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Screening Room: Jonathan Frid descends on 'Dark Shadows' convention

Other screenings: Don't Knock the Rock at the Silent Movie Theatre, AMPAS' Ray Harryhausen tribute and more.

July 15, 2010|By Susan King, Los Angeles Times

Decades before Robert Pattinson's portrayal of brooding vampire Edward Cullen turned him into an international heartthrob, Jonathan Frid was inspiring a similar kind of ardor with his turn as the charismatic, enigmatic Barnabas Collins on ABC's gothic daytime drama "Dark Shadows," which ran from 1966 to 1971.

This weekend, the Dark Shadows of the Sun convention will take place at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel. And at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the vintage Vista Theatre in Los Feliz, Frid will put his footprints in cement in the theater's courtyard. A screening of a new print of the 1970 film "House of Dark Shadows," one of the two features made while the series was on the air, will follow the ceremony.

The annual Don't Knock the Rock documentary festival continues Thursday evening at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre with a screening of a restored print of Richard Lowenstein's 1986 Australian post-punk cult favorite, "Dogs in Space," followed by Lowenstein's 2009 documentary, "We're Livin' on Dog Food," about the film and the scene that inspired it.

German Expressionist director F.W. Murnau made his U.S. film debut with the haunting 1927 melodrama "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans," which is opening Friday in a restored print at the Nuart Theatre for a one-week engagement. Janet Gaynor won an Oscar for her performance as a married woman who realizes her husband has fallen for someone else. The exquisitely wrought drama also won Oscars for its cinematography as well as for its "unique and artistic production."

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been celebrating the 90th birthday of special-effects giant Ray Harryhausen for the last few months with an exhibition of his drawings, models, storyboards and other items in its Fourth Floor Gallery. On Friday, the academy is screening two of his best films in its Samuel Goldwyn Theater, "20 Million Miles to Earth" from 1957 and "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad" from 1958.

The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre is paying homage to the acclaimed French director Eric Rohmer, who died earlier this year, with a retrospective of his "Six Moral Tales." Screening Friday evening is his Oscar-nominated 1969 hit, "My Night at Maud's" and 1971's "Claire's Knee." On tap for Saturday is 1967's "La Collectionneuse" and 1972's "Chloe in the Afternoon."

Audiences can discover the identity of "Salt" before the film opens on July 23, when the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents a sneak preview Monday of the thriller starring Angelina Jolie. Director Phillip Noyce will participate in a Q&A session after the screening.

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