AFS Cinema presents UCLA Festival of Preservation

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UCLA Festival of Preservation: <i>Trouble in Paradise</i>
Trouble in Paradise Photo courtesy of AFS Cinema

The UCLA Festival of Preservation, coming to Austin for the first time, showcases film and television classics, technical milestones, socially-conscious documentaries, seldom-seen independent features, and other works newly restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive. Featuring films from the 1930s to the 1970s, the series is a rare opportunity to see newly restored prints on the big screen.

  • November 17: Trouble in Paradise - Ernst Lubitsch's sexy comedy about love affairs and larceny on the Riviera is preceded by the 1932 follow-the-bouncing-ball sing along film, Dinah.
  • November 19:


    - In this autobiographical narrative from female independent filmmaker Juleen Compton, a free-spirited young woman travels through Greece with her boyfriend and French gay best
  • November 24: 

    Sons of the Desert


    Berth Marks

    - The 1933 Laurel & Hardy feature Sons of the Desert, considered by many fans as the team’s best work, is preceded by their 1929 short, Berth Marks.
  • November 26:

    Open Secret 

    - In this small-town noir, a pair of newlyweds, baffled by the disappearance of their friends, uncover a racist hate group operating secretly.
  • December 1:

    He Walked By Night 

    Moods of the Sea - The riveting, documentary-style low-budget noir He Walked By Night is preceded by the impressionistic Slavko Vorkapich short, Moods of the Sea​.
  • December 3:

    Los Tallos Amargos

    ​ - This Argentine noir about a get-rich scheme that leads to murder was thought lost for decades. The film features a music score by legendary master of the tango Astor Piazzola.
  • December 12:

    The Plastic Dome of Norma Jean

    - Pioneering filmmaker Juleen Compton's work took a surreal turn with this film about a clairvoyant teenage girl, a boy band, and an enormous plastic dome.
  • December 15:

    The Lost Moment 

    Tramp Strategy - This sensitively mounted 1947 adaptation of Henry James's The Aspern Papers, starring Robert Cummings, Susan Hayward, and Agnes Moorhead is preceded by the 1911 silent short, Tramp Strategy, from pioneering early filmmaker Alice Guy Blaché.
  • December 17: The Murder of Fred Hampton & The Jungle - A radical Chicago filmmaking co-op followed charismatic 21-year old Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and documented his speech and actions for 9 months until he was assassinated by police. Also screening is The Jungle, a 1967 dramatized documentary made by African American Philadelphia high school students.

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