Still from Back to the Future (1985)

Back to the Future / Desperately Seeking Susan

Saturday Dec 7, 2019 07:30 PM

The UCLA Film & Television Archive presents classic film and contemporary cinema in the Hammer's Billy Wilder Theater.

Part of the film series Make My Day: Movie Culture in the Age of Reagan

Back to the Future

Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travels back in time to the 1950s, with the help of eccentric inventor Doc Brown (Lloyd), to ensure his parents get together at the high school dance and thus ensure his own existence. Director Robert Zemeckis channels Spielbergian nostalgia to evoke a “comforting past to improve the present and even frame the radiant future,” (J. Hoberman) and so perfectly encapsulates Ronald Reagan’s appeals to a sanitized movie version of American history.  (1985, dir. Robert Zemeckis, 35mm, color, 116 min.)

Desperately Seeking Susan

The mid-way point of Ronald Reagan’s two-term presidency saw the emergence of a genre deeply rooted in the moment: the comedy of yuppie angst. Director Susan Seidelman’s Desperately Seeking Susan is a quintessential example of the form with it’s gender formula flipped. Here, it’s a discontented professional woman (Rosanna Arquette) who pursues her object of desire (Madonna) into an exotically-represented bohemian underworld. (1985, dir. Susan Seidelman, 35mm, color, 103 min.)

Still from Desperately Seeking Susan  (1985)
Still from Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

Ticketing: Archive tickets are $9 general admission and free for UCLA students. Advance tickets are available on the Film & Television Archive website. Please review the Archive's ticketing policy.
Parking: Parking is available under the museum. Rates are $7 for the first three hours with museum validation, and $3 for each additional 20 minutes, with a $20 daily maximum. There is a $7 flat rate after 6 p.m. on weekdays, and all day on weekends. Cash only. 
Restaurant: Enjoy a meal or drink before or after the program at our restaurant Audrey. Members and UCLA students receive 10% off. A late-night happy hour offers 10% off at the bar Tuesday–Saturday, 9–11 p.m.


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