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LAist Film Calendar 03/17-03/20: Cinefamily's 'Leprethon' & Battleship Potemkin Charms

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History teaches that St. Patrick went to Las Vegas, on a spaceship, with Ice T. Or something like that. The Cinefamily celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a run of short statured slasher series Leprechaun!

For those unfamiliar with the Leprechaun films, Warwick Davis (in a complete 180 from fantasy favorite Willow) embodies the imp with malevolent glee, and disembodies anyone who touches his pot o' gold! The "Leprethon" features the three most bizarre films of an already freaky franchise: Leprechaun 3 (set in Sin City), Leprechaun in Space & Leprechaun in Da Hood. Director Brian Trenchard-Smith will appear for a Q&A and the green beer will flow like blood in the streets. It's a seasonal Cinefamily fundraiser, so bring extra money for the cash bar.

Of course, every modern film - even the Leprechaun films - owes a debt to Battleship Potemkin. Sergei Eisenstein's Soviet war epic pioneered film editing, particularly the idea of "montage" - cutting one image after another to produce an independent, third meaning. Potemkin's "Odessa Steps" sequence is still shocking, and maintains its power after nearly 90 years of references and spoofs from such films as Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent, Terry Gilliam's Brazil & Brian De Palma's The Untouchables. Even birthday boy Quentin Tarantino took a stab at it in Inglourious Basterds. Kino International follows last year's Metropolis restoration roadshow with a fully uncut, newly remastered print of Battleship Potemkin playing exclusively at the Nuart.

Speaking of QT, his March Madness line-up continues at the New Beverly. This weekend, the line-up features blaxploitation classics Man Friday & Cooley High (Thursday), nostalgic slices of life Drive-In & Dazed and Confused (Friday/Saturday), high school sex comedy cum murder mystery Pretty Maids All In A Row (midnights; check out this preview courtesy of Trailers From Hell!) and offbeat Westerns Charley One-Eye & Kid Blue (Sunday). Back to Russian rebels, The Desert of Forbidden Art opens at Laemmle's Music Hall. The film documents the extraordinary efforts to shelter avant-garde art from the Kremlin's iron grip. Keep your eyes peeled for a full review in these very (web)pages.

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That's all for this week. Ahh, potatoes...