Director Elia Kazan’s powerful adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ classic play with Marlon Brando in a career-defining performance as Stanley Kowalski is paired with WHO AM I THIS TIME?, a 1982 production for TV’s “American Playhouse” series adapted from a Kurt Vonnegut story. Shy hardware store clerk Christopher Walken becomes a different person when performing in local theater; new arrival Susan Sarandon is cast opposite him in “A Streetcar Named Desire” without realizing that his Stanley Kowalski is just an act!
611 N. Fairfax, Los Angeles, CA
The most important filmic document from the entire mad Manson Family saga — unseen theatrically for decades, and screened from a rare 35mm print! Banned in the mid-’70s for being so incredibly awesome as to damage Squeaky Fromme’s right to a fair trial, this feature doc has the urgency of a breaking-news telecast, the emotional complexity of a sudsy soap opera, and the deep, dank evil of a classic chiller. The “Helter Skelter” murders shook the nation, ending the era’s Summer-of-Love vibe; this dynamic Pop Art portrait of the Family members’ head-spinning motives — told in their own words — is an incredible delineation of the facts for the uninitiated, and an unparalleled, fetishistic footage pile for the hardcore fans. The secret weapons: co-directors Robert Hendrickson and Laurence Merrick’s stockpile of guerilla 16mm evidence of goings-on at the Spahn Ranch, and the unprecedented intimacy they acquired with key players throughout the life of the Family. For the first time, you the viewer will immediately get why people become so obsessed with this entire sprawling mindfuck of a true-crime saga. Gutsy, beautiful work.
Dirs. Robert Hendrickson and Laurence Merrick, 1973, 35mm, 83 min.
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656
1931/b&w/91 min. | Scr: Josef von Sternberg, Daniel Nathan Rubin; dir: Josef von Sternberg; w/ Marlene Dietrich, Victor McLaglen, Gustav von Seyffertitz
During World War I, a lady spy betrays enemy officers, until she falls in love with one.
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656
2013/color/108 min. | Scr: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke; dir: Richard Linklater; w/ Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
Co-Presented by the New York Times Film Club
For LACMA Film Club, Film Independent, and New York Times Film Club members only.
Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater revisit their roles as Jesse and Céline, the couple we first met in 1995’s Before Sunrise. In the previous films—Before Sunrise and its sequel, 2004’s Before Sunset—Jesse (Hawke) and Céline (Delpy) were circling each other at different points in their lives. In each of the films, the possibility of commitment loomed, as imminent and out of reach as the states of the sun mentioned in the titles. In Midnight, they’re a married couple living in France, tending to their twin daughters and trying to keep a bond intact with Jesse’s son, Hank, who spends most of his time in the United States with his mom. It’s the departure of Hank for the States that sets this latest installment into motion. Linklater, who wrote the script with Delpy and Hawke, continues with the series’ tradition of being one of the most present-tense comedies ever made. Like its predecessors, Midnight has the couple laboring to concentrate on the moment at hand, though they can’t help theorizing about the immediate future—endangering their enjoyment of life even as it happens.
Bing Theater | Includes a conversation with co-writer/director Richard Linklater, co-writer/cast member Julie Delpy and co-writer/cast member Ethan Hawke.
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Luís Buñuel’s The Milky Way follows two pilgrims en route to the shrine of St. James in Santiago de Compostela, in Spain. Despite the setting in politically tumultuous 1969, no one they encounter mentions politics, only religion. Making outrageous leaps across space and time—Albigensian heretics perform secret rites; the pope is assassinated by a group of radicals; in a domestic scene, Mary compliments Jesus on his beard—the film is a provocative turn to theology, produced at a time when filmmaking was focused on political themes. (1969, 91 min. Dir. L. Buñuel.)
1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403
This newly restored reissue of the 1980 Paul McCartney & Wings documentary includes 30 songs from Wings’ 1976 North American tour, shot at four concerts in New York, Seattle and Los Angeles - part of the Wings Over the World tour that spawned the chart-topping triple live album “Wings Over America.” “Live and Let Die,” “Band on the Run” and “Silly Love Songs” are but a few of the Wings hits heard here, along with several songs from leader Paul McCartney’s Beatles years. Released in a truncated version in 1980, this is the first time the film will be seen in its entirety, along with an interview with Sir Paul exclusive to theatrical screenings.
7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
The evening will include a restoration discussion with Ross Lipman, restoration specialist from UCLA Film & Television Archive, a presentation of PASSING SHADOWS, an illustrated lecture on the collaboration of Cassavetes and jazz legend Charles Mingus, and, schedule permitting, a Q&A with actor Seymour Cassel! 35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Restoration funded by The Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. [Please note that the program begins at 7:30, and SHADOWS will follow some of the evening's presentations.]
Written and directed by John Cassavetes; starring Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni, Hugh Hurd, Anthony Ray
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA
Two Gene Autry films are screened on the fourth Saturday of every month in the Imagination Gallery’s Western Legacy Theater. Gene Autry’s Westerns are known for their music, comedy, and action. This month’s films each feature Gene Autry’s funny and talented sidekicks. Smiley Burnette brings his musical and physical humor to Sierra Sue, and comedian Sterling Holloway provides the comic relief in Saddle Pals.