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Wings (1927)

April 11, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “William A. Wellman, Hollywood Rebel.”

Wings (1927)
Directed by William A. Wellman.

This pioneering aviation picture put director William A. Wellman’s career in high gear after directing silents for various studios. It drew heavily on his own World War I experience as an American flyer for the Lafayette Escadrille. The technically demanding shoot was based in San Antonio, Texas, where Wellman and hundreds of army personnel and extras waited for good weather (sun with clouds, to give the correct sense of space). Though the film won the first Best Picture Academy Award, Wellman was not invited to the banquet. Paramount executives were still sour about his perfectionism, a trait which paid off, however, as the film broke box office records.

Screenwriter: Hope Loring, Louis D. Lighton. Cinematographer: Harry Perry. Editor: E. Lloyd Sheldon. With: Clara Bow, Charles “Buddy” Rodgers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston, El Brendel.

Silent, 140 min.

In-Person: William Wellman Jr.

Note: live musical accompaniment will be provided by Cliff Retallick.

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

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April 11, 2015
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States