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Around Town: Happy 85th to Grauman's Chinese Theatre

April 19, 2012 |  6:00 am


One of Hollywood's most venerable movie palaces, Grauman's Chinese Theatre, is celebrating its 85th birthday this year. And as part of the theater's celebrations, the Chinese is offering a "25 Cent Movie Mondays" series. The first movie screening this Monday evening is Blake Edwards' delightful 1961 romantic-comedy drama "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal and Orangey the cat. http:///www.chinesetheatres.com

"Noir City: Hollywood, 14th Annual Festival of Film Noir" opens Friday at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre with a real rarity: the 1949 version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," with Alan Ladd, followed by the film that made him a star -- 1942's "This Gun for Hire," which also stars Veronica Lake and Robert Preston.

Saturday's noirs are 1953's "Naked Alibi," with Gene Berry, Sterling Hayden and Glorida Grahame, and the newly restored 1954 chiller "Suddenly," with Frank Sinatra as a hired killer.

A triple bill of noirs based on Cornell Woolrich's novels are set for Sunday -- 1944's "Phantom Lady," directed by Robert Siodmak; 1945's "Black Angel," starring Dan Duryea and Peter Lorre; and 1949's "The Window," for which Bobby Driscoll earned a juvenile Oscar.

An Anthony Mann double bill is on tap for Wednesday -- 1947's "T-Men" with Dennis O'Keefe and 1944's "Strange Impersonation" with Brenda Marshall and William Gargan.

The Egyptian celebrates the 10th anniversary Monday evening of "A Huey P. Newton Story," the Peabody Award-winning film directed by Spike Lee and starring actor/writer Roger Guenveur Smith in this adaptation of his award-winning one-man show.

And on Tuesday, director Andrew Davis will be on hand for a screening of his 1978 film, "Stoney Island."

The Cinematheque's Aero Theatre presents the latest edition of its monthly "Silent Comedy Shorts Program" Friday evening. Among the shorts scheduled are 1908's "French Interpreter Policeman," directed by Georges Melies, Charlie Chaplin's 1916 classic "The Rink" and Harold Lloyd's 1920 comedy "An Eastern Westerner."

Saturday afternoon the Aero presents a family matinee sneak preview of Aardman Animation's latest animated film, "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," which opens April 27.

Director Bess Kargman will be on hand late Sunday afternoon at the Aero to discuss her ballet documentary "First Position," which revolves around six dancers at the Youth America Grand Prix.

The Aero's "Wednesdays with Robert Altman" retrospective continues with 1982's ensemble comedy-drama "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean," which stars Cher, Karen Black and Sandy Dennis.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' "Inside the Booth: A Journey Through Projection" continues Thursday evening at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood with "The Golden Age." The program, hosted by the Academy's chief projectionist Marshall Gitlitz, examines the history of film and sound formats. http://www.oscars.org

Actress Lynn Lowry is scheduled to appear Thursday evening at the New Beverly at the screening of two of her films: 1973's "The Crazies" and 1982's "Cat People."

With his latest film "Damsels in Distress" currently in theaters, the New Beverly presents two earlier films directed by Whit Stillman -- 1994's "Barcelona" and 1998's "The Last Days of Disco."

The Friday midnight show is the legendary 1936 marijuana exploitation flick "Reefer Madness." And Saturday's midnight showing is the 1983 Dan Aykroyd comedy "Doctor Detroit."

Fred Zinnemann's 1948 film noir "Act of Violence," with Robert Ryan and and Van Heflin, is set for Sunday and Monday, along with the 50th anniversary screening of "Cape Fear" with Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum. And the reconstructed version of Sam Fuller's 1980 World War II epic, "The Big Red One" screens Wednesday. http://www.newbevcinema.com

The "UCLA Celebration of Iranian Cinema" continues Saturday evening at the Billy Wilder Theater with Naghi Nemati's  2011 drama "Three and a Half."  Veteran actor/director/producer Parviz Sayyad will appear Sunday evening with his 1977 drama "Dead End."

The archive's Wednesday programming at the Million Dollar Theatre in downtown Los Angeles presents Marcel Camus' 1959 Oscar-winning Brazilian fantasy "Black Orpheus," which is based on the legend of Orpheus. http://www.cinema.ucla.edu

The Los Angeles Filmforum and the USC Cinematheque 108 presents "Crosstown Rivals: Films from USC and UCLA in the 1960s," Thursday at the USC Ray Stark Family Theatre in the George Lucas Building at USC. http://lafilmforum.org

The Skirball's "Through a Glass Brightly: A Paul Mazursky Retrospective" concludes Sunday afternoon with Jean Renoir's 1932 classic comedy "Boudu Saved from Drowning" with Michel Simon, and Mazursky's popular 1986 "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," with Nick Nolte, Richard Dreyfuss and Bette Midler. http://www.skirball.org

The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre introduces a new monthly animation series -- "Jerry Beck's Cartoon Afternoons: Cartoon Head-Trip," which features, according to the press release, "the trippiest animation in cartoon history." http://www.cinefamily.org

The Arclight continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary this month with audience favorites. Screening Sunday at the Arclight Sherman Oaks is Steven Spielberg's 1981 blockbuster, "Raiders of the Lost Ark," while the Arclight Hollywood shows Spielberg's first major hit film, 1975's "Jaws." Also set for Sunday at the Arclight Beach Cities is Roman Polanski's seminal 1974 noir, "Chinatown."

And on Wednesday, the Arclight Pasadena screens Robert Zemickis' 1985 hit, "Back to the Future," while the Arclight Beach Cities presents the Rob Reiner 1987 fave, "The Princess Bride." http://www.arclightcinemas.com

Film at Redcat presents the Los Angeles premiere Monday evening of experimental filmmaker Bill Morrison's latest work, "The Miners' Hymns." http://www.redcat.org

The Fred Zinnemann retrospective at the Getty Center presents the Oscar-winning director's penultimate film, 1977's "Julia" Tuesday evening with special guests -- sound designer and film editor Walter Murch and screenwriter Alvin Sargent, who won an Oscar for his screenplay. http://www.getty.edu

Olivia de Havilland earned her first best actress Oscar nomination for the rarely screened 1941 romantic drama "Hold Back the Dawn," which also stars Charles Boyer. The film, directed by Mitchell Leisen and penned by Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder, screens Tuesday afternoon at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Leo S. Bing Theater. http://www.lacma.org


"Classic Hollywood: A dark 'Great Gatsby'"

-- Susan King

Photo: George Peppard, Audrey Hepburn and Patricia Neal in "Breakfast at Tiffany's. Credit: Associated Press

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