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UCLA Festival of Preservation 2015

October 4 - 31

“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

From October 4 through 31, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 2015 UCLA Festival of Preservation, a touring series of ten programs culled from the UCLA Film & Television Archive's latest restoration efforts.

Venues like the Gene Siskel Film Center depend heavily upon the efforts of enlightened film archives and distribution companies to undertake the costly and difficult task of preserving classic films in the glorious but rapidly disappearing medium of 35mm film. No organization has been more important to us in this respect than the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The gorgeous restorations we have shown in recent years of such films as Max Ophuls's LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN, Shirley Clarke's THE CONNECTION, Joseph H. Lewis's THE BIG COMBO, and Fritz Lang's THE SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR represent just a few of the treasures that UCLA has shared with us.

With more than 220,000 motion picture and television titles, the UCLA collection is second only to the Library of Congress in the United States and is the largest of any university in the world. Every two years, the archive opens up its vaults and presents the cream of its latest restorations to the public in the Festival of Preservation. As it had in 2009, 2011, and 2013, the UCLA Festival of Preservation is touring in 2015 to selected venues across North America, and the Film Center is honored to be included among them. (Browse a PDF of UCLA's program booklet for the tour here.

The ten programs cover a wide spectrum of American film history. The silent era is represented by the charming Mary Pickford vehicle MY BEST GIRL, featuring live piano accompaniment by the superb David Drazin. The studio era of the 1930s is represented by such rarities as the all-star musical revue THE BIG BROADCAST, the pre-Code romantic comedy BACHELOR’S AFFAIRS, and the B-picture horror thrillers WHITE ZOMBIE and THE CRIME OF DR. CRESPI. Celebrated auteurs are saluted with John Ford’s brilliantly photographed Eugene O’Neill adaptation THE LONG VOYAGE HOME, Douglas Sirk’s offbeat “miracle” drama THE FIRST LEGION, Anthony Mann’s elemental war film MEN IN WAR, and Edgar G. Ulmer’s subtle melodrama HER SISTER’S SECRET. Finally, an overlooked regional independent production is brought to light with Joseph L. Anderson’s Ohio-set drama SPRING NIGHT, SUMMER NIGHT.

— Martin Rubin


35mm preservation prints courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Special thanks to Steven Hill and Shannon Kelley of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

UCLA DOUBLE-BILL DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first UCLA film on any Sunday through October 25, and get a ticket for the second Italian film that day at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)