Movies to See in L.A. This Week: Ken Burns and Frank Capra
It Happened One Night
Friday, July 18
If you missed our Critics’ Pick We Are the Best when it was first released in late May, fret not. On Friday at 8 p.m., Cinefamily will have a special screening of the graphic-novel adaptation, which follows a trio 13-year-old girls in 1980s Stockholm who decide to start a punk band. A live performance by the Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls L.A. students will follow, and DJs Tuna and Sarah Anne will be pumping out music before and after the show.
Saturday, July 19
It’s a freak-show night at the Egyptian Theatre with a double feature of Nosferatu, the classic silent vampire film, followed by Freaks, about a trapeze artist who connives to marry the circus midget for his money. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with Nosferatu screening at 7 p.m. At 9:45 p.m., a carnival masquerade party begins in the courtyard (costumes encouraged but not required), including live performances by Cirque Berzerk. Thirty-five dollars buys you entrance to the theater, party and the vendor bazaar. The $60 VIP price includes reserved theater seating, first-in-line priority, two drinks and a special commemorative ticket and photo. More info and tickets can be found at brownpapertickets.com/event/668958.
For a different kind of oldie but goodie, LACMA screens Frank Capra classic It Happened One Night, in celebration of its 80th anniversary, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bing Theater. The first film to rake in all of the top five Academy Awards (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Directing and Writing), It Happened One Night features Clark Gable as an out-of-work reporter who strikes a deal with runaway heiress Claudette Colbert: He’ll help her get to her new husband if she gives him the exclusive to her elopement.
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Tuesday, July 22
Documentary director Ken Burns brings a preview of his upcoming seven-part PBS series, premiering Sept. 14, to the Ace Hotel at 7:30 p.m. The Roosevelts: An Intimate History highlights the lives of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and examines their influence on American politics. The 60-minute preview begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by a discussion with Burns and Stephen Ujlaki, dean of the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television. Get tickets at acehotel.com/calendar/losangeles.
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