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Festivals celebrate Indian, Iranian and French cinema

April 11, 2013|By Susan King
  • Monica Bellucci is one of the stars of "It Happened in Saint-Tropez," which opens the 17th City of Lights, City of Angels French film festival
Monica Bellucci is one of the stars of "It Happened in Saint-Tropez,"… (Anne Cusack )

International cinema takes the spotlight with the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles continuing at the ArcLight Hollywood multiplex, the UCLA Film and Television Archive's celebration of Iranian cinema opening Saturday at the Billy Wilder Theater, followed by the 17th City of Lights, City of Angels French film celebration opening Monday at the Directors Guild of America with the North American premiere of Daniele Thompson's "It Happened in Saint-Tropez."

Screenwriter Larry Karaszewki ("Ed Wood") presents George Roy Hill's outrageous 1977 hockey comedy "Slap Shot" Thursday evening at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre. The comedy stars Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Jerry Houser and Jennifer Warren. Houser and Warren and producer Robert Crawford will discuss the film after the screening,

The Cinematheque's "Noir City: Hollywood, 15th annual Festival of Film Noir" features two adaptations of Cornell Woolrich's novels Friday evening at the Egyptian -- 1942's "Street of Chance," with Burgess Meredith and Claire Trevor, and 1948's "Night Has a Thousand Eyes" wtih Edward G. Robinson and Gail Russell. Universal has struck a new 35mm print of "Night" for the screening.

Wednesday's offerings are two gritty noirs directed by the great Robert Siodmak-1948's "Cry of the City," with Victor Mature, Richard Conte and Shelley Winters, and 1946's "The Killers," which marked Burt Lancaster's memorable film debut.

"Strutter," a 2012 black-and-white comedy set in the L.A. music scene, screening Monday at the Egyptian, is the final film in Alliso Anders and Kurt Voss' trilogy that began in 1987 with "Border Radio." Following the screening is a discussion with the cast and crew

UCLA Film & Television Archive's "Burt Lancaster: A Centennial Celebration" continues at the Billy Wilder Theater on Friday evening with the 1954 Robert Aldrich western "Vera Cruz," which also stars Gary Cooper and Sarita Montiel, who died Monday, and Richard Brooks' acclaimed 1966 western "The Professionals," with Lee Marvin, Robert Ryan, Woody Strode and Claudia Cardinale.

New Beverly's "Something Old, Something New" series co-presented with the UCLA Student Chapter of the Assn. of Moving Image Archivists presents James William Guerico's 1973 cop drama "Electra Glide in Blue" Friday and Saturday. The second feature is the 2011 indie hit, "Drive" with Ryan Gosling, Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman, who will be attending Friday's screening, schedule permitting.

Cinefamily at Silent Movie Theatre presents a rare 16-mm print of the acclaimed 1976 NBC miniseries "Sybil" Tuesday evening. Sally Field won an Emmy for her turn as a woman with 13 separate personalities. Joanne Woodward and Brad Davis also star. Daniel Petrie directed.


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