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Jerry Lewis to visit the film academy

September 13, 2012|By Susan King
  • Jerry Lewis is scheduled to discuss his technological innovations as a filmmaker Thursday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
Jerry Lewis is scheduled to discuss his technological innovations as a… (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles…)

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Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor and sound designer Ben Burtt will be chatting with the one and only Jerry Lewis on Thursday evening at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. “Both Sides of the Camera: The Innovative Jerry Lewis,” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Science and Technology Council, will examine the advances in technology Lewis made during his long film career.

The following evening at the Goldwyn, Oscar-winning animator/animation historian John Canemaker will host “An Academy Salute to John and Faith Hubley.” The innovative animation team who were blacklisted in the 1950s earned three Academy Awards.

Richard Jewell, professor of critical studies at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and an academy scholar, will be presenting highlights of his latest book, “RKO Radio Pictures: A Titan is Born,” Tuesday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Linwood Dunn Theater. After the presentation, Jewell will introduce the classic 1939 RKO comedy “Bachelor Mother” with Ginger Rogers and David Niven and directed by Garson Kanin. www.oscars.org

The American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre pays homage to French iconoclast director Chris Marker, who died in July at the age of 91. “The Museum of Memory: A Tribute to Chris Marker,” which opens Thursday with his 1993 work on time and memory, “San Soleil,” following by 1988’s “Grin With a Cat” on Friday evening; his seminal 1964 short “La Jetee,” which was the inspiration for Terry Gilliam’s “12 Monkeys,’ and several other short films on Saturday evening. His 1993 film  “The Last Bolshevik” and 1999’s “One Day in the Life of Andrei Arsenevich” are set for Monday evening.

The Cinematheque’s Aero also pays homage to the award-winning writer/director Nora Ephron, who died in June at the age of 71. The three-day retrospective opens Friday evening with the 1989 comedy blockbuster “When Harry Met Sally,” which she wrote and Rob Reiner directed, followed by the 1990 comedy “My Blue Heaven,” which Ephron penned and Herbert Ross directed. Saturday’s offers are the two romantic comedies she wrote and directed starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan-1993’s “Sleepless in Seattle” and 1998’s “You’ve Got Mail.” And the festival concludes on Sunday with her collaborations with director Mike Nichols and Meryl Streep-1993’s drama “Silkwood” and 1986’s comedy “Heartburn.”  www.americancinematheque.com

Film Independent at LACMA at the Leo S. Bing Theater offers the U.S. premiere of Chu Chang-min’s 2012 operatic costume drama “Masquerade” Friday evening. Star Lee Byung-hun will participate in a Q&A after the screening. www.lacma.org

Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre is offering a new restored print of the surreal Technicolor 1943 musical “The Gang’s All Here,” Friday-Monday. Carmen Miranda, who performs “The  Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat,” and Alice Faye star. www.cinefamily.org

With Ben Stiller doing the remake, why not check out the 1947 Technicolor original “The Secret life of Walter Mitty,” starring Danny Kaye and screening Friday and Saturday at the New Beverly Cinema. www.newbevcinema.com

“Magoo at the Alex,” Saturday afternoon and evening at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, features two programs honoring UPA Pictures, the animation studio that gave Disney, Warner Bros. and MGM a run for its money winning the 1951 animated Oscar short for “Gerald McBoing Boing.” The afternoon program, “I Heart UPA,” will feature animation professionals talking about UPA’s influence on their work; the evening program, “Magoo at the Oscars,” includes all 15 UPA Oscar-nominated animated shorts and five favorite Mr. Magoo shorts including “When Magoo Flew” and “Magoo’s Puddle Jumper,” which both are in CinemaScope. www.alextheatre.org

Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery pays home to the late director Tony Scott Saturday evening with a screening of his 1993 noir “True Romance,” starring Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper and Christopher Walken. www.cinespia.org

UCLA Film & Television Archive’s Jean Arthur retrospective, “The Two Faces of Jean,” on Sunday evening at the Billy Wilder Theater, features two vastly different films she made in 1940 with director Wesley Ruggles. The program begins with the lengthy western adventure “Arizona,” in which she costars with William Holden and Warren William,  plus the ribald comedy “Too Many Husbands,” with Fred MacMurray and Melvyn Douglas. Both are restored prints. http://cinema.ucla.edu

The Cinematheque’s Egyptian kicks off its “Paths of Glory: An In-Person Tribute to Kirk Douglas” on Wednesday evening with the 50th anniversary screening of the legendary actor’s favorite film, the modern-day western “Lonely Are the Brave.” The 95-year-old actor will talk about the film and also sign copies of his book, “I Am Spartacus! Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist.” www.americancinematheque.com

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