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Category: Film preservation

Around Town: 'Mean Streets' pays tribute to Fellini film

May 17, 2012 |  6:00 am


 "I Vitelloni," a 1953 semi-autobiographical drama about five male friends living in a small Italian town, is considered one of the watershed moments in Federico Fellini's career. The film is screening Friday through Wednesday at the New Beverly Cinema with a variety of second features that all tip their hats to "I Vitelloni."

Martin Scorsese's 1973 "Mean Streets"  is on tap Friday and Saturday. Another coming-of-age film from 1973, George Lucas' "American Graffiti" joins the Italian drama on Sunday and Monday. And on Tuesday and Wednesday, Barry Levinson's nostalgia-tinged 1982 buddy movie "Diner," screens with the Fellini film. http://www.newbevcinema.com

The Art Directors Guild Film Society and the American Cinemathque celebrate the guild's 75th anniversary and its 2012 Film Series with 1929's "The Iron Mask," Douglas Fairbanks' last silent film, early Sunday evening at the Egyptian Theatre.

Allan Dwan helmed this sequel to "The Three Musketeers," which features the production design of Maurice Leloir. Fairbanks went to Paris to cajole the then-74-year-old Leloir to come to Hollywood to do the film. The only 35-millimeter print known to exist, restored by Kevin Brownlow, is being flown in from London for the event. http://www.americancinematheque.com

On Thursday evening, Film Independent at LACMA's monthly "100 Years of Paramount Pictures" presents two films starring a young Michael Caine: the original 1969 version of the caper flick "The Italian Job" and 1966's "Funeral in Berlin," which marked the British actor's second outing as British spy Harry Palmer. And on Sunday, Film Independent is presenting a sneak preview of Wes Anderson's latest film, "Moonrise Kingdom." This event is sold out, but there will be a stand-by line. http://www.lacma.org

Though critics and audiences weren't exactly enthused about the Tim Burton-Johnny Depp version of "Dark Shadows," the director and actor have hit pay dirt with a number of their collaborations. Screenwriters Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander will be chatting about their experiences working with Burton and Depp on the 1994 charmer "Ed Wood," after a screening of the film Thursday evening at the Egyptian Theatre. Their discussion is followed by a screening of the first collaboration between Burton and Depp -- 1990's "Edward Scissorhands."

The intimate Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre presents the 1917 silent serial "The Mystery of the Double Cross" this weekend. The first eight chapters will be shown on Friday evening, the remaining seven on Saturday evening. "Double Cross"  is one of just a few serials from the silent era that still exist in complete form. 

The Cinematheque's Aero Theatre continues its "The Poetry of Precision: A Robert Bresson Retrospective." Two of his earliest films screen Saturday evening: 1943's "Les Anges du Peche," based on the Diderot novel, and 1945's "Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne," which was penned by Jean Cocteau. http://www.americancinematheque.com

The Echo Park Film Center presents "PXL: This 21" Thursday night. The 21st annual toy camera film festival features Pixelvision films made with the Fisher-Price PXL 2000 camcorder.http://www.echoparkfilmcenter.org.

A traveling exhibition of new Czech films is visiting Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre. The opening night program Thursday evening is 2010's "Walking Too Fast." Director Radim Spacek will do a Q&A after the screening of the movie, followed by "Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer." http://www.cinefamily.org

Historian and author Miles Kruger will chat about the 1936 version of the Oscar Hammerstein II-Jerome Kern musical "Showboat" on Sunday afternoon at the Billy Wilder Theater as part of the UCLA Film & Television Archive's centennial celebration of Universal. Irene Dunne, Allan Jones, Paul Robeson and Helen Morgan star. James Whale of "Frankenstein" fame directed.

The archive's Wednesday evening programming at the Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles presents two collaborations between director Nicholas Ray and Humphrey Bogart: 1949's "Knock on Any Day" and the 1950 film noir classic "In a Lonely Place," with Gloria Grahame and Frank Lovejoy. http://cinema.ucla.edu

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents "The Development of the Digital Animator" on Monday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The 18th Marc Davis Celebration of Animation evening will be moderated by animator and historian Tom Sisto.  http://www.oscars.org

REDCAT presents "New Day at 40: A Community's Celebration" on Monday evening. The program honors the 40th anniversary of indie New Day Films with a screening of work by two of its L.A. members: Anayansi Prado and Adele Horne. http://www.redcat.org


"Douglas Fairbanks' 'Thief of Bagdad," "Iron Mask" to screen at Samuel Goldwyn Theater"


 -- Susan King

Photo: Robert DeNiro (left) and Harvey Keitel star in "Mean Streets" Credit: Warner Bros.

Around Town: 'Star Trek,' 'Kill Bill,' John Cassavetes and John Barry tributes and more

March 24, 2011 |  5:00 am


Attention Trekkers -- this weekend is all about you. The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood presents "To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before: Celebrating Star Trek," Thursday through Sunday with an opening-night screening of 1979's "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," directed by Robert Wise. A discussion with art director Richard Taylor and others will follow.

Friday's offering is a double bill: 1982's "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and 1984's "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock." The Times' Geoff Boucher will talk with George Takei between films, while on Saturday Boucher will chat with Walter Koenig between screenings of 1986's "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" and 1989's "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier." On Sunday, Boucher will sit down with writer/director Nicholas Meyer after the screening of 1991's "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country."

The work of British director Peter Yates, who died in January at the age of 81, is being celebrated Thursday evening at the Cinematheque's Aero Theater in Santa Monica with a program of two of his best thrillers: his first American film, 1968's "Bullitt," with Steve McQueen, and 1973's "The Friends of Eddie Coyle," starring Robert Mitchum.

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Scorsese and Govan: All warm and fuzzy about future of film at LACMA

January 21, 2010 |  6:48 am


A diverse crowd of stylish hipsters, film buffs and art lovers filled the seats of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Bing Theater on Wednesday evening, when the museum hosted a conversation between filmmaker Martin Scorsese and LACMA Director Michael Govan.

Though the two appeared congenial, they had a seemingly more contentious relationship last summer, when Govan announced the museum would have to suspend its film program due to funding issues. The news sparked an outcry from the public as well as from Scorsese, who in August wrote an open letter published in The Times urging LACMA to keep the film program running. That letter prompted the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. to donate $75,000 to save the film program, and Time Warner Cable and Ovation TV donated an additional $75,000 that will allow the program to run until the end of June.

Though Govan has previously laid out his intentions to increase the program's annual budget by about $150,000 and raise a $5-million endowment, the museum director did not go into further detail about the fundraising efforts during Wednesday's discussion.

Instead, the conversation mostly centered around Scorsese's devotion to the art of film preservation -- a passion he said was ignited back in the 1970s in the very theater in which he was seated.

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Tonight: Martin Scorsese speaks on film preservation at LACMA

January 20, 2010 |  1:00 pm

Getprev After months of public debate over the future of LACMA's film program, museum director Michael Govan and filmmaker Martin Scorsese will join together this evening (Jan. 20) for a public conversation about the role of film at museums.

The discussion, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. in LACMA's Bing Theater and costs $10 for LACMA members and $12 for the general public, will also touch on the topic of film preservation.

It's an issue that's important to Scorsese, who accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday. When asked by a reporter backstage at the award show what he would do if he could not continue making films, Scorsese replied: "I would continue working in film preservation and teaching."

Back in August, he wrote an impassioned open letter published in The Times urging LACMA to keep the film program running.

"The film department is often held at arms’ length at LACMA and other institutions, separate from the fine arts, and this simply should not be," Scorsese wrote. "Film departments should be accorded the same respect, and the same amount of financial leeway, as any other department of fine arts. To do otherwise is a disservice to cinema, and to the public as well."

That letter prompted the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. to donate $75,000 to save the film program, and Time Warner Cable and Ovation TV donated an additional $75,000 that will allow the program to run until the end of June.

It seems Govan and Scorsese have made peace since the filmmaker spoke out: The museum director traveled to Scorsese's home last summer to discuss how the two could locate potential donors in Hollywood.

Presumably, the two will also be discussing further plans for the program -- and Govan's intentions to increase the program's annual budget by about $150,000 and raise a $5-million endowment -- this evening. 

For a full report on the discussion, check back with 24 Frames.

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: Martin Scorsese. Credit Peter Kramer/Associated Press


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