Rowlands, Forster and Sid: Your Weekly Movie To-Do List
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives moves from the Royal Theater to the Sunset 5.
The UCLA Film and Television Archive's Festival of Preservation continues at 7:30 p.m. with Robert Parrish's visually spare noir Cry Danger (1951). The film features a funnier-than-usual script and a bitter-as-usual performance from Dick Powell, but the real draw is Joseph F. Biroc's unadorned photography of Los Angeles locations. Actress Rhonda Fleming will be present before the evening's second film, Gordon Douglas' Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950), starring Jimmy Cagney.
Michael Mann will be on hand for the Egyptian's 25th-anniversary screening of Manhunter (1986, 7:30 p.m.), an adaptation of Thomas Harris' Red Dragon and one of the most beautiful of all American movies.
Cinefamily's An Evening With Gena Rowlands, part of its essential, exhaustive Cassavetes retrospective, begins at 7 p.m. and includes screenings of A Woman Under the Influence (1974) and Gloria (1981).
Robert Forster will appear in person for the Aero's screening of Haskell Wexler's Medium Cool (1969, 7:30 p.m.), a docu-fiction report on the riots surrounding the 1968 Democratic Convention. Wexler's images of a culture in crisis are particularly apt in light of recent events, from Libya to Wisconsin.
One of the Festival of Preservation's most intriguingly left-field entries arrives at 7:30 in The Sid Saga, Parts 1-3, 1985-1989 (1989). It tells the story of Sid Laverent's 20th century in a style that cashes the check of Truffaut's 1957 vision for the future of cinema: "more personal than autobiography, like a confession or diary ... an act of love."
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