Your Weekly Movie To-Do List
Luchino Visconti's 1963 Palme d'Or winner The Leopard, one of the cinema's great portraits of dying aristocracy and a major touchstone of European filmmaking in the 1960s, will screen at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre at 7:30. Starring Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon and Claudia Cardinale, Visconti's masterpiece of wide-screen composition is essential big-screen viewing.
For a slightly calmer cultural portrait, head over to LACMA, where the "Golden Age of Road Movies" continues with the series' best film, Monte Hellman's 1971 post-hippie masterpiece Two-Lane Blacktop. Starring James Taylor, Warren Oates, Dennis Wilson and the exquisitely ethereal Laurie Bird, and featuring a script by Rudy Wurlitzer that tumbles again into the existential wanderings of his cult novel Nog, Two-Lane Blacktop is as singular a vision of American life as the movies offered up in the 1970s. Hellman will be present for a Q&A after the film.
Dirty Dancing: 30th Anniversary
TicketsFri., Jun. 16, 7:00pm
Fight Club With Live Score: Movie Night At The Wiltern
TicketsThu., Jun. 22, 7:00pm
On Saturday and Sunday, Hollywood maverick (in the truest sense of the word) William Friedkin will be at Santa Monica's Aero Theatre for four of his greatest films: The French Connection and To Live and Die in L.A. on Saturday, and Sorcerer (currently unavailable on home video in its proper wide-screen format) and The Exorcist on Sunday.
After the huge success of its run at Cinefamily and two weekend screenings at the Santa Monica 4-Plex, Dogtooth will head east to Pasadena's Laemmle Playhouse 7 for another set of weekend screenings.
The essential "Radical Light" series rolls on with a showcase of small-gauge film presented by L.A. Filmforum at the Echo Park Film Center beginning at 7:30. The chance to see Nathaniel Dorsky's 17 Reasons Why is reason enough for any avant-garde aficionado to mark his calendar. The evening also features works by Bruce Connor and Scott Stark, among others.
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