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'Godfather' and 'Part II' at ArcLight Hollywood; Godfrey Reggio talks about his work at Aero.

September 18, 2008|Susan King | Times Staff Writer

The ArcLight in Hollywood has an offer you can't refuse: A weeklong screening of the newly restored, Oscar-winning Francis Ford Coppola masterworks "The Godfather" (1972) and "The Godfather Part II" (1974). These seminal gangster epics, restored with Coppola's guidance, also arrive anew on DVD on Tuesday. www.arclightcinemas.com.

The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica celebrates the 25th anniversary of Godfrey Reggio's "qatsi" trilogy Friday and Saturday evenings. Screening on Friday is 1982's "Koyaanisqatsi," the most popular of the trilogy -- the title was taken from the Hopi word meaning "life out of balance" -- featuring Philip Glass' transcendent score. Two shorts also will be presented: 1995's "Evidence" and 1992's "Anima Mundi." On tap for Saturday are 1988's "Powaqqatsi" and 2002's "Naqoyqatsi." Reggio will discuss his work both evenings.

The Art Directors Guild Film Society and the Cinematheque honor the work of three legends Sunday at the Egyptian Theatre -- production designer William Cameron Menzies, art director Lyle Wheeler and cinematographer James Wong Howe -- with a rare screening of the 1938 family film "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." After the screening, a panel of industry professionals will discuss the work of Menzies, Wheeler and Howe.

Beginning Wednesday, the Aero shines its spotlight on the explosive contemporary German film scene with "German Currents: New Films From Germany Focus on Bavaria," with the Los Angeles premiere of "A Year in Winter," the latest project from Caroline Link, whose last movie, "Nowhere in Africa," took home the Academy Award for best foreign language film. Producer Ushi Reich will introduce the films. www.americancinematheque.com.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences brings the curtain up on the fourth installment in its "Oscar's Docs" series at the Linwood Dunn Theater on Saturday with the 1988 feature-length documentary winner, "Hotel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie," directed by Marcel Ophuls. Executive producer Hamilton Fish will discuss the four-hour, 27-minute film. On Monday will be the 1989 documentary short winner, "The Johnstown Flood," and feature champ, "Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt." www.oscars.org.

The Valley Film Festival runs Wednesday to Sept. 28 beginning at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood with John Putch's new comedy, "Route 30," with Curtis Armstrong and Dana Delany. www.valleyfilmfest.com.

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susan.king@latimes.com

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