Thurs., Oct. 20
Postwar British crime flick enthusiasts, prick up your ears: Tonight's the last night to catch the restoration of Alberto Cavalcanti's Went the Day Well? at the New Beverly Cinema. Based on a story by Graham Greene, it screens at 7:30 p.m. before a 9:25 show of the 1947 version of Greene's Brighton Rock. If these titles ring a vague bell, it may be because both were subjects of a conversation between Wes Anderson and Kent Jones, published in L.A. Weekly almost exactly a year ago, in which Anderson praised them as “unexpectedly cruel and frank in their language and violence — they don't hold back.”
A panel organized by the Academy (7:30, Samuel Goldwyn Theater) pays tribute tonight to Mary Blair, the midcentury Disney concept artist behind animated features Peter Pan, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and the It's a Small World ride at Disneyland. Pete Doctor, who won the Oscar for directing UP, will be among the panelists.
Fri., Oct. 21
Tonight the Aero launches The Price Is Fright: A Vincent Price Centennial, featuring three nights' worth of double features of the midcentury star's greatest B-movie mystery and horror hits. Tonight is Roger Corman all the way, with The Raven followed by Masque of the Red Death.
Tues., Oct. 25
If you missed Apichatpong Weerasethakul's radical head trip Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives during its brief theatrical run in L.A. earlier this year, catch it tonight at LACMA (the screening was programmed in association with the Southern Asian Art Council, and is not part of the new Film Independent program fronted by Elvis Mitchell).
Wed., Oct. 26
Back to the New Beverly, for a Johnny Depp–as–Hunter Thompson double feature. The new, Bruce Robinson-directed The Rum Diary (which opens theatrically Fri., Oct. 28) screens at 8, followed by Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas at 10. Tickets for both are free; check newbevcinema.com for more info.
German Currents, the Goethe Institute's annual showcase of new German cinema, kicks off tonight with a screening of Almanya: Welcome to Germany, described as a comedy of “cultural misunderstandings inside a German-Turkish household.” The movie plays at the Egyptian Theatre at 7:30, followed by a ticket holders–only party. —Karina Longworth