The Lost Moment

USA 1947. Dir: Martin Gabel. 89 min. 35mm


6:00pm - Doors
6:30pm - Trouble in Paradise + Dinah with intro
8:30pm - The Lost Moment + Moods of the Sea

NEW, RESTORED 35mm PRINT! Robert Cummings, Susan Hayward, and Agnes Moorehead star in this gloriously gothic noir psychological thriller, the only film directed by actor Martin Gabel. Hoping to obtain the love letters of a long-dead 19th-century poet, an unscrupulous American publisher insinuates himself into the spooky Venetian household of a 105-year-old woman (the poet’s former muse) and her lovesick, mentally-unbalanced niece. Gabel’s eerie, atmospheric film freely adapts Henry James’s novella The Aspern Papers, itself modelled on a real-life case involving letters of Percy Shelley. “The zenith of Hollywood gothic ... Hal Mohr's sinuous travelling camera snakes through the crypt-like mansion hand in hand with Daniele Amfitheatrof's unearthly musical score” (Scott MacQueen, UCLA). “A remarkably effective adaptation ... The ghostly web of shifting identities and sexual tensions is superbly spun" (Paul Taylor, Time Out). Preservation funded by The Packard Humanities Institute.

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Moods of the Sea
USA 1941. Dirs: Slavko Vorkapich, John Hoffman. 10 min. 35mm

NEW, RESTORED 35mm PRINT! Striking images of nature are rhythmically edited to the music of Mendelssohn (“Fingal’s Cave”) in this poetic “pictorial fantasy,” an early masterwork of American avant-garde cinema. Preservation funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation.