a highly-opinionated selection of things happening around town, and sometimes out of town. this month's page here.

tue. apr. 1

darby o'gill and the little people, the 3 worlds of gulliver @ new beverly
the apartment @ cinerama dome

wed. apr. 2

ossessione @ film noir fest @ egyptian

thu. apr. 3

distant thunder FREE 7 PM @ csun armer theater
hardly a criminal, one way street @ film noir fest @ egyptian
gore vidal: the united states of america @ aero
city lights @ the crest
the stranger 9:15 PM @ the crest

fri. apr. 4

nightfall, and hope to die @ film noir fest @ egyptian
ladies and gentlemen the fabulous stains MIDNIGHT @ silent movie theater
nymphomaniac volume ii 11:30 PM @ nuart

sat. apr. 5

detour, film noir fest closing weekend party @ film noir fest @ egyptian

sun. apr. 6

m (1951), the hitch-hiker @ film noir fest @ egyptian

mon. apr. 7

body and flesh: the tactile cinema of luther price 8:30 PM @ redcat
drinking flowers, froth, adult books, mystic braves FREE (RSVP) @ echo

tue. apr. 8

mark mcguire @ church on york
our man in havana FREE 1:30 PM @ skirball

wed. apr. 9

appropriation and film: deconstructing the masters FREE @ hammer

thu. apr. 10

gore vidal: the united states of amnesia FREE @ hammer
the circus @ the crest
meatbodies, together pangea @ troubadour
impact 9:15 PM @ the crest

fri. apr. 11

nashville ramblers @ the barkley (pasadena)
exorcist ii: the heretic MIDNIGHT @ silent movie theater
sin nombre FREE 2:30 PM @ santa monica library fairview branch

sat. apr. 12

clueless 8 PM @ electric dusk drive-in
nashville ramblers @ casbah (SD)

sun. apr. 13

the squids @ 5 star bar

mon. apr. 14

shelly silver: intimate visions and public spaces 8:30 PM @ redcat
searching for sugarman @ the crest

tue. apr. 15

big dick @ satellite
au revoir simone @ the fonda

wed. apr. 16

om @ great american music hall (SF)

thu. apr. 17

the golden fortress FREE 7 PM @ csun armer theater
om @ center for the arts eagle rock
the great dictator @ the crest
suddenly 9:15 PM @ the crest

fri. apr. 18

wild at heart MIDNIGHT @ silent movie theater
robocop MIDNIGHT @ nuart

sat. apr. 19

rear window 8 PM @ alex theatre
the magnificent seven FREE 12:30 PM @ santa monica library main branch

sun. apr. 20

wl, colleen green @ part time punks @ the echo

mon. apr. 21

corners, cherry glazerr, mystic braves FREE (RSVP) @ echo
small new films 8:30 PM @ redcat

tue. apr. 22

wand @ echo

wed. apr. 23

nasa space universe @ roxy

thu. apr. 24

the chess players FREE 7 PM @ csun armer theater

fri. apr. 25

jon brion @ largo
fateful findings MIDNIGHT @ nuart
earth @ el rey

sat. apr. 26

harold and maude 8 PM @ electric dusk drive-in
autolux, cosmonauts, allah-las, corners, froth, l.a. witch, diiv, mystic braves, etc @ desert daze festival

sun. apr. 27

thee silver mt. zion memorial orchestra @ echoplex
kent hayward films FREE 7 PM @ 7 dudley cinema @ beyond baroque
blackfish 4 PM @ the edye @ smc performing arts center

mon. apr. 28

levitation room, mystic braves, l'aura moire FREE (RSVP) @ echo
the art of collision: montage films by henry hills 8:30 PM @ redcat

tue. apr. 29

diiv @ center for the arts eagle rock

thu. may 1

the home and the world FREE 7 PM @ csun armer theater
the wicker man (1973), eye of the devil @ egyptian

fri. may 2

philip glass ensemble: la belle et la bete 8 PM @ ucla royce hall
the princess bride MIDNIGHT @ nuart
hold your applause: four takes on clapping FREE 8 PM @ machine

sat. may 3

philip glass ensemble: music in twelve parts 5 PM @ ucla royce hall

mon. may 5

juan manuel echavarria: coping with violence defying oblivion 8:30 PM @ redcat

tue. may 6

clueless FREE 7 PM @ la film fest @ nokia plaza @ la live

wed. may 7

loop, white fence @ church on york

thu. may 8

the stranger FREE 7 PM @ csun armer theater
jacco gardner @ church on york
nels cline singers @ largo
the history of questioning color perception FREE 8 PM @ machine
old san francisco FREE 5 PM @ the crank @ ucla james bridges
ai weiwei: the fake case FREE @ melnitz movies @ ucla james bridges

fri. may 9

sunset boulevard MIDNIGHT @ nuart
secret agent, young and innocent @ aero
death race 2000 MIDNIGHT @ silent movie theater
bread and chocolate @ ampas linwood dunn
ashes and diamonds, night train @ lacma

sat. may 10

national lampoon's vacation @ cinespia @ hollywood forever
the 39 steps, the lady vanishes @ aero
yojimbo 4 PM @ japan film fest l.a. @ new beverly
the flytraps, catholic spit @ the smell
man on a swing 4:30 PM @ silent movie theater
la brune et moi 10:30 PM @ silent movie theater
citizen kane @ lacma
infinite body @ human resources
before nanook: the frozen zone in early silent film 8 PM @ velaslavasy panorama
omadox 8 PM @ epfc
traditional fools FREE @ permanent
the graduate FREE 1 PM @ l.a. central library meeting room a
revenge of the nerds, bachelor party FREE @ street food cinema @ pan-pacific park
the long riders 1:30 PM @ autry

sun. may 11

pentagram, saint vitus, kadavar, dead meadow, etc @ psycho de mayo @ the observatory (santa ana)
king kong vs. godzilla (1962) 3:30 7:30 PM, mothra (1961) 5:30 9:30 PM @ new beverly
sorceror FREE 7 PM @ reel grit @ afi
mildred pierce 4:30 PM @ silent movie theater
an evening with tatsuya nakadai, ran @ silent movie theater
a wedding 7 PM @ ucla film archive
bouquet @ part time punks @ the echo

mon. may 12

kadavar @ roxy
haskell wexler documentaries FREE 6 PM @ documental @ unurban
king kong vs. godzilla (1962), mothra (1961) @ new beverly
ran 8 PM @ silent movie theater

tue. may 13

jodorowsky's dune 8:00 10:15 PM @ silent movie theater
acts of politics and becoming FREE @ hammer

wed. may 14

tristana @ aero
the great beauty 8 PM @ new beverly
the traveler @ ucla film archive

thu. may 15

the roots of heaven @ egyptian
the birds @ aero
the great beauty 8 PM @ new beverly

fri. may 16

holly golightly & the brokeoffs @ satellite
pineapple express MIDNIGHT @ nuart
juan wauters @ the echo
nineteen eighty-four, logan's run (1976), spacedisco one @ egyptian
suspicion, topaz @ aero
logan's run, soylent green @ new beverly
nosferatu the vampyre 8 PM @ silent movie theater
innocent sorcerers, the promised land @ lacma

sat. may 17

charles bradley @ fonda
seven @ cinespia @ hollywood forever
logan's run 3:00 7:30 PM, soylent green 5:20 9:50 PM @ new beverly
the warriors MIDNIGHT @ new beverly
100 onces, hex horizontal @ the smell
othello 5:30 PM @ silent movie theater
nosferatu the vampyre 8:00 10:30 PM @ silent movie theater
secret honor, precious blood @ ucla film archive
the magnificent ambersons, the stranger @ lacma

sun. may 18

monsieur verdoux @ aero
brazil, thx 1138 @ egyptian
still lives and gradual speed @ filmforum @ spielberg @ egyptian
tyvek @ the smell
othello 2:45 PM @ silent movie theater
nosferatu the vampyre 5 PM @ silent movie theater

mon. may 19

nosferatu the vampyre 9:30 PM @ silent movie theater

tue. may 20

othello @ silent movie theater
nosferatu the vampyre 9:50 PM @ silent movie theater

wed. may 21

othello @ silent movie theater
nosferatu the vampyre 9:50 PM @ silent movie theater

thu. may 22

baraka (70mm) @ aero
the sideshow FREE 5 PM @ the crank @ ucla james bridges
ericka beckman: night one 7 PM @ filmforum @ moca grand
othello 5:15 PM @ silent movie theater
nosferatu the vampyre 10 PM @ silent movie theater
david wilson (lecture) FREE @ hammer

fri. may 23

el topo MIDNIGHT @ nuart
lawrence of arabia (70mm) @ egyptian
koyaanisqatsi @ aero
matinee, the masque of the red death @ new beverly
othello 7:30 9:50 PM @ silent movie theater
blind chance, a short film about killing @ lacma

sat. may 24

the rosalyns, the unclaimed @ redwood
thrones @ satellite
jaws @ cinespia @ hollywood forever
vertigo (70mm) @ egyptian
lawrence of arabia (70mm) @ aero
matinee 3:30 7:30 PM, the masque of the red death 5:30 9:30 PM @ new beverly
the lady from shanghai, mr. arkadin @ lacma

sun. may 25

barry lyndon @ egyptian
raiders of the lost ark 2:35 7:30 PM, indiana jones and the temple of doom 4:50 9:45 PM @ new beverly
ericka beckman: out of hand @ filmforum @ spielberg @ egyptian

mon. may 26

harvey @ aero
raiders of the lost ark, indiana jones and the temple of doom @ new beverly

tue. may 27

raiders of the lost ark, indiana jones and the temple of doom @ new beverly

wed. may 28

the square FREE @ hammer
foxy brown, coffy @ new beverly

thu. may 29

l'age d'or, viridiana @ egyptian
foxy brown, coffy @ new beverly
dead of night FREE 5 PM @ the crank @ ucla james bridges
animation breakdown: technicolor toons @ silent movie theater
california split, the long goodbye (1973) @ ucla film archive

fri. may 30

the holy mountain MIDNIGHT @ nuart
the priest's children @ egyptian
joe, save the tiger @ aero
foxy brown, coffy @ new beverly
sleepaway camp MIDNIGHT @ silent movie theater
the hourglass sanitorium, mother joan of the angels @ lacma

sat. may 31

rear window @ cinespia @ hollywood forever
silent comedy revue @ retro format @ spielberg @ egyptian
un chien andalou, land without bread, belle du jour @ egyptian
the player @ ucla film archive
brannigan's law @ the smell
the trial, touch of evil @ lacma

sun. jun. 1

the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie, the phantom of liberty @ egyptian
altman and television FREE 3 PM @ ucla film archive
kansas city, robert altman's jazz '34 @ ucla film archive

tue. jun. 3

man of iron 1 PM @ lacma

fri. jun. 6

videodrome MIDNIGHT @ silent movie theater
on the waterfront @ lacma

sat. jun. 7

chimes at midnight 5 PM, f for fake @ lacma

sun. jun. 8

the jail FREE 7 PM, the jar, the life work of juan diaz @ ucla film archive
the hourglass sanatorium @ silent movie theater

mon. jun. 9

sweet blues: a film about mike bloomfield FREE 6 PM @ documental @ unurban
thieves like us, buffalo bill and the indians @ ucla film archive
the hourglass sanatorium @ silent movie theater

tue jun. 10

the hourglass sanatorium @ silent movie theater
black cross 1 PM @ lacma

wed. jun. 11

the lady eve 8 PM @ last remaining seats @ los angeles theatre
the hourglass sanatorium @ silent movie theater

fri. jun. 13

sherlock jr. FREE (time TBA) @ la film fest @ california plaza

sun. jun. 15

images 7 PM, that cold day in the park @ ucla film archive

tu. jun. 17

pharaoh 1 PM @ lacma

fri. jun. 20

pump up the volume MIDNIGHT @ silent movie theater
altman @ ucla film archive

sat. jun. 21

back to the future 2:00 8:00 PM @ last remaining seats @ united artists theatre

sun. jun. 22

dante's inferno (1935) @ egyptian

tue. jun. 24

eroica 1 PM @ lacma

wed. jun. 25

vincent & theo @ ucla film archive

fri. jun. 27

mccabe & mrs. miller, quintet @ ucla film archive

sat. jun. 28

citizen kane 2:00 8:00 PM @ last remaining seats @ orpheum
gosford park @ ucla film archive

sun. jul. 20

the devils (1971) @ aero


1949, Universal, 93 min, USA, Dir: John Farrow
A true noir rarity! The Faust legend is played out as a supernatural noir thriller, with Ray Milland as the suave devil tempting ambitious DA Thomas Mitchell and fallen woman Audrey Totter in this dark and devious doppelgänger of Capra's IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. Introduction by Alan K. Rode of the Film Noir Foundation.

1972, CCFC, 99 min, France, Dir: René Clement
This adaptation of David Goodis’ novel Black Friday concerns a crook on the lam (Jean Louis Trintignant) who crosses paths with a Montreal gang plotting a big score - led by noir stalwarts Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray (speaking French!). “Froggy” (as Ryan dubs our hero) decides to join in the heist and, of course, ends up neck-deep in danger. An odd and invigorating French-Canadian-American production, this is a rarely screened homage to noir on both the page and screen, sparked by a devilish script from author Sébastien Japrisot (The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun). In French with English subtitles. Introduction by Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation.

Appropriation and Film: Deconstructing the Masters
Organized by Jane Weinstock
Like the appropriation artists of the 1980s, many experimental filmmakers of this period were interested in using appropriation to deconstruct the conventions of film. In Thriller (1979), Sally Potter takes Puccini’s La Bohème and Hitchcock’s Psycho and uses them to posit a female spectator. In Cinderella (1986) Ericka Beckman twists the classic fairy tale to play games with the viewer. And in Sigmund Freud’s Dora (1979), by Anthony McCall, Andrew Tyndall, Claire Pajaczkowska, Ivan Ward, and Jane Weinstock, the filmmakers employ Freud’s text to explore film language.

The Art of Collision: Montage Films by Henry Hills
“Hills breaks down standard sounds and images, transforming them into perceptive alternatives, political critiques, and a search for occult, creative expressions that have not been said or explored before.” —Mónica Savirón
Uncovering the ethereal in the mundane and the abstract in the naturalistic, Henry Hills activates a heightened attentiveness in viewers through his signature use of montage—intensely concentrated, rhythmically complex, and replete with eccentric wit. A celebrated maker of experimental film since 1975, Hills has collaborated with New York “Language” poets, composer John Zorn and choreographer Sally Silvers, among other artists. The former longtime resident of the East Village now teaches at FAMU, the Czech national film academy in Prague, and lives in Vienna. Hills’ recent short arcana (2011, digital video, 30 min.) has collected top prizes at Curtas Vila do Conde in Portugal and the Melbourne International Film Festival. In person: Henry Hills

Body and Flesh: The Tactile Cinema of Luther Price
"Luther Price is Brakhage after Punk." —Light Industry
Luther Price's painstakingly handcrafted films and slides are truly one of a kind as the artist layers viscerally distressed found film strips with provocative images, anarchic visual patterns, dirt, mold and other detritus in a sensuous, even ecstatic, vision of entropy and mortality—inscribed directly onto the film medium. Price’s uncompromising work has been presented at storefront cinemas, underground performance venues and, in recent years, museums such as MoMA and the Whitney. The program features two slide projection pieces, including Light Fractures (2013), several Super 8 films, and a new 16mm film.

The Chess Players (Shatranj Ke Khilari) (1977), 113 mins.
The Chess Players focuses on events surrounding Britain’s colonial involvement in India in the late nineteenth-century. Employing Western actors and stars from the Bombay cinema, the film was Ray’s most expensive production and one of his few to utilize English dialog.

1946, Wade Williams, 70 min, USA, Dir: Edgar G. Ulmer
“Whichever way you turn, fate sticks out a foot to trip you” in this low-budget noir classic. Hitchhiking to Hollywood, loser Tom Neal takes several wrong turns and ends up on the expressway to hell - Ann Savage plays the vixenish vagabond who ushers him there. She ends up paying a stiff toll herself. (tickets start at $25 and include afterparty)

Distant Thunder (Ashani Sanket) (1973), 101 mins.
Set during World War II, Distant Thunder tells the story of the man-made famine that caused the deaths of five million inhabitants of Colonial Bengal. An emotionally charged film that contrasts the course of terrible events and the astonishing beauty of the world.

Finyé (The Wind)
Mali, 1982, 100 minutes
Written and directed by Souleymane Cissé
Starring Fousseyni Sissoko, Goundo Guissé, and Balla Moussa Keita
Writer/director Souleymane Cissé’s 1982 drama starts with a deft intimacy—following high-school classmates from two disparate worlds as they traverse the tricky roads of family and friends while keeping an eye on their futures. Ba is a young man from the village, struggling to keep his grades up, and Batrou is the sensitive daughter of a no-nonsense military man. But then Cissé shifts the ground beneath the feet of his characters—and the audience—when a political stand becomes the center of the story. What seemed to be a tried and true story of the path to adulthood becomes another altogether different one. “The wind awakens the path of man,” a title informs at the beginning of Finyé, and Cissé is out to reveal what happens when a force of nature prods another such force into action.

The Golden Fortress (Sonar Kella) (1974), 120 mins.
A young boy is haunted by memories of a previous life and is kidnapped by sinister scheming bandits. A bewitching comedy-thriller, The Golden Fortress shows Ray at his most playful and includes some of the most memorable performances in Bengali cinema.

2013, 89 min, USA/Italy, Dir: Nicholas D. Wrathall
Scion of a political family and a prodigiously gifted writer, Gore Vidal fit right into high society - except for his penchant to say what was on his mind. Vidal was among the sharpest critics of post-war America, and this thought provoking and entertaining documentary illuminates his life, work and politics with archival footage and recent one-on-one interviews filled with rapier wit. Discussion following with director Nicholas D. Wrathall (April 3 screening only).

1949, Film Noir Foundation, 88 min, Argentina, Dir: Hugo Fregonese
A bank employee (Jorge Salcedo) uses a loophole in Argentine law to concoct the perfect crime, planning to reap the rewards of his embezzlement after serving six years in prison. A vivid cross between NAKED CITY and BRUTE FORCE, and an evocative look at mid-20th century Buenos Aires. In Spanish with English subtitles.

WHO NEEDS SLEEP? - In 1997, after a 19-hour day on the set, assistant cameraman Brent Hershman fell asleep behind the wheel, crashed his car, and died. Deeply disturbed by Hershman's preventable death, filmmaker and multiple-Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler shows how sleep deprivation and long work hours are a lethal combination. WHO NEEDS SLEEP? is a commentary on our quality of life.
FOUR DAYS IN CHICAGO - Academy Award-winning filmmaker and lifelong activist Haskell Wexler takes a personal look at Chicago (and its Occupy movement) over four days in May 2012 -- four days filled with politics, protest and police.

1953, RKO, 71 min, USA, Dir: Ida Lupino
A groundbreaking, fact-based story of two pals on a Mexican fishing trip kidnapped by a serial killer who terrorizes both men into delivering him to safety. The only American film noir directed by a woman - the great Ida Lupino - features a trio of terrific performances by Frank Lovejoy, Edmond O’Brien and the odious William Talman. Introduction by Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation.

The Home and the World (Ghare-Baire) (1984), 140 mins. 
Ray’s The Home and the World concerns an aristocratic but progressive man, who insisting on broadening his more traditional wife’s political horizons, drives her into the arms of a friend. An elegant, profound, and meditative work from the late-career of a master.

It’s A Frame-Up!
(2013, 29 min. Dir. Michael Schlesinger). In this faux 1938 short, the vaudeville team of Biffle and Shooster wangle jobs in an art gallery - on the very day a priceless painting has been delivered. With Nick Santa Maria, Will Ryan, Robert Picardo and Daniel Roebuck. “I can't think of any other intentional comedies of recent years that have given me so many, or so many varied, big laughs in the space of 30 minutes. It makes what has basically been a dead art form for the past 50 years feel vital once again.” - Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog.

1934, Universal, 73 min, USA, Dir: Norman Z. McLeod
Considered by some to be the Great Man’s greatest film, this short, sweet W.C. Fields vehicle is little more than a series of zany sketches loosely tied to his desire to move to California and grow oranges. Includes the legendary "Mr. Muckle" and "Carl LaFong" scenes, as well as the hanging mirror and sleeping porch routines. Jean Rouverol, who co-wrote THE FIRST TIME, plays Fields’ daughter.

Juan Manuel Echavarria: Coping with Violence, Defying Oblivion
“A touching visual essay about a small town caught in the midst of a very large and dangerous conflict.” —Cinespect
A novelist–turned–artist, photographer and videomaker, Juan Manuel Echavarria screens two films in which peasants in his native Colombia devise original ways of coping with entrenched everyday violence—bloody conflict among guerrillas, army, paramilitaries and drug traffickers that has persisted for decades. In Bocas de Ceniza (Mouths of Ash, 2003–04, digital video, 18 min.), subjects look directly to the camera and mourn the toll of violence in individually created folk songs. The second documentary, Réquiem NN (2013, digital video, 67 min.), takes place in the town of Puerto Berrío on the Magdalena River—from which local residents regularly fish out the remains of victims of violence. Burying the so-called “No Names” (“NNs”), the townspeople adopt the fallen as their own: they give them names, invent personal histories, and decorate and visit their tombs. In person: Juan Manuel Echavarría, Margarita De la Vega-Hurtado. Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud.

SUNSET TO SUNSET (’10, 3m) A stop-motion walk across Los Angeles, in which the filmmaker comes face to face with the city instead of watching it blur by through a windshield.  Screened at over 25 film festivals, including Dances with Films, DocuWest, New Filmmakers and Film Independent's Cinema Lounge.  AUGUST (’13, 10m) Stolen moments, both real and imagined, from a return to rural Michigan.  STANDBY... (’93, 3m) Vintage raw footage of a series of interviews with all of the “content” cut out.  A playful look at what people do before "action" and after "cut."  SEDIMENTATION  (’96, 5m) An experimental short film exploring a condemned structure creaking over Castaic Lake.  PORTRAITS (’95-present, 6m) Excerpts from an ongoing collection of character studies.  HOMESTEAD ARTIFACT (’00, 49m) A personal documentary about the filmmaker’s family rediscovering their lost homestead in rural New Mexico and the pieces of history buried there. Los Angeles Times’ Kevin Thomas: “Deeply affecting... Hayward has succeeded beautifully.” LA Weekly: “An affecting rumination on the importance of memories.” Hayward teaches film classes at Cal State Long Beach, Loyola Marymount University and El Camino College and has worked in the entertainment industry on many film and television productions, including The Aviator, Eureka!, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and The Dark Knight Rises.  KENT HAYWARD IN PERSON!

M (1951)
1951, Superior Pictures, 91 min, USA, Dir: Joseph Losey
The American version of Fritz Lang’s 1931 classic about a child murderer being simultaneously hunted by the police and the underworld receives renewed impetus in the setting of Bunker Hill locations under the direction of Joe Losey. David Wayne turns in a bravura performance as the killer and is supported by a veritable character actor’s Hall of Fame: Howard Da Silva, Luther Adler, Steve Brodie, Raymond Burr, Norman Lloyd, Walter Burke and Jim Backus. NOT ON DVD! Introduction by Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation.

1957, Sony Repertory, 79 min, USA, Dir: Jacques Tourneur
One of the last true noirs of the classic era, this often-overlooked gem, based on a novel by noir legend David Goodis, features terrific direction from Tourneur and stunning cinematography by Burnett Guffey. Aldo Ray plays an artist whose life goes permanently haywire when fate interrupts a winter hunting trip. From then on it’s life on the run, dozens of double-crosses, psychotic killers on his trail, lots of de rigeur flashbacks, and a young Anne Bancroft decked out in sequins and lace. Introduction by Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation.

1950, Universal, 79 min, USA, Dir: Hugo Fregonese
Even though he had just begun his American film career, James Mason already had his doomed-fugitive persona down pat in ODD MAN OUT and THE RECKLESS MOMENT. Here he’s a disillusioned doctor who feels responsible for his wife’s death and believes he’s only worthy of patching up wounded criminals. Deciding to take a gamble, he tricks Los Angeles gang boss Dan Duryea out of his latest haul, as well as absconding with Duryea’s more than willing moll, Marta Toren. The pair head for Mexico with the swag – but can they outrun Duryea’s seemingly limitless reach?

1943, 131 min, Italy, Dir: Luchino Visconti
Based on James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, the first acclaimed work of Italian neorealism is a gritty, earthy (and unlicensed) adaptation of the famous noir novella, much closer in tone and spirit to Cain’s tale than the 1946 Hollywood version. Clara Calamai and Massimo Girotti burn up the screen as the doomed lovers, but Visconti makes the story as much about poverty as about lust and greed. The film was reviled and banned by Italy’s Fascist government, and MGM (legal holder of the movie rights) confiscated and destroyed all the prints it could find. Yet OSSESSIONE survives, a stunning hybrid of noir and neorealism - the director’s first masterpiece. In Italian with English subtitles.

Philip Glass Ensemble: La Belle et la Bête
One of the most celebrated and unique works in Philip Glass’ recent career, his live interpretation of Jean Cocteau’s masterpiece La Belle et la Bête is also his most challenging experiment in synchronizing music with film. 
For this production, Glass removed the film’s original dialogue track and score by Georges Auric and replaced it with his own musical score played live by the Philip Glass Ensemble. The dialogue is performed live by the vocalists who are synchronized with the actors in the film. 
“Jean Cocteau’s work was central to the modern art movement of the 20th century. More than any other artist of his time, he again and again addressed questions of art, immortality and the creative process as subjects of his work. La Belle et la Bête is an extremely thoughtful and subtle reflection on the life of an artist. Presented as a simple fairy tale, it soon becomes clear that the film takes on a deeper subject-the very nature of the creative process.” —Philip Glass

Philip Glass Ensemble: Music in Twelve Parts
“A full-body immersion into the early compositional world of Philip Glass… To hear a composer lay out his palette in such richly evocative detail is a rare and rewarding delight.” —San Francisco Chronicle
One of the most revolutionary works of composer Philip Glass’ oeuvre comes to Los Angeles for the first time. Music in Twelve Parts, an epic performance work composed by Glass for his acclaimed ensemble between 1971-1974, is simultaneously a massive theoretical exercise and a deeply engrossing work of art. 
The score is the culmination of Glass’s explorations and theories on repetition and is widely considered to be both a masterpiece of minimalism and a seminal work of 20th-century music. 
Music in Twelve Parts is a not-to-be-missed evening for Glass fans and new-music enthusiasts. The performance is comprised of four approximately 50-minute segments plus two short intermissions and an hour-long dinner break, with an on-site meal option available for advance purchase.

After our own years-long search, we’ve finally located a 35mm print of this rollicking not-on-DVD, not-to-be-missed rarity! It’s a rib-tickling shot to the funny bone, as a mind-boggling, all-star cast competes against each other in a $200 million race against time. The will of the dearly-departed eccentric game inventor Milton Parker (Vincent Price) is specific: his fifteen would-be heirs are to participate in a highly unusual scavenger hunt, winner take all. Filled to the brim with that-guys and what’s-’er-names, Scavenger Hunt is a veritable clown car of crazed character actors, legendary stars and those long forgotten — all in a barrage of kooky cameos: Richard Benjamin, Scatman Crothers, Ruth Gordon, Cloris Leachman, Cleavon Little, Roddy McDowall, Tony Randall, a young Arnold Schwarzenegger and many, many more. Plus, it’s a wild dash through the San Diego Zoo, the streets of Hollywood and the mad, mad, mad, mad world of Southern California, as the film highlights an amazing batch of our own Southland locales. Did we mention that it’s also from Michael Schultz — the director of Car Wash, The Last Dragon and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band?! Dir. Michael Schultz, 1979, 35mm, 116 min.

Shelly Silver: Intimate Visions and Public Spaces
"By staking her right to documentary material as well as fictional writing, Shelly Silver sizes up the likelihood of an imaginary point of view reaching a truth more subtle than autobiographical truth." —Cinema du Reel
This screening of two works by Shelly Silver begins with What I'm Looking For (2004, digital video, 15 min.), the second in her trilogy of fictional essay films shot in public spaces, which explores the relationship between a female photographer and subjects met on the Internet. The program continues with Touch (2013, digital video, 68 min.), in which a gay man recounts, mostly in Mandarin, his return to New York’s Chinatown after 50 years in order to care for his dying mother. Like the narrator—a librarian, cataloguer and recorder—the city has changed and yet the past still haunts familiar streets. The character is an invention of the filmmaker, but as her narrator confides, “words make the impossible imaginable, therefore possible.” Currently chair of Columbia’s Visual Arts Program, Silver has utilized video, film and still photography to investigate contested territories between public and private, narrative and documentary, the watcher and the watched.

Small New Films
“Mysterious and lush explorations of the visual world... Rick Bahto’s Super 8mm films play like formalist, haiku-like postcards to distant friends.” —San Francisco Cinematheque
Since 2002, the Echo Park Film Center (EPFC) has been an influential proponent of small-gauge film, particularly Super 8mm and 8mm. This survey of handmade films affirms the independent spirit of the EPFC community in an aesthetically eclectic range of works from personal diary films to cross-disciplinary collaborations, from documentary portraiture to hand-processed abstraction. Drawing on young experimenters from the center’s education and residency programs as well as artists commissioned to make brand-new films for EPFC’s 12-year anniversary, the program includes Kate Brown’s 4X3, Marilyn Hernandez’s Perforated Damage, Alee Peoples’ Waxing and Milking, a film for two projectors by Rick Bahto, and shorts by Paul Clipson, Chloe Reyes and Pablo Valencia—all projected from Super 8 or 8mm camera originals. Co-sponsored by the Echo Park Film Center.  Curated by Rick Bahto. 

The Stranger (Aguntuk) (1991), 120 mins.
In his final film, Ray tells the story of a bourgeois couple who receive news that a man claiming to be the wife’s long-lost uncle will be staying with them after years of travel. The Stranger is a complex and humane portrait of a world both corrupt and sadly beautiful.

SWEET BLUES: A Film About Mike Bloomfield
Filmmaker Bob Sarles (in person) together with his longtime partner Christina Keating, through their production company Ravin’ Films, have produced documentary and concert films about artists including Jefferson Airplane, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John, Phil Lesh, Otis Redding, Buddy Guy, Stax Records and the psychedelic music era for clients including The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, VH1, Columbia Records, Time Life and PBS.  They are currently in production on a documentary film about American satirist and counter culture hero Paul Krassner.  We will be presenting their latest film about the late great blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield as well as some choice nuggets from their extensive body of music related films.