Tuesday, April 1, 2014

UCLA Festival of Preservation

A lot of film events going on this spring in Philadelphia. Perhaps most exciting to me is a series of classic Hollywood films playing at the International House from the "UCLA Festival of Preservation." It's a chance to see hard-to-find Hollywood films on the big screen. Bonus is the strong representation from Paramount, a studio that's often slow to release its back archive on DVD.

The series starts tomorrow. Film descriptions are available at the links.

Wednesday 4/2   7:00 pm
dir. Victor Fleming, US, 1926, 35mm, b/w, silent, 75 min.
Silent Sinclair Lewis adaptation

Thursday 4/3    7:00 pm
dir. Joseph H. Lewis, US, 1950, 35mm, b/w, 86 min.
Freudian-infused B-noir masterpiece.

Friday 4/4     
7:00 pm
Double Door
dir. Charles Vidor, US, 1934, 35mm, b/w, 75 min. 
Based-on-a-true-story dynastic melodrama
dir. Victor Halperin, US, 1933, 35mm, b/w, 65 min.
Forgotten 30s horror film

Wednesday 4/9   7:00 pm
dir. F. Harmon Weight, US, 1928, 35mm, b/w & tinted, silent, 65 min.
Silent romantic melodrama set in Africa
Live musical accompaniment by Andrew Marsh and Kate Porter

Thursday 4/10    7:00 pm
dir. Arthur Ripley, US, 1946, 35mm, b/w, 86 min.
Noir based on Cornell Woolrich novel

Thursday 4/17    7:00 pm
dir. Edward Sutherland, US, 1933, b/w, 35mm, b/w, 68 min.
early sound comedy starring W.C Fields, George Burns, Gracie Allen and Peggy Hopkins Joyce
combined with:
Busy Bodies
dir. Lloyd French, US, 1933, 35mm, b/w, 19 min.
Laurel and Hardy short

Friday 4/18     
7:00 pm
dir. Robert Altman, US, 1969, 35mm, 112 min.
early, pre-fame Altman feature

Saturday 4/5     2
:00 pm
dir. Marion Gering, US, 1934, 35mm, b/w, 74 min.
Paramount comedy with Sylvia Sidney and Cary Grant

(image credit DVD Beaver)

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