TCM Film Festival – A Star is Born

Months and months of anticipation and, finally, opening night of the TCM Classic Film Festival was upon us. And did not disappoint. We arrived at the Chinese at 5:30 for the opening night screening of George Cukor’s A Star is Born to a teeming crowd dressed to impressed– quite a sight indeed on a Boulevard […]

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Metropolis Restored

Fritz Lang’s silent sci-fi masterpiece, Metropolis, is to be shown tomorrow in Berlin complete with missing scenes once thought to be lost forever. (The good news for any of us in Los Angeles is that the print is scheduled to be screened at the upcoming TCM Classic Film Festival in April!) From today’s Guardian: “The […]

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Luise Rainer – 100 Years And Counting…

Luise Rainer’s last Academy Award nod was for her role in The Good Earth … in 1938. The beautiful German actress’ first had come the year before opposite William Powell in The Great Ziegfeld. A win that brought about considerable controversy, as she was a rather unknown at the film opened. (The award is justified […]

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The Wild Bunch Special Screening – November 12, 2009

On November 12, The Jules Verne Film Festival will present a special 40th Anniversary screening of Sam Peckinpah’s classic 1969 Western The Wild Bunch. The event, to be held at the beautiful Million Dollar Theatre in the historic Broadway district of Downtown Los Angeles, will feature a special homage to the surviving principle leads—including the […]

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4th Annual L.A. Archives Bazaar

On Saturday, October 17th, USC Libraries is hosting the 4th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar. For local historians, and historians-in-training, this is an event you simply can’t afford to miss. Presented by L.A. as Subject, USC’s alliance dedicated to preserving LA history, you will have the opportunity to browse rare collections from over 60 historical […]

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UPDATE: The LACMA Film Program

Hot off the Los Angeles Times press: Responding to public outcry over the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s decision to end its 40-year-old weekend film program, two outside organizations have stepped forward to pledge a total of $150,000 in the fight to save the screening series. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which organizes the […]

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(500) Days of Summer Walking Tour

OK all you Los Angelinos, mark your calendars: this Sunday, August 30, the Los Angeles Conservancy is holding a (500) Days of Summer architectural tour. If you’ve had the chance to see this excellent indie rom-com, you’ll no doubt remember that the biggest scene-stealer in the film was the city of Angels herself. It is […]

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Marty Scorsese & the Great LACMA Crusade

I heart Marty Scorsese. And when he goes and does things like this, well, it just sends me all aflutter. First, a bit of background. For nearly four decades, the film program at the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art has been a primary venue for film lovers to gather for some of the most […]

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The Red Shoes: Restored and Resplendent

Last night, I had the supreme pleasure of attending the North American world premiere of the newly restored version of Powell and Pressburger’s 1948 artistic marvel The Red Shoes. The film, one of cinema’s crowning achievements in color, motion and music, has been restored by the UCLA Film and Television archive, with the support of […]

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Blue Peas and other 2 Strip Technicolor Marvels …

Not long ago I was watching Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, which I’ve watched multiple times—not because I feel it is necessarily a great film, but because few modern films have so accurately pinpointed the look and feel of early Hollywood. A  friend of mine was watching it with me and suddenly she shouted out in […]

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