Around Town: The Sherman brothers' 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'
The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre's "A Night at the Movies: The Marx Brothers on the Big Screen" retrospective begins Thursday with 1937's "A Day at the the Races" and 1941's "The Big Store." Friday's offerings are 1935's "A Night at the Opera" and 1938's "Room Service," with 1933's "Duck Soup" and 1930's "Animal Crackers" on tap for Saturday and 1931's "Monkey Business" and 1929's "The Coconuts" scheduled for Sunday.
The Egyptian also continues its "Wednesday with Orson Welles" series with 1948's film noir "The Lady From Shanghai," with his soon-to-be-ex-wife Rita Hayworth, and 1955's bizarre, intriguing "Mr. Arkadin," which is also known as "Confidential Report."
The Cinematheque's Aero Theatre festival "Through a Lens Darkly: The Films of Ingmar Bergman" screens one of the Swedish filmmaker's best productions, 1957's "Wild Strawberries," which stars Victor Sjostrom, who was a famous film director during the silent era, and 1966's drama "Persona" with Bibi Andersson and Liv Ullmann.
And on Sunday, the Aero presents a family matinee of the big-budget 1968 musical fantasy "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang," which features a score by the late Robert Sherman and his brother Richard. Dick Van Dyke stars.
Acclaimed British director Terence Davies, whose latest film "The Deep Blue Sea" opens March 23, will be visiting the Aero on Sunday for a screening of his 1992 drama "The Long Day Closes." The Aero also will be screening his 1983 "The Terence Davies Trilogy" on Monday evening. www.americancinematheque.com
UCLA Film & Television Archive's "Spencer Tracy: That Natural Thing," currently in its third month at the Billy Wilder Theater, continues Sunday evening. On tap are two of the films the actor made with his frequent co-star and long-time companion Katharine Hepburn and directed by George Cukor: the 1942 drama "Keeper of the Flame" and the classic 1949 comedy "Adam's Rib."
And the archive's Wednesday evening programming at the Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles serves up a Marilyn Monroe double bill: 1953's musical comedy "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," directed by Howard Hawks, and the 1956 romantic drama "Bus Stop," directed by Josh Logan, which also stars Don Murray and Arthur O'Connell in their Oscar-nominated performances. www.cinema.ucla.edu
Film Independent at LACMA shines the spotlight on award-winning German director Wim Wenders on Thursday evening at the Leo S. Bing Theater with a screening of his 1977 film noir "The American Friend" and his offbeat 1982 short "Chambre 666."
LACMA's "Ellsworth Kelly Selects" series continues Friday with Jean Renoir's 1939 masterwork "Rules of the Game," in which he also appears, and Jacques Becker's 1952 tragic romantic tale "Casque D'or," which stars Simone Signoret. www.lacma.org
The New Beverly Cinema features Audrey Hepburn in two of her most iconic films this Friday and Saturday -- 1961's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and 1953's "Roman Holiday," the romantic comedy also starring Gregory Peck for which she won the best actress Oscar as a princess on the lam. newbevcinema.com
Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre's Charlie Chaplin retrospective continues Wednesday evening with a restored print of his 1936 classic comedy -- and his last silent film -- "Modern Times." www.cinefamily.org
-- Susan King
Photo: "Duck Soup" screens at the Egyptian Theatre. Credit: Paramount Pictures