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Afi Film Fest: A Window On Some Far Shores : Thursday

March 08, 1987|KEVIN THOMAS and All AFI Film Festival of Los Angeles events will take place at the Los Feliz Theater, 1822 N. Vermont Ave., Hollywood, unless otherwise noted. Tickets are available at Ticketron, Teletron and at the box office one hour before showtime. Information: (213) 520-2000 , 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and

"A Star Is Born" (U.S.A., 1937, 7:30 p.m., Wadsworth Auditorium). Although not as stunning or subtle as the 1954 George Cukor remake, the 1937 William Wellman three-strip Technicolor version is nevertheless still a potent, myth-making entertainment and a time-capsule film, thanks to its generous use of Hollywood locales. Janet Gaynor is a sweet Esther Blodgett turned star Vicki Lester, and Fredric March is timelessly splendid as the doomed Norman Maine; the Dorothy Parker-Alan Campbell dialogue has plenty of sparkle. Yet another noble restoration by UCLA Film Archives' Robert Gitt to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a Hollywood classic about Hollywood. Recommended.

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