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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 5/29-6/5/2015
ON NETFLIX: Julia, written by Alvin Sargent and directed by Fred Zinneman, is a based on a true story story (though some people doubt the veracity of it) revolving around playwright Lillian Hellman’s long standing friendship with the title character and Hellman’s decision to meet her in Germany during the rise of Nazism. It’s a very entertaining film with fantastic performances from Jane Fonda as Hellman; Jason Robards outstanding as Dashiell Hammett; Maximillian Shell as a member of the anti-Nazi underground; and Vanessa Redgrave in one of her most memorial performances as Julia. All received Oscar nominations with Robards and Redgrave winning and Redgrave getting memorably booed during her acceptance speech. Meryl Streep’s first film.
ON HULU: The Devil’s Eye is a rarity for writer/director Ingmar Bergman; it’s a comedy. The devil has a sty in his eye because a young woman may get married as a virgin. So the devil sends Don Juan to earth to seduce her so she can’t set a bad example for other young women. A delight. With Bibi Anderson.
SPECIAL NOTICE: The Nuart Theater is showing new prints of Aparajito and Pather Panchali, Satyajit Ray’s classic films about a young boy Apu and how he grows up in India. Considered one of the great achievements of world cinema.
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: Fassbender: To Love Without Demands, Ali, Fear Eats the Soul, 5/29; Skyscraper Souls, 5/30; Veronica Voss, The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, 5/30; An American in Paris, 5/31; Starting 6/3, the Greek Film Festival
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: The Searchers, The Tall T, 5/29; the first three Jurassic Park films, 5/30; Mon Oncle, The 400 Blows, 5/31; La Dolce Vita, 6/4; From Mayerling to Sarejavo, Letter to an Unknown Woman, 6/5
The CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: La Collectionneuse, City of Lost Children, 5/29
NEW BEVERLY: The Sand Pebbles, 5/29-30; The Big Heat, Undercover Man, 6/3-4; Family Plot, Torn Curtain, 6/5-6
LACMA: High Sierra, 6/2
ACADEMY, Samuel Goldwyn Theater: Oklahoma, 5/29; A Woman is a Woman, Cruel Story of Youth, 6/4;
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Beggars of Life, Wild Boys of the Road, 5/31; The Vikings, 6/5