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Archival Revival - 25 Years of the Academy Film Archive

Archival Revival - Inside the Academy Film Archive

The Academy celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Academy Film Archive with the screening series “Archival Revival – 25 years of the Academy Film Archive,” curated from the extensive, diverse collection of motion pictures that the archive has restored and preserved. The series, which runs from July 18 through September 12, will showcase a broad range of titles – musicals, documentaries, silent films, Pre-Code comedies, experimental films and horror classics.

In 1991 the Academy’s Board of Governors made a commitment to create a world-class archive for the preservation, restoration, documentation and study of motion pictures. The Academy Film Archive currently holds more than 190,000 elements, including trailers, feature films, and the film collections of such artists as Alfred Hitchcock, Penelope Spheeris, James Wong Howe, Albert Maysles and Su Friedrich. It also holds the collections of such institutions and programs as the Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and the Student Academy Awards®.

Take an inside look at the Academy Film Archive here and view its restoration work here.

The series schedule is as follows:

WEST SIDE STORY (1961) – JULY 18 – 7:30 p.m.
at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater
with actors George Chakiris, Russ Tamblyn and Maria Jimenez Henley, and producer Walter Mirisch

Presented in 70mm. Film print struck from the original negative.

THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM (1961) – JULY 26 – 7:30 p.m.
at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater
with producer-director Roger Corman and producer Julie Corman

Debuting a new 35mm print made by the Academy Film Archive with support from Roger Corman, Julie Corman and Jon Davison.


at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater
with actor Edward James Olmos and director Robert M. Young, hosted by documentarian Lourdes Portillo

This restoration world premiere is presented as part of the Academy’s participation in Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 60 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (1952) – AUGUST 8 – 7:30 p.m.
at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater
with Derek Hough, choreographer, two time Emmy winner and six-time “Dancing with the Stars” champion

Screening an original 35mm Technicolor print.

THE PERFECT WOMAN (1920) and GOOD NIGHT, PAUL (1918) – AUGUST 11 – 7:30 p.m.
at the Linwood Dunn Theater
with musical accompaniment by Joe Rinaudo

The Academy’s newly restored 1915 Fotoplayer is unveiled for its inaugural public performance.

THE FRONT PAGE (1931) and COCK OF THE AIR (1932) – AUGUST 15 – 7:30 p.m.
at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater

THE FRONT PAGE is a restoration West Coast premiere of the rediscovered “American” release version, and COCK OF THE AIR is a restoration world premiere of the original uncensored “Pre-Code” release version.

at the Linwood Dunn Theater
with filmmakers Suzan Pitt and Pat O’Neill

MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO (1991) – SEPTEMBER 12 – 7:30 p.m.
at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater
with director Gus Van Sant

Screening of a new 35mm print.


Media Contact:
Daniel Gomez