Arts + Culture

UCLA Festival of Preservation begins Feb. 15

Event is a biennial celebration of the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s efforts to preserve and restore movie history

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“The Mortal Storm”

MGM’s first anti-Nazi film, “The Mortal Storm,” will be shown.

The UCLA Festival of Preservation, the biennial celebration of the UCLA Film & Television Archive’s efforts to preserve and restore movie history, begins Feb. 15 and runs through Feb. 17. A mix of mainstream classic Hollywood, independent features, documentaries and television work will be shown in the Billy Wilder Theater, highlighting the archive’s collections of film and video material.

The festivities will begin Friday, Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. with the comedy “My Lips Betray,” a 1930s film starring Germany’s most popular actress, Lilian Harvey. Following that, restored film noirs like psychological thriller “The Red House,” and independent films like “The Killing Floor” will be shown. To close the festival, the archive will present a selection of newsreels, television programs, animations and silent films.

In previous iterations, the festival has been a month long. This year, orgainzers decided to schedule the festival for three days.

“We believe this will provide more of a festival environment and allow our film-loving audience to see a cornucopia of films over the long weekend,” said Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. 

To read more about the festival, see the full schedule or buy tickets visit the UCLA Film & Television Archive website.

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