LAist Film Calendar: The Devils is Sacrilicious!

roger-daltrey-tommy.jpg Photo courtesy of Sony

Ken Russell's The Devils is one of the most controversial films ever made. Based on the Loudun possessions of medieval France, it's a brutal critique of theocracy and power, and its own poster frankly warns the matrimony of sex, violence, and sacrilege "is not for everyone". Nearly 40 years on, The Devils has yet to be released uncut on home media. But BAFTA and the American Cinematheque bring it to the Aero this weekend to tempt fate and pay tribute to Ken Russell. The "Brave New Worlds" series also features sci-fi-devo-mind-warp Altered States, the D.H. Lawrence adaptation Women in Love, and Tchaikovsky biopic The Music Lovers. If the name Ken Russell still leaves you wondering, "Who?", then head up to Hollywood, where the Egyptian hosts Russell's film version of The Who's Tommy, paired with Lisztomania, another Roger Daltrey-starring bizarro rock opera.

Should you prefer your genre-bending off-celluloid and on-wax, the Echo Park Film Center sports the dublab crew for a live DJ set accompanying the thrift-store styles of Secondhand Sureshots. For more live music (and even more thrift-store style), see hipster crime comedy The Scenesters seven times at the Downtown Independent. Each screening this week boasts a different band, with some nights including members of the Airborne Toxic Event and M83. A full list of the instant after-parties can be found at TheScenestersMovie.com. If all this music talk in a film calendar is just killing you, rev up the lawn mower and return to the Egyptian for Peter Jackson's most entertaining film, the gore-soaked, giggle-laden Dead Alive.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

the-devils.jpg Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

All Week
* The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector (2008) (Egyptian Theatre)
* Brotherhood (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
* Cairo Time (2009) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
* Chen Chieh-jen: Empire's Borders II - Western Enterprises, Inc. (2010) (Free Event) (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney/Calarts Theater)
* The Concert (2009) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
* The Extra Man (2010) (Laemmle's Claremont 5) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
* Farewell (2009) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
* Fathers of the Sport (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
* A Film Unfinished (2010) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
* Get Low (2009) (Laemmle's Claremont 5) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
* Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) (Nuart Theatre)
* Lebanon (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
* Mademoiselle Chambon (2009) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
* Mao's Last Dancer (2009) (The Landmark)
* Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune (2010) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
* The Scenesters (2009) (w/ live music after each screening) (Downtown Independent)
* The Tillman Story (2010) (The Landmark)
* The Wildest Dream: Conquest Of Everest (2010) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)

Thursday 8/19
* The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector (2008) (w/ director Vikram Jayanti) (Egyptian Theatre)
* Dinner for Schmucks (2010) (Arclight Hollywood) (21+ screening)
* An Evening With Thom Andersen (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Don't Knock the Rock 2010)
* Low Budget - High Energy: 8th Annual Summer Academy (Goethe-Institut)
* Orchestra Wives (1942) / Washington Melodrama (1941) (w/ actress Ann Rutherford) (Aero Theatre)
* The Other Guys (2010) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (Arclight Pasadena) (21+ screening)
* Secondhand Sureshots: A dublab Documentary (2010) (w/ dublab DJs) (Echo Park Film Center)
* You Only Live Twice (1967) / Billion Dollar Brain (1967) (New Beverly Cinema)

Friday 8/20
* Alien (1979) (midnight show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
* Le Amiche (1955) (LACMA) (Classic Film Revival)
* Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke (1978) (The Bay Theatre)
* Chuck Jones Shorts (w/ special guests) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences)
* Dead Alive (1992) / Cemetery Man (1996) (Egyptian Theatre) (Drop Undead: Zombie Weekend)
* The Devils (1971) / Altered States (1980) (w/ director Ken Russell and actor Charles Haid) (Aero Theatre) (Brave New Worlds: A Tribute to Ken Russell)
* Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb (1964) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
* A Film Unfinished (2010) (w/ Holocaust scholar Dr. Michael Berenbaum at 7:45pm show) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
* Ikiru (1952) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Centennial Celebration: The Films of Akira Kurosawa, Part II)
* In the Realm of the Senses (1976) / Empire of Passion (1978) (New Beverly Cinema)
* Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) (w/ filmmaker Tamra Davis and Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Jeffrey Deitch at 7:30pm show) (Nuart Theatre)
* Killer of Sheep (1977) (Echo Park Film Center) (Filmmobile Summer Screening Series)
* Love Before Breakfast (1936) (Old Town Music Hall)
* Model Shop (1969) / Play It as It Lays (1972) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (L.A. Burnouts)
* Pulp Fiction (1994) (midnight show) (New Beverly Cinema)

Saturday 8/21
* 48 Hour Film Project (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
* Alien (1979) (midnight show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
* Le Amiche (1955) (LACMA) (Classic Film Revival)
* Charlie & Boots (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
* Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke (1978) (The Bay Theatre)
* Cut and Run (Echo Park Film Center)
* Death Valley (1982) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
* Evil Dead II (1987) / Army of Darkness (1992) (Aero Theatre) (Zombies, Chainsaw Massacres & Other Forms of Terror)
* In the Realm of the Senses (1976) / Empire of Passion (1978) (New Beverly Cinema)
* Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) (w/ filmmaker Tamra Davis at 7:30pm show) (Nuart Theatre)
* Love Before Breakfast (1936) (Old Town Music Hall)
* The NeverEnding Story (1984) (Regency Westwood Village Theater) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
* Nothing Lasts Forever (1984) (w/ director Tom Schiller and special guests) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Saturday Night Showcase)
* The Princess Bride (1987) (Outdoor Cinema Food Fest) (La Cienega Park)
* Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
* Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Insanity Midnight Show) (South Coast Village Regency Theaters)
* Still Bill (2009) (free event) (Skirball Cultural Center) (Passport Screenings)
* Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
* Tommy (1975) / Lisztomania (1975) (w/ director Ken Russell) (Egyptian Theatre) (Brave New Worlds: A Tribute to Ken Russell)
* The Warriors (1979) (Regency Academy) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
* Vitaphone Varieties (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Archive Treasures)
* Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) (Cinespia Screenings) (Summer Series)

Sunday 8/22
* Charlie & Boots (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
* Der B‰r ist los (Bear on the Run) (2000) (Goethe-Institut) (Kinder Kino)
* Doug Benson's Movie Interruption: Torque (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
* Harry Brown (2009) / Get Carter (1971) (New Beverly Cinema)
* Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (2010) (w/ filmmaker Tamra Davis at 2:30pm show) (Nuart Theatre)
* Love Before Breakfast (1936) (Old Town Music Hall)
* Night of the Living Dead (1968) / Zombie (1979) (Egyptian Theatre) (Drop Undead: Zombie Weekend)
* Possessed (1931) (Egyptian Theatre)
* Throne of Blood (1957) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Centennial Celebration: The Films of Akira Kurosawa, Part II)
* Women in Love (1969) / The Music Lovers (1970) (w/ Ken Russell) (Aero Theatre) (Brave New Worlds: A Tribute to Ken Russell)

That's all for this week. If I'm lucky, I may live once.

Compiled, as always, by the amazing and diligent Edward Yerke-Robins (and family!)