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May 29, 2008|Susan King

The American Cinematheque has a busy week: Tonight, the Egyptian Theatre offers the L.A. premiere of "Daybreak," Hamid Rahmanian's 2005 exploration of capital punishment in Iran. A discussion with the director follows. . . . Also tonight, the Seeing the Big Picture: 70mm festival at the Aero Theatre continues with the rollicking 1965 epic comedy "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines," starring James Fox, Sarah Miles, Stuart Whitman and Terry-Thomas and directed and co-written by Ken Annakin. . . . In conjunction with the monthlong Britweek celebration, the Egyptian presents classic Alfred Hitchcock films. On tap Friday are 1956's "The Man Who Knew Too Much," which features Doris Day warbling the Oscar-winning tune "Que Sera, Sera," and 1951's "Strangers on a Train," with the great Robert Walker and Farley Granger. Slated for Saturday is the delicious 1954 thriller "Rear Window" with Jimmy Stewart (pictured) and Grace Kelly, and the 1943 chiller "Shadow of a Doubt," starring Teresa Wright as a young woman who suspects her beloved uncle (Joseph Cotten) is really the Merry Widow serial killer. Rounding out the mini-fest Sunday are 1959's scrumptious "North by Northwest," starring Cary Grant, and 1954's "Dial M for Murder," which Hitch shot in 3-D (americancinematheque.com). . . . "The Adventures of Robin Hood," released in 1938, is one of the most stunningly beautiful and exhilarating adventures ever made. On Sunday night at the Linwood Dunn Theater, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Science and Technology Council presents a newly restored, digitally projected print of the film starring Errol Flynn. (oscars.org). . . . Rudolph Valentino, the original Latin Lover who made women swoon during the silent era, will be feted Wednesdays this month at the Silent Movie Theater. Kicking off the series is the 1921 melodrama "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (silentmovietheatre.com).

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-- Susan.King@latimes.com

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