from London. Preservation funded by The Packard Humanities Institute.

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Sleep, My Love

Sleep, My Love

Douglas Sirk | 1948 | 35mm | 96 mins

The earnest and lovely Claudette Colbert stars in this effective terrorized-wife drama from Sirk’s early Hollywood career. With great noir-like photography. Preservation funded by The Packard Humanities Institute.

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Strangers in the Night + The Big Shakedown

Strangers in the Night + The Big Shakedown

| 35mm

Strangers in the Night
Anthony Mann, 1944, USA, 35mm; 56m
Mann’s early gothic B-thriller follows a vet returning from the South Pacific and lured into a psychological nightmare by the promise of love. Preservation funded by Paramount Pictures Corporation.
screening with The Big Shakedown
John Francis Dillon, 1934, USA, 35mm; 64m
Bette Davis plays the fiancée of a pharmacist who falls in with gangsters in this fusion of melodrama and gangster picture. Preservation funded by The Packard Humanities Institute.

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This Is Your Life

This Is Your Life

Axel Gruenberg | Richard Gottlieb | 1953-1961 | 35mm | 90 mins

Q&A with Julie Kohner, the daughter of Hanna Bloch Kohner, moderated by Aviva Weintraub, Associate Curator of The Jewish Museum and Director of the New York Jewish Film Festival.

Three episodes of the famous television series featuring three exceptional women—all survivors of the Holocaust. Preservation funded by Righteous Persons Foundation and the Ronald T. Shedlo Preservation Fund.

This Is Your Life: “Hanna Bloch Kohner”
Axel Gruenberg, 1953, USA, 35mm; 30m
screening with This Is Your Life: “Ilse Stanley”
Axel Gruenberg, 1955, USA, 35mm; 30m
screening with This Is Your Life: “Sara Veffer”
Richard Gottlieb, 1961, USA, 35mm; 30m

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Waiting For Godot (Play of the Week)

Waiting For Godot (Play of the Week)

Alan Schneider | 1961/1965 | Digital/35mm | 122 mins

After years of post-HUAC blacklisting, Zero Mostel enjoyed a career breakthrough in this Broadway-caliber staging of Beckett’s absurdist masterpiece.
screening with Samuel Beckett’s Film
Alan Schneider, 1965, USA, 35mm; 20m
Buster Keaton stars in Nobel Prize-winning playwright Samuel Beckett’s lone work for projected cinema. Preservation funded through the Avant-Garde Masters program funded by The Film Foundation and administered by the National Film Preservation Foundation.

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