Up the Down Staircase (1967)

Sunday, July 30, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

Golden Age Television Writers on the Big Screen

See below for additional information.


Advance tickets are available online for $10.

Tickets are also available at the Billy Wilder Theater box office beginning one hour before showtime: $9, general admission; free to all UCLA students with valid ID; $8, other students, seniors and UCLA Alumni Association members with ID.

Writers Guild of America members receive free admission to this series at the box office!


Film and Television Archive
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Additional Information

Up the Down Staircase (1967) screenplay by Tad Mosel. Adapted by Tad Mosel (All the Way Home) from the bestselling autobiographical novel by Bel Kaufman, this poignant social drama follows the education of a young English teacher (Sandy Dennis) assigned to a tough New York City high school. Dennis, perfectly cast here in the lead role soon after her Academy Award-winning supporting performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), brings an endearing vulnerability to the realistic setting of a Kafkaesque bureaucracy that is failing its troubled students. At once a timely indictment of America's crumbling public education infrastructure of the late 1960s as well as a moving tale of female empowerment.

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