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Friday, April 26
Francesco Rosi’s complete, uncut version of Christ Stopped at Eboli hadn’t been seen on American soil until New York’s Film Forum began a two-week retrospective earlier this month. Laemmle’s Royal Theater will now bring it to Los Angeles for a special weeklong run. Based on the memoir by author, painter, and doctor Carlo Levi, this beautiful 1979 historical drama follows an anti-fascist dissident (Gian Maria Volonté) exiled to the mountain community of Eboli in southern Italy, where his civilized manner clashes with the impoverished, ill-educated villagers. It’s a fine introduction to the work of this major European filmmaker. Laemmle Royal (also playing at the Playhouse 7), 11523 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A., Fri., April 26, various showtimes; $9-$12. (310) 478-3836, laemmle.com.
Also opening Friday: Avengers: Endgame; The Baker’s Wife; Body at Brighton Rock; Chasing Portraits; JT Leroy; Knock Down the House; Only Yesterday; The Sign of the Cross; The White Crow