3/14 UPDATE - PLEASE READ!
Hey, all! Let's meet in the courtyard, after you've acquired your ticket, at 6:50 PM.
Look for an African American guy in a willow green knit shirt. If running late or unable to find the group, call me on my cell phone -[masked].
UCLA FESTIVAL OF PRESERVATION 2013
Billy Wilder Theater
Courtyard Level, Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard (intersection of Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards)
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Literary icons take center stage for a pair of docs. First up is Shirley Clarke's powerful portrait of poet Robert Frost, Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel with the World (1962); followed by the Oscar-nominated tribute to the life and work of playwright Eugene O'Neill, The Face of Genius (1966).
PURCHASE TICKET - http://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2013-03-14/robert-frost-lovers-quarrel-world-1963-face-genius-1966
Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel with the World (1963)
Directed by Shirley Clarke, Robert Hughes
In-person: screenwriter Robert Markowitz
Clarke captures the rhythmic flow of the poet’s life, from gathering up calm to vibrant engagement. Ever one to challenge convention, Clarke allows her subject to comment on her approach. Speaking to his audience at Sarah Lawrence, Frost indicates to the cameras on stage with him: “What you’re seeing here, this sideshow, this is a documentary film going on…but it is a false picture that presents me as always digging potatoes or saying my own poems.” The audience bursts out laughing, caught up in the whimsical spell that the 88-year-old literary giant casts on everyone he encounters, including Clarke.
Clarke’s visual style rises to meet the colloquial power of Frost’s work with handheld intimacy and grace. Originally produced for WGBH, Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World won the Academy Award for best Feature Documentary.
The Face of Genius (1966)
Directed by Alfred R. Kelman
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1967, The Face of Genius pays, perhaps fittingly, somber tribute to the life and work of American playwright Eugene O’Neill. Though his work earned unprecedented critical praise, including four Pulitzer Prizes, O’Neill was tormented by demons throughout his life, including multiple failed marriages, estrangement from his daughter Oona O’Neill (later wife of Charlie Chaplin) and, ultimately, crippling illness.
Directed by Alfred Kelman for public television station WBZ-TV in Boston, The Face of Genius traces O’Neill’s biography to measure the cost of artistic commitment to truth, both personal and aesthetic.