The L.A. Rep-port: 12/1 to 12/8, by Scott Nye
The Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the city.
LACMA is showing That Thing You Do! (1996, 35mm)! Extra exclamation point mine!
The Bev is kicking off a sizable Kubrick retrospective, pairing his mid-career work (sans 2001, but we’ll get to that next week) with the mammoth documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures (2001, 35mm). Who’s going to watch a two-and-a-half-hour doc after the three-hour Barry Lyndon (1975, 35mm), I do not know, but Barry Lyndon is a must-see on 35, so it’s worth going just for that. I don’t object as strongly to the Blu-ray that WB put out a few years ago, but there’s no question that digital struggles to replicate the textures Kubrick and cinematography John Alcott crafted. It’s also just a top-to-bottom masterpiece. That plays Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30, then again the following Saturday at 5:00. Dr. Strangelove, Or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964, 35mm) kicks off the series Sunday and Monday at 6:30 and 7:30, respectively. As recently discussed on the show, you really oughta see it in the theater. It’s a blast.
I haven’t seen it myself, but I’d be hard-pressed to think of a type of film that better represents the current era of the New Beverly than Kaante (2002, 35mm), a Bollywood reimagining of Reservoir Dogs. Plays Friday and Saturday in primetime.
The Bev’s kiddie matinee looks promising as well – Laurel and Hardy in March of the Wooden Soldiers (1934, 35mm).
The American Cinematheque is embarking of a lovely tribute to Irwin Winkler’s collaborations with Martin Scorsese, starting with Raging Bull (1980, 35mm) on Thursday at the Egyptian, Goodfellas (1990, DCP) on Friday at the Aero, and New York, New York (1977, 35mm) on Saturday afternoon. Each includes an introduction by Winkler, and then he and Scorsese sit down for an extended conversation late Saturday afternoon. As one might expect, that event is sold out, and at $30 a pop, I don’t think there will be too many no-shows, but definitely hop in the standby line for a chance. These sort of events have large guest lists, and many tend not to show from them.
The Egyptian is also doing a miniature honor for Jim Jarmusch, showing his new (great great great) film Paterson on Monday, then Stranger Than Paradise (1984, 35mm) and Mystery Train (1989, 35mm) on Wednesday. All are must-sees.
And if you don’t remember it too well from high school English class (I certainly don’t), Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet (1968, DCP) shows in a new 4K restoration on Tuesday at the Aero with the stars in person.
Cinefamily starts getting in the holiday mood when Greg Proops shows Billy Wilder’s The Apartment (1960, 35mm) on Wednesday at 7:30. LACMA is also showing it Tuesday afternoon (format unspecified). I doubt I need to sell you on it. Nor should I need to sell you on Jonathan Glazer’s fantastic Birth (2004, 35mm), which shows Thursday at 7:30.