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Afi Film Fest: Week 2

March 15, 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 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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"My Life for Zarah Leander" (U.S.A./West Germany, 1986, 3 p.m.). As the title suggests, Christian Blackwood's intriguing documentary is not just about the Nazi-era, Swedish-born UFA singing star, but also about one of her most devoted fans, Paul Seiler, a middle-aged homosexual. That both Seiler and Leander (1907-1981)--seen in a comprehensive German TV interview late in her life--are remarkably candid helps define the elusive, sometime cruel and tragic nature of stardom. The self-absorbed, ambitious Leander--famed for her deep voice--didn't, alas, forsake Germany until 1943; clips from her films suggest that by and large they are perfect examples of Nazi kitsch. Recommended.

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