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UCLA Festival of Preservation Kicks Off Tomorrow at Walter Reade in NYC

Sandy Dennis, Cher and Karen Black in Altman's "Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean." [Image courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive.]

The UCLA Film and Television Archive hold a biennial Festival of Preservation in Los Angeles, showcasing the highlights of their restoration work. This festival is making its New york debut this weekend at the Walter Reade Theater at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

The festival opens with a new 35mm print of Robert Altman's little-seen masterpiece "Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" on Friday, July 15th and closes on Monday, July 18th with three films from Outfest's Legacy Project, which highlights the diversity of LGBT representation in cinema, including "Mona's Candle Light," an anonymous amateur film from the 1950's documenting the performers in a San Francisco lesbian bar.

Other highlights include a sampling of Vitaphone films from the earliest days of sound cinema; a restored tape master of a 1961 Play of the Week version of "Waiting For Godot;" "Samuel Beckett's Film," a rare avant-garde short starring Buster Keaton; "Sleep, My Love," an early Douglas Sirk melodrama produced by Mary Pickford and starring Claudette Colbert; and Cecil B. DeMille's controversial 1935 religious epic, "The Crusades."

For more information, including the full list of programmed films, click here.

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