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  • The Billy Wilder Theater (Hammer Museum) 10899 Wilshire Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90029 (map)

UCLA Film & Television Archive is in the midst of a legendary and historic three-month (!) tribute to the inimitable Robert Altman. If you are at all like me, you came to Altman through a weird back door. In my case, I discovered Alan Rudolph - Altman's protégé and his assistant director - long, long before seeing my first ever Altman film (coincidentally NASHVILLE, on which Rudolph served). A few events have already happened, but here is one not to miss: a double feature of 3 WOMEN and COME BACK TO THE 5 & DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN. UCLA conducted their own impeccable film-to-film restoration on the latter title and, in the case of the former - as with most of the titles playing in this tribute - the print is sourced from their one-of-a-kind Robert Altman collection. Even though this is one of the higher profile (more obvious) must-see events, there is a lot more to love, discover, and for which to be thankful; even the most casual Altman fan should pick at least one other event on the calendar (at random!) to see some of the truly rare prints and shorts that accompany the more popular repertory picks. For example, the short Scopitone film - COLOR-SONICS CS-2010 "THE PARTY" - that accompanied the opening night screening of NASHVILLE is (so far!) the best piece of cinema I have seen all year long. - SBP

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