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UPCOMING EVENTS

 
ON THE SMALL SCREEN
 
April 17th, 2016 on Turner Classic Movies:

Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

SUNDAY, APRIL 17 @ 08:00 PM (ET) MOB

Classic adventure about the sadistic Captain Bligh, who drove his men to revolt during a South Seas expedition.

More Info: Mutiny on th Bounty

Mutiny on the Bounty
 
 
May 3rd, 2016 on Turner Classic Movies:

The Lash (1930)

TUESDAY, MAY 3 @ 10:45 AM (ET) The Lash

A Spanish nobleman in Southern California turns to robbery to help the peasants.

More Info: The Lash

The Lash
 
 
PAST EVENTS
Cavalcade was released on bluray for the 80th Anniversary of the film
on August 6th, 2013 by 20th Century Fox!

UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner
Classic American Film Program present:
Children of Divorce (1927)
January 11, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Children of Divorce

Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 206-8013
Buy Tickets
also showing It (1927)

Musical accompaniment will be provided by Cliff Retallick.

Children of Divorce (1927)

Directed by Frank Lloyd

In a rare dramatic star turn, Bow displays remarkable versatility as a spoiled socialite who schemes to ensnare her best friend’s suitor. Gary Cooper (a Bow beau at the time) makes his leading man debut and an uncredited Josef von Sternberg shot retake scenes.

Famous Players-Lasky Corp. Screenwriter: Hope Loring, Louis D. Lighton. Cinematographer: Victor Milner. Editor: E Lloyd Sheldon. Cast: Clara Bow, Esther Ralston, Gary Cooper, Einar Hanson, Norman Trevor. 

35mm, b/w, silent, 72 min.

Oliver Twist (1922)
at Niles Essenay Silent Film Museum and Theater, Niles, California
Saturday Night at the Movies” with Judy Rosenberg at the piano
Saturday, June 23 at 7:30 pm

In Oliver Twist (1922, First National), Lon Chaney and Jackie Coogan
(once called the “greatest boy actor in the world”) team up in this
Frank Lloyd-directed tale based on the Charles Dickens novel of survival in London’s underworld. The film was considered lost until a print surfaced in Europe in the 1970s. The print lacked intertitles, which were subsequently
restored with the help of Coogan and Producer Sol Lesser. The feature will be preceded by two short films, For His Son (1912, Biograph) with Charles West
and Blanche Sweet, and Lulu’s Doctor (1912, Vitagraph) with Clara Kimball Young, Maurice Costello and Dolores Costello (the the great-grandfather and grandmother, respectively, of contemporary actress Drew Barrymore).
Dolores Costello plays Lulu.

For more info: The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum is located at
37417 Niles Blvd. in Fremont, California.
For further information, call (510) 494-1411
or visit the Museum’s website at www.nilesfilmmuseum.org/

Oliver Twist
Capitol Fest
Capitolfest 10 was held on August 10, 11, & 12 2012.
The Capitol Theatre Center for the Performing Arts
220 W. Dominick St., Rome, NY, 13440
(315) 337-6453

A Passport to Hell (Fox, 1932)
Directed by Frank Lloyd
with Elissa Landi, Paul Lukas, Warner Oland, Alexander Kirkland,
Donald Crisp, Earle Foxe, Yola d’Avril.
76 minutes.

Racy pre-code melodrama starring Elissa Landi is an English woman who, after becoming innocently involved in a scandal, leaves London. She finds, however, that she is unable to shake her reputation as a “loose woman” and is deported from one port in Africa only to find herself a virtual prisoner on ship after she arrives in war-torn German West Africa.  The plot involves her in marriage to one man (Alexander Kirkland), an affair with another (Paul Lukas), and various sordid happenings. Warner Oland is the chief of the military police, father of the heroine’s husband.

Condemning the film because of its frank dialogue and risqué situations, Harrison’s Reports warned that A Passport to Hell is “not suitable for children,
or for Sunday showings.”

Passport to Hell
The Eagle of the Sea
The Eagle of the Sea
(1926)

March 10, 2012, 7:30pm
Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum's Edison Theater
37417 Niles Blvd, Fremont, CA.

Bruce Loeb at the piano
Antonia Guerrero, a granddaughter of Frank Lloyd, introducing
Cavalcade

CAVALCADE
(1933)

Monday March 12,2012, 7pm
Academy Theater at Lighthouse International
111 East 59th St. (between Park and Lexington Avenues), New York City
$5 general admission at the door

In conjunction with the touring exhibition
"Star Quality: The World of Noel Coward"
at the New York Public Library for
the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival

Brand new restored print of "Berkeley Square"
played at San Pedro HPLFF

September 16, 2011 • Warner Grand, San Pedro, CA

The 2011 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival® in San Pedro was the first to screen a newly restored 35mm print of "Berkeley Square" from 1933.
Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

Lovecraft liked the movie, and it inspired him to write "The Shadow Out of Time". Christopher Gray grandson of director Frank Lloyd was there to introduce
(see video) and share their memorabilia of the picture, which was Lloyd's favorite.
He also directed "Mutiny on the Bounty" with Clark Gable (Best Picture).

This movie was considered by many to be lost, except for a poor-quality bootleg that has been making the rounds of the internet. This will be the first time this print has been screened, and probably the first time the movie has
shown anywhere in decades.

The HPLFF is proud to show a 1933 movie in a 1931 theater that was so inspiring to Lovecraft. Perhaps it will be inspiring to you?

Info and a scene (low quality) from the Frank Lloyd Films website:
Berkeley Square

Berkely Square
"Our grandfather mentioned that this was his favorite film because of the captivating story and working with Leslie Howard. Lloyd was fresh off the grand success of "Cavalcade" (1933) for which he won an Academy Award for Best Director." - Tonia Guerrero (Grand Daughter of Frank Lloyd)
Read "The Shadow Out of Time" by H.P. Lovecraft that inspired "Berkeley Square"
More info on "Berkeley Square" at imdb.com
The Catalina Island Museum
The Sea Hawk
Avalon Theatre
Seahawk
May 14th, 2011  24th Annual Silent Film Benefit
Don’t miss this rare chance to enjoy the 1927 silent film “The Sea Hawk” starring Milton Sills, Enid Bennett and Wallace Beery with live organ accompaniment by Robert D. Salisbury in the Art Deco splendor of one of California’s last remaining movie palaces. This film is one of many classics filmed on and around Catalina Island in the 1920’s.  Catalina Island Museum (310) 510-2414 or www.catalinamuseum.org

Silent Film Benefit Tickets on Sale Now!


The Catalina Island Museum announces The Sea Hawk as its feature presentation for the museum`s 24th Annual Silent Film Benefit on Saturday, May 14th at 1:00 pm in the historic Avalon Theatre.  A stirring tale of romance and adventure, this 1924 film tells the story of Oliver Tressilian, a British nobleman falsely accused of murder, who struggles valiantly to restore his name and honor. The film stars Lloyd Hughes in the lead role, but The Sea Hawk is best known for its rousing sea battles, which were staged with such ferocious realism that movie-goers were left awed and hungry for more. To achieve such authenticity, full-scale wooden replicas of 16th-century warships were constructed and filmed doing battle off the coast of Catalina Island. Over a thousand extras participated in the filming, and the effect was so spectacular that Warner Brothers spliced scenes form the silent film into its 1940 remake of the same title, starring Errol Flynn. Motion Picture magazine called The Sea Hawk the year`s "Best Picture," and a New York Times critic described the film as "far and away the best sea story that`s yet been done..."

No finer version of The Sea Hawk exists. The UCLA Film & Television Archive has meticulously restored the 35mm print of the film that will be exhibited during the Catalina Island Museum`s Annual Silent Film Benefit. This annual Benefit is the museum`s most important fundraising event and all proceeds are applied to the operations of the Museum. Established in 1953, the Catalina Island Museum is the only museum on Catalina Island and the sole institution in Avalon devoted to art, history and culture.

Tickets are only $15 for General Admission and $13 for members of the museum and children under 12 years of age. Group discounts are available, call for more information. Purchasing tickets is easy. For tickets by phone, call 310-510-2414 or go to the events page of the museum`s web site www.CatalinaMuseum.org. Tickets are also available at the museum or mail your payment to Catalina Island Museum, PO Box 366, Avalon, CA 90704 (Attn: Silent Film).

The Catalina Island Museum is located on the ground floor of the Avalon Casino, and is open 7 days a week, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Servants' Entrance
 Servants' Entrance
(Fox 1934)

Capitolfest
The Capitol Theatre Center for the Performing Arts
220 W. Dominick St., Rome, NY, 13440
August 12, 13, 14, 2011


88 minutes/Sound
Featuring Janet Gaynor, Lew Ayres, Ned Sparks, Walter Connolly, Louise Dresser, G.P. Huntley, Astrid Allwyn, Sigfried Ruman, John Qualen, Catherine Doucet, Greta Meyer, Dorothy Christy, Josephine Whittell, Jerry Stewart, Ruth Marion, Harold Minjir, Anne Gibbons, Buster Phelps.
Directed by Frank Lloyd
Special Animated Sequence by Walt Disney

Synopsis:
Hedda Nilsson (Janet Gaynor), daughter of a Swedish financier
(Walter Connolly), is to be married to Karl Berghoff (G. P. Huntley Jr.) until she finds out that her father has lost all of his money.  The two young people decide to save up by working for three months, Hedda as a maid and Karl as a butler. As a maid, Hedda meets Eric Landstrom (Lew Ayres), a chauffeur.  
The two unexpectedly fall in love, but Janet must stay true to Karl.  
What will she do?

NY TIMES, September 27, 1934: "An agreeable romantic comedy which should—and unquestionably will—find high favor with those who visit the cinema primarily in search of entertainment." —Frank S. Nugent

MODERN SCREEN, October, 1934: "The Gaynor picture you've waited for...The cast, star and director seemed in the spirit of this light and charming comedy and conspired to give us a picture that will please the whole family."  —Walter Ramsey.
Christopher Gray and Antonia Guerrero
at the Turner Classic Film Festival

Christopher Gray at Turner Film FestivalHoop-la screened Saturday to an enthusiastic sold out crowd.  Before the show Katie Trainor told how MOMA restored the film from the original nitrate negative donated by Fox. The MOMA Hoopla negative is the only one  in existence and the print is gorgeous.  David Stenn, author of the definitive biography on Clara Bow described the intricate story of how Clara Bow’s last film came to be. What gratified me was how well the film played. The MOMA copy runs 125 minutes compared to 119 minutes for the poor quality dvd available on the internet.  Those additional 6 minutes make for a much smoother, more character rich film, a real delight to experience.  We’ll keep you posted on future screening of this very entertaining film.



David Stenn also told me that a beautiful print of the 1927 Children of Divorce with Clara Bow and directed by Frank Lloyd exists. A group including Flicker Alley is working to release this strong silent on BluRay.

David Stenn and Christopher Gray
David Stenn (Clara Bow Biographer)
and Christopher Gray
Katie Trainor and Christopher Gray
Katie Trainor (Films Collections Manager MOMA)
and Christopher Gray

Hoopla

TCM Classic Film Festival, Hollywood

Hoop-La (1933)

Hollywood lost "it" when Clara Bow retired from the screen after making this 1933 romance. Her performance as a carnival dancer who sets out to seduce the boss' son on a bet displays an impressive range and shows that, after a few false starts, she had finally mastered talking films. It wasn't that she had lost her touch, but at just 28, she had lost her will to fight. Bow's first talking films had done so poorly that she ended her contract with home studio Paramount. She was off the screen for a year dealing with personal crises, but bounced back with a contract at Fox for a then-impressive $125,000 per film. And the studio pulled out all the stops, giving her one of their top directors at the time, Frank Lloyd (1933's Cavalcade), and buying the rights to the hit play The Barker from Warner Bros., which had filmed it in 1928. For Bow, however, it was just another attempt to exploit her "It girl" image with weak material. Although fully committed to the film's emotional scenes--more than justifying her reputation as one of the screen's best actresses--she resented a script she thought was designed just to get her clothes off. "A sex symbol is a heavy load to carry when one is tired, hurt and bewildered," she would later say. Fans can enjoy her last performance in the world premiere of a new restoration by the Museum of Modern Art

For more information:
TCM Classic Film Festival

 

 

Hoop-la is Clara Bow’s LAST FILM

Bow was knocked out during the brawl sequence. Harry Wood, an extra, admitted that he accidentally hit her after suspicion fell on Harvey Perry, who, the rushes showed, had the previous day been kicked in the face by Bow, which caused his nose to spurt blood.



Clara Bow
Children of Divorce Children of Divorce
(Frank Lloyd & Josef Von Sternberg, 1927) – 35mm – 70 min
WHEN: Wednesday April 13th, 7:30 PM
WHERE: The Portage Theater, 4050 N Milwaukee
ADMISSION: $5.
MUTINY DVD BOX

Two screenings of the New 75th Anniversary
Celebration Blu-ray
"Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935)
Thursday, November 18th, 2010
5pm and 7:30pm 

MARITIME MUSEUM SANTA BARBARA

A benefit for the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.
Santa Barbara Maritime Museum and Theater is located at: 
113 Harbor Way Suite 190 Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 962-8404

cAVALCADE

Cavalcade
1933. USA. Frank Lloyd. 110 min.
OCTOBER 18TH, 2010

The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street  New York, NY 10019
(212) 708-9400  |

1933. USA. Directed by Frank Lloyd. Screenplay by Reginald Berkeley, based on the play by Noël Coward. With Diana Wynyard, Clive Brook, Una O’Connor, Billy Bevan. “Let’s drink to the hope that one day this country of ours, which we love so much, will find dignity and greatness and peace again.” Thus goes the rousing final speech of Cavalcade, a panoramic play that follows the lives of the upper class Marryots and their servants, the Bridges, in the years between 1899 and 1929, from the decline of the British Empire to the last days of the Jazz Age. Audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, living in bleak Depression days, were moved to tears by the play’s patriotic, restorative tone, which became Coward’s first major movie success, winning three Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director, and Art Direction, and taking in $3.5 million at the box office. The “Britain-Can-Take-It” spirit of Cavalcade would resurface in Coward’s wartime films This Happy Breed and In Which We Serve. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive, Cavalcade will be introduced on October 18 by Barry Day, a Trustee of the Noël Coward Foundation and the author of the international best seller The Letters of Noël Coward and Alfred Knopf’s newly published The Noël Coward Reader. 110 min.

 

SEAHAWK POSTER

 

 

SEAHAWK 3
Saturday, July 10
, 2010

"The Sea Hawk" (Associated First National, 1924)
This silent film features the adventures of Oliver Tressilian,
who goes from English gentry to galley slave to captain of a
Moorish fighting ship, all the while
trying to regain his lady love.

Directed by Frank Lloyd, the film stars Milton Sills,
Enid Bennett, Lloyd Hughes and Wallace Beery.

Live musical accompaniment will be performed by Andrew Simpson.

At the Library of Congress, Packard Campus Theater

 

 

IIWK

Stanford theater

 

Recently shown at the Stanford Theater, If I Were King (1938) Preston Sturges wrote the screenplay for this
non-musical version of The Vagabond King, with Colman as the poet François Villon. Basil Rathbone is outstanding as the reptilian King Louis XI. With Ronald Colman, Basil Rathbone, Frances Dee, Ellen Drew, C.V. France, Heather Thatcher, Henry Wilcoxon, Sidney Toler.Directed by Frank Lloyd. Screenplay by Preston Sturges.
Photographed by Theodor Sparkuhl. Music by Richard Hageman. Paramount. 101 minutes.

Lobby Card

 

 

 

Marie Dressler Film Fest

The Marie Dressler Vintage Film Festival screened "Cavalcade" on October 25th
in Port Hope, Ontario, CANADA

 

UNDER TWO FLAGS at the Hammer Museum

Close to a full house recently enjoyed the crisp and stunning director's cut print of Under Two Flags (1936),
part of "From Casablanca to Sahara: Hollywood's North Africa" series at the Hammer Theater. 
Many thanks to UCLA's film archives, to the enthusiastic audience and to UCLA Professors 
Jonathan Friedlander and Lia Brozgal who set the ambiance with masterful introductions.

 

Bliiy Wilder Theater

Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum


Released exactly 73 years ago, this entertaining adventure drama, made with a budgetof $1.5 million, offers cinematic escapism through Frank Lloyd's deft direction: heroesand villains, the Casbah of the "real Africa", horse chases and camel trains, secrets, light moments, social commentary, romance, desert warfare and love gained and lost. Both Ronald Colman and Claudette Colbert are meant to be see on the Big Screen; the personalities of their characters seep out to the sympathetic audience, pulling us into their (pretend) world, urging us to root for them.

The Director's Cut,  from UCLA's Archives and Department of Film Preservation,
added 11 minutes to the currently available commercial print (109 min vs. 98 min).  
Both Frank Lloyd and John Ford were upset with and Twentieth Century Fox and
studio boss Darryl Zanuck, because of the obvious manner in which minutes were
edited out/cut from their films. The cinema houses wanted short films, to be able
to play them more often and Zanuck complied. Both Ford and Lloyd left the Twentieth 
in protest, vowing never to return. Lloyd kept his promise, moved to Paramount and
in quick succession made three highly profitable films, Maid of Salem (1937)
(with Colbert), Wells Fargo (1937) and If I Were King (1938) (with Colman).

These missing 11 minutes were found by UCLA Archives and patiently edited back
into the film. In the opening scene at the French Foreign Legion's Camp in Abajel,
Algeria, more time is spent, adding "color" interest to create the experience of being
in the actual North Africa. More scenes were added to the light moment when Colman's character Sgt. Victor and his men indulge in "one last meal" of officers' wine and pate.
We see more of the Casbah and Sgt Victor, who understands the local language,
eavesdropping to learn of an impending attack; more time was added to the sandy
desert scene when Sgt Victor carries Cigarette back to camp; more time is added to
the moonlight romance scene at the oasis with Lady Venetia and Sgt Victor, with the
implication that they spent the entire night there; more time is added to the scene
when the soldiers are out looking for Lady Venetia as she dashes into an alcove to
hide. Major Doyle, played convincingly by Victor McLaglen, gives Cigarette,
Claudette Colbert's bar owner character, a gold bracelet as a testament of his
affection. And minutes were edited into the raging battle scene when Cigarette
anxiously looks for Sgt Victor. The extra minutes create both a richer scenic ambiance
and fuller character development. Under Two Flags director's cut is delightfully superior to the abridged version usually shown on television.  .   We hope the restored version will become available to a wider audience.
Send us  your comments. Were you entertained? Intrigued? Felt the sand in
your uniform? Disappointed by the 1936 film depiction of Arabs of Northern Africa?
Blown away by the brilliant black and white scenes and crisp sound? Hope to see a
remake? Left wanting to see more of Colman, Colbert, Russell and McLaglen?    
Let us know!