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Into the spirit of Valentine's Day

February 12, 2009|Susan King

What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with a romantic movie? And there's certainly no lack of choices this weekend.

The American Cinematheque is embracing its inner romantic with its Valentine Films for Lovers festival at the Egyptian and Aero theaters.

On tap for Friday at the Egyptian is Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 "Romeo and Juliet," which features a brief love scene between then teen-dream stars Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey.

Two hip Baz Luhrmann tragic romances are set for Saturday: 2001's "Moulin Rouge!" and his own take on Shakespeare, 1996's "Romeo + Juliet." Bette Davis and Paul Henreid star in the 1942 melodrama "Now, Voyager," screening Sunday along with 1938's "Jezebel," for which Davis won her second Oscar.

The Aero presents an Audrey Hepburn double bill Friday: 1961's "Breakfast at Tiffany's," for which she received an Oscar nomination, and 1953's "Roman Holiday," for which she received the Academy Award for lead actress.

Saturday's double bill is the gritty 1953 multi-Oscar winner "From Here to Eternity," which features Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr's classic clutch at the beach, and the ultra-romantic 1942 World War II romance "Casablanca."

A Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn comedy double bill is on schedule for Sunday: 1949's "Adam's Rib" and 1952's "Pat and Mike."

Rounding out the festival Wednesday is the four-hankie 1939 romantic epic "Wuthering Heights," starring Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon as the ill-fated lovers, and the magical 1945 fantasy "The Enchanted Cottage," with Robert Young and Dorothy McGuire. www.americancinematheque.com.

naughty 'Hour'

Tonight, the Silent Movie Theatre is going with the sophisticated -- and naughty -- pre-code 1932 Ernst Lubitsch-George Cukor musical "One Hour With You," starring Maurice Chevalier and Jeanette MacDonald.

If obsessive love is more your thing, the 1935 horror film "Mad Love" will screen Friday. The atmospheric chiller stars Peter Lorre as a very creepy surgeon whose infatuation with a movie actress leads him to despicable acts. The 1927 weepie silent "Seventh Heaven" will run Saturday. www.silentmovietheatre.com.

susan.king@latimes.com

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