Curtain-up on Curtiz retrospective @ UCLA Film & Television Archive


Academy Award-winning director Michael Curtiz (1886-1962) whose best-known films include Casablanca (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) and Mildred Pierce (1945) directed over 180 films — 94 of them during more than a quarter-century at Warner Bros.

He helmed tearjerkers, swashbuckling adventures, westerns, musicals, war epics, historical dramas, horror films, melodramas and film noir. Curtiz’s protean body of work, wrought from a tumultuous and often-obscured personal life, is detailed in Alan K. Rode’s new biography Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film. A retrospective of some of the director’s most renowned and seldom-shown titles, including a pair of ultra-rare silent movies and a trio of films from his production company based at Warner Bros. Author Rode is scheduled to introduce the screenings and sign books.

Casablanca / Kid Galahad 5-Jan
Female / The Strange Love of Molly Louvain 6-Jan
The Last Dawn / A Million Bid 12-Jan
Doctor X / Mystery of the Wax Museum / The Kennel Murder Case 13-Jan
20,000 Years in Sing Sing / The Mad Genius 3-Feb
Mildred Pierce  /  Flamingo Road 9-Feb
The Unsuspected / Romance on the High Seas 17-Feb
The Proud Rebel / Four Daughters 3-Mar
The Adventures of Robin Hood / The Case of the Curious Bride 9-Mar
Yankee Doodle Dandy / The Sea Wolf 17-Mar

Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film | UCLA Film & Television Archive | thru March 17

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