“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.”
KENNETH TURAN, LOS ANGELES TIMES
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.