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UCLA Film & Television Archive, Cecilia de Mille Presley and The Cecil B. DeMille Foundation present

The Greatest Showman: Cecil B. DeMille

January 9, 2015 -
February 28, 2015

On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary, UCLA Film & Television Archive is proud to celebrate the legacy of storied producer and director Cecil B. DeMille (1881-1959).  At the heart of this retrospective are restorations of 10 DeMille features performed by the Archive throughout its own history.  A founding figure of American cinema, Cecil B. DeMille was one of filmdom's most influential and durable titans throughout a remarkable career spanning four decades, and with an influence still felt within the American filmmaking tradition.  Famed as a director of spectacular entertainments, often dramatizing historic subjects, DeMille was also a frequent commentator on modern experiences and mores.  Just as his attention to the battle of the sexes, and the drama of the boudoir, spanned centuries' worth of subject matter, so did his contemporary stories resound with themes of eternal human dynamics such as nobility, corruptibility and redemption, as well as American triumphalism (when America was his subject).  Trained in the legitimate theater at the dawn of the 20th century, DeMille was somewhat less oriented to the Victorian-era assumptions of his contemporary, D.W. Griffith, instead embracing and celebrating the lustiness, ambition and dynamism that fuel both human history and high drama, and accepting as a given the element of human folly that gives a spin to the most compelling stories.  His vast cinematic legacy, impressive in itself, has also been enormously influential in setting the tone and prescribing the scale of American film entertainment to this day.  The Archive is proud of its association with the DeMille legacy, and greatly pleased at this opportunity to celebrate Cecil B. DeMille's decisive contribution to cinematic storytelling as part of it’s own year-long 50th anniversary celebration.

This series coincides with the publication of the new book, Cecil B. DeMille: The Art of the Hollywood Epic, by Cecilia de Mille Presley and Mark A. Vieira.  Mr. Vieira will be on hand on January 9 to sign copies of this book.

Special thanks to: Andrea Kalas, Laura Thornburg—Paramount Pictures.

Past Programs & Events

Title Date and Time Location

The Greatest Show on Earth

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

The Crusades  /  The Godless Girl

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Union Pacific

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

The Plainsman

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Four Frightened People  /  This Day and Age

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

The Cheat  /  The Golden Chance

Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

The Ten Commandments

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Madam Satan  /  Dynamite

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
The King of Kings (1927)

The King of Kings

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

The Buccaneer  /  Reap the Wild Wind

Sunday, January 18, 2015 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater

The Affairs of Anatol  /  The Little American

Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater

Cleopatra  /  The Sign of the Cross

Friday, January 9, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater