My recommendations for film watching this week in L.A. 1/29-2/5/16

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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 1/29-2/5/16

ff 2ON NETFLIX: Evgeny Afineevsky’s film Winter of Fire: the Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom is a breathtaking documentary about the growing unrest from 2013 to 2014 between those wanting the Ukraine to align with the EU, and the government, headed by President Yanukovich, that wanted to align with Russia. It’s a documentary that never stops and is heartbreaking and inspiring. Nominated for the 2016 Oscars.

ff 3ON HULU: The 1939 version of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion (the basis for the musical My Fair Lady) is perhaps the best adaption of a Shaw play and is just delightful on its own terms. A professor of dialects tries to help a lower class flower girl speak like a noblewoman. As acted by Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller, as Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle; directed by Howard and Anthony Asquith; and written by Asquith and Shaw himself, this is a beautiful and very funny movie.

ff 1SPECIAL SHOWINGS: Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theater will be showing two of the Taviani brothers most respected films: Padre Padrone and The Night of the Shooting Stars

ff 4SPECIAL SHOWINGS: The Oscar nominated short subjects (live actions, documentaries and animation) will be shown in various locations and theaters up until the Academy Awards are held

ff 5FIRST RUN and OPENING: The Finest Hours, In the Land of Women



AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, 1/29; Ben Hur, 1/30; McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Long Goodbye, 2/5


AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Things to Come, Invaders From Mars, 1/29; Gone with the Wind, 1/30; Foreign Correspondent, Bulldog Drummond, 1/31; Harvey, The Glen Miller Story, 4/4; Oklahoma, Showboat, 4/5


LACMA: Rebecca, 2/2


NEW BEVERLY: The Hateful Eight


CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: The Hunger, 1/29; Key Largo, 1/31; The Man Who Fell to Earth, 1/31, 2/1-2; Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, 2/1


UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: The Limping Man, The Master Plan, 1/31; Branded to Kill, Youth of the Beast, 2/5

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