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Return to the summer of 1982

August 08, 2012|By Susan King

The New Beverly Cinema is turning back its clock 30 years with its "Summer of '82" retrospective, which continues Thursday with Carl Reiner's film noir spoof "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid," starring Steve Martin as a gumshoe who interacts with the stars of yesteryear, and the Ron Howard cult favorite "Night Shift," starring Michael Keaton, Henry Winkler and Shelley Long.

What is considered by many fans to be the best "Star Trek"movie -- 1982's "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan"-- and John Carpenter's remake of "The Thing" are on tap for Sunday through Tuesday. The bone-chilling ghost story, "Poltergeist," produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper haunts the New Beverly on Wednesday. The second feature hasn't yet been announced.

On Friday and Saturday, the revival theater celebrates two films starring Mary Pickford that were shot at the studio on Formosa and Santa Monica: 1927’s "My Best Girl," which also stars Buddy Rogers, who would become her third husband, and 1926's “Sparrows.” www.newbevcinema.com

The Echo Park Film Festival is paying tribute Thursday evening to the filmmaker Richard Nelson, who died in January at the age of 81, with several films he made in 1967, including "Hot Leatherette" and "Half-Open and Lumpy." www.echoparkfilmcenter.org

The Korean Film Festival New York is sponsoring its first Los Angeles Festival Thursday through Saturday at the Korean Culture Center. The festival will examine the L.A. riots 20 years ago and screen films from five Korean American directors who have a perspective on the unrest. www.kaffny.com

The 2012 Filmmobile Summer Screening Series: A Salute to Sennett is screening the seminal 1914 comedy "Tillie's Punctured Romance," with Marie Dressler and Charlie Chaplin, on Saturday evening, with UCLA Film and Television Archive restorationist Ross Lipman as the guest. The location for the screening is announced 24 hours before show time. Email info@echoparkfilmcenter.org for information.

With the London Olympics concluding on Sunday, the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre is offering a rare screening of Leni Riefenstahl's 1938 documentary "Olympia" on Saturday afternoon. The controversial documentary, which is awash in Nazi propaganda and features a lot of nudity, was shot during the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Later that evening, Cinefamly presents another rarity, 1982's "Split Image," which looked at the cult phenomena. Michael O’Keefe, Karen Allen, Peter Fonda and James Woods star. www.cinefamily.org

With Quentin Tarantino's latest film, "Django Unchained," set for release this Christmas, the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre presents the 1966 spaghetti Western, "Django," with Franco Nero, on Saturday evening, followed by 1973's "The Grand Duel," with Lee Van Cleef. Scheduled for Sunday are two from 1967: "Django Kill ... If You Live, Shoot!" and "Hellbenders," with Joseph Cotten.

Though Andy Griffith was known for his homespun humor on the classic "The Andy Griffith Show," he was also an actor of gritty dramatic power. The American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre is paying tribute to the late actor with a screening Sunday evening of his first feature, the 1957 drama "A Face in the Crowd," penned by Budd Schulberg and directed by Elia Kazan. www.americancinematheque.com

And speaking of Griffith, Don Knotts, who played Barney Fife on “The Andy Griffith Show,” made several movies in the 1960s, including the popular 1964 live-action/animated comedy "The Incredible Mr. Limpet," which screens for free Sunday morning at the UCLA Film and Television Archive's Billy Wilder Theater.

UCLA also concludes its "Ride Lonesome: The Films of Budd Boettcher" retrospective Sunday evening with two of his earliest films: the 1945 spy thriller "Escape in the Fog," with Nina Foch and Otto Kruger, and 1948's "Behind Locked Doors," with Lucille Bremer and Richard Carlson. www.cinema.ucla.edu.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Science and Technology Council presents "Bigger, Faster, Stronger, Stranger: The Sciences of Hollywood Superheroes," Wednesday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. Adam Weiner, who teaches physics at the Bishop School, will host the evening that looks at the "real" physics behind favorite superheroes. www.oscars.org

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