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Afi Film Fest: Week 2

March 15, 1987|MICHAEL WILMINGTON 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 show time. Information: (213) 520-2000 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and

L istings and commentary for Week 2 of the American Film Institute Film Festival of Los Angeles, which runs through March 26:

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"Machito: A Latin Jazz Legacy" (U.S.A., 1986, 8:30 p.m., Barnsdall Theater, free). Machito--a great pioneer of Latin jazz, whose career began in the heyday of be-bop and continued until his recent death--is shown here in a documentary whose spirit, fire and tight organization recall Machito's bands. The music--by, among others, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente and Dexter Gordon (who trades licks on stage with Machito) is a joy, but so is the personality of its subject. Director Carlos Ortiz shows him--still playing, living in the Bronx in the '80s--as a supremely approachable man, devoted to his melting-pot music, spanning years and cultures with ease and generosity.

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