The L.A. Rep-port: 12/9 to 12/15, by Scott Nye
The Rep-port is a weekly(ish) series highlighting the best and most compelling repertory screenings in the city.
One doesn’t like to go too far out on a limb, but to say the new 70mm print of 2001: A Space Odyssey playing at the Egyptian this weekend and throughout December is the repertory event of the season might not, in fact, be an understatement. Until this new print was unveiled at Beyond Fest in October, I don’t believe 2001 has played in Los Angeles on film since the Academy’s Last 70mm Film Festival in 2012. I’ve been waiting ever since.
If that’s not enough Kubrick for you, the New Beverly is still showing his absolute masterpiece, Barry Lyndon (1975, 35mm), on Saturday, then switching over to the decidedly un-masterpiece-y The Killing (1956, 35mm) and Lolita (1962, 35mm) on Sunday and Monday, and A Clockwork Orange (1971, 35mm) on Wednesday and Thursday. They’re fine films and all, don’t get me wrong. The Killing is actually one of the few Kubrick films I’ve not seen in a theater, but, you know, who’s got the time.
They’ve also got Porky’s (1981, 35mm) and its sequel (1983, 35mm) on Tuesday. I think the original gets sort of a bad rap. It’s not that it’s not fairly pervy – it is – but the boys in the film are so absurd and so grotesque, I find them far more laughable than relatable. I can’t vouch for the sequel one way or t’other.
Cinefamily is ringing in the season with off-site showings of Babes in Toyland (1961, 16mm) at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater on Friday and Saturday.
The Egyptian is also in the holiday spirit with two screenings of Auntie Mame (1958, 35mm) on Wednesday and Thursday, but only the latter still has tickets available. I’ve never seen it, but the classic film circles I travel in lose their freaking minds over it.
UCLA ends their Joan Blondell retrospective, of which I missed the entirety (thanks, November), with John Cassavetes’s Opening Night (1977, 35mm). They’re also showing The Wizard of Oz (1939, 35mm) for the low, low price of jack shit Sunday morning, so that’s quite a treat.
I don’t know why I have not, to this point, included the Nuart’s midnight programming in this column, but they’re showing Bonnie and Clyde (1967, 35mm) tonight! If, like me, you saw Rules Don’t Apply and were reminded that that Beatty fellow knows a thing or two about a thing or two, now’s a good time to get reinvigorated.