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My recommendations for movie watching this week in L.A. 2/12-2/19/16
ON NETFLIX: Une Nuit (or Paris at Night) written by Philippe Isard, Simon Michael and the director Philippe Lefbevre, is a slow burn of a movie about a vice officer (Roschdy Zem) who goes about his usual night trying to avoid a trap that has been laid for him with Internal Affairs and trying to keep a lid on Parisian nightlife. I found it a fascinating look at this aspect of Paris after hours, with an almost documentary feel to it.
ON HULU: Elevator to the Gallows, written by Roger Nimier and Louis Malle (from a book by Noel Calef) is Malle’s first feature, and quite a debut. It’s a film noir about a man who kills his mistress’ husband and then things start going a little wrong when an elevator doesn’t quite work as he might wish. With Jeanne Moreau and Maurice Ronet as the lovers.
SPECIAL 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
FIRST RUN and OPENING: Deadpool, Where to Invade Next, Boy and the World, Bad Hurt, Glassland, Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom, A War, Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong
REVIVAL AND ART HOUSES:
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Egyptian: Blade Runner, 2/12; King Kong, 2/13; Harold and Maude, 2/14; Obsession, Blow Out, 2/18
AMERICAN CINEMATEQUE at The Aero: Wings of Desire, 2/12; Annie Hall, The Purple Rose of Cairo, 2/13; Breakfast at Tiffany’s, 2/14; Georgia, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle 2/15; The Tin Drum, 2/18
LACMA: Strangers on a Train , 2/16
NEW BEVERLY: McCabe and Mrs. Miller, The Hateful Eight, 2/10-13; Rio Brava, The Hateful Eight, 2/14-15,
CINEFAMILY at the Silent Movie Theater: The Mother and the Whore, 2/12; The Thin Man, 2/14; City Lights, 2/15; Return of the Secaucus Seven, 2/18; Brother From Another Planet, Piranha 2/19
UCLA ARCHIVES at the Hammer Museum: Gate of Flesh, Story of a Prostitute, 2/12; Rafter Romance, Double Harness, 2/14; Mysterious Island, 2/17