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NICO, 1988


“[In NICO, 1988, director] Susanna Nicchiarelli… takes us close to Nico’s tattered charisma, and to the haphazard rituals of her life, all to figure out what made her tick. Christa Päffgen [Nico] is running from her myth, yet she polishes it every time she drops a pensée like ‘I’ve been at the top, I’ve been at the bottom: Both places are empty.’ ”*

Trine Dyrholm’s performance as the singer has riveted audiences in Europe, and the American Cinematheque and USC will present preview screenings.


NICO, 1988

Thursday, July 26, at 7:30 pm.

EGYPTIAN THEATRE, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.


Wednesday, August 1, at 7 pm.

RAY STARK THEATRE, USC, 900 West 34th Street, Los Angeles.


Opens August 3.

NUART, 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.



Trine Dyrholm in Nico, 1988.

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Lisa Immordino Vreeland—director of documentaries about her grandmother-in-law Diana Vreeland, and Peggy Guggenheim—turns her eye to photographer, diarist, and set and costume designer Cecil Beaton in her new film LOVE, CECIL.

Vreeland will be at the Nuart this week for a post-screening Q & A.



Friday, July 20, at 7:15 pm.

Film plays through July 26.

Nuart Theatre

11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

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Poster image credit Zeitgeist Films.

Truman Capote in Morocco, photographed by Cecil Beaton.

Greta Garbo in New York City, photographed by Cecil Beaton.

Beaton at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, New York City, 1965.


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Misunderstood in Great Britain and the States at the time of its release, BARRY LYNDON (1975) has always been appreciated by Europeans as a work of great beauty, director Stanley Kubrick’s journey into a Visconti-like wonderland.

In the film, Lord Bullingdon is played by Leon Vitali, who quit acting to become Kubrick’s right-hand man. Vitali is the subject of Tony Zierra’s new documentary FILMWORKER.


BARRY LYNDON, Saturday, May 19, at 11 am.

FILMWORKER, through May 24.

NUART THEATRE, 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.



FILMWORKER, May 25 through May 31.

LAEMMLE PLAYHOUSE, 673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.

LAEMMLE FINE ARTS, 8556 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills.


See: dazeddigital.com/why-barry-lyndon-is-stanley-kubricks-masterpiece

Above: Ryan O’Neal and Marisa Berenson in Barry Lyndon.

Below: Berenson.

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“If the lights should go out, if the sound fails, I can still hold the audience. In the dark, without any trimmings. It’s a lonely place, but it’s a fascinating lonely place.” – Grace Jones

Jones is in her sixties and she can’t understand why everyone nowadays goes to bed so early. Party-goers in New York leaving an affair at 10:30? “They must be depressed.” Paris has turned into a quiet little town? “It’s terrible.” In GRACE JONES – BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI – directed by Sophie Fiennes and shot over several years around the world – she tells a young record spinner, “You’re a DJ, you don’t need sleep.”

Grace still lifts weights, drinks Champagne with breakfast if she feels like it, argues with recalcitrant producers and inept managers, keeps up with her family in Jamaica, and stops shows with “Pull Up to the Bumper” and “Love is the Drug.” (Stage design by the late Eiko Ishioka.) Expertly applying her own maquillage – a Richard Bernstein illustration come to life – and paying her own recording costs from the money she makes at gigs (“I hope the set isn’t too tacky…”), Grace has outlived, outworked, out-parlayed them all. Fiennes documentary – blissfully free of identifying titles and explanatory “wall cards” – is as liberated and liberating as its subject.



NUART THEATRE, through Thursday, April 26.


Opens Friday, April 27:

LAEMMLE PLAYHOUSE, 673 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.


See: latimes.com/grace-jones-sophie-fiennes

Top and below: Grace Jones in Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami. Image credit: Kino Lorber.

Middle: Illustration by Richard Bernstein, October 1984. Image credit: Interview magazine.

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“My aim is not to create an ideal but to draw beautiful men who love each other and are proud of it.” — Touko Laaksonen (Tom of Finland)*

Uniforms, muscles, and same-sex abandon aside, a key component in the liberating force of Laaksonen’s art was the smiles his lumberjacks and leathermen exchanged while they went about their business, giving and taking pleasure.

Laaksonen’s imagery provided a necessary tonic to the “tragic homosexual” narrative that marked much of the twentieth century’s imagery and literature. By creating a shame-free culture, and “eroticizing the symbols of heterosexual musculinity and making them rebound onto themselves, Tom challenged the qualities read into them by straight society… He largely canceled out the image of the male as eternally dominant by consistently shifting the balance of power… His hyper-masculine universe is not a confirmation of male logic, but its violation.” — Micha Ramakers**

Tom’s life and work can be seen on the big screen in the new feature TOM OF FINLAND, directed by Dome Karukoski. Tom is played by Pekka Strang, who will appear in person on opening night.


TOM OF FINLAND, through November 2.

AMC DINE-IN SUNSET, 8000 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood.



TOM OF FINLAND—PEKKA STRANG Q & A, Friday, October 20, after 7 pm show.

S.R. SHARP (Vice-President, Tom of Finland Foundation) and MARC BELLENGER (Mr. Long Beach Leather 2013) Q & A, Saturday, October 21, after the 7 pm show.

TOM OF FINLAND, through October 26.

NUART THEATRE, 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles.


*Interview with Patrick Sarfati, Rebel.

**Micha Ramakers, title essay in Tom of Finland: The Art of Pleasure (Cologne: Taschen, 2004), 28.

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Touko Laaksonen/Tom of Finland, untitled (from the story, Beach Boys 2), 1971. Image credit: Tom of Finland Foundation Permanent Collection, © Tom of Finland Foundation.

U.S. film poster, 2017.

Pekka Strang, as Touko/Tom.

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