Although he was best known for his Emmy Award-winning role as the rumpled detective Columbo, Peter Falk was also a Broadway star and a two-time Academy Award nominee. The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica celebrates the career of Falk, who died in in June at the age of 83, Wednesday evening with a double bill of Falk comedies: 1976's "Murder by Death" and the 1978 follow-up, "The Cheap Detective."
The Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood celebrates the 30th anniversary Sunday of Wolfgang Petersen's acclaimed World War II drama, "Das Boot." Following the screening, the film's production designer Rolf Zehetbauer, will discuss the film with Art Directors Guild President Thomas A. Walsh. www.americancinematheque.com
Don't Knock the Rock 2011, which has gotten its groove on for the past two months at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, presents the L.A. premiere of "Wheedle's Groove" and the world premiere of "The Jim Sullivan Story," Thursday evening. Later in the evening is the West Coast premiere of the documentary "The Ballad of Mott the Hoople." Saturday's offering is a "Don't Knock the Rock BMI Roundtable: Music in Film, TV and New Media 2011" and the word premiere of "Rhino Resurrected," about Rhino Records.