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The Dark Crystal

June 23, 2019 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hammer Museum present

The Dark Crystal (1982)
Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz

When orphaned Gelfling Jen (Stephen Garlick) is tasked with repairing his planet’s ruptured, beloved crystal, he embarks on a quest with the brave and far-more resourceful Kira (Lisa Maxwell) to stop the malevolent, reptilian Skeksis from assuming eternal power. Longtime collaborators Henson and Oz team up for the first time as co-directors to create the mythical planet of Thra and all of its inhabitants, miraculously without resorting to a single on-screen appearance by an identifiable human being. Notably darker than the standard Muppet fare, this fantastical hero’s journey mixes traditional puppetry with groundbreaking animatronic technology for a timeless adventure tale of singular, dreamlike wonder. Henson’s insistence that it isn’t “healthy for children to always feel safe” results in a classic story of good, evil and their struggle to coexist, with enough ingenious world-building to satisfy the appetite of ardent fantasy enthusiasts young and old.

Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz. Screenwriter: David Odell. Cast: Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards, Barry Dennen

70mm, color, 93 min.

FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.
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June 23, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States