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THE NAKED KISS

To a greater degree than any other post-war filmmaker in Hollywood, Samuel Fuller and his movies gleefully cracked the façade of the American Dream wide open to expose the venality and hypocrisy just below the surface.

In THE NAKED KISS—his mid-sixties “yarn” tracing ex-prostitute Kelly (Constance Towers) and her thwarted attempts at self-rehabilitation—Fuller’s twisted mise-en-scène matches the psychology of his characters.

Following the American Cinematheque screening this weekend at the Egyptian, Towers will join author Foster Hirsch for a conversation about the film.

THE NAKED KISS

Sunday, January 27, 6:30 pm.

A pre-film reception starts at 5:30 pm in the courtyard.

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top: Samuel Fuller and Constance Towers on set, The Naked Kiss (1964); Towers (2) in The Naked Kiss.

WINGS OF DESIRE

“I always felt throughout the making of WINGS OF DESIRE that the city of Berlin was carrying the film, the city had sort of co-invented the story…

“Then, of course, two years later it became a whole different city… I realized I had just caught it in the nick of time, that strange, legendary island of a city that had made Berlin unique for thirty years.” — Wim Wenders

A new 4K restoration of WINGS OF DESIRE—the 1987 masterpiece written by Wenders and Peter Handke, directed by Wenders, and starring Bruno Ganz—will play this week at the Aero, presented by the American Cinematheque, with an encore at the Egyptian in March.

The film was a late-80s phenomenon, attended multiple times by artists, writers, students, and film buffs during its extended runs in large cities and university towns across the country.

WINGS OF DESIRE

Friday, January 25, at 7:30 pm.

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.

Sunday, March 24, at 7:30 pm.

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top: Bruno Ganz in Wings of DesireSolveig Dommartin; Ganz; Crime & the City Solution perform “Six Bells Chime”; Peter Falk. Images courtesy Wim Wenders Stiftung.

ROMA IN 70MM

ROMA is designed to be meaningful whether experienced at home or on the big screen, but offering cinema lovers the opportunity to see it in theaters is incredibly important to me.

“The 70mm print of ROMA shows unique details not available on any other version. Being shot in 65mm, these prints bring live detail and contrast only possible using a big format film. It is for sure the most organic way to experience ROMA.” — Alfonso Cuarón

You’ve seen it on Netflix, and maybe the DCP.

Now audiences in Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn, and Toronto have the chance to see ROMA in 70mm.

ROMA

Thursday, January 31, Friday, February 15, and Sunday, February 17.

All shows at 7:30 pm.

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Through January 10.

TIFF Bell Lightbox

350 King St W, Toronto.

January 9 through 13.

Music Box Theatre

3733 North Southport Avenue, Chicago.

January 11 through 16.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

445 Albee Square West, Brooklyn.

From top: Alfonso Cuarón and Yalitza Aparicio during the Roma shoot; Aparicio and her charges in RomaCuarón with cast and crew; Aparicio and Marina de Tavira (right) in a scene from the film. Image credit: Netflix.

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 in the title role.

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 8, at 7:30 pm.

DO THE RIGHT THING and CROOKLYN

Sunday, December 9, at 7:30 pm.

Discussion with Spike Lee between films.

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Top: Denzel Washington and Spike Lee in Malcolm X.; Washington; Delroy Lindo (left) and Washington.

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 weekend in Hollywood.

Starring Lorenzo FerroEL ANGEL tells the tale of teenaged killer Carlitos and his addictions to thrills, theft, and Ramón—his reform school buddy, played by Chino Darín. Once Ramón’s ex-con father shows the boys the ropes, they’re off and running in Ortega’s flashy, fast-paced drama, based on the life of Carlos Robledo Puch, the longest-serving inmate in Argentina.

EL ANGEL

Friday, November 30, at 7:30 pm.

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

From top: Lorenzo Ferro in El Angel; poster image courtesy K & S FilmsChino Darín (left) and Ferro; Ferro. Image credit: The Orchard.