Around Town: Return to 'Brokeback Mountain'
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee and producer James Schamus will be on hand at the Film Independent at LACMA screening Thursday evening at the Leo S. Bing Theater of their seminal 2005 drama "Brokeback Mountain."
Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana also earned an Oscar for the screenplay adaptation of Annie Proulx' short story about the love affair that develops between two young cowboys (Heath Ledger, who was nominated for lead actor Oscar, and supporting nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Gustova Santaolalla won the Oscar for his haunting score.
In conjunction with the exhibition, "Fracture: Daido Moriyama," LACMA is continuing its "High and Low: Postwar Japan in Black and White" this Friday and Saturday. The series begins Friday evening with 1962's "Pigs and Battleships," directed by Shohei Imamura, followed by Imamura's 1966 "The Pornographers." Saturday's offerings are Toshio Matsumoto's 1969 "Funeral Parade of Roses" and Akira Kurosawa's 1963 thriller "High and Low," starring Toshira Mifune. http://www.lacma.org
The fourth annual Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival continues through Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre. The festival highlights both feature-length and short films from up-and-coming filmmakers from the South American country. Admission is free for the majority of films, but reservations have to be made online at http://www.hbrfest.eventbrite.com
The New Beverly presents two Martin Scorsese rock documentaries -- 1978's "The Last Waltz," featuring the Band, and 2008's "Shine a Light," starring the Rolling Stones. http://newbevcinema.com
UCLA Film & Television Archive's celebrating of Universal Pictures' 100th anniversary is presenting a new print Friday evening at the Billy Wilder Theater of James Whale's landmark 1931 horror film "Frankenstein," starring Colin Clive as the not-so-good doctor and Boris Karloff in his star-making role as the monster. Karloff also scares up some frights in the second feature, 1932's "The Mummy," directed by Karl Freund, who later became the cinematographer on "I Love Lucy." Historian James Curtis, author of "James Whale: A New World of Gods and Monsters," will be on hand. http://www.cinema.ucla.edu
Starting Friday, Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre is presenting a week-long engagement of a new 35mm print of the 1974 Jacques Rivette French classic "Celine and Julie Go Boating," starring Dominique Labourier and Juliet Berto. http://www.cinefamily.org
Gregory Peck stars as the title character in 1950's "The Gunfighter," Henry King's landmark Western, screening Saturday at the Autry. http://www.theautry.org
Laura Dern, Cuba Gooding Jr., Greg Kinnear and Mena Suvari are scheduled to present at the 39th Student Academy Awards, Saturday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The ceremony honors outstanding filmmakers from both the United States and abroad. Past award winners include Spike Lee, Robert Zemeckis, John Lasseter, Pete Docter and Trey Parker. Tickets are free but must be reserved at http://www.oscars.org
Long before he became Tim Burton's muse, Johnny Depp played one of the victims of villain Freddy Krueger, who wears a glove adorned with razors, in Wes Craven's 1984 horror favorite "Nightmare on Elm Street." It screens Saturday evening at Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. http://cinespia.org/calendar
Richard Linklater's cult favorite, 1993's "Dazed and Confused," screens Saturday evening at Devil's Night Drive-In in downtown Los Angeles. http://www.devilsnight.com/drivein.htm
Grauman's Chinese Theatre is offering movies at the legendary movie palace for just 25 cents on Monday evenings in celebration of the theater's 85th anniversary. This Monday, the Chinese Theatre is screening the 1960 epic "Spartacus." Before the screening, star Kirk Douglas will be on hand for the unveiling of his refurbished hand/foot/chin prints and sign copies of his new book, "I Am Spartacus! Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist." http://www.chinesetheatres.com
The third annual New Media Film Festival visits the Landmark Theatre in West Los Angeles on Tuesday and Wednesday. Among the opening night films is the Los Angeles premiere of the short "Ray Bradbury's Kaleidoscope." The author, who died on Tuesday, was to have been there in person to receive the Legend Award. http://www.newmediafilmfestival.com
The Skirball's free Tuesday matinee features the 1946 Warner Bros. romantic melodrama "Humoresque," with Joan Crawford as a wealthy socialite who sets her sights on a young violinist (John Garfield). http://www.skirball.org
Pat Boone will be on hand along with author Roland Kibbey to sign copies of "Pat Boone: The Hollywood Years" before the screening Wednesday at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre of his 1962 musical romance "State Fair." Boone and his white bucks will chat about his experiences after the film.
The Cinematheque's Aero Theatre serves up the L.A. premiere Wednesday of the 2010 documentary "Music from the Big House," which follows Canadian blues singer's Rita Chiarelli's journey to the birth of the blues -- Louisiana State Maximum Security Penitentiary, a.k.a. Angola Prison. There will be a performance and discussion with Chiarelli after the screening. http://www.americancinematheque.com
-- Susan King
Photo: "Brokeback Mountain" screens Thursday at LACMA. Photo: Kimberly French / Focus Features