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IRIS BARRY’S HISTORY OF FILM

Iris Barry was the first curator of MOMA’s Film Library, founded in 1935. The museum’s matinee series IRIS BARRY’S HISTORY OF FILM brings together selections from her early programs.

BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN

Friday, December 20, at 1:30 pm.

DREAM OF A RAREBIT FIEND and THE NAVIGATOR

Monday, December 23, at 1:30 pm.

THE FRESHMAN

Tuesday, December 24, at 1:30 pm.

DRESSED TO KILL

Thursday, December 26, at 1:30 pm.

SHE DONE HIM WRONG

Friday, December 27, at 1:30 pm.

THE LOVE PARADE

Monday, December 30, at 1:30 pm.

TRANSATLANTIC

Tuesday, December 31, at 1:30 pm.

Museum of Modern Art

11 West 53rd Street, New York City.

From top: Donald Crisp and Buster Keaton, The Navigator (1924), with Keaton; Ernst Lubitsch, The Love Parade (1929); Irving Cummings, Dressed to Kill (1928); Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, The Freshman (1925), with Harold Lloyd; William K. Howard, Transatlantic (1931); Lowell Sherman, She Done Him Wrong (1933), with Mae West (right); Sergei Eisenstein, Battleship Potemkin (1925), (2). Images courtesy of Photofest and MOMA.

GARBO AND LUBITSCH

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“Garbo Laughs” was the tagline for the legend’s last great film, NINOTCHKA. Perhaps it was the freedom of retirement on the horizon that brought a smile to her face.

NINOTCHKA—a satire on Soviet severity, among other things—was written by Billy WilderCharles Brackett, and Walter Reisch, and directed by Ernst Lubitsch, the subject of the UCLA Film and Television Archive retrospective How Did Lubitsch Do It?

Prior to this weekend’s screening, Joseph McBride will sign copies of his new book which gives the series its title.

(NINOTCHKA is on a double-bill with one of Margaret Sullavan’s best films THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER.)

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NINOTCHKA and THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, Saturday, July 7, at 7:30 pm.

Booksigning at 6:30 pm.

BILLY WILDER THEATER, HAMMER MUSEUM, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles.

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See Richard Brody on the film: newyorker.com/ninotchka

Joseph McBride, How Did Lubitsch Do It? (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018).

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Greta Garbo in 1939. Ninotchka publicity photograph by Clarence Bull.

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OZON’S FRANTZ

Berliner Paula Beer—new to American audiences, and winner of the Best New Young Actor award at last year’s Venice film festival—has been starring in movies for over eight years. But her performance in François Ozon ’s riveting new film FRANTZ is a breakthrough. She plays Anna to Pierre Niney’s Adrien, two young Europeans negotiating the aftermath of the Great War and their connection to the title character, Anna’s dead fiancé.

The plot mirrors Ernst Lubitsch’s Broken Melody, but like most of Ozon’s work, FRANTZ goes nowhere you think it might. The film ends, speculatively, in the 1920s, and a scene at the Louvre prompts a question: Will Anna’s love for a painting about death save her life?

 

FRANTZ

Through April 6.

Nuart Theatre

11272 Santa Monica Blvd., West Los Angeles.

From April 7 at the Laemmle Monica, Playhouse (Pasadena), and Town Center (Encino).

Above: Pierre Niney in Frantz.

Below: Niney and Paula Beer.