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REEL LIFE / FILM & VIDEO FILE : A Look at the Secrets Behind 'Jurassic' Success : Animator Phil Tiptett will show a video about the movie's special effects after screening of the box office hit at UC Santa Barbara.


The UC Santa Barbara Arts and Lectures series begins a distinguished selection of fall films this week.

OK, maybe the blockbuster film "Jurassic Park" is more commercial than it is distinguished. But there's a plus. Academy Award-winning animator Phil Tiptett will present a video on how the special effects were created. The video will be shown after the main feature. Tiptett will also answer questions.

The rest of the films in the series you've probably seen before, but like "Belle Epoque," "Red Rock West" and "Schindler's List," they're good enough to see again.

All films start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and available at the door. For more information call 893-3535.


Feeling like your circadian rhythms are upside down?

Maybe you want to watch a really weird film, the kind usually screened as the midnight feature. But you can't stay awake after 10 p.m., you say? Well the Riviera Theatre has the answer for the diurnal lover of cult films.

The theater last week launched its "Cult Classics" festival, all of them screening at the unlikely hour of 11 a.m. on Saturday. Imagine watching "Pink Flamingos" and exiting the theater into the cheery sunlight of a Santa Barbara afternoon.

This week's feature is "The Loved One," starring Jonathan Winters and Rod Steiger. Riviera manager Terry Boyle calls it a movie with something to offend everyone.

Boyle said there are eight movies in the lineup. Still to come are "Deliverance"; "Repulsion," starring Catherine Deneuve in a Roman Polanski film; "The Producers," featuring the hit single "Springtime for Hitler" and, of course, the cult film of all cult films, David Lynch's "Eraserhead."

"We're trying to have more theme nights," Boyle said. "Whether it's cult classics, films by the same director or films with the same star."


On the topic of films with the same actor, here's an item for lovers of esoteric character actors. The Ojai Film Society is showing movies featuring Jim Broadbent over the next two Sundays.

Who's Jim Broadbent?

He played the sympathetic bartender in the "Crying Game." Check him out in "Widow's Peak" on Sunday and in "The Wedding Gift" on Oct. 16.

Shows are 4:30 at the Ojai Playhouse.

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