The first classic film screening I plan to see this year is a special one: ROAD HOUSE (1948) at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater...in a nitrate print!
The screening is part of UCLA's ongoing "Archive Treasures" series.
I reviewed ROAD HOUSE in 2012. It stars Richard Widmark, Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, and Celeste Holm, directed by Jean Negulesco.
I understand that last summer's nitrate double bill of LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1945) and NIGHTMARE ALLEY (1947) at UCLA, which I was unable to attend, was a hot ticket and I anticipate a nice crowd on hand Sunday.
I'm especially thrilled as I saw CASABLANCA (1942) in nitrate at the Egyptian in November. It was the first time I'd seen a nitrate print since I was a teen in the late '70s or early '80s, and it was a phenomenal viewing experience. ROAD HOUSE is a terrific film, and I anticipate Sunday should be another wonderful time at the movies!