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Joan Fontaine

UCLA archive prepares to show off some of its 'Treasures'

UCLA archive prepares to show off some of its 'Treasures'

I've always loved the smell of preservation in the morning, but this year more so than ever.

The UCLA Film & Television Archive's biennial Festival of Preservation, a chance for the largest university archive of motion pictures and TV programming to showcase the unforgettable cinema it has brought back to visual life, has always been the Los Angeles film event I look forward to most.

This year, however, as part of the archive's 50th-anniversary celebration, UCLA is doing something different. In an 11-week program titled "Archive Treasures," it is in effect showing off, presenting its greatest hits, which include some of the most significant and popular...