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Celebrating Charles Brackett

January 11, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Archive Treasures.”

In a career in Hollywood spanning more than three decades, from the silent era to the rise of television to entertainment pre-eminence, screenwriter, producer and novelist Charles Brackett provided literary material for 40-plus feature films, and for directors as varied as Robert Z. Leonard, Mitchell Leisen and Cecil B. DeMille. His numerous collaborations with writer-director Billy Wilder are legendary, and we are pleased to present these two Brackett-Wilder collaborations on the occasion of the publication of Anthony Slide’s “It’s the Pictures That Got Small”: Charles Brackett on Billy Wilder and Hollywood’s Golden Age. Mr. Slide will sign copies of his new book beginning at 6 p.m.

The Lost Weekend (1945)
Directed by Billy Wilder.

This highly original, emotionally wrenching picture depicts a man’s grueling, weekend-long crawl from drink to drink as he also attempts to write a novel about his own alcoholism. Family, friends and potential lovers endure Don Birnam’s binging and lying, and when he winds up hospitalized, his withdrawals are a greater horror than he has yet known. By far the tour-de-force of Ray Milland’s acting career, the film rode the cutting edge of attitudes toward the disease of alcoholism.

Paramount Pictures, Inc. PROD: Charles Brackett. DIR: Billy Wilder. SCR: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder. CINE: John F. Seitz. EDIT: Doane Harrison. CAST: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Doris Dowling, Frank Faylen.

35mm, b/w, 101 min.

Followed by:
Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
Directed by Billy Wilder.

John Bramble, member of a tank crew in a British Army installation in Egypt during World War II, survives a devastating German attack, barely escaping the scene alive. Seeking refuge in an Egyptian hotel, he learns that Germany’s General Rommel is stationed there. Disguising himself as a hotel waiter and German sympathizer, Bramble plots sabotage and the murder of Rommel, working to maintain the trust of the Egyptian hotelier and a French chambermaid in this gripping wartime drama.

Paramount Pictures, Inc. DIR: Billy Wilder. SCR: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder. CINE: John F. Seitz. EDIT: Doane Harrison. CAST: Franchot Tone, Anne Baxter, Akim Tamiroff, Fortunio Bonanova, Peter Van Eyck.

35mm, b/w, 96 min.

In-Person: Anthony Slide.

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


More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website



January 11, 2015
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


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