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‘Up the Down Staircase’

July 30, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Writers Guild Foundation present Golden Age Television Writers on the Big Screen

Up the Down Staircase (1967)
Directed by Robert Mulligan

Adapted by Tad Mosel (All the Way Home) from the bestselling autobiographical novel by Bel Kaufman, this poignant social drama follows the education of a young English teacher (Sandy Dennis) assigned to a tough New York City high school. Dennis, perfectly cast here in the lead role soon after her Academy Award-winning supporting performance in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), brings an endearing vulnerability to the realistic setting of a Kafkaesque bureaucracy that is failing its troubled students. At once a timely indictment of America’s crumbling public education infrastructure of the late 1960s as well as a moving tale of female empowerment.

Production: Park Place Productions. Distribution: Warner Bros. Director: Robert Mulligan. Producer: Alan J. Pakula. Screenwriter: Tad Mosel. Based on a novel by Bel Kaufman. Cinematographer: Joseph Coffey. Editor: Folmar Blangsted. Music: Fred Karlin. Cast: Sandy Dennis, Patrick Bedford, Eileen Heckart, Jean Stapleton, Ruth White

35mm, color, 124 min.

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


July 30, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States