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Around Town: Tim Burton, Alfred Hitchcock, Rita Hayworth and more

May 26, 2011 |  5:00 am


The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Tim Burton exhibit opens May 29, and the museum's film department has planned its own tribute, "The Fantastical Works of Tim Burton." The series begins Friday evening with 1990's "Edward Scissorhands," which marked the first screen collaboration between Burton and actor Johnny Depp. Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest and Vincent Price, one of Burton's earliest supporters, also star.

Burton will be on hand Saturday evening to introduce 1994's "Ed Wood," his biopic of the eccentric director of such truly bad films as "Plan 9 From Outer Space." Depp plays Wood opposite Martin Landau's Oscar-winning turn as actor Bela Lugosi. The film will be preceded by 1982's "Vincent," Burton's stop-motion tale narrated by Price.  http://www.lacma.org

The "Suspense Account: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock" retrospective at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood features a Thursday evening screening of the director's Academy Award-winning 1940 thriller "Rebecca." Based on the classic novel by Daphne du Maurier, the film stars Joan Fontaine, Laurence Olivier and Judith Anderson as the evil housekeeper Mrs. Danvers. Also screening Thursday is Hitch's 1935 British thriller, "The 39 Steps," with Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll.

Friday's offerings are 1960's "Psycho," with Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates, and 1963's "The Birds,"  with Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor. Scheduled for Saturday are two Cary Grant-starrers -- 1955's "To Catch a Thief," with Grace Kelly, and 1946's "Notorious," also starring Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains. The festival concludes Sunday evening with the 1958 masterwork "Vertigo," starring Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak.

The Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica is celebrating the Memorial Day holiday with two vintage war films Thursday evening -- 1941's "Sergeant York," starring Gary Cooper in his Oscar-winning turn as Alvin C. York, and John Huston's 1951 adaptation of Stephen Crane's Civil War novel, "The Red Badge of Courage," starring World War II hero Audie Murphy and political/war cartoonist Bill Mauldin.

On tap for Friday at the Aero is the beloved 1952 MGM musical "Singin' in the Rain" with Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O'Connor and Jean Hagen, the only member of the superlative cast who earned an Oscar nomination. A "Back to the Future" triple feature is on the bill for Saturday at the Aero, with David Lean's Oscar-winning 1962 epic "Lawrence of Arabia" arriving on Sunday. The latter will be screened in 70mm. http://www.americancinematheque.com

The New Beverly Cinema presents movie goddess Rita Hayworth in two of her renowned film noir thrillers Friday and Saturday: 1946's "Gilda," with Glenn Ford, and 1947's "The Lady From Shanghai," which also stars and was directed by her then-husband Orson Welles. Friday's midnight screening in Quentin Tarantino's 1994 film "Pulp Fiction," while "The Good Old Naughty Days," a 2002 compilation of silent porn, screens Saturday at midnight.

On tap for Sunday and Monday are two road comedies starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby: 1942's "Road to Morocco" and 1946's "Road to Utopia." Tuesday and Wednesday's double bill is Martin Scorsese's 1985 dark comedy "After Hours," starring Griffin Dunne, and Jonathan Demme's 1986 film, "Something Wild," starring Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith and Ray Liotta in a star-making turn. http://www.newbevcinema.com

At midnight Friday, the Nuart in West Los Angeles presents a special tribute to werewolves in cinema that will include Blu-ray giveaways and a 30th-anniversary presentation of John Landis' "An American Werewolf in London," with David Naughton and Dunne. http://www.landmarktheatres.com

The 1986 skateboard romance 'Thrashin'," which stars a young Josh Brolin, screens Sunday evening at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre. Among the special guests for the 25th-anniversary presentation will be writer/producer Alan Sacks and co-stars Robert Rusler and Chuck McCann. Monday's offering at the theater is "The 5 Minutes Game: Memorial Day 2011 Edition." Cinefamily is choosing 15 obscure films and will screen the first five minutes of each. The audience will then vote on the film they would like to see in its entirety. http://www.cinefamily.org

The 17th Film Courage Interactive presents "South Loop," written, produced and directed by John Rangel, on Monday evening at the Downtown Independent. Director and cast will be in attendance. http://www.filmcourage.com/content/film-courage-interactive

The Los Angeles Conservancy opens the downtown L.A. movie palace, the Los Angeles Theatre, on Wednesday evening for the Last Remaining Seats screening of the 1962 musical classic "The Music Man" with Robert Preston, Shirley Jones and Buddy Hackett. Charles Phoenix, the pop culture author and historian, will interview the film's co-star Susan Luckey.  http://www.laconservancy.org/remaining/index.php4


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Photo: "Ed Wood." Credit: Touchstone Pictures