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Movies to See This Week: A Film on the History of Porn

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Friday, April 18

Starting on Friday at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater is the film series Stages: Norman Lloyd and American Television. Since beginning his career as a child actor in the 1920s, Lloyd has done it all, from stage to film to television. Kicking off the six-part series through June 8 is Carola, directed by Lloyd. Based on the play by Jean Renoir, Carola follows a stage actress (Leslie Caron) caught between a visiting Nazi officer (whom she once loved), her stage manager (her current lover) and a fugitive resistance fighter (who falls in love with her). Lloyd will appear in person at this event, which starts at 7:30 p.m.


Also at 7:30 p.m., at the Egyptian Theatre, the American Cinematheque hosts a double feature of two films from the Vatican's recommended list. In Akira Kurosawa's Dersu Uzala, an unlikely friendship forms between a Russian captain and a Siberian tribesman. Then, in Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal, a medieval knight plays chess with Death during the Black Plague.

On a less spiritual note, Cinefamily hosts the release party of The Good Inn, an illustrated novel from Black Francis and Josh Frank, which looks into the beginnings of pornographic film. The program begins at 8 p.m. with clips from the first celluloid porn films as well as dramatic readings from the book (featuring special guest actors). Tickets are $12 (free for members). 

See also: More L.A. Weekly Film Coverage

Monday, April 21

COLCOA (City of Lights, City of Angels) returns for a week of French film starting on Monday at the Directors Guild Theater Complex. At 6 p.m. is the opening-night gala, costing $125 (there is a limited number of tickets for sale). A reception with wine, Champagne and French food precedes the premiere of We Love You, You Bastards (Salaud on t'aime). A war photographer retires to a grand chalet in the French Alps and hopes to reconcile with his four estranged daughters in this semi-autobiographical film from Claude Lelouche. You can find the fest's full schedule and buy tickets at colcoa.org.


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