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Anybody's Woman / The Diary of a Chambermaid

Ruth Chatterton sprawled over an armchair.
March 5, 2023 - 7:00 pm

Admission is free. No advance reservations. Free tickets must be obtained on a first come, first served basis at the box office, where seating will be assigned.

UCLA Film Faculty Found in the Archives

Before their time as esteemed faculty at UCLA, Dorothy Arzner and Jean Renoir were both esteemed auteurs. The UCLA AMIA Student Chapter celebrates Arzner’s incisive insight into women’s experiences and Renoir’s lyrical examination of sociopolitical dynamics, while also reflecting on what it just might have been like to attend each director’s “Advanced Motion Picture Direction” class during the early 1960s.—Christopher Castro

Preservation funding provided by the Myra Reinhard Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Jodie Foster, in cooperation with Universal Studios

Anybody’s Woman

U.S., 1930

Ruth Chatterton plays Pansy Gray, a chorus girl who is out of work after being arrested for "revealing too much at a burlesque show." After meeting well-to-do lawyer Neil Dunlap (Clive Brook) and a night of drunken debauchery, the two wake up sober—and married. Soon Pansy must adjust to her new life where even the servants look down on her. As one of Arzner’s pre-Code films, Anybody’s Woman exemplifies the director’s signature focus on characters who exist in the periphery of life, all while presenting a screwball comedy focused on gendered class dynamics.

35mm, b&w, 80 min. Director: Dorothy Arzner. Screenwriter: Zoë Akins, Doris Anderson. With: Ruth Chatterton, Clive Brook, Paul Lukas.

Restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Preservation funded by The Film Foundation and The Hollywood Foreign Press Association

The Diary of a Chambermaid

U.S., 1946

Paulette Goddard plays the ambitious servant whose arrival into an eccentric household of decadent French aristocrats eventually wreaks havoc. Breaking away from the leisurely documentary style found in Jean Renoir's previous U.S. film, The Southerner (1945), The Diary of a Chambermaid has a theatrically stylized continental flair. The film's subversive bitterness and subtle melodramatic nature illustrate the director's brilliant interweaving of the working and elite classes.

35mm, b&w, 87 min. Director: Jean Renoir. Screenwriter: Burgess Meredith. With: Paulette Goddard, Burgess Meredith, Hurd Hatfield.

Restored by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.