Friday, September 29, 2017

Now You Know What's Playing in 35mm in Los Angeles This Week!

Great, you found me and the info you wanted to know. Here's what’s playing in LA on 35mm (or sometimes not) that’s worth watching, my list!

This is just what's on my personal radar. I don’t think there’s a point in me listing everything. For instance, there is an interesting series of little-known German films about Berlin at UCLA that you may find interesting. And sometimes I’m just going to skip mention of the DCP screenings (although perfectly fine, in fact sometimes they make the previously impossible to screen possible) in the Latin American series at UCLA.

So browse the LA Film Calendars links on my side bar to find even more! → → →

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As usual, a couple of these choices are tonight, FYI, and not necessarily listed first.

Downtown Independent
Santa (1932, Antonio Moreno)
La mujer del puerto (The Woman of the Port) (1934, Arcady Boytler, Raphael J. Sevilla)
Fri (tonight) 7:30 pm
Some very early and thus exciting films from Mexico in 35mm (with English subtitles). These are a great rare screening opportunity. But are they like great films? Hard to say until I go see. But definitely cultural touchstones. This is actually presented by UCLA Film & TV Archive, and is a key aspect of the festival to present the films in original (or near-original) downtown LA screening locations (in addition to the earlier showing at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theatre).

UCLA Film & TV Archive 
¡Asegure a su mujer! (Insure Your Wife!) (1935, Lewis Seiler)
Nada más que una mujer (1934, Harry Lachman)
Sun Oct 1 7:00 pm
Two Spanish-language film releases of the 1930s (!) from Fox, something you maybe weren't aware of, in UCLA's continuing Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles series. Both 35mm!

New Beverly
Dracula (1931, Tod Browning)
Dracula’s Daughter (1936, Lambert Hillyer)
Wed. Oct. 4 2:00 pm
Get up early. Skip work! Whatever you have to do, to go see these in 35mm on a weekday at 2:00 pm at the New Beverly! Fun, fun, fun. This is my only Halloween recommendation. The high-quality original Dracula, and the questionable curiosity afterwards (which may be fantastic, I have no idea! At worst, it’ll be enjoyably laughable).

Egyptian Theatre
The Beyond Fest
Various Dates
Tonight, the Beyond Fest starts. I won’t go in-depth on this, because so many sell out, and it's a bit more fangirl/fanboy-centric than I would get into myself. Some things are DCP (although notably 4k restorations). But check it out! I noticed they added an exquisite Jackie Chan triple feature with Jackie in person Oct. 6 (also notated below)!

Aero Theatre
Lolita (1962, Stanley Kubrick)
Dr. Strangelove (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
Sat. Sept 30 7:30 pm
A lovely Kubrickian  double feature – actually it just is Kubrick. These are two great movies, don't doubt! (Albeit DCP).

Phantom of the Opera (1925, Rupert Julien)
Tue Oct. 3 1:00 pm
Silent film nerd alert! In 35mm. 'Nuff said. If you haven't seen something silent, maybe this is the one for you. If you've seen tons and seen this one before, maybe not the most lovable one to rewatch a bunch of times, but it has its audience... And I guess it's appropriate for October. 

Arclight Cinemas (Various)
"It's Alive!" -- film's favorite monsters terrorize the big screen
Oct. 2 - Oct. 30
There's a pretty good selection here all month at various Arclights. I feel like they're almost definitely all DCP, but click the individual links to see. Some great movies in here and if you live less central to LA, can find some good stuff near you.

Coming next week

Downtown Independent
Allá en el rancho grande  (Out on the Big Ranch)  (1936, Fernando de Fuentes)
María Elena  (She-Devil Island)  (1936, Fernando de Fuentes)
Fri. Oct. 6 7:30 pm
Both in 35mm! Two classics (?maybe?) from Mexico. The description of the second film alone has me kind of sold:
"María Elena makes a “bad” choice, allowing sexual desire to trump a sensible marriage, thus sending her faithful fisherman suitor across the sea.  There he learns of a mysterious island inhabited only by women."

Downtown Independent
La otra (1946, Roberto Gavaldón)
En la palma de tu mano (1951, Roberto Gavaldón)
Sat. Oct. 7 7:30pm
First a noirish crime film starring Dolores Del Río and then a film the site calls “One of the best movies of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema”, also a film noir, sounds like a can’t-miss! (This screening DCP).

Egyptian Theatre (part of Beyond Fest)
Miracles aka Mr. Canton and Lady Rose (1989, Jackie Chan)  
Jackie Chan In Person!
Police Story 3 aka Supercop (1993, Stanley Tong)
Police Story (1985, Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen)
Fri. Oct. 6 7:00 pm
Police Story honestly is one of my absolute favorite Jackie Chan films. Both for exciting plot, humor, performances (him and Maggie Cheung), and some incredible action sequences, including in a mall with a shitload of glass breaking. And Supercop ain’t no slouch either! Both Police Story films are in 35mm! Did I mention Jackie was in person?! (Miracles DCP.)

Egyptian Theatre
The Gleaners & I (2001, Agnès Varda) Agnès Varda In Person
Vagabond (1985, Agnès Varda)
Thur. Oct. 12 7:30 pm
Agnès Varda comes into Los Angeles (does she live here already anyway?) to appear with two fairly high profile films of hers in person. Gleaners & I is a fun labor of love documentary about people who pick up the cast-offs of others. Vagabond is a pretty wonderful film starring the always amazing Sandrine Bonnaire. It’s a very interesting film, very artsy (unlike today’s films!) so I think it’s worth an outing (esp. if hopefully on 35mm), even if it’s not my number one favorite film of hers. I’m partial to La Pointe Courte and Cléo from 5 to 7. Although I actually haven’t seen Vagabond in quite a long time, so maybe I'm not doing it justice. Go see! (Screening format not indicated.)

Aero Theatre
Battleship Potemkin (1925, Sergei Eisenstein)
The Man with the Movie Camera (1929, Dziga Vertov)
Sat. Oct. 7 7:30pm
Silent Film Nerd Alert! Okay, first, never miss an opportunity to see Battleship Potemkin on the big screen! (And certainly not when it's 35mm!) Second, never miss an opportunity to see The Man with the Movie Camera on the big screen!  Okay, that’s all I can say to advertise this one, you’re on your own! (Battleship in 35mm, Man with the Movie Camera is DCP.) (Musical score not notated. Presumably it's soundtrack on the prints since no live music indicated.)

Aero Theatre
Metropolitan (1990, Whit Stillman) Whit Stillman in Person
Sun. Oct. 8 7:30pm
This is a great Whit Stillman movie! It’s the first and most well-known one. I feel like I knew and hated some of these people as I one time attended a boarding school, and it all rings so horribly true. But then some of the people are nice. Are they? Wait, maybe they're all awful. Chris Eigeman is always a marvel in pretty much everything, but this is his first the original star-making appearance and career best. Oh, how I hated the rich snobs at my school yet love this movie. Thanks, Whit!
(This screening DCP.)

New Beverly
All-Night Horror Show
Sat Oct. 7 7:00 pm
I guess I’d be remiss to not mention this. Not personally a huge horror fan myself, but this must be every horror cinephile fan’s wettest of wet dreams. Enjoy!

Additional New Beverly next-week screenings not yet announced yet. Check their site!

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