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Thursday
Thursday’s double bill of A Place in the Sun and Suddenly, Last Summer kicks off the seven-film, two-week tribute to Elizabeth Taylor at the Egyptian Theatre. Further screenings include a second double bill, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and The Taming of the Shrew (Fri., May 6, 7:30 p.m.), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (May 11, 7:30 p.m.), Giant (May 15, 7:30 p.m.) and the real gem, Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s Cleopatra (May 7, 7:30 p.m.) — in its original 70 mm, in what must surely be the ideal theater to see it in the United States. Mankiewicz’s 250-minute epic remains the second most expensive American film ever made, and it’s a fascinating document of the classic Hollywood spectacle at the fin de siècle.

Friday
Canadian media artist and filmmaker Alex Mackenzie will be on hand at the Echo Park Film Center (7:30 p.m.) to present The Wooden Lightbox: Ways of Seeing. This ongoing paracinema project uses a homemade, hand-cranked wooden projector to explore the cinematic image at its most basic levels. A can’t-miss event for fans of the live performance work of Ken Jacobs and Jennifer Reeves.

Sunday
At the opposite end of the cinematic spectrum: The Aero presents a 70 mm screening of Kenneth Branagh’s four-hour Hamlet (5 p.m.) as the final showing of its five-film series dedicated to the Northern Irish director/Shakespeare junkie. Friday sees a double bill of Much Ado About Nothing and A Midwinter’s Tale (7:30 p.m.), while Saturday brings the series’ only non-Shakespeare film, the oddly stylish thriller Dead Again, and its best, Branagh’s directorial debut, Henry V (7:30 p.m.).

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213-484-8846

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