We spun in classic film heaven at LACMA this weekend. The first installment of curator Ian Birnie’s final series — his last picture show – which is devoted to “audience favorites,” offered four stellar international films — one, each, by directors from Germany (Murnau), the U.K. (Powell/Pressburger), again Germany via France (Ophuls) and Italy (Antonioni). Quel tour de force~!
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All four movies are all de rigeur, but until you’ve seen “The Earrings of Madame de…” on the Bing Theater’s big screen, well, you’re missing a huge pleasure! And “L’Avventura.” And “Sunrise.”
LACMA’s classic film series expires on July 30, when it gets replaced by something, let’s face reality, that is sure to be worse. I therefore encourage you to spend an evening this July at the Bing.
This post dedicated to the memory of Robert Sklar.