Thurs., March 1
The Aero dips a toe into the Ingmar Bergman canon, screening seven of his films through next Thursday. Tonight it's The Virgin Spring (winner of the Academy Award for Foreign Language Film in 1961 and the antecedent to Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left) and Bergman's one true horror film, Hour of the Wolf, which contains a brilliant performance by the recently departed Erland Josephson.
Fri., March 2
Acclaimed painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly has guest curated a three-film series at LACMA, beginning tonight with the Jacques Tati marvel Playtime (in 70 mm).
On the penultimate night of its Nina Menkes retrospective, UCLA Film & Television Archive will show the harrowing The Bloody Child. Menkes will be in attendance for a Q&A.
Sat., March 3
All of Saturday can conveniently be spent at Cinefamily. First, at 1 p.m. it's Seussapalooza, an assortment of Dr. Seuss shorts projected in 16 mm, along with a screening of Roy Rowland's The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, featuring sets, lyrics and screenplay by Seuss. Then, at 4:45, there's Andrej Zulawski's Possession (see review in this section), followed at 7:30 by the restoration of the 1925 version of Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush.
To cap the night off, at 10 p.m. it's Rena Riffel's Showgirls 2: Penny's From Heaven, the first screening of March's Holyfuckingshit: 2011! series, which collects the year's most insane cinematic offerings for our delight.
Sun., March 4
The theme for this week's L.A. Filmforum Alternative Projections screening is structuralist film. The lineup includes Fred Worden and Chris Langdon's Venusville, Pat O'Neill's Screen and Jules Engel's Accident. The show is at the Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian; it's a small venue, so buying tickets in advance might not be a bad idea. —Veronika Ferdman