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A world premiere of sorts for this 'Woman'



Last Friday, we alerted you that one of Carole Lombard's most rarely-seen movies, her 1931 Paramount vehicle "I Take This Woman" with Gary Cooper, will be shown Friday, March 3 at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood as part of UCLA's Festival of Preservation (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/858493.html).

If you're a Lombard fan and haven't secured your tickets yet, here's some impetus for you, directly from UCLA archive officials: That night, you'll see the film in a form it hasn't been seen in 86 years -- in 35mm. (Hear that, 35mm buff Quentin Tarantino?)



Yes, after decades of being feared lost, "I Take This Woman" resurfaced and was shown in 2001 -- but that was from a 16mm print found in the collection of author Mary Roberts Rinehart (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/45444.html). "I Take This Woman" was an adaptation of Rinehart's novel "Lost Ecstasy." But according to Todd Weiner, a UCLA archivist, the print to be shown March 3 "is a totally different element"; it "was formally catalogued into our online database in 2010."

Weiner says this "Woman" derives "from a 35mm nitrate print that was held in our Republic Pictures Collection on deposit from Paramount Pictures." (I have no idea how it got there.) The archive restored the print with preservation funding from the Louis B. Mayer Foundation, while laboratory services were provided by The Stanford Theatre Film Laboratory, Audio Mechanics and DJ Audio, Inc.

Below is how it was catalogued in the UCLA archive; until now, I had no idea it owned a print. The archive has restored other Lombard films, including several of the two-reelers she made for Mack Sennett.




Now do you want to see "I Take This Woman" (as well as Ernst Lubitsch's newly-restored brilliant heist comedy "Trouble in Paradise")? Then order tickets at https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2017/ucla-festival-of-preservation.
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