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These Are the Damned (1963) & Escapade (1955)

August 9, 2014 @ 3:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Hollywood Exiles in Europe.”

These are the Damned (The Damned) (UK, 1963)
Directed by Joseph Losey.

Originally put off by the science fiction elements of this work-for-hire project, director Joseph Losey emphasized more personal themes of violence, modernity and social control in telling the story of a cadre of radioactive children held prisoner at a secret military base. The result was a hit with British critics, until then cool to the American in their midst, setting the stage for Losey’s undisputed triumph with The Servant (1963).

Hammer Film Productions, Ltd., Swallow Productions. Producer: Anthony Hinds. Based on a novel by Henry Lionel Lawrence. Screenwriter: Ben Barzman, Evan Jones. Cinematographer: Arthur Grant. Editor: James Needs. Cast: MacDonald Carey, Shirley Ann Field, Viveca Lindfors, Alexandra Knox, Oliver Reed.

35m, b/w, 87 min.


Followed by:
Escapade (UK, 1955)
Directed by Philip Leacock.

A resourceful group of British schoolboys, lead by the precocious son of a well-known pacifist, hatch a plan to bring about world peace. Officially credited under the pseudonym Gilbert Holland, screenwriter Donald Ogden Stewart mobilizes this earnest plot to craft a surprisingly sharp critique of empty political posturing, while director Philip Leacock infuses the proceedings with urgency and tension.

Pinnacle Productions. Producer: Daniel M. Angel. Based on the play by Roger MacDougall. Screenwriter: Donald Ogden Stewart. Cinematographer: Eric Cross. Editor: John Trumper. Cast: John Mills, Yvonne Mitchell, Alastair Sim, Jeremy Spenser, Andrew Ray.

35mm, b/w, 87 min.

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


August 9, 2014
3:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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