Wednesday, February 27 @ 7:30 p.m.
Often imitated but never duplicated, The Movie That Inspired Me is an occasional series in which today's leading directors, actors, writers and other filmmakers present the films that have most influenced their careers. The Archive's Honorary Chairman and series curator Curtis Hanson hosts.
Screening February 27: Oscar-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins, ASC (No Country for Old Men, The Assassination of Jesse James) presents his selection: Jean-Pierre Melville's masterpiece Army of Shadows (1969)
*IN PERSON: Roger Deakins, ASC and screenwriter-director Curtis Hanson (moderator)
Army of Shadows (L'Arme des Ombres), 1969 – 35mm, 140 min.
DIR/SCR: Jean-Pierre Melville. PROD: Jacques Dorfmann. Based on the novel by Joseph Kessel. CINE: Pierre Lhomme. EDIT: Françoise Bonnot. CAST: Lino Ventura, Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Claude Mann.
Director Jean-Pierre Melville (Le Samourai, Bob le flambeur) spent 25 years bringing Joseph Kessel's saga of the French Resistance to the screen only to see his screen adaptation dismissed by French critics as a "Gaulist" tract on its initial release in 1969. Since then, Army of Shadows has emerged as a modern masterpiece of style and suspense, as well as the crowning achievement of Melville's career.
VENUE: Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. @ Westwood Blvd. (courtyard level of the Hammer Museum)
TICKETS: FREE admission for ASC/ICG members who show their membership cards at the box office! Otherwise, advance tickets are available for $10 at www.cinema.ucla.edu.
Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office starting one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; $8, Cineclub members, students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID; $7, Cineclub members who are students or seniors.
PARKING: After 6 p.m., $3 in the lot under the Billy Wilder Theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire.