Thurs., Feb. 16
The Egyptian hosts two great silent features directed by Charlie Chaplin, City Lights (1931) and A Woman of Paris (1923). City Lights features Chaplin's iconic Little Tramp, falling in love with a blind flower seller, while A Woman of Paris is one of his most tragic films, a tale of love lost and found.
The New Beverly is playing the crowning achievement of the collaborations between Federico Fellini and Marcello Mastroianni, 8 ½. (Also Fri and Sat.)
Fri., Feb. 17
The UCLA Film and Television Archive continues its gaze into the work of Dziga Vertov with screenings of two Kino-Pravda collections. Kino-Pravda (“Film-Truth”) was a newsreel series aimed at capturing the hectic reality of life in the early decades of 20th-century Russia. Nos. 9-11, 13 (Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: A Film Poem Dedicated to the October Celebrations) are a celebration of men, machines and movement, while Kino-Pravda Nos. 14-17 experiment with the graphic possibilities of cinema.
The Egyptian is screening unsung auteur Frank Perry's adaptation of Joan Didion's Play It as It Lays, starring Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins, followed by Harry Hurwitz's The Projectionist, which follows a projectionist who dreams himself into the world of the movies. Chuck McMann (star of the latter and a supporting player in the former) will be in attendance and participate in a Q&A between the films.
Finally, the American Cinematheque launches a five-film survey of Sergio Leone's work, with a double feature of the Clint Eastwood–starring Yojimbo remake A Fistful of Dollars and its sequel, For a Few Dollars More, at the Aero. Leone's epic spaghetti Western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly screens at the Aero tomorrow night. The series continues next weekend at the Egyptian.
Sun., Feb. 19
At 4 p.m. USC is showing The Salt of Life, Gianni Di Gregorio's warm and comedic sophomore effort about a man who has become invisible to those in his life. The screening is free, but reservations are required. —Veronika Ferdman