The L.A. Rep-port: 2/3 to 2/9, by Scott Nye

3 Feb

The Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the city.

UCLA is kicking off a fantastic retrospective celebrating female filmmakers in the 1970s and ‘80s, starting with their new restoration of Desert Hearts (1986, DCP) on Saturday and a double bill of Hester Street (1975, 35mm) and The Gold Diggers (1983, 35mm) on Sunday. The series runs through the rest of the month, and includes major works by Chantal Akerman, Susan Seidelman, Barbara Loden, and more.

The Egyptian Theatre kicks off their monthly tribute to David Lynch, pairing many of his most-acclaimed works with classic films that “seem strangely connected”, to use their terminology. They’re well-chosen, though – it kicks off tonight with Mulholland Dr. (2001, 35mm) and Sunset Boulevard (1950, DCP), followed by Blue Velvet (1986, DCP) and All That Heaven Allows (1955, DCP) on Saturday. I remain something of a Lynch skeptic – Mulholland Dr. is one of the best films of the new century, and Blue Velvet representative of all that was shallow about the 1980s counterculture – but I’m looking forward to revisiting or catching up with some of his other work as the month goes on.

Meanwhile, their sister theater, the Aero, is going all in on Chaplin, with Modern Times (1936, 35mm) and City Lights (1931, 35mm) tonight, The Gold Rush (1925, 35mm) and The Kid (1921, 35mm) tomorrow, and four of his half-hour Essanay shorts (1915, DCP) on Sunday. Ever since Criterion put out Chaplin’s work on Blu-ray, 35mm screenings have been hard to come by, so this is an excellent chance to get them in. These are among the greatest films ever made, at once humanistic and warm in their approach to their fellow man and utterly incisive in their depiction of capitalism and greed. And yet anyone of any age can watch and enjoy them. Little miracles, these things.

Look, I’m sure they’re fine films, but there’s no way I’m not going to say “go get your creeper on” in mentioning that the New Beverly is showing Adrian Lyne’s Lolita (1997, 35mm) on a double bill with Sergio Martino’s High School Girl (1974, 35mm). To each their own!

For more chaste pleasures, look to their kiddie matinee of Peter Bogdanovich’s outstanding Paper Moon (1973, 35mm).

Or, for that matter, they’re starting a monthlong series on Sundays and Mondays of B-westerns, programmers in the 60-70-minute range, that looks very intriguing. This Sunday and Monday is Riders of the Whistling Pines (1949, 35mm) and Eyes of Texas (1948, 16mm).

They also have a brand-new 35mm print of Return of the One-Armed Swordsman (1969, 35mm), which, don’t worry, they’ve paired with The One-Armed Swordsman (1967, 35mm). For context.

LACMA has the landmark It Happened One Night (1934, format unlisted) for their Tuesday matinee.

The NoHo 7’s Throwback Thursday film is Rob Reiner’s spectacular When Harry Met Sally (1989, DCP).

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