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A Face in the Crowd (1957) & The Naked Kiss (1964)

November 30, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 10:45 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Archive Treasures: 50th Anniversary Celebration.”

A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Directed by Elia Kazan

Director Elia Kazan’s second collaboration with screenwriter Budd Schulberg after On the Waterfront (1954) is a corrosive attack on the ascendant medium of television. Andy Griffith, in his screen debut, plays Lonesome Rhodes, a charismatic, guitar-picking hillbilly-turned-TV star, eventually becoming a power-mad demagogue. Hyperbolic, energetic and in many ways prophetic, the film indicts both television and the cult of personality in postwar America.

Production: Newton Productions, Inc. Distribution: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. Producer: Elia Kazan. Director: Elia Kazan. Based on the short story “Your Arkansas Traveler” by Budd Schulberg. Screenwriter: Budd Schulberg. Cinematographer: Harry Stradling, Gayne Rescher. Editor: Gene Milford. Composer: Tom Glazer. With: Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Walter Matthau, Lee Remick.

35mm, b/w, 132 min.

Followed by:
The Naked Kiss
Directed by Samuel Fuller

Shot on a shoestring and conceived as an indictment of American bourgeois hypocrisy, The Naked Kiss is a bombastic, idiosyncratic but wholly original hybrid—the B-movie as social critique. A reformed hooker finds renewed purpose as a small-town orthopedic nurse. Although courting the dashing local philanthropist promises to cement her integration into mainstream society, but her romantic fantasy is dashed in a shocking plot twist.

Production: F&F Productions. Distribution: Allied Artists. Producer: Samuel Fuller. Director: Samuel Fuller. Screenwriter: Samuel Fuller. Cinematographer: Stanley Cortez. Editor: Jerome Thoms. Composer: Paul Dunlap. With: Constance Towers, Anthony Eisley, Michael Dante, Virginia Grey, Patsy Kelly.

35mm, b/w, 93 min.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


November 30, 2015
7:30 PM - 10:45 PM


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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