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Orson Welles has seen more devastation & studio interference than any other filmmaker. Major works like The Magnificent Ambersons, Touch of Evil & Lady from Shanghai were all slashed to ribbons and will never be seen as the writer/director/actor intended. Still, they retain their innovative style, fierce bite & raw power over 60 years on. Running through Saturday, the Aero's Orson Welles retrospective features valiant restorations of these works, as well as rare screenings of UCLA's exhaustive, full restoration of Macbeth and Welles' classic (and surprisingly, untouched) Citizen Kane.

Even rarer screenings come courtesy of the Film Noir Foundation's annual Noir City festival at the Egyptian. The majority of these seedy tales of hardboiled prosecutors, the wrongly accused, the devious & desperate are unavailable on DVD. For those who prefer their mysteries shaken with comedy & stirred with plenty of martinis, the New Beverly has the first two Thin Man films. Or ditch all that old Hollywood black & white for pure, unbridled rock with cult horror-musical Repo! The Genetic Opera at the (Not So) Silent Movie Theatre & Sundance favorite ANVIL: The Story of ANVIL, with the metal pioneers themselves, at the Nuart.

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Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

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All Week
The American Astronaut (2001) (Downtown Independent)
ANVIL: The Story of ANVIL (2008) (Nuart Theatre)

Thursday 04/09
8 x 10 Tasveer (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Adventureland (2009) (21+ Screening) (Arclight Hollywood)
American Swing (2008) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)
An Evening with The Parasitic Fantasy Band (Echo Park Film Center)
European Punk Night (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Post-Punk Junk Series)
That Game of Chess (2005) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
I Love You, Man (2009) (21+ Screening) (Arclight Sherman Oaks)
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971) / Love Streams (1984) (New Beverly Cinema)
Requiem For A Romantic Woman (1999) (Free Event) (w/ Director Dagmar Knoepfel) (Goethe-Institut)
The Show Must Go On (2007) (Free w/ RSVP) (Korean Cultural Center)
The Trial (1962) / Macbeth (1948) (Aero Theatre) (Rogue Genius: An Orson Welles Retrospective)
Two O'Clock Courage (1945) / Desperate (1947) (Egyptian Theatre) (Deadline: Noir City - 11th Annual Film Noir Festival)
Wendy and Lucy (2008) (Free Event) (Melnitz Movies)
What About Me? (Q&A w/ Co-Director Duncan Bridgeman) (Downtown Independent)
Who Does She Think She Is? (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
Z (1969) (Nuart Theatre)

Friday 04/10
ANVIL: The Story of ANVIL (2008) (w/ Director Sacha Gervasi & ANVIL) (7:30PM & 9:45PM) (Nuart Theatre)
Casablanca (1942) (Regency Fairfax) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie)
The Enforcer (1951) / Convicted (1950) (Egyptian Theatre) (Deadline: Noir City - 11th Annual Film Noir Festival)
Fortune and Men's Eyes (1971) / Caged Men (1971) (7:30PM) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) ('70s Queersploitation Series)
The Holy Mountain (1973) (Art Theatre of Long Beach) (Mondo Midnights)
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1971) (LACMA)
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) (Nuart Theatre) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie)
L'Urlo (1970) (Midnight Show) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Psychedelic '60s of Tinto Brass Series)
The Parasitic Fantasy Band (9:30PM) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Prelude To Happiness (1974) / Bettie Page & Irving Klaw Short Films (Egyptian Theatre) (Fetish Film Night)
Reservoir Dogs (1992) (Midnight Show) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Thin Man (1934) / After The Thin Man (1936) (New Beverly Cinema)
Touch of Evil (1958) / Lady From Shanghai (1948) (Aero Theatre) (Rogue Genius: An Orson Welles Retrospective)
UCLA Festival of Preservation: Behind The Scenes In Hollywood (w/ Blaine Bartell, Senior Newsreel Preservationist) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum)

Saturday 04/11
ANVIL: The Story of ANVIL (2008) (w/ Director Sacha Gervasi & ANVIL) (7:30PM & 9:45PM) (Nuart Theatre)
Citizen Kane (1941) / The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (Aero Theatre) (Rogue Genius: An Orson Welles Retrospective)
Eliminators (1986) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
The HollyShorts Film Festival Showcase (w/ Filmmakers) (Echo Park Film Center)
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1971) (LACMA)
Mothra (1961) (Fine Arts Theatre) (Midnight Madness)
Ordet (1955) (7:30PM) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (The Late Works of Carl Dreyer Series)
The Racked (1951) / Woman On Pier 13 (1949) (Egyptian Theatre) (Deadline: Noir City - 11th Annual Film Noir Festival)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) (10PM) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Show) (Warner Grand Theatre)
The Thin Man (1934) / After The Thin Man (1936) (New Beverly Cinema)
UCLA Festival of Preservation: Women of All Nations (1931) / Not Exactly Gentlemen (a.k.a. Three Rogues) (1931) / Accent On Girls (1936) / Helpmates (1932) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum)

Sunday 04/12
Easter Parade (1948) (Aero Theatre)
Faust (1926) (w/ Live Score by Cabeza De Vaca Arkestra) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
It Happened One Night (1934) / The Taming of The Shrew (1967) (New Beverly Cinema)
Madeline (1998) (Fine Arts Theatre) (Family Matinee)
What About Me? (Q&A w/ Co-Director Duncan Bridgeman) (Downtown Independent)
While The City Sleeps (1956) / Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (1956) (Egyptian Theatre) (Deadline: Noir City - 11th Annual Film Noir Festival)

Monday 04/13
Annie Hall (1977) (Arclight Sherman Oaks)
The Cocoa Screenings: Animated Documentaries (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
It Happened One Night (1934) / The Taming of The Shrew (1967) (New Beverly Cinema)

Tuesday 04/14
Alexander the Last (2009) (Free Event) (Melnitz Movies)
Every Little Step (2008) (Q&A w/ Directors James Stern & Adam Del Deo) (Arclight Hollywood)
Gaby (1956) (Matinee) (LACMA)
ID inComplete Ð One ManÕs Quest For His True Identity (Free w/ RSVP) (Q&A w/ Filmmakers) (Goethe-Institut)
The Loved One (1965) / Blinky (1988) / Gates of Heaven (1978) (Hammer Museum)
Wendy and Lucy (2008) / Old Joy (2006) (New Beverly Cinema)

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Wednesday 04/15
A Place In The Sun (1951) (Arclight Hollywood)
College (1927) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Buster Keaton Series)
Darfur Now (2007) / The Devil Came On Horseback (2007) (Free Event) (Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) (Contemporary Documentaries Series)
The Servant (1963) (Aero Theatre) (Kevin Thomas' Favorites)
UCLA Festival of Preservation: Run, Tecato, Run (a.k.a. Run, Junkie, Run) (1979) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum)
Wendy and Lucy (2008) / Old Joy (2006) (New Beverly Cinema)

That's all for this week. Love it or Netflix it.

As always, compiled by the amazing and diligent Edward Yerke-Robins