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2019 UCLA Festival of Preservation

November 2 - December 4

"Filled, as always, with a deeply satisying cornucopia of films, forgotten gems and rarely revived classics that never fail to astonish in their diversity and dazzle in their newly restored glory."—Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

From November 1 through December 4, the Gene Siskel Film Center presents the 2019 UCLA Festival of Preservation, a touring series of ten programs selected 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. No organization has been more important to us in this respect than the UCLA Film & Television Archive. The superb restorations we have shown over the years of such films as Max Ophuls's LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN, Shirley Clarke's THE CONNECTION, Joseph H. Lewis's GUN CRAZY, Larry Clark's PASSING THROUGH, J.L. Anderson's SPRING NIGHT, SUMMER NIGHT, and Howard Alk's THE MURDER OF FRED HAMPTON 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 did in its previous editions, the UCLA Festival of Preservation is touring in 2019-20 to selected venues across North America, and the Film Center is honored to be included among them.

The ten programs cover a wide spectrum of American film history. The effects of fascism on personal lives are dramatized in Frank Borzage's elegant THE MORTAL STORM and Arthur Ripley's low-budget VOICE IN THE WIND. The world of independent cinema is visited in L.Q. Jones's cult classic A BOY AND HIS DOG and Christopher Munch's New Queer Cinema milestone THE HOURS AND TIMES. Abuses of police power are the subject of the early talkie ALIBI and the film noir THE MAN WHO CHEATED HIMSELF. Other dimensions of film noir are explored in the neo-Gothic frenzies of THE RED HOUSE and the postwar disorientation of THE CROOKED WAY. The pleasures of genre entertainment are represented by the operetta MY LIPS BETRAY and the anarchic comedy of the four classic shorts in Laurel & Hardy: Fugues of Destruction.

35mm preservation prints courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Special thanks to Steven Hill, Paul Malcolm, and Todd Weiner of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

—Martin Rubin

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first UCLA film on any Saturday in November, and get a ticket for the second UCLA film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)


The Mortal Storm

1940, Frank Borzage, USA, 100 min.
With Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart


  • Sat, Nov 2nd 3:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 6th 6:00pm

Voice in the Wind

1944, Arthur Ripley, USA, 85 min.
With Francis Lederer, Sigrid Gurie


  • Fri, Nov 1st 4:00pm
  • Sat, Nov 2nd 5:00pm

A Boy and His Dog

1975, L.Q. Jones, USA, 93 min.
With Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Jason Robards


  • Sat, Nov 9th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 13th 8:15pm

The Hours and Times

1991, Christopher Munch, USA, 57 min.
With David Angus, Ian Hart


  • Fri, Nov 8th 4:30pm
  • Sat, Nov 9th 5:00pm

The Red House

1947, Delmer Daves, USA, 100 min.
With Edward G. Robinson, Allene Roberts


  • Sat, Nov 16th 3:15pm
  • Wed, Nov 20th 6:00pm

The Crooked Way

1949, Robert Florey, USA, 90 min.
With John Payne, Ellen Drew, Sonny Tufts


  • Sat, Nov 16th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Nov 18th 6:00pm

The Man Who Cheated Himself

1950, Felix Feist, USA, 80 min.
With Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt, John Dall


  • Sat, Nov 23rd 3:00pm
  • Mon, Nov 25th 6:00pm


1929, Roland West, USA, 90 min.
With Chester Morris, Mae Busch


  • Sat, Nov 23rd 4:45pm
  • Wed, Nov 27th 6:00pm

Laurel & Hardy: Fugues of Destruction

1927-30, Various directors, USA, 79 min.
With Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy


  • Sat, Nov 30th 3:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 4th 6:00pm

My Lips Betray

1933, John G. Blystone, USA, 76 min.
With Lillian Harvey, John Boles


  • Sat, Nov 30th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Dec 2nd 6:00pm