3 Films You Should Catch This Week
In Los Angeles, it's important to take advantage of the film culture that surrounds us. First-run theaters have all but having abandoned celluloid, so the repertory theater circuit is often our only hope for seeing films on 35mm—the way they were meant to be. Here is your guide to the film events happening this week.
The original French trailer for 'Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime'
R.I.P. RESNAIS: March 1st was a terrible day for cinema, Alain Resnais passed away at the age of 91 and the Oscars happened that night. Eerily, Cinefamily was in the middle of their week-long run of a restored 35mm print of Resnais' 1968 sci-fi mindfuck Je T'Aime, Je T'Aime. It returns this coming Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday night for three encore screenings, so now is your chance to see it again to try to put it all together. A time travel experiment gone wrong ends up being an exploration through the memory of a past relationship for a human guinea pig in Resnais fifth feature, one that Michel Gondry would shamelessly borrow from wholesale in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Also features an eerie score from Krzysztof Penderecki!
The trailer for 'The Tin Star'
MANN OF THE WEST: UCLA's Film & Television Archive closes out their Winter Quarter programming with the final program in their Dark City, Open Country: The Films of Anthony Mann series. Man Of The West (1958), starring Gary Cooper, has long been regarded by critics as an unheralded classic of the Western genre, and was even named by Jean-Luc Godard as one of the best films that year. 1957's The Tin Star stars Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins and was nominated for an Oscar for its screenplay.
The trailer for 'The Missing Picture'
GENOCIDE THROUGH DOLLS: Not an old film, but Rithy Panh's The Missing Picture ends its Los Angeles run tonight at the Laemmle Royal and Playhouse 7 (with encore screenings this weekend in Claremont). The genocide committed by the Khmer Rouge is reenacted through clay figurines in the absence of any photographs or footage. This touching documentary/essay-film, which was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, is one of the best films of 2014. Don't miss it.
'The Missing Picture' screens tonight at Laemmle's Royal and Playhouse 7, with encore screenings this weekend at the Claremont 5. Check Laemmle's website for theaters, showtimes, and tickets.