Sex, Soviets and Hitchcock: Your Weekly Movie To-do List
Thurs., May 26
Robin Hessman's My Perestroika returns for a single showing at the Echo Park Film Center (8 p.m.); reviewing the film on its theatrical release, Weekly critic Nick Pinkerton praised Hessman's doc, which follows five former USSR-era classmates through their post-Soviet lives, as "compelling oral history."
There's hardly a lack of Alfred Hitchcock on the screens of Los Angeles, but the Egyptian's 19-film series happily includes a number of titles that aren't quite as ubiquitous as Psycho and Vertigo: On Thursday at 7:30 p.m. there's a double bill featuring Hitchcock's first Hollywood film, Rebecca, and his best-known British film, The 39 Steps, and on Saturday Cary Grant partners with Grace Kelly and Ingrid Bergman, the former in the deliriously artificial To Catch a Thief and the latter in the elegantly brutal Notorious (7:30 p.m.).
Fri., May 27
In one of the great bits of scheduling convergence so far this year, this weekend offers three very different porn-related viewing choices. The most traditional night out at the movies looks to be Cinefamily's screening of the rare slice of cinema vérité A Labor of Love (8 p.m.), wherein directors Robert Flaxman and Daniel Goldman follow a low-budget film as its producers strong-arm it from steamy drama to full-on hard-core. Across town at the Echo Park Film Center, the TG Film Fest presents "Naughty Bits" (8 p.m.), an evening of shorts by transgender porn stars and filmmakers, including Morty Diamond, Meliza Bañales and Mandy Mitchell.
Sat., May 28
The gem of this hard-core trifecta is the New Beverly Cinema's midnight screening of Michel Reilhac's compilation film The Good Old Naughty Days, which offers a dozen silent one-reelers made in France in the first decades of the 20th century — featuring quite a bit of sex that still qualifies as adventurous even by today's standards.
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