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Tempest (1928) & The Bat (1926)

March 26, 2016 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Archive Treasures: A Valentine’s Day Duo of Romantic Comedies.”

Tempest (1928)
Directed by Sam Taylor

William Cameron Menzies received his first Academy Award for Art Direction for two 1928 pictures; one of them, this depiction of a Russian peasant who ascends to power within the Tsar’s Army, then joins the Bolshevik revolution, while romancing an imperious princess. Menzies’ extensively researched and evocative designs gave the film a formal beauty and unity that belied its turbulent production circumstances, drawing praise from admiring star John Barrymore.

Production: Joseph M. Schenck Productions; Feature Productions, Inc. Distribution: United Artists Corp. Director: Sam Taylor. Screenwriter: C. Gardner Sullivan. Cinematographer: Charles Rosher. Editor: Allen McNeil. With: John Barrymore, Camilla Horn, Louis Wolheim, Boris de Fas, George Fawcett.

35mm, b/w, silent, 105 min.

Followed by:
The Bat (1926)
Directed by Roland West

Credited with “settings” in this moody crime thriller about the eponymous master criminal “The Bat,” William Cameron Menzies indeed set the pulpy mystery story, familiar as a popular play, against a visually arresting world that could only be achieved in cinema. Depicting a mansion of soaring, vaulted spaces sheathed in darkness, and nighttime cityscapes viewed from vertiginous rooftops, Menzies lent the film brooding atmosphere and stimulating graphic interest.

Production: Feature Productions, Inc. Distribution: United Artists Corp. Director: Roland West. Based on the play The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood. Screenwriter: Julien Josephson, Roland West. Cinematographer: Arthur Edeson. With: André de Beranger, Charles W. Herzinger, Emilly Fitzroy, Louise Fazenda, Arthur Houseman.

35mm, b/w, 86 min.

In-Person: James Curtis, author, William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come.

Note: live musical accompaniment will be provided by Cliff Retallick.

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

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


March 26, 2016
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States