Since last year, the UCLA Film & Television Archive has been on the road with highlights from its most recent Festival of Preservation, and tomorrow the North American tour pulls into the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Cinematheque for a monthlong engagement. Among the eclectic selection of newly restored gems—eleven features and five shorts running the gamut from charming silent comedy to rediscovered film noir to eye-opening American independents—is Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 masterpiece Trouble in Paradise, which will screen this Saturday evening at 7, on a bill with the seven-minute musical Dinah, also from 1932. Following a playboy thief and his beloved partner in crime as they find themselves suddenly caught in a love triangle with their latest Continental quarry, Lubitsch’s pre-Code comedy abounds in sly innuendo, clever visual gags, and laws-of-attraction insight—an irreverently effervescent combination that has made the film one of the great director’s most enduring models of wit and sophistication.
Two Stark Visions of the American Underbelly Hit the Big Screen
A new restoration of the groundbreaking vérité documentary Streetwise joins its companion piece, Tiny: the Life of Eric Blackwell, at New York’s Metrograph theater this weekend.