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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 […]

AFI FEST — NEVER LOOK AWAY

Inspired by the youth of a colossus of contemporary art, NEVER LOOK AWAY is Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s fictional take on the early life of Gerhard Richter, who grew up under the Nazis (and in the GDR after the war), studied and practiced Socialist Realism at Dresden’s Art Academy, and escaped to the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf just before […]

BARBARA HAMMER

Starting this weekend, the celebrated debut feature as well as the short films of Barbara Hammer will screen in Los Angeles this month and next—a continuation of the ongoing retrospectives devoted to this filmmaking pioneer. The UCLA Film and Television Archive series BARBARA HAMMER—SUPERDYKE includes five nights of programming, and Hammer’s AFI Fest event will feature a […]

GERMAN CURRENTS — FRANZ ROGOWSKI

Franz Rogowski made an indelible impression last year in Michael Haneke’s Happy End. He returns this weekend in a German Currents double bill featuring the local premiere of TRANSIT—the new film from Christian Petzold. This thriller addressing themes of identity and morality in times of advancing totalitarianism co-stars Paula Beer. The evening will open with […]

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, […]

BARBARA LODEN’S WANDA

“Wanda is a rare character, not just in the cinema of the time but still today—a woman defined by a near-total alienation from the world around her.”* A new restoration of the Barbara Loden masterpiece WANDA (1970) opens in Los Angeles this week. A key work of modern American cinema, this was Loden’s only feature […]