TORCH FIRE TRILOGY – 30th Anniversary

Friday | March 23 | 7:30pm


Tony Award-winning playwright and actor Harvey Fierstein adapts his landmark play to the big screen and reprises his role as Arnold Beckoff, a New York drag performer searching for love and respect from the people closest to him across three significant periods of his life.

35mm, color, 117 min.  Production: New Line Cinema, Howard Gottfried/Ronald K. Fierstein Production.  Distribution: New Line Cinema.  Director: Paul Bogart.  Screenwriter: Harvey Fierstein.  Based on the play by Harvey Fierstein.  Cinematographer: Mikael Salomon.  Editor: Nicholas C. Smith.  Cast: Anne Bancroft, Matthew Broderick, Harvey Fierstein, Brian Kerwin, Karen Young.


Friday | December 15 | 7:30pm


The film revolves around La Manuela (Roberto Cobo), the proprietor of a dilapidated brothel in the destitute Mexican town of El Olivo. Divided over whether to sell the brothel, La Manuela and her daughter also find themselves at odds over their shared attraction and fear of Pancho, a macho truck driver with a history of tormenting La Manuela. The film provides all of the excitement and tragedy expected of a classic Mexican melodrama but subverts the genre through its powerful critique of transphobia and violent heterosexual masculinity. Based on the novel of the same name by noted Chilean author José Donoso and directed one of Mexico’s greatest directors, Arturo Ripstein, the film is a landmark of queer cinema.

35mm, color, in Spanish with English subtitles, 110 min. Producer: Conacite Dos, Francisco del Villar. Director: Arturo Ripstein. Screenwriter: Arturo Ripstein, Manuel Puig, José Emilio Pacheco. Based on a novel by José Donoso. Cinematographer: Miguel Garzón. Editor: Francisco Chiu Amador. Cast: Roberto Cobo, Lucha Villa, Ana Martín, Gonzalo Vega, Julían Pastor.


Saturday | April 29 | 7:30pm

A rare representation of the brutal persecution of gay men in Nazi Germany, Bent follows promiscuous Max (Owen) from his carefree Berlin lifestyle into the harsh conditions of Dachau concentration camp, where he masquerades as a Jew to avoid homophobic stigma.

35mm, color, 105 min.  Director: Sean Mathias.  Production: Channel Four Films.  Distribution: Park Circus.  Producer: Michael Solinger, Dixie Linder, Martin Sherman.  Screenwriter: Martin Sherman.  Cinematographer: Yorgos Arvanitis.  Composer: Philip Glass.  Editor: Isabelle Lorente.  Cast: Lothaire Bluteau, Clive Owen, Brian Webber, Ian McKellen, Mick Jagger.


Saturday | February 4 | 7:30pm

Based on Jane Rule’s novel Desert of the Heart (1964), Donna Deitch’s narrative feature debut centers on a burgeoning lesbian romance between libertine casino worker Cay Rivvers (Patricia Charbonneau) and repressed university professor Vivian Bell (Helen Shaver) in Reno, Nevada in the late 1950s, a climate wherein being queer was…complicated.  Landmark in its positive portrayal of sapphic romance and celebrated for its passionate, sensual bedroom scenes that nearly fog the camera’s lens, Deitch’s vision for Cay and Vivian’s nuanced onscreen relationship explores the tension inherent in a sheltered woman accepting her newfound sexual self.

Desert Hearts has been digitally restored by The Criterion Collection/Janus Films and UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and Sundance Institute.

35mm, color, sound, 96 min.  Dir. Donna Deitch.  Production: Desert Hearts Productions. Distribution: Criterion. Producer: Donna Deitch. Based on the novel by Jane Rule. Screenwriter: Natalie Cooper. Cinematographer: Robert Elswit. Production Design: Jeannine Oppewall. Editor: Robert Estrin. With: Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Andra Akers, Gwen Welles.

Includes shorts from She Was a Visitor (1970), Berkeley 12 to 1 (1968), Memorabilia  (1969)


Friday | February 10 | 7:30pm

Adapted from Jean Genet’s novel Querelle de Brest (1947) into a cinematic world of pure mood and aesthetics, Querelle follows our titular (anti)hero on an odyssey of self-discovery by way of the dangerous drug deals, games of chance, and murderous exploits abundant in this French portside community.  Released posthumously after his sudden death at age 37, Fassbinder’s fiercely personal swan song utilizes the hyper-artificiality of a classic studio sound stage to explore a visceral aspect of male relationships, depicted here as a constant navigation between violence and intimacy.  As confrontational in its saturated hues as in its celebration of raw, sometimes absurd eroticism, this unapologetic final title in Fassbinder’s filmography cements his legacy as Germany’s ultimate provocateur.

35mm, color, 108 min.  Dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder.  Production: Planet-Film; Gaumont; Albatros-Filmproduktion. Distribution: Gaumont.  Producer: Dieter Schidor.  Based on novel by Jean Genet.  Screenwriter: Burkhard Driest, Rainer Werner Fassbinder.  Cinematographer: Xaver Schwarzenberger, Josef Vavra.  Editor: Juliane Lorenz, Franz Walsch.  Cast: Brad Davis, Franco Nero, Jeanne Moreau, Günther Kaufman, Laurent Malet.

Pirated!  (2000)

A riotous, erotic kaleidoscope in which a Vietnamese refugee’s recollections of fleeing his country by boat become enmeshed with nostalgia and big-screen fantasies of shirtless pirates and sailors—including images of Brad Davis in Fassbinder’s Querelle.

Digital video, color, 11 min.  DIR: Nguyen Tan Hoang.

Theater Location

Billy Wilder Theater
Courtyard Level, Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
(intersection of Wilshire and Westwood Boulevards)
Los Angeles, CA 90024


Parking is available in the lot under the Billy Wilder Theater. Enter from Westwood Blvd., just north of Wilshire.
Parking for people with disabilities is provided on levels P1 and P3.

Mon-Fri: After 6 p.m.: $6.00 flat rate.
Mon-Fri: Before 6 p.m.: $6.00 for the first 3 hours with Museum validation and $3 per 20 minutes thereafter. To obtain a validation stamp show your ticket stub at the security desk in the Wilshire Lobby. Parking is cash only.
Sat-Sun: $6.00 flat rate.


The box office opens one hour before show times. Visit the Archive’s Ticketing Page for more information.

Lotted and garage parking is available twenty-four hours at 233 S. Main St. Limited street parking is also available after 6pm.