Eighty years to the day of its 1934 premiere, this celebratory screening of Cecil B. DeMille's infamous epic Cleopatra provides a dizzying mixture of stunningly overwrought faux-period art direction and Hollywood's spicy pre–Hays Code cheesecake culture. Claudette Colbert's Cleo — a sizzling, high diva/brat performance, drastically enhanced by eye-popping, décolletage-celebrating wardrobe (designed by Travis Banton) — collides with co-star Henry Wilcoxon's wooden masculinity to create a divinely ridiculous, erotomaniacal harmony. The film's pronounced tease-o-rama proclivities (the milk-bath sequence alone is a creamy overdose of vintage va-va-voom) are exploited further at this screening by a special exhibition of freshly created Egyptian pin-up art, lovingly rendered by Cleo-fixated artist Ashley Brooke Cooper (of the Girls Drawin' Girls collective) and displayed during a postscreening party in the courtyard. Costumes are encouraged; the party also features photo ops, contests, makeup stations and drinks courtesy of sponsor Golden Road Brewery (don't forget, the ancient pharaohs quaffed beer daily). A shindig mounted on near–Cecil B. DeMille scale, this one is certain to be a blast. Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hlywd.; Sun., Oct. 5, 5 p.m. art show, 7 p.m. screening, 9 p.m. party; $13 general, $9 members, $11 seniors & students. (323) 466-3456, americancinemathequecalendar.com.

Sun., Oct. 5, 7 p.m., 2014
(Expired: 10/05/14)

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