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An early concept photo for Bond's iconic pose. It was rejected. | Photo courtesy of twaize via flickr

No, really - did some memo go around saying all film festivals had to be scheduled within the same two-week period? The Polish Film Festival continues, flanked by the South-East European Film Festival & the last stands of the Los Angeles Jews & the Pacific Asian subcontinent. But with all the talk of Iran lately, the Noor ("light" in Arabic) Film Festival may prove the most noteworthy. While stark, realistic Iranian New Wave films by the likes of Abbas Kiarostami & Mohsen Makhmalbaf have nabbed accolades at Western film festivals for decades, less "artsy" films like the historical epic Flags of Kaveh's Castle & crime thriller In The Dark reveal a different side of the country. This theme of revelation & East-West conflict motivates much of the festival, coming to a most human (and most absurd) head with Donkey In Lahore, undoubtedly the first and only documentary to follow a Gothic Australian puppeteer, his teenaged Pakistani fiance & her traditional Muslim family.

Ah, but there's an even more thrilling way to globe-trot. "Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?" "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to watch!" Relive the glory days of everyone's favorite spy with The Best of James Bond at the Aero this weekend. The series features everything missing from last year's Quantum of Solace: smooth operation, sophisticated gadgets & little people throwing hats. With only three double-features and nearly 50 years to choose from, there's plenty of shut outs (sorry Pierce Brosnan fans, Timothy Dalton admirers, and George Lazenby's mom), but it's hard to argue that Sean Connery's exploits are anything but mod-era milestones, or that Roger Moore's blockbuster Bonds aren't fun rides.

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Full list appears below. See you at the movies!

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How did this person get into my bedroom to take this picture? | Photo courtesy of karenwithak via flickr

All Week
Break (2009) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
El Olvido (Oblivion) (2009) (Laemmle's Fallbrook 7)
Examined Life (2008) (Nuart Theatre)
The Limits of Control (2009) (The Landmark)
Naked Ambition (2009) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) (Laemmle's Sunset 5)

Thursday 4/30
All Will Be Well (2007) (7pm) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Beetlejuice (1988) / Batman (1989) (Aero Theatre)
Behind the Glass (2008) (7pm) (Goethe-Institut) (South-East European Film Festival)
The Brothers Warner (2008) (Laemmle's Town Center 5) (Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival)
CalArts Film/Video Showcase (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney Calarts Theater)
Disconnected (1983) (w/ Dino Everett) (Echo Park Film Center) (Dino's Drive-In: Horror Fest)
Divorce Albanian Style (2007) / Bad Blue Boys (2007) (9pm) (Goethe-Institut) (South-East European Film Festival)
I Love You, Man (2009) (Arclight Hollywood) (21 plus)
In a Dream (2008) (Laemmle's Music Hall 3)
The Mutant Chronicles (2009) (Mann's Chinese 6)
O'Horten (2007) (Melnitz Movies)
The Offsiders (9pm) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Sexchange (2009) (5pm) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
The Soloist (2009) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (21 plus)
Stray Dog (1949) / Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) (New Beverly Cinema)
Target Video Presents: Raw Power (2009) (w/ Target Video founders Joe Rees and Jackie Sharp) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Post-Punk Junk)

Friday 5/01
The Americanization of Emily (1964) / Save the Tiger (1973) (w/ Martin Ransohoff and Arthur Hiller) (Egyptian Theatre) (A Tribute To Martin Ransohoff)
Asian Pacific Film Festival Program: Our Urban Symphony (10PM) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
CalArts Film/Video Showcase (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney Calarts Theater)
Castle in the Desert (1942) (Old Town Music Hall)
Black Devil Doll (2009) (w/ Performance by Blowfly) (Mondo Midnights) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Commandant Edelman (2008) / Holodomar (2008) (9pm) (Egyptian Theatre) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Dr. No (1961) / From Russia With Love (1963) (w/ Bond expert Steven Jay Rubin) (Aero Theatre) (The Best of James Bond: Agent 007)
Dublab Labrat Matinee VI: Selections From an Astral Projectionist (w/ Labrat DJ's and Free Beer) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre)
For the Right to Speak Up (2009) (7pm) (Egyptian Theatre) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Forgotten Voices / Journey Into Sex Slavery (9pm) (Goethe-Institut) (South-East European Film Festival)
I Am That Girl (2008) (7PM) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
Hayedeh: Legendary Persian Diva (8:30) (Fine Arts Theatre) (Noor Film Festival)
King Kong (1933) / Metropolis (1927) (New Beverly Cinema)
Morocco (1930) / The Garden of Allah (1936) (Free Event) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (From Casablanca to Sahara: Hollywood's North Africa)
My Marlon and Brando (2008) (7pm) (Goethe-Institut) (South-East European Film Festival)
The Painted Bride (6:30pm) (Goethe-Institut) (South-East European Film Festival)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) (Insomniac Cinema Midnight Movie) (Regency Fairfax)
Reservoir Dogs (1992) (Midnight Movie) (New Beverly Cinema)
Tehran: Another Side / Young Republic (6:30pm) (Fine Arts Theatre) (Noor Film Festival)
Urgh: A Music War (1981) (Cine-Insomnia Midnight Movie) (Nuart Theatre)

Saturday 5/02
100 (2008) (Noon) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
All Around Us (2008) (7:15PM) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
Asian Pacific Film Festival Program: Passion of the People (2:30PM) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
Ballerina (2006) (11am) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
CalArts Film/Video Showcase (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney Calarts Theater)
Castle in the Desert (1942) (Old Town Music Hall)
The Dalai Lama Renaissance (2007) (11am) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Daytime Drinking (2008) (9:45PM) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
Diagnosis S.B.H. (3pm) (Goethe-Institut) (South-East European Film Festival)
Donkey in Lahore (2008) (6:3pm) (Fine Arts Theatre) (Noor Film Festival)
The Enemy of State (2008) (9pm) (Egyptian Theatre) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
The Fourth Man (2007) (6pm) (Goethe-Institut) (South-East European Film Festival)
Generation Nowhereland / Another Salute (4:30pm) (Fine Arts Theatre) (Noor Film Festival)
Goldfinger (1964) / Thunderball (1965) (w/ Bond expert Steven Jay Rubin) (Aero Theatre) (The Best of James Bond: Agent 007)
Grief Becomes Me: A Poet's Journey (2009) (w/ filmmaker Christine Fugate) (Free Matinee) (Art Theatre of Long Beach)
Hellenic Poles (2008) / Smugglers (2008) (3pm) (Egyptian Theatre) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Ice Station Zebra (1968) (Egyptian Theatre) (A Tribute To Martin Ransohoff)
It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955) (Midnight Show) (Fine Arts Theatre)
King Kong (1933) / Metropolis (1927) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Magnificent Seventeen (2005) / Henryk Wars: A Songster of Warsaw (2007) (5pm) (Egyptian Theatre) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Mr. Bready (2007) / Poste Restante (2008) / Music: Wojciech Kilar (2003) (7pm) (Egyptian Theatre) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
My Bodyguard (1980) (Midnight Show) (New Beverly Cinema) (New Beverly Midnights)
Niloofar (2008) / Hoviyate Man (8:45pm) (Fine Arts Theatre) (Noor Film Festival)
Orphans West Symposium (w/ Orphans founder Dan Streible and other presenters) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Los Angeles Filmforum)
The Real Shaolin (2008) (5PM) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Sins O' The Flesh Midnight Show) (Nuart Theatre)
Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) (Midnight Show) (Warner Grand Theatre)
Rosauro Castro (1950) / La Noche Avanza (Night Falls) (1952) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Folk Tales and Film Noir: Roberto Galvadon's Centennial)
Superman Returns (2006) (2pm) (Free Event) (Warner Grand Theatre)
Tunnel's End (4pm) (Goethe-Institut) (South-East European Film Festival)
Warring Fations (2009) / The Florist (2004) (2:30pm) (Fine Arts Theatre) (Noor Film Festival)
The Year My Parents Went on Vacation (2006) (Warner Grand Theatre)

Sunday 5/03
10 (1979) (The Bay Theatre)
AKA "Player" (2008) (7pm) (Egyptian Theatre) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Asian Pacific Film Festival Program: One World's Dream of China (12:30PM) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
Ballerina (2006) (11am) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Castle in the Desert (1942) (Old Town Music Hall)
Children of Invention (2009) (10AM) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
The Dalai Lama Renaissance (2007) (11am) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
The Dark and Silent Ones (2008) / Freedom on the Dene (2009) (5pm) (Egyptian Theatre) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Flags of Kaveh's Castle / Slowliness (2:30pm) (Fine Arts Theatre) (Noor Film Festival)
Help / In the Dark / Stony Karvansara / New Horizon (4:30pm) (Fine Arts Theatre) (Noor Film Festival)
Jagged Edge (1985) / The Cincinnati Kid (1965) (w/ Martin Ransohoff and Robert Loggia) (Egyptian Theatre) (A Tribute To Martin Ransohoff)
Lala's Gun (2008) (3PM) (Laemmle's Sunset 5) (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
Naked Ambition (2009) (w/ filmmakers at 7:40 show) (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex)
Orphans West Symposium (w/ Orphans founder Dan Streible and other presenters) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Los Angeles Filmforum)
Ottis E. (2008) / A Letter Home (7:30pm) (Fine Arts Theatre) (Noor Film Festival)
Rooster's Breakfast (2007) (4:30pm) (Goethe-Institut) (South-East European Film Festival)
The Runaway (2008) (3pm) (Egyptian Theatre) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Something Virtual (12:30pm) (Fine Arts Theatre) (Noor Film Festival)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) / Live And Let Die (1973) (w/ Bond expert Steven Jay Rubin) (Aero Theatre) (The Best of James Bond: Agent 007)
Three Buddies (2008) (9pm) (Egyptian Theatre) (Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles)
Two Fairies / Balkan Express-Macedonian Wedding / Unplugged / The Other Side (3pm) (Goethe-Institut) (South-East European Film Festival)
Winchester '73 (1950) / Bend of the River (1952) (New Beverly Cinema)
The Woman I Stole (1933) / Casbah (1948) (Free Admission) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum)
(From Casablanca to Sahara: Hollywood's North Africa)

Monday 5/04
10 (1979) (The Bay Theatre)
All About Dad (2008) (9PM) (Downtown Independent) (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
Asian Pacific Film Festival: Confessions of a Performer of Some Sort (7PM) (Downtown Independent) (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
Elevator (2008) (6:30pm) (Goethe-Institut) (South-East European Film Festival)
Goldfinger (1964) (Arclight Sherman Oaks) (AFI 100s)
La Otra (The Other One) (1946) / The Littlest Outlaw (El Pequeno Proscito) (1955) (UCLA Film & Television Archive @ Hammer Museum) (Folk Tales and Film Noir: Roberto Galvadon's Centennial)
Megatron (6:30pm) (Goethe-Institut) (South-East European Film Festival)
William E. Jones: Le Grand Mash-Up (1998-2006) (w/ William E. Jones) (REDCAT - Roy & Edna Disney Calarts Theater)
Winchester '73 (1950) / Bend of the River (1952) (New Beverly Cinema)

Tuesday 5/05
Asian Pacific Film Festival: Cinema Musica! (7:30PM) (Downtown Independent) (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
Asian Pacific Film Festival: Human Nature (9:15PM) (Downtown Independent) (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
The Outfit (1973) (Matinee) (LACMA)
Sleep Dealer (2008) (w/ filmmaker Alex Rivera) (Melnitz Movies)
Summer Hours (L'Heure D'Ete) (2008) (Preview Screening) (LACMA)
Winchester '73 (1950) / Bend of the River (1952) (New Beverly Cinema)

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Wednesday 5/06
10 (1979) (The Bay Theatre)
Asian Pacific Film Festival: A Beautiful Somewhere... (9PM) (Downtown Independent) (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
Day of Wrath (Vredens Dag) (1943) (Free Event) (Hammer Museum)
Pandora's Box (1929) (Cinefamily @ Silent Movie Theatre) (Silent Wednesdays)
Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority (2008) (7:30PM) (Downtown Independent) (Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival)
The Producers (1968) (Arclight Hollywood) (AFI 100s)

Requiem For A Heavyweight (1962) / Killer McCoy (1947) (w/ Mickey Rooney) (Aero Theatre) (Let's Put On A Show: A Tribute To Mickey Rooney)
Waltz With Bashir (2008) / Persepolis (2007) (New Beverly Cinema)

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

Compiled, as always, by the amazing and diligent Edward Yerke-Robins