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LAist Film Calendar 07/07-07/10: No 'Salvation' For Robert Mitchum

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As temperatures climb outside the cinema, it's high time to relax with one of the coolest actors out of the past. For those unfamiliar, Robert Mitchum excelled at icy antiheroes & haunting psychodrama over a 50 year career that included Night of the Hunter, Cape Fear & Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man. UCLA Film & Television Archive's latest series, "Tracking the Cat", highlights Mitchum's early roles & forgotten gems all month long at the Hammer's Billy Wilder Theater.

"Tracking the Cat" opens Friday with Pursued. Director Raoul Walsh is Hollywood royalty in his own right; his 130+ filmography includes Humphrey Bogart in High Sierra & James Cagney in White Heat. Here, he melds the Western & film noir for a dark desert tale of an orphan (Robert Mitchum) still scarred by childhood violence. The print comes from UCLA Film & Television Archive's own restoration, so it'll definitely sparkle. Walsh biographer Mariliyn Ann Moss & noir historian Alan K. Rode will introduce the film. Pursued is joined by Blood on the Moon, another of Mitchum's raw-hide roughies unavailable on U.S. DVD.

Another Western town comes under fire in the religious riot Salvation Boulevard. The black comedy drew accolades after its premiere in this year's Sundance Film Festival, and The Aero hosts a local preview with director George Ratliff & producer Cathy Schulman. Ratliff is no stranger to the humor & horror of the mega-church; ten years ago he documented a Texas church's theatrics in Hell House. Schulman previously produced Worst Best Picture Winner Crash & documentary Darfur Now. While they won't be appearing off-screen, Salvation Boulevard stars Pierce Brosnan as an evangelical leader, Greg Kinnear as his half-baked challenger and Jennifer Connelly, Marisa Tomei & Isabelle Fuhrman as parishioners caught in the middle.

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Schulman isn't the only Oscar holder hosting this weekend. Documentarian Errol Morris (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line) appears Saturday at the Cinefamily for a preview of his latest, Tabloid. Decades before the era of celebrity sensation for its own sake, the film follows beauty queen Joyce McKinney's quest to "rescue" her lover from a Mormon mission - by kidnapping & seducing him. The screening is free with pre-registration, but you'll still want to arrive early to snag a seat. Don't be scandalous!

Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

All Week
A Better Life (2011) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
Crime After Crime (2011) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Ledge (2011) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) (Nuart Theatre)
OutFest 2011 (multiple locations)
Position Among the Stars (2011) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Trigun: Badlands Rumble (2010) (Downtown Independent)

Thursday 7/7
Bad Teacher (2011) (Arclight Beach Cities) (Arclight Hollywood) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (21+ shows)
Italianamerican (1974) (w/ special guests) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Wild Goodness)
Kimchi Chronicles (2011) (free event w/ panel discussion) (Korean Cultural Center)
Papa Don (w/ Q&A) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Raul (2010) (w/ Q&A) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Road to Nowhere (2010) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Salvation Boulevard (2011) (w/ director George Ratliff, producer Cathy Schulman, & other guests) (Aero Theatre)
Sunset Boulevard (1950) / Barton Fink (1991) (New Beverly Cinema)

Friday 7/8
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Cinema of Dreams)
Alligator (1980) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Friday Night Frights)
Apocalypse Now: Redux (1979) (Egyptian Theatre)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984) / Zelig (1983) (New Beverly Cinema)
Clueless (1995) / Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) (w/ director Amy Heckerling) (Aero Theatre)
The Exorcist (1973) (The Bay Theatre)
"It" (1927) (Old Town Music Hall)
Meek's Cutoff (2010) (Egyptian Theatre)
Pursued (1947) / Blood on the Moon (1948) (w/ special guests) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Tracking the Cat: Robert Mitchum in the West)
Sunrise (1927) / I Know Where I'm Going (1945) (LACMA) (Celebrating Classic Cinema: Curator and Audience Favorites)

Saturday 7/9
Airplane! (1980) (midnight show) (Laemmle's Royal Theatre)
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) (Devil's Night Drive In)
Annie Hall (1977) (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) (Cinespia Screenings) (Summer Series)
L'Avventura (1960) (LACMA) (Celebrating Classic Cinema: Curator and Audience Favorites)
The Beyond (1971) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights) (Grindhouse Film Festival)
Bride Flight (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Broadway Danny Rose (1984) / Zelig (1983) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Earrings of Madame de... (1955) (LACMA) (Celebrating Classic Cinema: Curator and Audience Favorites)
Edward Scissorhands (1990) (Outdoor Cinema Food Fest) (LA Port/Bloch Field)
Fantastic Voyage (1966) (LACMA) (Saturday Monster Matinees)
"It" (1927) (Old Town Music Hall)
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)(Regency Academy) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Lifeforce (1985) / Flatliners (1990) (Egyptian Theatre) (70 MM)
The Lusty Men (1952) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Tracking the Cat: Robert Mitchum in the West)
Meek's Cutoff (2010) (Egyptian Theatre)
Mr. Hulot's Holiday (1953) / Mon Oncle (1958) (Aero Theatre)
Once Upon A Time In The West (1968) (Autry National Center) (What Is a Western?)
One Lucky Elephant (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
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)
Tabloid (2010) (free event w/ filmmaker Errol Morris) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Third Star (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5) (From Britain With Love)
Turtle: The Incredible Journey (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Weekend at Bernie's (1989) / Weekend at Bernie's II (1993) (Downtown Independent) (Drink a Long and Beer Pong)
Zombie Ed (2011) (free event) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Long Beach Cinematheque)

Sunday 7/10
Bride Flight (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
E.T. (1982) / Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Exorcist (1973) (The Bay Theatre)
If a Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011) (free event) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum)
"It" (1927) (Old Town Music Hall)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962) (Egyptian Theatre) (70 MM)
Meek's Cutoff (2010) (Egyptian Theatre)
One Lucky Elephant (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Red Pony (1949) (free event) (Hammer Museum)
The Seventh Seal (1957) / Through a Glass Darkly (1961) (Aero Theatre)
Short Films by Marie Losier (w/ Marie Losier) (Los Angeles Filmforum) (Velaslavasay Panorama)
Terror Island (1920) / Haldane of the Secret Service (1923) (Skirball Cultural Center)
Third Star (2010) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Town Center 5) (From Britain With Love)
Trailers From Hell (free event for Cinefamily members only) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Turtle: The Incredible Journey (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)

That's all for this week. Both Salvation Boulevard & Tabloid open wide next weekend, but this column's on vacation that week. Stay cool!

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