Your Weekly Movie To-Do List: Black Magic at the White House and More
Thursday, Nov. 6
Cal State Northridge’s semester-long Powell & Pressburger retrospective nears its conclusion with a 7 p.m. screening of Gone to Earth, a lesser-known effort from the collaborators that legendary producer/power-broker David O. Selznick (Gone With the Wind) altered and retitled upon its initial stateside release. Oscar-winner Jennifer Jones stars as a woman of gypsy (that's Romani to you and me) stock courted by two very different suitors when she’d just as soon spend all her time with the flora and fauna of her native English countryside.
As with all screenings in CSUN’s Thursday Nights at the Cinematheque series, admission is free and open to the public. More enlightening information may be found at csun.edur.
Friday, Nov. 7
An Edgar G. Ulmer double feature at LACMA: B-noir treasure Detour at 7:30 p.m. and The Strange Woman immediately afterward at 8:50 p.m. Low-rent crime dramas of Detour’s ilk are particularly enjoyable for their brief runtimes and ever-clever means of maximizing shoestring budgets, with many films having been financed by “poverty row” studios that went out of business after bankrolling a mere two or three productions. Ulmer was too crafty and economical to allow such budgetary limitations to shackle his creativity, as is evident in his classic story of an accidental death en route to Los Angeles and the aftermath that follows.
Made a year later, in 1946, The Strange Woman tells of a manipulative woman in 19th-century Maine (Hedy Lamarr, who hand-picked Ulmer to direct the unusually high-budget film) who tries to convince her son-in-law to murder her much older husband. A ticket for Detour includes admission to The Strange Woman, but if you're still not convinced, perhaps lacma.org/event/detour will persuade you.
Friday, Nov. 7 and Saturday, Nov. 8
Cinefamily’s A Weekend with Jean-Claude Carriere includes screenings of two films he wrote for legendary surrealist Luis Buñuel: Belle du Jour at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night and The Phantom of Liberty (both on 35mm) at 1 p.m. the following afternoon. Carriere, who also collaborated with the likes of Jean-Luc Godard and Nagisa Oshima (to name just a few), will be on hand to discuss both films before receiving the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Award. More information on the man and his work awaits at cinefamily.org.
Monday, Nov. 10
The Black Radical Imagination II, which features an array of short films and videos focusing on stories of the black diaspora, begins at 8:30 p.m. at REDCAT. Seven different works comprise the program, ranging from the four-minute Black Magic at the White House to the nearly half-hour Memory Room 451. Vashti Harrison will appear in person to introduce Field Notes, a "visual and aural field guide” to the paranormal goings on of Trinidad. Those seeking more information need only visit redcat.org.
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