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MALCOLM X IN 70MM

On Saturday night, Spike Lee will introduce the screening of a rare 70mm print of his magnum opus MALCOLM X, starring Denzel Washington. This American Cinematheque presentation is part of a brief weekend series of Lee films at the Egyptian, and the director will be on hand for discussion on both days. MALCOLM X Saturday, December […]

EL ANGEL AT THE EGYPTIAN

Queer partners-in-crime stories are not a common cinematic genre, but in the 1940s and ’50s there were Rope and Compulsion—and in 1992 their “remake” Swoon, as well as Gregg Araki’s The Living End. In 2000, from Argentina, came Plata Quemada (Burnt Money), and now—as that country’s Academy Award selection—we have Luis Ortega’s EL ANGEL, screening this […]

LEE CHANG-DONG’S BURNING

Lee Chang-dong was in town last month for celebratory, sold-out screenings of BURNING, his trenchant epic of dislocation and revenge—and the writer-director’s first film in eight years. Greatly expanding on his original source material—Haruki Murakami’s ambiguous short story “Barn Burning”—Lee told an enthusiastic American Cinematheque crowd that “no matter what your age, race, class, or gender, […]

CHRIS MARKER — LE FOND DE L’AIR EST ROUGE

“Political or critical or academic subcultures and avant-gardes—with their armatures of highly localized and professionalized expertise, their demand that we laboriously teach ourselves to gaze askance—are pretty often choked up with panics about self-justification, the fear that curiosity and the free play of the imagination will somehow lure us haplessly away from our supposed higher […]

THOM ANDERSEN

“The world is beautiful. A useful image of the world must register this beauty.” — Thom Andersen The remastered and re-edited version of LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF—Andersen’s landmark cinematic essay on Hollywood, and the city that foregrounds, backdrops, and contextualizes it—will screen this weekend at the Aero. Andersen will be on hand to sign copies […]

TARKOVSKY’S SOLARIS

In SOLARIS (1972, based on the novel by Stanislaw Lem), director Andrei Tarkovsky and production designer Mikhail Romadin take “an intellectual approach to metaphysical issues. Scientists try to understand the secrets of the mysterious planet Solaris but find themselves slowly becoming victims of their own imaginations and secret desires.” The time-and-space epic stars Donatas Banionis, […]

MAE WEST

“I wrote the story myself. It’s about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.” — Mae West Editor Michael Gregg Michaud will introduce the Mae West–Cary Grant classic SHE DONE HIM WRONG this weekend at the Egyptian. He will also sign copies of his new book of West interviews, MAE WEST—BETWEEN THE COVERS, […]