Friday, October 13, 2017

What Films Are Playing in LA in 35mm (and other) This Week

Here are some of the fabulous films playing in LA in 35mm (and other) this week.

This is just what's on my personal radar. Browse the LA Film Calendars links on my side bar to find even more!  → → →

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In particular, you may want to note the series of recent German and Spanish cinema at the Egyptian, and a Taiwanese spotlight at UCLA starting Oct. 20.
As usual, a couple of these choices are tonight, FYI, and not necessarily listed first.

Aero Theatre
Andrei Rublev (1969, Andrei Tarkovsky)
Sat. Oct. 14 7:30 pm
The master Tarkovsky is back (you may remember the Stalker [1979] revival screenings a few weeks back). This is how a cinephile gets their membership badge. They watch this on film, in 35mm, in a theater. So go do it. It’s a beautiful re-creation of a medieval era of a notable icon painter, and nothing will make you think about art and life the same way again. Commiserate with confused fellow filmgoers in the foyer afterward and receive your membership badge in the cinephile guild. Did I mention it’s in 35mm! Did I mention it’s somewhat lengthy? Good, getting your badge shouldn’t be easy.

Aero Theatre
Come and See (1985, Elem Klimov)
Sun. Oct. 15 7:30 pm
Oh, man, I just watched another film by this guy, his The Adventures of a Dentist (1965) on Film Struck. (Kind of like a slightly less sharp Dušan Makevejev style on that one.) And I did that because this film here is a balls-out masterpiece. One of the most harrowing World War II films ever. Did you think the Nazis were bad yet? Well, just in case you missed anything, this will pretty close to make you feel they were even worse. Because they were. (And watch Shoah also, since this is only one aspect, set in Belarus.) This is in the Landmarks of Soviet Cinema series for a really big reason. It’s fricking shocking and incredible. Worth seeing. In 35mm!

Aero Theatre
Suspiria (1977, Dario Argento)
Fri. (tonight) Oct. 13 7:30 pm
A wonderful heartwarming film starring the amazing actress Jessica Harper. Warm your cockles on a Friday the 13th in October to this loving ode to suspense. This is a 4K restoration. Yeah, I prefer 35mm film, but maybe this will look great.
(This screening DCP.)

New Beverly
The Omen (1976, Richard Donner)
Holocaust 2000 (1977, Albert De Martino)
Fri. (tonight) Oct. 13 7:00 pm/9:20 pm
Sat. Oct. 14 7:00 pm/9:20 pm
Seeing the Omen in 35mm should be required viewing right?! The second film sounds intriguing as heck. It has a similar plot line with a child, but add a nuclear power plant in the Middle East and Kirk Douglas! Should be good?? Or since I’ve literally never heard of this film, I’m hoping very awful in the best way. (Second film 16mm.)

Downtown Independent
La casa de los millones (1942, Luis Bayón Herrera)
La dama duende  (1945, Luis Saslavsky)
Fri. (tonight) Oct. 13 7:30 pm
These two in DCP, but oh so rare..! This time we have films from Argentina in this ongoing Latin American film series. La casa de los millions is a comedy, with puns and slapstick about a noveau riche widow who is driving all her servants away. La dama duende is the story of woman (yet another widow?!) trying to win a man by pretending to be a ghost, so I have a feeling this might be a comedy. Was voted the best Argentine film of 1945! (This screening DCP.)

Downtown Independent
Ahí está el detalle  (You’re Missing the Point) (1940, Juan Bustillo Oro)
Calabacitas tiernas (1949, Gilberto Martínez Solares)
Sat. Oct. 14 7:30 pm
And now it’s back to 35mm in the series, yay! Two from Mexico here, the first with Cantinflas apparently made him the most bankable star in Mexico, and the plot is apparently too convoluted for words, so it might be funny. Then in Calabacitas tiernas Tin-Tan puts on an international music show to alleviate financial woes.

New Beverly
Easy Rider (1969, Dennis Hopper)
Chasers (1994, Dennis Hopper)
Sun Oct. 15 6:30 pm/8:35 pm
Mon. Oct. 16 7:30 pm/9:35 pm
There is no situation under which I would ever watch Chasers ever… except this one. Where I will have just sat through the masterpiece Easy Rider on 35mm at the New Bev, which I incidentally just watched the blu-ray of and, man, it holds up and gives again and again on every viewing. So to then sit through the curiosity that is Chasers, I’m totally on board, should be fun, might even be a rollicking good time. Seriously Easy Rider is one of the greatest films ever, the film that started the entire “New American Cinema” of the ’70s, and it personally demands you see it on 35mm!

The Mummy (1932, Karl Freund)
Tue. Oct. 17 1:00 pm
I have to list this because with all the October horror fests going on, this is probably the only one playing The Mummy in beautiful 35mm. It’s a weird crowd, lot of retirees, but you’ll see a wonderful film in 35mm for only $4 and have a better October than everybody else.

New Beverly
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935, James Whale)
Son of Frankenstein (1939, Rowland V. Lee)
Wed. Oct. 18 2:00 pm
Frankenstein had a son?! Whoa, I had no idea. Better rectify that and watch this film! Plus, seriously, Bride of Frankenstein definitely should be seen in 35mm, and while it has a few other showings in October, this is the only one guaranteed to be 35mm!

New Beverly
The Hired Hand (1971, Peter Fonda)
Kid Blue (1973, James Frawley)
Wed. Oct. 18 7:30 pm/9:35 pm
Thur. Oct. 19 7:30 pm/9:35 pm
This screening answers the question, what did Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper (separately) do right after they made Easy Rider? While my favorite answer to that question is Dennis Hopper’s totally awesome The Last Movie (1971), this double feature of two westerns they made sounds like a great investigation into how they “blew it”? haha little joke there, but maybe, depending on how bad these films are! The Hired Hand is directed by Fonda, who had more than a hand in creating Easy Rider if memory serves, and Kid Blue stars Hopper as a hapless outlaw, and features Warren Oates, Peter Boyle, Ben Johnson and Leo Purcell. In 35mm, this sounds like you’re browsing around an archive and they're screening stuff just for you as you search for buried treasure.

Egyptian Theatre (in the Spielberg Theatre)
Outside the Law (1920, Tod Browning)
Sat. Oct. 14 7:30 pm
Silent film nerd alert! This is a retro-format screening in 8mm. (Not even “super,” just regular 8mm!) So watch the way many rich people saw films on their fancy projectors at home in the old days. Live musical accompaniment and a short film selection! You know director Tod Browning from Dracula (1931) and Freaks (1932), but now you know he also director a ton of silent films, often starring  Lon Chaney (the original Phantom of the Opera [1925, Rupert Julian)), including this one in dual roles!

Arclight Cinemas (Various)
"It's Alive!" -- film's favorite monsters terrorize the big screen
through Oct. 31
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.
Oct. 13 – Friday the 13th – Hollywood
Oct. 16 – The Mummy (1932) – Pasadena
Oct. 17 – The Monster Squad – Sherman Oaks
Oct. 18 – Nightmare on Elm Street – Hollywood
Oct. 23 – Alien – Culver City
Oct. 23 – The Exorcist – Pasadena
Oct. 23 – The Thing – La Jolla
Oct. 23 – Halloween – Hollywood
Oct. 24 – Alien – Santa Monica
Oct. 24 – The Exorcist – Beach Cities
Oct. 24 – Suspiria – Hollywood
Oct. 24 – The Blob (1988) – Sherman Oaks
Oct. 25 – The Exorcist – Hollywood
Oct. 30 – The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) – Hollywood
Oct. 31 – Halloween – Sherman Oaks
Coming Next Week

NuArt Theatre
Halloween (1978, John Carpenter)
Fri Oct. 20 Midnight (11:59pm)
It’s Halloween on the big screen at the NuArt. Should be fun, probably DCP.

Egyptian Theatre
Mothra (1961, Ishiro Honda)
Battle in Outer Space (1959, Ishiro Honda)
Thur Oct. 26 7:30 pm
Some good ol’ Japanese monster movies on the big screen. Also the next day, Friday, they’ll have the original Godzilla with The H-Man, part of an Ishiro Honda tribute. (Mothra DCP, Battle in Outer Space 35mm.)

Aero Theatre
Five Easy Pieces (1970, Bob Rafelson)
Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976, Paul Mazursky)
Sun. Oct. 22 7:30 pm
Well, Five Easy Pieces is always a great one to see on the big screen. Must confess haven’t seen the second one. (Both films DCP.)

UCLA Film & Television Archive
La Virgen de la Caridad (1930, Ramón Peón, silent)
Casta de roble (1954, Manolo Alonso)
Mon. Oct. 23 7:30 pm
Silent film nerd alert! Wow, a 1930 silent film from Cuba with live musical accompaniment, in 35mm. Should be unique, definitely rare. The site says:

“This Cuban silent film was highly praised and extremely popular at the time of its release, because of its socially critical view of the plight of peasants, and its religious themes.”

On the second film, the site says:

“A young peasant girl… has a baby by the master of the plantation, which is taken away from her. She marries and has another son, but the loss of the child has scarred her for life. Shot mostly on location in Pinar del Rio, Cuba…”

Both in 35mm! 

The Invisible Man (1933, James Whale)
Tue. Oct. 24 1:00 pm
More gems in 35mm hidden at the regular 1pm matinee screenings at LACMA. Check it out! Very cheap, $4, for some 35mm goodness. This is a fun one starring Claude Rains, great use of early film technologies.

Downtown Independent
La cruz y la espada (1934, Frank Strayer)
El rey de los gitanos (1933, Frank Strayer)
Fri Oct. 20 7:30 pm
These are two Spanish-language releases from Fox in the US  during the ’30s intended to compete with a burdgeoning Mexican film industry. Both starring Mexican tenor José Mojica, I like the description of the first one: “A Franciscan monk in old California rescues his best friend’s fiancée from bandits, but then must battle his reawakened sexual desire.” The first film in 35mm, second in DCP.

Downtown Independent
¡Asegure a su mujer! (Insure Your Wife!) (1935, Lewis Seiler)
Nada más que una mujer (1934, Harry Lachman)
Sat Oct 21 7:30 pm
Two Spanish-language film releases of the 1930s (!) from Fox, something you maybe weren't aware of, in this continuing Latin American Cinema in Los Angeles series. Both 35mm! Originally this played at UCLA, but now it’s a reprise in the type of downtown LA location they would have originally played in.

Aero Theatre
Twister (1996, Jan De Bont)
Minority Report (2002, Spielberg)
Fri. Oct. 20 7:30 pm
Both in 35mm! I never saw either of those, maybe best way to go since in 35mm.
Aero Theatre
Marjorie Prime (2017, Michael Almereyda)
East of Eden (1955, Elia Kazan)
Sat. Oct. 21 7:30 pm
Discussion between films with actress Lois Smith. The first is obviously a brand-new film, followed by the classic East of Eden. There’s only a couple James Dean movies, and Lois Smith will have stuff to tell about him. (Both films DCP.)

Gotta run, if I can I will update the “Coming next week” section with more later, check back! (Until this message is gone.) Mainly all that’s missing is New Beverly highlights for next week, and Los Angeles Film Forum  has more of that Ism, Ism, Ism experimental Latin American series.

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