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The Lost Moment and The Way of Peace

March 27, 2017 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


The Lost Moment (1947)
Directed by Martin Gabel

Unscrupulous publisher Robert Cummings pursues the love letters of a Romantic poet guarded by a zealous centenarian (Agnes Moorehead) in her crumbling Venetian palazzo. Adapted form Henry James, The Lost Moment is Hollywood gothic at its finest.

Director: Martin Gabel. Cast: Robert Cummings, Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead, Joan Lorring, Eduardo Ciannelli.

35mm, b/w, 89 min.

Preceded by:

The Way of Peace (1947)
Directed by Frank Tashlin

Produced for the American Lutheran Church, with original conception and technical supervision by Reverend H.K. Rasbach, the unorthodox animated religious short The Way of Peace graphically illustrates how man’s inhumanity to man could ultimately lead to the irreversible destruction of Earth. Written and directed by Frank Tashlin with photography and puppet design by noted special effects pioneer Wah Ming Chang, the uncompromising work artfully employs miniatures and stop-motion to examine the dire consequences of human conflict, including scenes of the crucifixion, lynching and Nazi fascism. The dark cautionary tale culminates with the depiction of a devastating global atomic holocaust.

35mm, color, 18 min.

Moods of the Sea (1941)
Directed by Slavko Vorkapich and John Hoffman

Subjectivity informs Slavko Vorkapich and John Hoffman’s Moods of the Sea, a lyrical documentary utilizing Felix Mendelssohn’s “Fingal’s Cave” as musical accompaniment. Opening with a view from a cave onto the ocean, the film orchestrates images of a powerful natural environment: giant waves breaking on the shore, cliffs towering above the surf, a gull flying overhead, otters playing in the waves, clouds gathering, the sun setting on the horizon. True to Vorkapich’s interest in montage, the images from the constantly moving camera are cut precisely to the music, and each sequence reaches a rhythmic crescendo with the melody, emphasizing the subjective nature of the camera’s point of view.

35mm, b/w, 10 min.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive with funding provided by The Packard Humanities Institute.

FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.



March 27, 2017
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States