Loyola's movie marathon: Kenneth Turan's film pick of the week
A smorgasbord of cinematic treats is being served up all day Friday as Loyola Marymount University's Mayer Theater hosts a marathon of films restored by the great Italian film archive the Cineteca di Bologna.
The day starts at noon with Michelangelo Antonioni's early feature, 1955's "Le Amiche," followed at 2:30 p.m. by one of the classics of Italian neo-realism, Vittorio De Seta's brooding "Bandits of Orgosolo." Also on that program are two of the director's marvelous documentary shorts.
Things lighten up at 5 p.m. with a collection of 1914 Charlie Chaplin shorts made at Mack Sennett's Keystone Studio and shot all over Los Angeles. The day closes at 7:30 p.m. with one of the landmarks of African cinema, 1973's "Touki Bouki" ("The Hyena's Laugh") from Senegal's Djibril Diop Mambety.
The movies are free but reservations are necessary. Loyola Marymount is just south of the intersection of Lincoln and Jefferson boulevards. Information at (310) 258-7200.
-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic
Photo: From left, Eleonora Rossi-Drago (as Clelia), Valentina Cortese (as Nene), Anna Maria Pancani (Mariella) and Yvonne Fureaux (as Momina De Stefani) in Michelangelo Antonioni's "Le Amiche." Credit: Courtesy of Titanus, Rai Cinema and Cineteca di Bologna.