UCLA Festival of Preservation

MARCH 4-17

“The cinematic event I look forward to most of all ... No other movie festival comes close to it in the magnificent breadth of neglected but compelling American film material it puts on display.”

NEW, RESTORED 35mm PRINTS!The UCLA Film and Television Archive celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. The Archive’s important preservation and restoration work is showcased in its biennial UCLA Festival of Preservation, featuring glorious new 35mm prints of important classics, nearly-lost masterworks, neglected treasures, and rediscovered rarities spanning more than a century of American film history.

Highlights from the most recent (17th) edition of the festival are now on tour and make their sole Canadian stop at The Cinematheque. Presented in 10 programs, the tour includes important war films by Hollywood auteurs John Ford and Anthony Mann; a “miracle” drama from the early 1950s by Douglas Sirk; a superb melodrama by Poverty Row cult favourite Edgar G. Ulmer, director of Detour; a lively all-star musical revue from 1932 featuring Bing Crosby in his first starring role; a trio of works featuring Canadian-born “America’s Sweetheart” Mary Pickford, including her very last silent film; a wickedly funny sex comedy from Hollywood’s brief, racy pre-Code era; an overlooked gem of outstanding 1960s independent filmmaking; and two moody B-movie horror thrillers, one of them White Zombie, cinema’s first-ever zombie film!

In a digital age when DCP (Digital Cinema Package) has almost completely replaced celluloid film as the standard medium for the projection of motion pictures in movie houses, the UCLA Film and Television Archive has remained committed to preserving film on film, allowing likeminded institutions such as ours to continue offering opportunities to view films on film — itself a rare, endangered, but essential cinematic experience well worth preserving!




Acknowledgements: All prints are courtesy the UCLA Film and Television Archive. We are grateful to Shannon Kelley, Steven Hill, Nina Rao, and Todd Weiner at UCLA for their kind assistance in making this Vancouver presentation possible.

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Recent Showings

This masterful, melancholy sea-faring drama from director John Ford is perhaps the best film version of playwright Eugene O’Neill’s work.
Set on a single day in 1950, Anthony Mann's anxious, anti-heroic drama is one of the finest American films about the Korean War.
Douglas Sirk produced and directed this independent feature, a complex, intelligent tale of devotion, doubt, and divine mystery.
B-movie auteur and cult favourite Edgar G. Ulmer crafted this wartime melodrama about two sisters, one of whom has a child out of wedlock.
This boisterous musical comedy spotlights Bing Crosby in his first starring role. Preceded by the 1929 short, Me and the Boys.
A middle-aged New York millionaire weds a beautiful but brainless younger blonde in this saucy, cynical, pre-Code sex comedy.
Steeped in an earthy, immersive, poetic sense of place, J.L. Anderson’s 1967 feature is being hailed as a classic of New American Cinema.
The final silent film of screen icon Mary Pickford was this sparkling romantic comedy directed by Sam Taylor. Preceded by two Pickford shorts.
Cinema’s first-ever zombie movie has Bela Lugosi, fresh off 1931’s Dracula, as Haitian voodoo master Murder Legendre.
Erich von Stroheim is creepy Dr. Crespi in future B-noir director John H. Auer’s low-budget chiller, a loose riff on Poe’s “The Premature Burial.”