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A Star is Born (1937) & Nothing Sacred (1937)

April 10, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “William A. Wellman, Hollywood Rebel.”

A Star is Born (1937)
Directed by William A. Wellman.

The Academy Award for Best Original Story went to director William A. Wellman for this epic tale of an actress’ rise to the top. Janet Gaynor shines as the naive young actress helped to success by her famous actor husband, Norman Mayne (Fredric March), whose career fades even as hers ascends. Wellman’s personal experience as an assistant director and actor when he was starting out sharpens the insider’s wit and insight that keep the melodrama from sliding into sentiment. Critics praised the use of Technicolor for serving story and mood, rather than working as a distraction.

Selznick International Pictures, Inc. Producer: David O Selznick. Screenwriter: Dorothy Parker, Alan Campbell, Robert Carson. With: Janet Gaynor, Fredric March, Adolphe Menjou, May Robson, Andy Devine.

111 min.

Followed by:
Nothing Sacred (1937)
Directed by William A. Wellman.

The word “cynical” describes any William A. Wellman comedy, but none more than this satire, written by that most biting of scenarists, Ben Hecht. As modern mass culture hits its stride, the press gains more and more power (while using it less and less judiciously). To wit, scamming reporter March chances upon a public relations gold mine when he meets a small-town beauty supposedly dying of radium poisoning. The press hype builds her into a national heroine, except the diagnosis is a little off. It’s screwball comedy on ice.

Selznick International Pictures, Inc. Producer: David O. Selznick. Screenwriter: Ben Hecht. Based on a short story by James H. Street. With: Carole Lombard, Fredric March, Charles Winninger, Walter Connolly, Sig Rumann.

75 min.

In-Person: William Wellman Jr.

Note: William Wellman Jr. will be signing copies of his book, Wild Bill Wellman: Hollywood Rebel, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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

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More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


April 10, 2015
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States