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a note from Hugh Neely

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Dear Friends,

I’d like to invite you to the World Premier

of the formerly “lost” silent film, presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Diane Allen

RAMONA (1928)

Directed by Edwin Carewe

Starring Dolores Del Rio, Warner Baxter, and Roland Drew

Live musical score performed by the Mont-Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

A single print of RAMONA was saved by Národní filmový archiv, Prague, Czech Republic.

This print has been preserved and the film restored by the Library of Congress

Time & date: 7:30 PM on Saturday, March 29, 2014

Place: Billy Wilder Theater, at the Hammer Museum, Westwood, California

Panel discussion and Q&A to follow the screening: featuring Hugh Munro Neely, moderator, with Phil Brigandi, James D’Arc, Dydia DeLyser, Linda B. Hall, Joanne Hearne

* * *

In 2010, together with Joanne Hearne and Dydia DeLyser, I located the surviving print of RAMONA at the national film archive of the Czech Republic. Over the next several years we were able to help coordinate the return of this print to the United States where it was preserved by the Library of Congress. Phil Brigandi and Dydia DeLyser joined Klara Molacek and I for the purpose of creating a historically sensitive translation of the film’s titles from the Czech language back into English. The Library of Congress’ team of preservationists created new titles for the film using artistic and period-appropriate type fonts. The result is a beautiful photochemically restored film from the height of the silent era, that tells one of the most famous stories to ever be set in our state.

Diane Allen, granddaughter of the film’s director, Edwin Carewe, graciously volunteered to support the premier of the restoration in Southern California, near the settings where the story takes place.

Please join me, Diane, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, and the other professionals who have studied and written about this film for its re-premier, 86 years and 1 day after its original premier at the United Artists Theatre, Los Angeles, March 28, 1928.

I strongly recommend advance purchase of tickets, which can be made through this link:


I am extremely excited about this milestone! It makes me so very happy to be associated with the rediscovery of this important film, and beautiful pacifist love story.

Yours sincerely,

Hugh Munro Neely

Timeline Films


And a little more: Frank Thompson will have as his guest on this weeks podcast Hugh Neely discussing RAMONA - http://www.thecommentarytrack.com Frank’s Commentary Track program has real depth as he allows his guest to explore their passions, And who isn’t passionate about the finding of RAMONA!

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