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Around Town: Peter Falk, rare Rainer Werner Fassbinder and more

August 18, 2011 |  5:10 am

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.

Beginning Saturday, Cinefamily presents "Weird Weekend: A Weird Wednesday 10th Anniversary Celebration," which features exploitation films selected by Lars Nilsen of the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas. Among the films screening Saturday and Sunday are 1979's "Teen Lust," 1983's "The Boxer's Omen" and 1974's "Confessions of a Young American Housewife."

"An Evening with Ken Jacobs" is on tap Tuesday at the Cinefamily. His son, Azazel Jacobs, who directed the film "Terri," will host the evening that will feature five of his father's pioneering experimental films. www.cinefamily.org

The Hollywood Bowl celebrates the 1940 Walt Disney animated film "Fantasia," Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. John Mauceri returns to conduct the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in a concert featuring selections from the film, which combined animation with classical music. www.hollywoodbowl.com

UCLA Film & Television Archive's series "Perpetual Motion: The Cinema of Nicolas Pereda" continues Friday with his second feature, 2009's "Together" at the Billy Wilder Theater. On tap for Sunday is "Perpetuum Mobile," also from 2009. www.cinema.ucla.edu

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents a rare showing of Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1973 three-hour plus sci-fi flick"World on a Wire" at the Leo S. Bing Theatre. Part I screens Friday evening; Part II is set for Saturday evening. LACMA's Saturday Monster Matinee features the 1955 camp sci-fi flick "This Island Earth," with Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue and Rex Reason. Scheduled for the Tuesday matinee is the sequel to the 1950 classic "Father of the Bride" -- the 1951 comedy "Father's Little Dividend," with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. www.lacma.org

The Echo Park Film Center presents "Let Me Sing: The Story of Bobby Byrne," a portrait of a 66-year-old singer, musician and comedian, Thursday evening. The 3rd Annual Filmmobile Summer Screening Series continues Friday with the 1967 film, "Pizza Pizza Daddy-O." Email info@echoparkfilmcenter.org for location and directions the day before the screening. The traveling Cut + Run Festival visits EPFC Saturday with its third annual tour of experimental short films. www.echoparkfilmcenter.org

The Outdoor Cinema Food Fest Summer 2011 continues Saturday evening at La Cienega Park with a 30th anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg's "Raiders of the Lost Ark," starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. www.outdoorcinemafoodfest.com

Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery gets wild and crazy Saturday evening with a screening of Carl Reiner's 1979 comedy "The Jerk," with Steve Martin in his first starring film role. www.cinespia.org

The 24th Annual Silents Under the Stars at the Paramount Ranch in Agoura Hills presents the 1926 Tom Mix western "The Great K&A Train Robbery," Sunday evening. Michael Mortilla will provide live accompaniment for the film. A flashlight is recommended due to limited lighting in the parking area. www.hollywoodheritage.org

-- Susan King

Photo: Peter Falk Credit: Ron Frehm / Associated Press