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ORSON WELLES — THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND

Part Barefoot Contessa, part Nashville, part psychedelic head trip—a sixties hangover shot in the seventies, abandoned in the eighties, and finally edited down from over 100 hours of footage to a two-hour cut—Orson Welles’ final film, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WIND, is a fascinatingly crass long day’s journey into night: the last fevered hours of […]

ALEX PRAGER’S GRANDE SORTIE

Commissioned by Benjamin Millepied when he was the head of the Paris Opéra Ballet, LA GRANDE SORTIE is Alex Prager’s short film about the audience-performance dichotomy, the psychology of the crowd, and spontaneous, unresolved connections never to be repeated. Join Prager and LACMA director Michael Govan for a post-screening discussion in the museum’s Art Catalogues […]

KEN JACOBS

“[Ken Jacobs], cinema’s master inter- and reinventionist, [has] found yet another way to make the medium new, employing a logarithim to rework a thirty-second fragment of a 1897 Lumière actualité into a seventy-three minute 3D movie wherein space regularly inverts itself. Kinda has to be seen to be believed.” — J. Hoberman on THE GUESTS, Artforum Experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs […]

CHAPLIN’S DICTATOR

Hollywood started the switch to sound in 1929, but Charlie Chaplin continued to make silent films—City Lights, Modern Times—throughout the thirties, and it wasn’t until 1940 with THE GREAT DICTATOR that audiences heard his voice. LACMA will end their Chaplin month with a 35mm print screening of this political satire.   THE GREAT DICTATOR, Tuesday, […]

FAHRENHEIT 451

“You’re still high on kerosene, aren’t you? I can smell it from here.” – Beatty to Guy Montag, in FAHRENHEIT 451 In a world where Frederick Douglass remains alive, well, and discredited (at least among a disingenuous White House cadre), the news that Benjamin Franklin – founder of the first American fire department – gave […]

CHRISTOPHER STRONG

Katharine Hepburn’s second film CHRISTOPHER STRONG—directed by Dorothy Arzner—is a high-style oddity, the story of an “aviatrix” and her fatal affair with an older married man. The RKO cult classic is part of month-long LACMA tribute to Arzner, the only female director working in Hollywood in the 1930s.   CHRISTOPHER STRONG (1933), Tuesday, January 9, at 1 […]