SUNDAY CINEMATHEQUE AT THE CHAZEN: 35MM FOREVER!
Spring 2020 programming at the Chazen will again provide due attention to the once standard and now increasingly rarified mode of motion picture exhibition via 35mm film prints. A varied selection of genres from throughout international cinema history will be shown, including newly struck prints of Hollywood studio classics that are part of the UCLA Festival of Preservation on Tour.
- Sun., Feb. 2 | 2:00 PMChazen
Director Feist delivers a finely paced film noir with all the traditional trappings: An adulterous femme fatale (Wyatt) accidentally kills her estranged husband and sets up a brooding San Francisco cop (Cobb) to take the fall. The traditionally ebullient Wyatt plays against type as the philandering Lois Frazer in a performance bordering on restrained camp. It is, though, the city of San Francisco that takes center stage in this neat little noir potboiler. Six-time Oscar nominated cinematographer Russell Harlan—known for his beautiful epic Western vistas—utilizes dramatic Fort Point at the southern side of the Golden Gate Bridge as the hauntingly eerie location of the film’s exciting climax. Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by Film Noir Foundation.
- Sun., Feb. 2 | 3:30 PMChazen
This well-paced noir melodrama from veteran director Fleischer (The Narrow Margin, Violent Saturday) focuses on the Secret Service’s pursuit of counterfeiting mobsters. Trapped is particularly notable for the breakout lead performance of 22-year-old Barbara Payton who was notorious for her brief and tempestuous Hollywood career as well as her tragic and highly publicized death at the age of 39. Cinematographer Guy Roe expertly utilizes light and shadows to highlight the film’s atmospheric and claustrophobic spaces, while visually enhancing the film’s themes of subterfuge and entrapment. The cinematography is particularly effective in the film’s climax that takes place in a Downtown Los Angeles Red Car barn. Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by Film Noir Foundation.
- Sun., Feb. 16 | 2:00 PMChazen
Crippled farmer Peter Morgan (Robinson) and his spinster sister Ellen (Anderson) live in seclusion with their adopted teenage ward Meg (Allene Roberts). When Meg’s classmate Nath (Lon McCallister) comes to work the farm, his schoolboy crush on Meg in tow, Pete begins to unravel. He warns of screams in the night and an evil Something that inhabits the Oxhead Woods, centered around an abandoned red cottage and derelict ice house sequestered deep among the trees. Undisclosed sexual and murderous transgressions of the past break through into the present, shattering the carefully crafted veneer of gentility at the Morgan Farm with shame and tragedy. Audiences inured to The Red House via grisly public domain copies will have the scales removed from their eyes by UCLA’s restoration from the original camera negative. Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation and The Film Foundation.
- Sun., Feb. 23 | 2:00 PMChazen
Eddie Rice (Payne), a decorated World War II veteran suffering from amnesia, returns to Los Angeles to find his true identity. Unfortunately, Eddie soon discovers that, as a former gangster, he made many enemies, including his ex-wife Nina (Drew) and mobster Vince (Sonny Tufts). Distinguishing it from other contemporary films whose heroes are returning soldiers with memory loss (The Clay Pigeon, Somewhere in the Night), The Crooked Way is brought to life with some of the most dazzling noir cinematography by Hungarian-born émigré John Alton (T-Men, Border Incident). Combined with Florey's dramatic mise-en-scène and the baroque art direction of Van Nest Polglase (Stranger on the Third Floor, Citizen Kane, All That Money Can Buy), the result is a visually stunning masterpiece. Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation and The Film Foundation.
- Sun., Mar. 1 | 2:00 PMChazen
Filmed in 1981, left incomplete due to money problems, and assembled for release in 2000, Downtown 81 follows rising artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in NYC trying to move a painting while hustling for a place to sleep. Intended as a record of the bombed-out Bohemia of lower Manhattan, this collaboration between Basquiat, Swiss photographer Bertogilo, and writer and Warhol associate Glenn O’Brien became a window on a lost world of life on the margins and crazy creative ferment.
- Sun., Mar. 8 | 2:00 PMChazen
The gifted director Panahi confronts class divisions within contemporary society through this dark story that begins with a violent jewelry store robbery gone awry. In flashback, the life of the main perpetrator – an overweight Tehran pizza delivery man played by non-professional Emadeddin – is brought out of the shadows. The tense, spare and compassionate screenplay is by the great Abbas Kiarostami. Co-presented with support from UW Middle East Studies.
- Sun., Mar. 15 | 2:00 PMChazen
The Cinematheque pays tribute to French New Wave icon Anna Karina (1940-2019) with a screening of one of her finest performances. Over the course of twelve chapters, a young Parisian woman leaves her family to pursue a career as an actress, but instead becomes a prostitute. A crown jewel in the string of masterpieces made by Karina and then-husband Godard in the 1960s, Vivre sa Vie contains some of the most indelible scenes of their respective careers. (MK)
- Sun., Mar. 22 | 2:00 PMChazen
Cocteau’s update of the Orpheus myth depicts a famous poet (Marais), scorned by the Left Bank youth, and his love for both his wife, Eurydice (Déa), and a mysterious princess (Casarès). Seeking inspiration, the poet follows the princess from the world of the living to the land of the dead, through Cocteau’s famous mirrored portal. Orpheus’s peerless visual poetry and dreamlike storytelling represent the legendary Cocteau at the height of his powers. Presented in conjunction with Madison Opera’s production of Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, April 17 & 19 at Overture Hall.
- Sun., Mar. 29 | 2:00 PMChazen
Before he made Snowpiercer and Parasite, director Bong demonstrated his flair for dark comedy and investigating class differences within a specific structural space. His very funny debut feature explores the lives of the residences of a drab housing block, including a university lecturer annoyed by incessantly yapping dogs and an estate clerk who tries to right the wrongs of the neighborhood.
- Sun., Apr. 12 | 2:00 PMChazen
Teen singing sensation Fabian, only sixteen-years-old at the time of production, made his first big-screen appearance in this charming, bucolic period musical set in 1912. The simple story, based on a novel by Fred Gipson (Old Yeller) revolves around two hunting buddies (Fabian and Whitman) and their various romances with country women. “Fabian is surprisingly good; of course, he also sings” (Leonard Maltin). A beautiful 35mm color and CinemaScope print from the 20th Century Fox vaults will be shown.
- Sun., Apr. 26 | 2:00 PMChazen
In what Orson Welles described as a movie that “could make a stone cry,” an aging couple (Bondi and Moore) faced with financial problems and potential homelessness turn to their adult children for help. McCarey’s positively heartbreaking drama was cited by Yasujiro Ozu as a primary influence on Tokyo Story.
- Sun., May. 3 | 2:00 PMChazen
Ozu’s undisputed masterwork is a meditation on the generational gap and the trials of mortality. An elderly couple visit their children in a bustling Tokyo, where they are seen almost as a nuisance and shuffled off to a resort. Modernization is the torrent that tears through Japanese society and Ozu takes a hard look at what it has done to the family unit.