The Lost Moment (1947)

Monday, March 27, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater

UCLA Festival of Preservation 2017

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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.

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The Lost Moment (1947) directed by Martin Gabel. It's ironic that the film version of The Aspern Papers by the 19th-century American author Henry James, revered for his naturalism, should be the zenith of Hollywood gothic. In James' story—modeled after the tale of Edward Augustus Silsbee who attempted to pilfer letters written by Percy Shelley from Mary Shelley's aged stepsister—a nameless American scoundrel bent on a publishing coup tracks the centenarian Juliana Bordereau to a decaying Venetian palazzo. In The Lost Moment, the scoundrel is an unscrupulous New York publisher (Robert Cummings), who plots to acquire Jeffrey Ashton's love letters to his withered muse (Agnes Moorehead) even if it requires wooing the tedious great-niece, Miss Tina (Susan Hayward). James' themes remain even as the film hysterically reaches for metaphysical overtones. Miss Tina, starchy and lackluster by day, enters a fugue state by night. In thrall to Ashton's letters which she pores over in secret, Miss Tina literally lets down her hair and becomes the luminous Juliana of 1814, throbbing with vitality and yearning for love. Hal Mohr's sinuous travelling camera snakes through the crypt-like mansion hand in hand with Daniele Amfitheatrof's unearthly musical score.