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White Zombie (1932) & Ouanga (1935)

March 21, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive presents “UCLA Festival of Preservation.”

White Zombie (1932)
Directed by Victor Halperin.

Poverty Row’s most famous horror movie is a fairy tale in mufti, an incredibly two-brained film whose reach exceeds its grasp but delivers a delirious blend of high camp and high poetics. At the center of it all is Bela Lugosi’s Mephistophelean performance making White Zombie an unequivocal pop culture signpost of influence.

Production: Halperin Productions. Distribution: United Artists. Producer: Edward Halperin. Screenwriter: Garnett Weston. Cinematographer: Arthur Martinelli. Art Direction: Ralph Berger. Editor: Howard McLernon. Music: Abe Meyer. Cast: Bela Lugosi, Madge Bellamy, Joseph Cawthorn, Robert Frazer, John Harron.

35mm, b/w, 68 min.

Followed by
Ouanga (1935)
Directed by George Terwilliger.

Ouanga is the anti-White Zombie, a harsh tale of lust and miscegenation filmed in genuine Caribbean location. Black plantation owner and voodoo priestess Clelie Gordon (Washington) feverishly pursues the forbidden love of her white neighbor and calls out her Black zombies to cinch it. The backstory of Ouanga is even more scandalous, as the company endured death and disaster on location.

Production: George Terwilliger Productions. Distribution: A Paramount Release. Producer: George Terwilliger. Screenwriter: George Terwilliger. Cinematographer: Carl Berger. Cast: Fredi Washington, Philip Brandon, Marie Paxton, Sheldon Leonard, Winifred Harris.

35mm, b/w, 56 min.

In-Person: Scott MacQueen, head of preservation, UCLA Film & Television Archive.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.! UCLA Festival of Preservation Passes available for $50.

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March 21, 2015
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States