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The Barefoot Contessa (1954) & Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)

November 16, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM


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

The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Director Joseph L. Mankiewicz’ study of the postwar film industry is an indictment of an empty and destructive system, distilled to the story of one character: Ava Gardner’s “Maria,” a nightclub dancer from Madrid, coaxed to unhappy movie stardom for her great beauty. Told in flashbacks, the film charts Maria’s hurtling journey into the vortex of fame, a story that gives Gardner perhaps her greatest role.

Production: Figaro, Inc. Distribution: United Artists. Producer: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Screenwriter: Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Cinematographer: Jack Cardiff. Editor: William Hornbeck. Composer: Mario Nascimbene. With: Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien, Marius Goring, Valentina Cortesa.

35mm, color, 128 min.

Followed by:
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948)
Directed by Max Ophüls

Director Max Ophüls’ second American feature, set in fin-de-siècle Vienna, chronicles a woman’s obsession with a charming, womanizing concert pianist who trifles with her, never feeling the love she faithfully bears for him over many years. Ophüls’ elegant storytelling, shuttling through time via flashbacks, long takes, and intricate narrative and visual repetitions, resulted in one of the most lauded works of his career.

Production: Rampart Productions, Inc. Distribution: Universal Pictures Company, Inc. Director: Max Ophüls. Based on the novel Brief einer Unbekannten by Stefan Zweig. Screenwriter: Howard Koch. Cinematographer: Frank Planer. Editor: Ted J. Kent. With: Joan Fontaine, Louis Jourdan, Mady Christians, Marcel Journet, Art Smith

35mm, b/w, 87 min.

IN PERSON: Jonathan Kuntz, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

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

More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


November 16, 2015
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM


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