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Thursday, January 29

Double Feature: Vanishing Point & Fear is the Key

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

7:30pm

VANISHING POINT, 1971, 20th Century Fox, 97 min. Dir. Richard Sarafian. Ex-stock car racer and uncompromising loner Kowalski (Barry Newman) drives a turbocharged, white Dodge Challenger into psychedelicized oblivion, pursued by an army of cops and naked motorcyclists. The great Cleavon Little co-stars as Super Soul, blind disc jockey and visionary madman of the airwaves. Fasten your seatbelts. With Severn Darden, Dean Jagger and Paul Koslo. 

FEAR IS THE KEY, 1972, Paramount, 103 min. Dir. Michael Tuchner. Adapted from Alistair MacLeans novel, this British revenge thriller stars Barry Newman as a tough guy who isnt quite what he seems, with a great Roy Budd soundtrack, a car chase to rival that of BULLITT and a wonderful closing twist to sweeten the deal. Keep an eye out for Ben Kingsley in his feature debut! 

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Friday, January 30

Double Feature: The French Connection & The Driver

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

7:30pm

THE FRENCH CONNECTION, 1971, 20th Century Fox, 104 min. Dir. William Friedkin. Arguably the greatest American crime film ever made. Gene Hackman stars as Detective Popeye Doyle, whos muscling minor hoods in NYC (the You ever pick your feet in Poughkeepsie? scene is still a classic) when he catches the trail of a huge shipment of French heroin. With partner Roy Scheider, Hackman dogs drug kingpin Fernando Rey through the concrete jungle - highlighted by a brain-jangling car chase that still hasnt been topped. 

THE DRIVER, 1978, 20th Century Fox, 90 min. Dir. Walter Hill. An extremely tough, pared-to-the-bone noir, vastly underrated on its initial release, THE DRIVER pits existential getaway driver Ryan ONeal against pitbull detective Bruce Dern in a cat-and-mouse pursuit through the wasted underbelly of mid-70s Los Angeles. Walter Hills homage to Jean-Pierre Melville and the Euro crime film offers spectacular car chases and, in her first Hollywood film, Isabelle Adjani. 

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Saturday, January 31

The Gold Rush

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

3:30pm

Co-presented by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles: 90th Anniversary! THE GOLD RUSH, 1925, Janus Films, 72 min. Coming off his first major financial failure, A WOMAN OF PARIS, writer-director Charlie Chaplin responded with what many consider his finest feature-length film. The Lone Prospector (Chaplin) travels to the far-off Yukon in search of gold but ends up falling in love with dance-hall girl Georgia Hale. The classic dance of the dinner rolls and boiled shoe leather scenes show Chaplins gift for poignant comedy at its very best. Join us in the courtyard after the film to pan for gold! 

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Double Feature: High Crime & The Family

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

7:30pm

Double Feature: High Crime & The FamilyDouble Feature: High Crime & The FamilyDouble Feature: HIGH CRIME (LA POLIZIA INCRIMINA LA LEGGE ASSOLVE), 1973, Ambassador, 100 min. Dir. Enzo G. Castellari. Cop Franco Nero, frustrated with superior James Whitmore’s slow accumulation of evidence, goes after a drug ring, confronting mob boss Fernando Rey and rich importer Silvano Tranquilli. As Nero steps on more toes, people die, and now his girlfriend and daughter are in harm’s way. Unrelenting and unforgiving, one of the best collaborations between Nero and Enzo G. Castellari (director of the original INGLORIOUS BASTARDS). 

THE FAMILY (CITT VIOLENTA aka VIOLENT CITY), 1970, 100 min. Dir. Sergio Sollima. Killer Charles Bronson is chased by double crossers while on a vacation with main squeeze Jill Ireland and, after mucho mayhem, left for dead. But Bronson re-emerges from prison to hunt through the New Orleans underworld for his traitorous comrades. He gets more than he bargained for, running into duplicitous Ireland and her new hubby, mob boss Telly Savalas, who wants to hire Bronson - and wont take no for an answer. One stylish action scene after anotherwhipped into a frenzy by Ennio Morricone’s shredded electro soundtrack... - Grady Hendrix, New York Sun. 

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