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Documentaries from Europe at the Aero, a fetish series at the Egyptian, Hungarian film at the Sunset 5, feminist films in Beverly Hills and more.

October 16, 2008|Susan King | Times Staff Writer

Eleven documentaries from Europe receive their Southland premieres at the American Cinematheque's EuroDocs Film Festival, opening this evening and continuing through Wednesday at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

The opening night triple shorts bill features Sweden's "Source of Inspiration," France's "Voyage in G Major" and Belgium's "Sous le Chapiteau des Paulwels."

The Cinematheque's Fetish Film Series at the Egyptian Theatre continues Friday with Pier Paolo Pasolini's graphically sexual 1975 film, "Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom." Series curator Rick Castro will discuss the film after the screening. No one younger than 18 will be admitted.

Speaking of the Egyptian, the venerable movie palace celebrates its 86th anniversary Sunday with the full-length roadshow version, in dye-transfer Technicolor, of the 1968 musical classic "Funny Girl," for which Barbra Streisand won the Oscar -- she tied that year with Katharine Hepburn for "The Lion in Winter" -- in her feature debut. "Funny Girl" was one of the last big premieres at the Egyptian four decades ago.

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Friday, October 17, 2008 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 National Desk 1 inches; 36 words Type of Material: Correction
'Funny Girl': The Screening Room column in Thursday's Calendar section said that the 1968 musical "Funny Girl" would be showing at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday. The screening is on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The Eighth Hungarian Film Festival of Los Angeles, tonight through Oct. 23 at the Sunset 5, features several U.S. premieres of Hungarian films, as well as a look at "Hungarians in Hollywood," a selection of studio films written, produced, directed, shot or scored by Hungarians. The festival's opening night feature is "Eszter's Inheritance," starring Mari Torocsik.

The mission of La Femme Film Festival, kicking off tonight and concluding Sunday at the Fine Arts in Beverly Hills, is to "support and nurture the artistic entertainment productions of women." The festival includes indie features, music videos, commercials and seminars. Among these year's honorees at the festival's award ceremony Sunday are Vivica A. Fox, Tippi Hedren and Daphne Zuniga.

If you look at the world through rose-colored 3-D glasses, then the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's seminar Friday at the Linwood Dunn Theater, "Getting Perspective II: The Art and Science of 3D Motion Pictures," is right up your alley. The event, hosted by academy Science and Technology Council member Rob Hummel, will examine a range of topics, including the basic mechanics of 3-D as well as before-screen versus behind-screen 3-D convergence.


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