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Special One Night Events & Limited Engagements, Sneak Previews in March:

 

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Thursday, March 11 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature - Claire Trevor 100th Birthday: KEY LARGO, 1948, Warner Bros., 101 min. Dir. John Huston. Humphrey Bogart is Frank McCloud, a down-on-his-luck veteran visiting the father (Lionel Barrymore) and sister (Lauren Bacall) of his dead WWII buddy at their Florida Keys hotel just as a hurricane is about to hit. To make matters worse, on-the-run mobster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) has decided to lay low there with his moll (Claire Trevor) and henchmen. View trailer | Buy Tickets

MURDER MY SWEET, 1944, Warner Bros., 95 min. Dir. Edward Dmytryk. Philip Marlowe, the quintessential L.A. private eye, searches for an ex-con's girlfriend, but, as always, winds up swimming in deceit and double-crosses, all of it washing up at a lavish Malibu beach house. Featuring former hoofer Dick Powell as Marlowe, and Claire Trevor as the fabulous femme fatale. View trailer

 

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Friday, March 12 – 7:30 PM

70mm! VERTIGO, 1958, Universal, 129 min. With its stunning visuals and gripping characters, director Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological suspense masterpiece VERTIGO continues to entrance audiences. Retired San Francisco police detective "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart) becomes obsessed with Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak), a troubled woman he is privately hired to follow. Tragedy ensues when Ferguson later stumbles upon Judy Barton (also played by Novak), a young woman who bears a striking resemblance to Madeleine…and his obsession spirals out of control. View trailer | Buy Tickets

 

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Saturday, March 13 – 7:30 PM

Katharine Ross In Person! Double Feature: By the time Katharine Ross became a household name with her turn as Elaine Robinson in 1967’s THE GRADUATE, she had already honed her craft in dozens of hours of television and in the Civil War classic SHENANDOAH. Ross quickly followed her Oscar-nominated breakthrough with an equally high-profile role in BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID and a critically acclaimed performance in TELL THEM WILLIE BOY IS HERE. In subsequent years she worked with maverick directors from Brian De Palma to Richard Kelly (her appearance as Donnie Darko’s psychiatrist introduced her to a whole new generation of filmgoers), and starred in one of the most iconic films of its era, THE STEPFORD WIVES.

THE GRADUATE, 1967, Stuart Lisell, 105 min. Dir. Mike Nichols. In this iconic 1960s classic, Dustin Hoffman stars as Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate in search of a little direction in his life. He soon finds himself having an affair with the wife of his father’s partner, Mrs. Robinson (the fabulous Anne Bancroft). Things get even more complicated when he falls for Mrs. Robinson’s beautiful, level-headed daughter (Katharine Ross). Featuring an unmatched soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel, and the riotously funny, generation-defining line of dialogue, "Plastics." View trailer

GAMES, 1967, Universal Pictures, 100 min. Dir. Curtis Harrington. Beautiful people James Caan and Katharine Ross live in a funhouse filled with Pop Art and pinball games – until mysterious charlatan Simone Signoret drops in, and the parlor games turn devilishly sinister. Discussion in between films with Katharine Ross. Buy Tickets

 

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Sunday, March 14 – 7:30 PM

Larry Karaszewski Presents: Buck Henry In Person! Double Feature: Buck Henry’s unique satiric sensibility has kept audiences laughing from his days in 1960s television (when he co-created "Get Smart" with Mel Brooks) to his appearances on "The Daily Show" and "30 Rock" more than 40 years later. In the interim he has written, directed, and/or starred in many films that are now classics, including THE GRADUATE, HEAVEN CAN WAIT, and CATCH-22. Join us for a celebration of Henry’s work that features his role in Milos Forman’s first American feature, TAKING OFF, and his work as writer-actor in Mike Nichols’ CATCH-22.

TAKING OFF, 1971, Universal, 93 min. Director Milos Forman’s first American film is a warm and hilariously subversive comedy about parents trying to cope with their runaway children. The focus is on bewildered Buck Henry and Lynn Carlin as they try to deal with daughter Linnea Heacock’s flight to Greenwich Village hippie life - and end up expanding their consciousness as much as she does!

CATCH-22, 1970, Paramount Pictures, 122 min. Dir. Mike Nichols. After their triumphant collaboration on THE GRADUATE, director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Buck Henry reunited for this adaptation of Joseph Heller’s satirical WWII novel. The all-star cast includes Alan Arkin, Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Jon Voight, Orson Welles and Henry himself. Discussion in between films with Buck Henry. View trailer | Buy Tickets

 

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Wednesday, March 17 – 7:30 PM

"We all remember our favorite teacher - captivating, wise, humorous, and very kind. David Brown was like that for me. He and Richard Zanuck had the most successful partnership in all of Hollywood and were wonderful mentors to me on my first two pictures. In the middle of shooting JAWS David said to me – ‘No matter my age, I will always feel 30!’ I've been living by that ever since." – Steven Spielberg, quoted in Entertainment Weekly

David Brown Memorial - Double Feature: THE SUGARLAND EXPRESS, 1974, Universal, 109 min. Dir. Steven Spielberg. An ambitious blend of madcap slapstick and downbeat social commentary starring Goldie Hawn and William Atherton as a latter-day Bonnie & Clyde. View trailer | Buy Tickets

JAWS, 1975, Universal, 124 min. Director Steven Spielberg rocketed to the head of the class with this terrific mixture of suspense, humor and modern Americana, based on the Peter Benchley best-seller. Roy Scheider is excellent as a New England sheriff confronting a monstrous Great White Shark over a Fourth of July weekend. With Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss. View trailer | Buy Tickets 

 

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Saturday, March 20 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: CLUE, 1985, Paramount Pictures, 94 min. Dir. Jonathan Lynn. The popular board game comes to life in this comic mystery that brings Colonel Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, Miss Scarlet, etc. to the big screen - courtesy of a stellar cast that includes Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, and Martin Mull as a group trying to solve a murder in a Gothic Victorian mansion. View trailer | Buy Tickets 

NUNS ON THE RUN, 1990, 20th Century Fox, 89 min. Dir. Jonathan Lynn. Incompetent criminals Eric Idle (MONTY PYTHON) and Robbie Coltrane (HARRY POTTER) are forced to hide out in a convent - disguised as nuns - after they bungle a job in this hilarious farce. Discussion in between films with Jonathan Lynn. View trailer

 

 

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Sunday, March 21 – 7:30 PM

Director In-Person! Double Feature: THE NAKED GUN: FROM THE FILES OF POLICE SQUAD!, 1988, Paramount Pictures, 85 min. Director David Zucker and cowriters Jim Abrahams, Jerry Zucker, and Pat Proft turned their brilliant cult TV series into a franchise-launching film with this gag-laden comedy. Leslie Nielsen is sheer comic perfection as Frank Drebin, a detective as confident as he is incompetent; in his attempts to save the Queen of England from an assassination plot he inadvertently wreaks havoc all over Los Angeles. Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban, and George Kennedy costar in this movie that contains as many verbal and physical jokes per minute as the creators' earlier AIRPLANE! View trailer  | Buy Tickets 
THE NAKED GUN 2 1/2: THE SMELL OF FEAR, 1991, Paramount Pictures, 85 min. Dir. David Zucker. Frank Drebin returns to head for Washington D.C., where he receives an award for shooting 1000 drug dealers and then goes on to create his usual brand of chaos. Endlessly inventive slapstick and wordplay make this that rare sequel that's even funnier than its original. Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, and George Kennedy return. Discussion in between films with director David Zucker. View trailer | Buy Tickets 

 

 

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Wednesday, March 24 – 7:30 PM

Co-presented by Filmforum: Los Angeles Premiere! WORSE THAN WAR, 2009, JTN Productions and Thirteen/WNET, 105 min. Dir. Mike DeWitt. In the spring of 2008, renowned Holocaust scholar Daniel Jonah Goldhagen took a camera crew with him on a worldwide journey to explore the roots of genocide in our time. This documentary is the unforgettable filmed record of that trip, following Goldhagen as he travels to Rwanda, Bosnia, Ukraine, Guatemala, Germany - sites of some of the worst mass slaughters in the past century - and encounters an extraordinary array of people who provide powerful insights into why genocide continues to plague our planet. Discussion following with director Mike DeWitt, producers Jay Sanderson, Adam Hyman, and Eve Marson and editor Jason Rosenfield. Buy Tickets 

 

 

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Wednesday, March 31 – 7:30 PM

Miklos Jancso Double Feature: Referred to as the "key Hungarian filmmaker of the sound era" by the Chicago Reader's Jonathan Rosenbaum, Miklos Jancso is an essential director whose films have had an astounding impact on European cinema, and whose gripping visual aesthetic is a precursor to artists such as Theo Angelopoulos and Béla Tarr. Jancso's epic works are eminent portrayals of the rebellion and bloodshed that is inherent to fascist nation-states. Discover two of the artist's greatest films about early 20th century Eastern-European revolution, SILENCE AND CRY and THE RED AND THE WHITE.

SILENCE AND CRY, 1968, 73 min. Dir. Miklos Jancso. It is Hungary, 1919, and a former Red soldier on the run from White Terror agents finds refuge in a family's farm home. However, the family is under political suspicion and ruthlessly refuses to be caught or to let anyone expose them. The soldier eventually realizes he is slowly being poisoned.

THE RED AND THE WHITE, 1967, 90 min. Dir. Miklos Jancso. Elaborate tracking shots, haunting black-and-white and panoramic Scope images frame this story of defeated Hungarian army soldiers caught behind enemy lines during the Russian civil war of 1919. The difference between killer and victim blurs with mind-boggling fluidity as the soldiers are left to defend themselves by all means possible.