Seeing Double: Rare Films In Alternate Versions

Last year I wrote about exploring two separate versions of the landmark 1930 movie All Quiet on the Western Front: the traditional early talkie and a recently-discovered silent version with a music score and synchronized sound effects. Now, UCLA Film and Television Archive is giving film buffs in Los Angeles an unprecedented opportunity to view six pictures from the transitional period from silence to sound in dual versions, back to back. The program began last weekend with All Quiet and Cecil B. DeMille’s Dynamite. Friday night, January 18, brings Clara Bow in True to the Navy, followed on Sunday by Hoot Gibson in Trailin’ Trouble, which is rare in any form. The series...

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