With Los Angeles in the grips of Ring Festival LA fever launched by the L.A. Opera's presentation of Richard Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen," the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Goethe Institut are presenting Fritz Lang's two-part 1924 silent masterpiece, "Die Nibelungen," Friday and Saturday at LACMA's Bing Theater.
Paul Richter, Gertrud Arnold and Rudolf Klein-Rogge star in one of the seminal films from the German silent era. The film features a newly recorded version of the original score by Gottfried Huppertz and conducted by Berndt Heller. http://www.lacma.org
With the hit theatrical version of "The 39 Steps" currently at the Ahmanson, the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre is presenting Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 classic version Friday as part of its "Monochrome Mind-Bogglers: Alfred Hitchcock's Black & White Films." Screening with "Steps" is Hitch's equally delightful 1938 thriller "The Lady Vanishes." On tap for Saturday is his final black-and-white feature, 1960's masterwork, "Psycho," plus his 1945 psychological thriller, "Spellbound," with Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck. Sunday's offerings are the 1942 chiller "Shadow of a Doubt," starring Teresa Wright and the marvelous Joseph Cotton as her serial killer uncle, and 1950's rarely screened British thriller, "Stage Fright" with Jane Wyman, Richard Todd and Marlene Dietrich.