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The Fugitive and Vera Cruz

August 23, 2019 @ 7:30 PM - 11:00 PM


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

The Fugitive (1947)
Directed by John Ford

Besides the U.K., Hollywood shot more films in Mexico than any other country abroad in the postwar era. The ties between these two film industries are on full display in this adaptation of a Graham Greene novel about a revolutionary priest who escapes a Central American dictatorship. John Ford directed the film throughout Mexico and at RKO’s Churubusco Studios, while master cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa, who had studied in Hollywood with director of photography Gregg Toland, brought his distinctive pictorialism. It’s a remarkable hybrid of Hollywood and Mexican talent and aesthetics.

Director: John Ford. Screenwriter: Dudley Nichols. Cast: Henry Fonda, Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz

35mm, b/w, 104 min.

Followed by:

Vera Cruz (1954)
Directed by Robert Aldrich

In the postwar era, the Western genre flourished with a number of films that used Mexico as a political and geographic landscape. Two American gunslingers (Cooper and Lancaster) venture south of the border to pick up mercenary work in the Franco-Mexican War only to be drawn into an ideological conflict between the revolutionary Juaristas and the imperialist French. Shot entirely in Mexico in SuperScope, the film showcases director Robert Aldrich’s flair for stylish action, morally ambiguous characters, and punchy storytelling, which laid the groundwork for filmmakers like Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah.

Director Robert Aldrich. Screenwriters: Roland Kibbee, James R. Webb, Borden Chase. Cast: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel

35mm, color, 94 min.

FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.
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August 23, 2019
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM


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