King of Jazz | John Murray Anderson | United States, 1930

Film - Feature | March 11 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

New 4K Digital Restoration

Paul Whiteman, John Boles, Laura La Plante, Jeanette Loff,

Savor a special dinner at Babette following the screening on March 11. For more information and to make a reservation, email

This new restoration brings back a song-and-dance classic that has long been available only in inferior copies. King of Jazz is “one of the most ambitious musicals ever to emerge from Hollywood. Universal’s super production brought together Paul Whiteman, leader of the country’s top dance orchestra; John Murray Anderson, director of spectacular Broadway revues; a top ensemble of dancers and singers; sparkling early Technicolor; and a near unlimited budget. The end result was a unique mixture of the stage and screen—with no plot and no dialogue—presenting an unparalleled cinematic interpretation of jazz music and stage spectacle” (James Layton and David Pierce, Il Cinema Ritrovato).

 Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

 For more information and to make a reservation for dinner at Babette, email