Around Town: Rock docs, disco tributes, sci-fi favorites and more
The American Cinematheque screens "Barry Lyndon," Stanley Kubrick's lavish 1975 epic, at the Egyptian Theatre on Thursday evening in Hollywood. The drama, based on William Makepeace Thackeray's novel, stars Ryan O'Neal in the title role and won four Academy Awards, including one for John Alcott's cinematography. On Friday, the Egyptian celebrates the 25th anniversary of David Cronenberg's revisionist take on the sci-fi classic "The Fly," starring Jeff Goldblum in the title role, with a screening that's part of a double bill with John Carpenter's 1982 film "The Thing." On Saturday, the Egyptian presents its yearly tiki celebration with a screening of the 1951 South Sea melodrama "Bird of Paradise," starring Debra Paget, Louis Jourdan and Jeff Chandler, in addition to live music and a fashion show.
The Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica celebrates the 1991 film "Hudson Hawk" on Thursday evening with special guests, including director Michael Lehman and writer Daniel Waters, schedules permitting. On Friday, the Aero kicks off its three-day centenary celebration of Ginger Rogers -- "Backwards and in High Heels" -- with two of her best musicals with Fred Astaire from 1936: "Swing Time" and "Follow the Fleet." On tap for Saturday are 1935's "Top Hat" and 1937's "Shall We Dance"; Sunday's offerings are 1934's "The Gay Divorcee" and 1938's "Carefree." http://www.americancinematheque.com
"The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye," a film about Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV founder Genesis P-Orridge and his unique relationship with his late wife, opens this year's "Don't Knock the Rock" music festival Thursday at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre. The festival, founded by filmmaker Allison Anders and her daughter Tiffany Anders, runs through late August. Highlights include the world premiere of "Rhino Resurrected: The Incredibly Strange Story of the World's Most Famous Record Store."
UCLA Film & Television Archive kicks off its disco film tribute, "Reflections in a Mirrored Ball," Friday at the Billy Wilder Theater with the 1976 comedy, "Car Wash." John Travolta's Oscar-nominated performance in 1977's "Saturday Night Fever" is featured Saturday evening, and on Monday, the 1980 cult favorite "Can't Stop the Music," with the Village People, boogies into the Wilder.
On Sunday evening, William Wellman's 1954 feature "Track of the Cat," starring Mitchum, Teresa Wright, Beulah Bondi, Diana Lynn and Tab Hunter, will screen as part of the archive's continuing series, "Tracking the Cat: Robert Mitchum in the West." http://www.cinema.ucla.edu
The New Beverly Cinema celebrates the 25th anniversary of James Cameron's "Aliens," Friday and Saturday evening with a double bill that includes Cameron's 1984 hit, "The Terminator." Several of the film's cast members, including Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen, are set to appear, schedules permitting. The 1980 thriller "The Boogeyman" screens at midnight Saturday. Far less scary is the Charlie Chaplin double bill running Sunday-Tuesday, which includes Chaplin's 1931 masterwork, "City Lights," and the 1992 biopic, "Chaplin," starring Robert Downey Jr. in his Oscar-nominated turn as the Little Tramp. http://www.newbevcinema.org
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art continues its Celebrating Classic Cinema: Curator and Audience Favorites Friday evening with two blissful satires: 1941's "Sullivan's Travels," written and directed by Preston Sturges and starring Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, and Ernst Lubitsch's 1942 "To Be or Not to Be" with Jack Benny and Carole Lombard in her last film. Saturday's early feature is Douglas Sirk's 1956 melodrama "Written on the Wind," with Lauren Bacall, Rock Hudson, Oscar-nominated Robert Stack and Oscar-winner Dorothy Malone. The evening's double bill features Robert Bresson's acclaimed French 1959 drama "Pickpocket" and Jacques Demy's 1963 feature "Bay of Angels," with Jeanne Moreau. Bette Davis gives one of her Oscar-nominated performance as a murderous wife in William Wyler's 1940 drama "The Letter," screening Tuesday afternoon.
The museum's Saturday Monster Matinees will feature the 1951 sci-fi classic "The Thing From Another World," starring a young James Arness in the title role. http://www.lacma.org
The From Britain with Love festival spotlighting recent British independent films continues Saturday and Sunday morning at five Laemmle Theatres with "NEDS," written and directed by and starring Scotsman Peter Mullan. http://www.frombritainwithlove.org
Cinespia presents Sam Raimi's 1987 black horror comedy "Evil Dead 2," Saturday at the Hollywood Forever cemetery. http://www.cinespia.org
The 15th Los Angeles Latino Film Festival opens Sunday and continues through July 25 at the Egyptian Theatre, boasting 42 feature films -- 29 narrative and 13 documentaries -- and 34 short films from 14 countries, including Bolivia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela. http://www.latinofilm.org
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Science and Technology Council presents "Mysteries of the Krell: Making the Sci-Fi Epic 'Forbidden Planet,' " Saturday at the Linwood Dunn Theater. Prior to the screening of the 1956 classic, Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Craig Barron and Oscar-winning sound designer Ben Burtt will unveil secrets behind the making of the film. The event is sold out, but there will be a standby line before the screening.
The Academy's "Summer of Silents: Photoplay Award Winners of the Silent Era" series continues Monday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn with a newly restored 35mm tinted print of the 1925 World War I epic, "The Big Parade," starring John Gilbert and directed by King Vidor. Oscar-winning film historian, preservationist and documentarian Kevin Brownlow will introduce. Brownlow also will introduce a special screening Wednesday evening of Buster Keaton's 1927 comedy classic, "The General." Before the screening, John Bengston will present a then-and-now look at filming locations in L.A. of silent comedies by Keaton, Lloyd and Chaplin. http://www.oscars.org
The 1996 Adam Sandler golfing comedy, "Happy Gilmore," screens Wednesday at the Level 2 Dining Terrace at the Westfield Century City Mall. http://www.westfield.com/centurycity
-- Susan King
Photo: "Barry Lyndon." Credit: Warner Bros.