Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Films at UCLA

Recently received from the UCLA Film & Television Archive:

On Friday, June 6, UCLA Film & Television Archive presents two 1923 dramas featuring legendary silent era star Richard Barthelmess!

The films will be presented in 35mm prints restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with live musical accompaniment—and include early performances from Mary Astor, Dorothy Gish, William Powell and more.

UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present:

Archive Treasures
Friday, June 6 @ 7:30 p.m.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

The Bright Shawl
Associated First National Pictures. PROD: Charles H. Duell. DIR: John S. Robertson. Based on a story by Joseph Hergesheimer. SCR: Edmund Goulding. CINE: George J. Folsey. EDIT: William Hamilton. CAST: Richard Barthelmess, Dorothy Gish, Mary Astor, Jetta Goudal, William Powell.

Praised in its day for capturing the authentic look of 1850s Cuba and its fight for independence from Spain, The Bright Shawl was a showcase for silent era stars, Richard Barthelmess and Dorothy Gish, but also proved a springboard for three future stars of the talkies: Mary Astor, William Powell and Edward G. Robinson. Barthelmess plays an American adventurer caught up in romance and revolution with Gish as the seductive cabaret dancer after his heart.

35mm, b/w, silent with musical accompaniment, 80 min.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive as part of “Saving the Silents,” with funding provided by the Stanford Theatre Foundation.

The Fighting Blade (1923)
Inspiration Pictures, Inc. DIR: John S. Robertson. SCR: Josephine Lovett, Don Bartlett. CINE: George J. Folsey. EDIT: William Hamilton. CAST: Richard Barthelmess, Lee Baker, Morgan Wallace, Bradley Barker, Frederick Burton.

The first in a series of costume dramas starring Barthelmess during this period—including The Bright Shawl—The Fighting Blade finds the silent-era heartthrob in fighting form as a soldier of fortune embroiled in the English Civil War. As Variety described the film’s sweep at the time, “'In power of incident and in climacteric [sic] punch, The Fighting Blade has much that neck-and-necks with Dumas.”

35mm, b/w, silent with musical accompaniment, 90 min.

Venue: Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024 (corner of Wilshire & Westwood Blvds., courtyard level of the Hammer Museum).

Ticketing: Advance tickets are available for $10.

Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office starting one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; FREE to all UCLA students with valid ID; $8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.

Parking: At the Billy Wilder Theater for a $3 flat rate after 6 p.m. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire.

Info: / 310.206.8013