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Silent film fans, the time has come to rejoice! Now on the first Saturday of every month, get ready to receive The Silent Treatment: our ongoing series of artfully chosen feature films from all corners of the pre-sound era — choice picks that are rarely screened theatrically, or are not available on DVD! Curated by film archivists/TST Newsletter publishers Brandee Cox and Steven Hill, The Silent Treatment showcases a wide variety of early cinema in the best available formats for film lovers with an enthusiastic and adventurous spirit. For breaking news on what films/special guests will be on tap for future shows, check out TST’s Facebook fan page! In addition, get the lowdown on all your favorite silent stars and filmmakers with TST’s bi-monthly digest, available for free download at the Silent Treatment website!


8/2 - 4PM
$12/free for members

Perhaps Hollywood’s greatest-ever eccentric, Howard Hughes brought a strange, showman-like air to every creative project he touched — and no film, not even his productions of Scarface, The Outlaw and The Front Page, matched the ambition of this 1930 masterpiece. Originally filmed as a silent, Hell’s Angels was converted by producer/semi-director Hughes (several others contributed to the directing, including a fresh-faced James Whale) into one of moviedom’s first talkies, complete with a thick layer of juicy Pre-Code slang. Stanley Kubrick once declared that this was one of the films that most influenced his own style, and, once you catch one look at its meticulously designed, WWI-era aerial dogfight recreations, it’s easy to see why. Hubba-hubba co-star Jean Harlow alone is reason enough for a Hell’s Angels viewing, but Hughes is pretty much the real star on display, as the film’s displays of deadly daring-do remain to this day some of the most stirring and dramatic ever filmed. Come revel in this sparkling 35mm restoration from the UCLA Film & Television archive, complete with hand-tinting and the legendary Technicolor sequence!
Dir. Howard Hughes, 1930, 35mm, 131 min. (Print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive)

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