Movies to See in L.A. This Week, From Eli Wallach to Edith Head

The Magnificent Seven
The Magnificent Seven

Friday, Aug. 22

This weekend, the American Cinematheque honors the late Eli Wallach with a showcase at the Aero of his works, which earned him the epithet of “the quintessential chameleon” from the Academy. Friday’s 7:30 p.m. screening is The Magnificent Seven, featuring Wallach as the bandit leader who terrorizes a Mexican village in this remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. The series also includes The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Baby Doll (Wallach’s feature debut) and The Misfits. Buy tickets at americancinemathequecalendar.com.

At 8 p.m., the LACMA9 series continues its animation program at Charles H. Wilson Park, with about an hour’s worth of animated shorts suitable for all ages. This free program includes Eusong Lee’s Will, which revolves around a moment between a father and daughter on 9/11, and Josh Staub’s The Mantis Parable, in which a praying mantis comes across a caterpillar stuck inside a jar. The LACMA9 series has events on select Wednesdays through Saturdays through Sept. 6. For more info, go to lacma.org.

Sunday, Aug. 24

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UCLA’s What I Really Do Is Magic series on Edith Head, costume designer extraordinaire (and inspiration for Edna Mode in Pixar’s The Incredibles), continues with a double feature of Roman Holiday and To Catch a Thief at the Billy Wilder Theater at 7 p.m. In Roman Holiday, Head dressed fashion icon Audrey Hepburn for her role as the runaway princess as she tours the city with an undercover reporter played by Gregory Peck. Then, in To Catch a Thief, Head’s favorite project, Cary Grant is a retired jewel thief, with Grace Kelly as his love interest. The full schedule can be found at cinema.ucla.edu.

See also: More L.A. Weekly Film Coverage

Thursday, Aug. 28

Back again through Sept. 1 at the Egyptian Theater is the Cinecon 50 Film Festival, which has a robust list of rare features and shorts. The schedule is still TBD, but among the films to be screened are a new restoration of East Is West, starring popular silent film actress Constance Talmadge as a Chinese woman rescued from being auctioned and sent to the United States; Travelin’ On, in which a mysterious stranger (William S. Hart) falls for the preacher’s wife; and Paths to Paradise, with Raymond Griffith and Betty Compson as con artists. Thursday’s program starts at 7 p.m., and it will be found at cinecon.org


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