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American Cinematheque salutes Steve Martin, Carl Reiner, Forrest J. Ackerman

March 05, 2009|Susan King
  • SEMINAL ROLE: Steve Martin in 1979?s ?The Jerk.?
SEMINAL ROLE: Steve Martin in 1979?s ?The Jerk.? (Universal )

Steve Martin and Carl Reiner are back on the big screen as the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre celebrates the director-producer and the comic actor with screenings of 1983's underrated "The Man With Two Brains" and 1982's clever "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" on Friday, with Reiner scheduled to attend.

But that's just the warm-up. All you need for Saturday is this lamp -- and maybe the new phone book -- to see 1979's classic comedy "The Jerk" and 1984's Lily Tomlin costarrer "All of Me."

Keeping the Reiner portion of the film fest alive on Sun- day is the 1970 cult classic "Where's Poppa?" and 1978's "The One and Only" with Henry Winkler.

The retrospective winds up on Wednesday with Reiner's first feature, 1967's "Enter Laughing," based on his bestselling semi-autobiography, and the 1969 drama "The Comic," starring Dick Van Dyke. www.americancinema theque.com

Short and sweet

Get your giggles on at the first L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival, which opens tonight and runs through Sunday at the Downtown Independent Theatre. www.la comedyshorts.com.

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Slavic fare

New Russian Cinema, a festival presented by UCLA's Slavic department and the city of West Hollywood, features the U.S. premiere of the 2008 drama "Everybody Dies but Me," Saturday at UCLA's James Bridges Theater. Programming also includes new Russian animation and documentaries. www.farfrommoscow.com.

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susan.king@latimes.com

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