L istings and commentary for Week 2 of the American Film Institute Film Festival of Los Angeles, which runs through March 26:
"Black and White" (France, 1986, 7:30 p.m.). From the country that nurtured De Sade comes this tale of a mild-mannered accountant who discovers pain is the only thing that calms his jangled nerves. The purveyor of his aberrant pleasure is a black masseur--harking back to the title. The film was also shot in black and white, and clearly director Claire Devers (a surprising winner of the best first-film award at Cannes) wants us to understand the situation is far from cut and dried. As a study of pathological behavior, her effort is deeply disturbing, appealing to a very select minority.
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 show time. Information: (213) 520-2000 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.