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Arts and Entertainment

LAist Film Calendar 01/27-01/30: Oscar Catch Up, Roman Polanski & Claude Chabrol

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Yesterday's announcement of the Academy Awards nominees leave you scratching your head? Laemmle's got your back. From heavy hitters like Black Swan & True Grit to lower-profile offerings like Ozarks noir Winter's Bone & Aussie crime drama Animal Kingdom, pretty much everything that wasn't already playing there is coming back this week. Blockbusters Inception & Toy Story 3 are notable exceptions, but there are redboxes on every corner & sales in every big box for those.

As much as the Oscars will dominate all talk in & around town for the next month, the Academy doesn't always get it right. It took them 40 years to recognize writer/director Roman Polanski's tortured talent, but it won't take you nearly as long at the Egyptian Theatre's "Traumatic Rendition" retrospective, running this weekend. The series includes supernatural classic Rosemary's Baby (nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1969) and the ultimate L.A. story, Chinatown (nominated for Best Director in 1975), alongside lesser known features like Knife In The Water, Polanski's claustrophobic debut, and The Fearless Vampire Killers or: Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are In My Neck, a rare comedy from the dour director.

Claude Chabrol may not share Polanski's name recognition (or infamy), but the late auteur showed a similar skill for potboilers. LACMA salutes Chabrol by screening eight of his thrillers, spanning from his 1958 debut Le beau Serge through The Bridesmaid, made just a few years ago. Marvelous madame Jacuqeline Bisset appears following his 1995 film La Cérémonie on Saturday night. Equally esteemed (and particularly prolific) European Udo Kier joins the Cinefamily for two of his rarest films, topped off with a world premiere of his most recent shorts with Guy Maddin!

This weekend marks the end of Edgar Wright's tenure at the New Beverly. If you've missed our past coverage, the festival closes out with two incredible journeys (David Lynch's Wild At Heart & the Quentin Tarantino-penned True Romance), two gangland classics (The Wanderers & The Warriors) and two arresting cop films (Thunderbolt & Lightfoot & Miami Blues). The eclectic Englishman will host in-person on Friday with actor James Remar (once of The Warriors, now Dexter's dad) and Sunday all by his lonesome. This means I'll need something new to geek over - like a new year of Horrible Movie Night! The monthly series enters 2011 swinging with Zombie Lake, "an example of what happens when frat boys are given film equipment and Halloween makeup". Proof that just because a film's European, doesn't mean it's artistic, interesting or comprehensible.

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Check out this week's featured trailer for Claude Chabrol's The Bridesmaid (screening Friday at LACMA):

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