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Pencil This In: Films by the Masters of Studio Ghibli, Roman Polanski's 'Repulsion' and a 'Peanuts' Parody
TGIF! We found several wide-ranging film events and an interesting theater production opening in LA tonight, including classic Japanese animation from Studio Ghibl; a 'Peanuts' parody for adults only; a Roman Polanski film and 'Let the Fury Have the Power.' Read on for all the details.FILM
American Cinematheque brings back the popular film program, The Castle Returns: Miyazaki, Takahata and The Masters Of Studio Ghibli, running today through Feb. 10 at the Egyptian & Aero theatres. The series is a retrospective of animated films from Japan’s Studio Ghibl, founded by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Screening tonight at 7:30 pm at the Egyptian Theatre is a double feature of Miyazaki's Spirited Away, which won the Best Animated Feature in 2002, followed by Pom Poko directed by Takahata. Tickets: $11.
Tonight, Sacred Fools Theatre presents the world premiere of Absolutely Filthy, written by and starring Brendan Hunt, and directed by Jeremy Aldrich. The play focuses on a homeless man who is forced to confront his past when he accidentally encounters the funeral of his long-estranged best friend. (Absolutely Filthy is a parody of the comic strip Peanuts and has not been authorized or approved in any manner by the Charles M. Schulz Estate or United Features Syndicate.) For mature audiences only. Tonight at 8 pm. Runs through March 2. Tickets: $20.
Cinefamily begins a screening run of a brand-new 35 mm print of Roman Polanski’s film Repulsion (1965) with two screenings tonight at 7:30 and 9:45 pm. The film was Polanski’s first English-language film, which was followed by his other apartment-horror-themed films Rosemary’s Baby and The Tenant. Repulsion runs at Cinefamily through Jan 31. Tickets: $12.
The new documentary Let Fury Have The Hour opens in LA tonight at the Laemmle Noho 7 at 7:30 pm. In the film, writer/director Antonino D’Ambrosio chronicles 50 powerful artists, writers, thinkers and musicians (including Shepard Fairey, Chuck D, Eve Ensler, Tom Morello and Billy Bragg) who share "personal and powerful tales of how they transformed anger and angst into provocative art and ideas." After the screening, D'Ambrosio, Fairey and musician Wayne Kramer do a Q&A, and Fairey will be giving away one of his signed original prints during this appearance. $11.Other picks:
> Art Los Angeles Contemporary at the Barker Hangar
> LA Art Show 2013 at the LA Convention Center (South Hall)
> Muse at Staples Center
*Pencil pick of the day