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'What Becomes a Legend' at the Getty: Kenneth Turan's film pick

April 26, 2012 |  3:00 pm

Pandora's Box
To accompany its comprehensive look at photographer Herb Ritts, who did superb glamour and fashion work, the J. Paul Getty Museum is presenting a film series, "What Becomes a Legend," that showcases great screen icons.

On Saturday at 3 p.m., Heartthrob No. 1 Rudolph Valentino stars in "The Sheik," while at 7 p.m. Louise Brooks is at her most iconic in "Pandora's Box," with live piano accompaniment
by Michael Mortilla.

Sunday is devoted to sound-era sirens: "Morocco," an early collaboration between Marlene Dietrich and director Joseph von Sternberg, plays at noon, with Rita Hayworth singing "Put the Blame on Mame" in the memorable "Gilda" screening at 3 p.m.

All will be shown in the Getty's splendid Harold M. Williams Auditorium. The screenings are free, but reservations are required at www.getty.edu.


'Marley' a fitting tribute to raggae star

On DVD: Universal's classic films at 100

'The Island President,' a nail-biting documentary

-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic

Photo: Louise Brooks in "Pandora's Box." Credit: UCLA Film and Television Archive