‘Starring Europe’ top film picks: from France, from Italy

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Well, they all look so good, don’t they? The fourth annual European film festival in Los Angeles, Starring Europe: New Films from the EU, kicked off with a swinging red carpet/gala reception in the peerless courtyard of Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre last night. Remarks prior to the opening-night feature, MELLOW MUD, a Latvian film, indicate that ...

Opens tonight! STARRING EUROPE filmfest

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Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland and Spain. Wouldn’t you just love to get on a slow boat and visit them all? Boat trip perhaps not necessary. Nor a flight ticket. Starting tonight, Tuesday May 9 and running through May 15, the American Cinematheque will host ...

Farber on film: ‘Lady in the Dark’ @ TCM Fest 2017

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A strong female character is at the center of Lady in the Dark, a forgotten 1944 film that was presented in a beautiful 35mm nitrate print at the Egyptian Theatre on the final night of the festival. This movie was adapted from a Broadway play written by Moss Hart, with music by Kurt Weill and ...

Big & fun: Kubrick’s ‘2001’ in 70mm print

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Director Stanley Kubrick’s2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY’s visionary sci-fi epic begs to be experienced on a big screen, and now’s the time with a screening of a new 70mm print of the film struck by Warner Bros. expressly for the American Cinematheque. Shot in Super Panavision 70, the film’s larger frame size — nearly double that ...

Pasta & moving pictures: Cinema Italian Style 2016

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It’s that time again … for the cinema of charisma and Chianti. Now in its 12th annual edition, Cinema Italian Style, a joint festival hosted in tandem by a whole roster of Italian movie-loving people — American Cinematheque and Luce Cinecittà, under the auspices of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, ...

Dance across the Pacific Isles with ‘Cinerama South Seas Adventure’

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A cruise ship wending it way across the South Pacific, with visits to Hawaii, Tahiti, Tonga and Fiji, includes a film crew shooting footage of native culture. Camera-captured in 1958 in “Cinerama South Sea Adventure,” it sounds pretty colorful, doesn’t it? Now a legendary travelogue, “South Sea,” one of the great exercises in wide-screen projection ...

Around the movie world in five days: Golden Globes foreign-film screenings

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It’s that time of year. Buck up, buckeroo. Sweat out your holiday cocktailing and get back to business. In Los Angeles, fortunately, “business” takes the form of “pleasure,” as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the American Cinematheque buddy up for annual screenings of the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film award in advance of ...

Sid Grauman, Kim Jong Un collude on Christmas to screen “The Interview” 1

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In a cultural mash-up that could perhaps happen anywhere — but let’s face it, it succeeds best in crazy Los Angeles — a Jew and a North Korean are celebrating Jesus’s birthday by screening “The Interview” at the Egyptian Theatre, the movie palace Sid Grauman built in 1922. The screenings are the best rebuttal to ...

Romain Gary, the Hollywood years, celebrated May 15

Film · Language & ideas
The French Consulate General in Los Angeles is hosting an homage to the multifaceted French intellectual, statesman, novelist and filmmaker, Romain Gary, on the centennial of his birth. War hero, diplomat and film director, Gary moved from the Russian Empire, where he was born, to Nice, where he spent his childhood, and from his Air ...

British invade Noir City film festival

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IT ALWAYS RAINS ON SUNDAY 1947, Rialto, 92 min, UK Dir: Robert Hamer A former barmaid, now the harried matriarch of a family in impoverished Bethnal Green, jeopardizes everything to shelter the escaped fugitive who was once her lover. A slice-of-life noir and prototype of British “kitchen sink” drama. BRIGHTON ROCK 1947, Rialto, 92 min, ...