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June 05, 2008|Susan King

The newly restored print of Edward Curtis' 1914 silent "In the Land of the Head Hunters," the first feature to star indigenous North Americans, premieres tonight at the Getty Center, with a live arrangement of the original score and traditional dance. The romantic melodrama, set among the Kwakwaka'wak of British Columbia, was restored by Jere Guldin of the UCLA Film and Television Archive (getty.edu). . . . With his latest film "Changeling" premiering to good notices at Cannes, Clint Eastwood shows no signs of slowing down at 78. The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre pays tribute to him with the retrospective "Clint Eastwood: A Life in Film," beginning tonight with the L.A. premiere of Henry Wilson's 2007 documentary of the same name, as well as the underrated 1971 gothic thriller "The Beguiled," starring Eastwood and directed by Don Siegel. Screening Saturday is one of his greatest films, 1971's "Dirty Harry" (pictured), also directed by Siegel, and the unjustly neglected 1993 thriller "A Perfect World," directed by and starring Eastwood. Other films, shown through Wednesday, include the westerns "The Outlaw Josey Wales" and "High Plains Drifter," the romantic drama "Breezy," the musical drama "Honkytonk Man" and multi-Oscar-winning western "Unforgiven" (americancinematheque.com). . . . Jazz historian and commentator Mark Cantor returns to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art tonight for his annual Playboy Jazz on Film program, which features classic jazz performances by Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong. . . . LACMA gets in a Russian state of mind beginning Friday evening with Part 1 of Sergei Bondarchuk's lavish, seven-hour adaptation of Tolstoy's "War and Peace," which won the 1968 Academy Award for foreign-language film. It screens Friday through June 20; Part 2 follows Saturdays through June 21 (lacma.org). . . . Finally: What better place to see Tony Scott's deliciously decadent 1983 vampire thriller "The Hunger," with David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve, than this Saturday at Cinespia's summer screenings at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery? (cinespia.org)

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-- Susan.King@latimes.com

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday, June 06, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 33 words Type of Material: Correction
Clint Eastwood documentary: The Screening Room column in Thursday's edition of The Guide stated that "Clint Eastwood: A Life in Film" was directed by Henry Wilson. The director's name is Michael Henry Wilson.

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