LAist Film Calendar: Italian Horrors & Comedic Cityscapes

playtime.jpg Photo courtesy of the Criterion Collection

The films of horror maestro Dario Argento put the gore in gorgeous! This weekend, the New Beverly plays his two best-known features, Suspiria and Deep Red. For the uninitiated, Suspiria concerns a boarding school that may be a coven, while Deep Red is a textbook giallo (an Italian genre of sleazy, violent murder-mysteries). Argento augments both films with a psychedelic palette and delirious prog-rock score by Italian band Goblin. If you're already down with the Dario, you may want to especially note the Saturday evening show, as actress Barbara Magnolfi (Olga, the roommate from Suspiria) will make an appearance. It's a real treat to see these films in 35mm, and because they're horror films someone has heard of, remakes of both are in the works. Catch the originals while you can!

For an even rarer theatrical experience, head on over to the Aero for Los Angeles Plays Itself. The experimental doc charts a cinematic history of our fair city, from hard-boiled '40s films all the way to the early oughts (the trailer even cites a personal favorite, Species). Because clearing all the clips would be nigh-impossible, it's safe to say the film will never be released on DVD. If hoofing the whole city sounds exhausting, the Aero's also got a front-row seat for Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip, screening alongside Here and Now, Pryor's last stand-up concert film. If that nice fellow's too crazy for you, check out the Cinefamily. They're kicking off monthly series' of classic comics Charlie Chaplin & Jacques Tati by pairing one film from each writer/director/actor.

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

suspiria.jpg Photo courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment

All Week
* Centurion (2010) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
*Chen Chieh-jen: Empire's Borders II - Western Enterprises, Inc. (2010) (Free Event) (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney/Calarts Theater)
* A Film Unfinished (2010) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
* Garbo: The Spy (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
* A Good Day to Die (2010) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
* Highwater (2008) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
* Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 (2008) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
* Milk of Sorrow (2009) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
* Soul Kitchen (2009) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
* The Switch (2010) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (21+ screening)
* The Tillman Story (2010) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
* White Wedding (2009) (Nuart Theatre)
* Winning Season (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
* A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop (2009) (The Landmark) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)

Thursday 9/2
* The Circus (1928) / Parade (1974) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Films of Jacques Tati)
* Live and Let Die (1973) / The Man With the Golden Gun (1974) (Aero Theatre)
* The Loved One (1965) / Renegade (2004) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Staff Picks)
* Salt (2010) (Arclight Pasadena) (21+ screening)
* Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World (2010) (Arclight Hollywood) (21+ screening)
* Suspiria (1977) / Deep Red (1975) (New Beverly Cinema)

Friday 9/3
* All Star Comedy Festival (Old Town Music Hall)
* The American Astronaut (2001) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Staff Picks - Midnight Shows!)
* American Psycho (2000) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
* Bicycle Film Festival (Downtown Independent)
* Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) (midnight show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
* Playtime (1967) / Modern Times (1936) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Films of Jacques Tati)
* Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982) / Richard Pryor...Here and Now (1983) (Aero Theatre)
* Suspiria (1977) / Deep Red (1975) (New Beverly Cinema)
* White Wedding (2009) (w/ filmmaker Jann Turner at 7:30pm & 9:50pm shows) (Nuart Theatre)

Saturday 9/4
* All Star Comedy Festival (Old Town Music Hall)
* Bicycle Film Festival (Downtown Independent)
* Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) (midnight show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
* Flipped (2010) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
* The Gold Rush (1925) / Jour-de-fÍte (1949) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Films of Jacques Tati)
* The Great Dictator (1940) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Chaplin Talkies)
* Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) (Aero Theatre)
* Out of the Past (1947) (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) (Cinespia Screenings) (Summer Series)
* Robocop (1987) (Regency Westwood Village Theater) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
* 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)
* Star Trek (2009) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
* Suspiria (1977) / Deep Red (1975) (w/ actress Barbara Magnolfi at 7:30pm show) (New Beverly Cinema)
* The Transformers (1986) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
* The Warriors (1979) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Gang Wars)
* White Wedding (2009) (w/ filmmaker Jann Turner at 7:30pm & 9:50pm shows) (Nuart Theatre)

Sunday 9/5
* All Star Comedy Festival (Old Town Music Hall)
* The American (2010) (w/ discussion after 5pm show) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
* Bicycle Film Festival (Downtown Independent)
* "The Extreme Animals Sit Down: music is a question with no answer" (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
* Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) (w/ director Thom Anderson) (Aero Theatre)
* Raising Arizona (1987) (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) (Cinespia Screenings) (Summer Series)
* Ulzana's Raid (1972) / Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969) (New Beverly Cinema)
* Waiting for Guffman (1996) (The Bay Theatre)
* Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich (1958) (Arclight Hollywood)

Monday 9/6
*The 5 Minutes Game: Labor Day Edition (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
* Ulzana's Raid (1972) / Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969) (New Beverly Cinema)

That's all for this week. Enjoy the fruits of (y)our labor.

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