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LAist Film Calendar: Italians, Honey Bunny Redux & D.W. Griffith

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WWJD? Mope. | Photo courtesy of Warner Brothers Pictures Italia

How do you make alt-porn even alt-ier? The Echo Park Film Center knows, with Honey Bunny v2, a video-remix of 2008's Honey Bunny. Re-imagineer Margie Schnibbe is on hand for every moan & groan, and for all the would-be Jeremih's out there, it's her birthday. If you prefer your alt-film on the straight and narrow, EPFC also hosts Los Angeles As A Character, a series of experimental shorts that slice & dice our city into delectable bites: some friendly, some alienated, others just plain confused. To take it WAY back, EPFC teams up with Los Angeles Filmforum for D.W. Griffith in California, a program of ultra-rare reels from film pioneer D.W. Griffith, produced locally before he went off & produced the ultra-popular (and ultra-racist) Birth of a Nation. No stranger to controversy, Griffith takes on evolution & the decimation of Native American populations in these shorts, as well as showcase early cinematic techniques & melodrama.

Across town, the Aero joins Cinecitt‡ Luce for Cinema Italian Style, offering the L.A. premieres of Italy's finest, freshest films. If you didn't recognize the name, Hollywood on the Tiber, Cinecitt‡'s overview of Italian film history, is a wonderful place to start, as is Vittorio D, profiling neo-realist auteur Vittorio De Sica. The Brave Men & The Sicilian Girl portray all sides of organized crime - cops & criminals, Mafia families & checkered lovers, those seeking revenge & those seeking to live. Focaccia Blues documents a struggle for hearts, minds & stomachs, when a McDonald's opens right next door to a small, family-owned bakery. But considering Rome's most famous funny-hatted inhabitant, Freedom may be the one most high on watch lists. In the musical-comedy, a prison production of the Passion play finds itself stuck for an ending when no one wants to play Judas.

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Full list appears below. Vedilo ai film!

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The camera adds ten pounds.The focaccia adds twenty. | Photo courtesy of Moxlux via Flickr

All Week
Collapse (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Dare (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
End Game (2009) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Eva (2009) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Genius Within: The Inner Life Of Glenn Gould (2009) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
The Little Traitor (2007) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
London River (2009) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Love Hurts (2009) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Oh My God? (2009) (Nuart Theatre)
Pirate Radio (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Precious: Based On The Novel 'Push' By Sapphire (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Punctured Hope (2009) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
Storm (2009) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)

Thursday 11/12
8-Bit Alchemy [Rewind] (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (8-Bit Alchemy)
The Box (2009) (Arclight Hollywood) (21+ screening)
Dare (2009) (w/ Zach Gilford and director Adam Salky at 7:45pm screening) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
Died Young, Stayed Pretty (2008) (w/ performance by Asa Ransom) (Downtown Independent)
Dirty: One Word Can Change the World (w/ special guest) (Downtown Independent)
Dolemite (1975) / Petey Wheatstraw (1977) (w/ members of cast and crew) (Egyptian Theatre)
Heap Us 'Round Our Ruins (w/ filmmakers Ben Balcom and Josh Weissbach) (Echo Park Film Center)
The Men Who Stare At Goats (2009) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (21+ screening)
Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight (2009) (free event) (Space15 Twenty)
Red Cliff (2008) (free event) (Melnitz Movies)
The Sicilian Girl (2009) / Focaccia Blues (2009) (w/ directors Marco Amenta, Nico Cirasola, and actress Veronica DíAgostino) (Aero Theatre) (Cinema Italian Style 2009)
World's Greatest Dad (2009) / Shakes the Clown (1991) (New Beverly Cinema)

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Friday 11/13
12 Monkeys (1995) (Regency Fairfax) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
Dare (2009) (w/ director Adam Salky at 7:45pm screening) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
David's Birthday (2009) / Matter of Heart (2009) (w/ director Marco Filiberti) (Aero Theatre) (Cinema Italian Style 2009)
Honey Bunny V2 (w/ filmmaker Margie Schnibbe) (Echo Park Film Center)
The Long Goodbye (1973) (w/ Kathryn Altman, Elliott Gould and Mitchell Zuckoff) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum)
Monty Python's The Life of Brian (1979) (Warner Grand Theatre)
My Fair Lady (1964) (LACMA)
No Impact Man (2009) (Downtown Independent)
Rocky (1976) / Joe (1970) (w/ John G. Avildsen) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Overlooked Auteurs)
Tell It To The Marines (1926) (Old Town Music Hall)
Teenage Mother (1967) (New Beverly Cinema)
Three Colors: Blue (1993) / The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) (New Beverly Cinema)
Thirst (2009) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
The Tin Drum (1979) (Goethe-Institut)
Willow (1988) (Midnight screening) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Mondo Fridays)
Women in Trouble (2009) (w/ writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez and Marley Shelton at 7:30pm screening) (Arclight Hollywood)

Saturday 11/14
15 Seconds (2008) / The Big Dream (2009) (Aero Theatre) (Cinema Italian Style 2009)
Antichrist (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Bright Star (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Fifth Avenue Girl (1939) / The Great Man Votes (1939) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (1939 Redux: Digging Deeper into "Hollywood's Greatest Year")
Go, Second Time Virgin (1969) / Running In Madness, Dying In Love (1969) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Koji Wakamatsu: Sexfilmrevolution)
Hollywood on the Tiber (2009) (Aero Theatre) (Cinema Italian Style 2009)
Look Back in Anger (1959) / Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1961) (free event) (Getty Center) (Angry Young Men Series)
Los Angeles as a Character (w/ filmmakers) (Echo Park Film Center)
The Masses: The Work of 2009 (2009) (Downtown Independent)
Mondo Christploitation w/ If Footmen Tire You, What Will Horses Do? (1971) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (HFS: That's Godsploitation)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) (Warner Grand Theatre)
No Impact Man (2009) (Downtown Independent)
Operation Lysistrata (2006) / A Miami Tail (2003) (free event) (Getty Center) (Lysistrati! Film Series)
Re-Animator (1985) (w/ director Stuart Gordon & Jeffrey Combs) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Insanity Midnight Show) (Warner Grand Theatre)
Tell It To The Marines (1926) (Old Town Music Hall)
Three Colors: Blue (1993) / The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988) (New Beverly Cinema)
Visual Acoustics (The Modernism of Julius Shulman) (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Women in Trouble (2009) (w/ writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez and Simon Baker and Carla Gugino at 7:30pm screening) (Arclight Hollywood)
The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)

Sunday 11/15
Antichrist (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
The Apartment (1960) (The Bay Theatre)
Babes in Arms (1939) / First Love (1939) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (1939 Redux: Digging Deeper into "Hollywood's Greatest Year")
Back to the Future (1985) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Bright Star (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Town Center 5)
D.W. Griffith in California (w/ talk by Tom Gunning) (Los Angeles Filmforum) (Echo Park Film Center)
The Girls (1968) / Operation Lysistrata (2006) (free event) (Getty Center) (Lysistrati! Film Series)
In the Heat of the Night (1967) / The Defiant Ones (1958) (New Beverly Cinema)
No Impact Man (2009) (Downtown Independent)
Out of the Shadows (1969) (Downtown Independent)
Tell It To The Marines (1926) (Old Town Music Hall)
The Threee Geniuses: The Re-Death Of Psychedelia (w/ David Liebe Unger Hart, Don Bolles, Francine Dancer, Go-Go Giddle Partridge, and Kim Fowley) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Visual Acoustics (The Modernism of Julius Shulman) (2008) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)
Vittorio D (2009) (Aero Theatre) (Cinema Italian Style 2009)
Win! (2009) (w/ director Marco Bellocchio and actress Giovanna Mezzogiorno) (Aero Theatre) (Cinema Italian Style 2009)
The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) (weekend morning show) (Laemmle's Playhouse 7)

That's all for this week. I can guarantee you won't find me in any E.T. screening...

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