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UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present

Dorothy Arzner: A Retrospective

Sarah and Son  (1930)
July 31, 2015 -
September 18, 2015

Read about this film series in the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.

The Archive is pleased to commemorate the indispensable career of director Dorothy Arzner (1897-1979) as part of a year-long commemoration of our own 50th Anniversary.  This retrospective features six Archive restorations of Arzner's work, which have helped to spur scholarship into and retrospectives of the director's remarkable achievements.  The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is also proud to claim Arzner as a former professor.  A remarkable and nearly unique figure in American film history, Arzner forged a career characterized by an individual worldview, and a strong, recognizable voice.  She was also, not incidentally, the sole female director in the studio era to sustain a directing career, working in that capacity for nearly two decades and helming 20 features—conspicuously, still a record in Hollywood.  Distinguished as a storyteller with penetrating insight into women's perspectives and experiences, Arzner herself emphatically made the point that only a woman could offer such authority and authenticity.  At a time when the marginalization of women directors in the American film establishment is still actively debated, we celebrate Dorothy Arzner, and the Archive's long association with her legacy. 

Special thanks to: Peggy Alexander, Curator—Performing Arts Special Collections, UCLA Library; Gayle Nachlis, Kirsten Schaffer—Women in Film, Los Angeles.

Past Programs & Events

Title Date and Time Location
Dance, Girl, Dance  (1940)

Dance, Girl, Dance  /  The Bride Wore Red

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Merrily We Go To Hell  (1932)

Honor Among Lovers  /  Merrily We Go To Hell

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
The Red Kimona  (1925)

The Red Kimona  /  Old Ironsides

Sunday, August 30, 2015 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Nana  (1934)


Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Christopher Strong  (1933)

Craig's Wife  /  Christopher Strong

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
First Comes Courage  (1943)

First Comes Courage

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 7:00 pm Billy Wilder Theater
Working Girls  (1931)

Working Girls  /  Sarah and Son

Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater
The Wild Party  (1929)

The Wild Party  /  Anybody's Woman

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 7:30 pm Billy Wilder Theater