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Screening Room: Wayne Federman fest shows comics' favorite movies

February 28, 2013|By Susan King
  • "Back to the Future," with Michael J. Fox, left, and Christopher Lloyd, screens this weekend at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre
"Back to the Future," with Michael J. Fox, left, and Christopher… (Universal Pictures )

Sarah Silverman, the Sklar Brothers, Dana Gould and Aziz Ansari are among the comedians who will be presenting their favorite movies at the 2nd Wayne Federman Film Festival Thursday through Saturday at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre.

Federman, a comic actor who has appeared in such films as "Step Brothers" and "50 First Dates," came up with the idea for the festival last year.

Silverman will present Woody Allen's 1989 comedy-drama "Crimes and Misdemeanors" Thursday evening, with the second bill featuring the Sklar Brothers and special guest Paul Dooley screening 1979's Oscar-winning "Breaking Away."

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Friday's programming kicks off with Gould showing Stanley Kubrick's 1964 black comedy "Dr. Strangelove," followed by Ansari and his choice, 1985's "Back to the Future."

The festival concludes Saturday with Nick Kroll screening the Coen brothers' 1987 comedy "Raising Arizona," followed by Bill Burr showing Robert Aldrich's 1967 World War II adventure, "The Dirty Dozen."

The Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival, Thursday through Sunday at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre, opens with Yilmaz Erdogan's "Kelebegin Ruyasi" (The Butterfly's Dream).

Other features include "Yeralti" (Inside) "Kuf" (Mold) and "Tepenin Ardi" (Beyond the Hill).

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Swiss actress Marthe Keller visits the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre Friday night to talk about her long career. She will be there between screenings of John Schlesinger's 1976 thriller "Marathon Man," in which she stars with Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier, and the 2012 French drama "Au Galop."

The Aero also celebrates the centennial of the great John Garfield Monday evening with a screening of the 1946 sizzling film noir "The Postman Always Rings Twice," which also stars Lana Turner.

After screening "Django Unchained" since it opened Christmas Day, the New Beverly Cinema is returning to its double feature revival theater lineup. Screening Friday and Saturday are David O. Russell's first feature film, the 1994 comedy "Spanking the Monkey," with his 2004 feature, "I Heart Huckabees,"  tentatively scheduled as the second bill.

The UCLA Film and Television Archive's Festival of Preservation screens recently restored Laurel and Hardy shorts and trailers late Saturday afternoon at the Billy Wilder Theater. And on Monday, Eddie Muller, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation, will be on hand for the screenings of the rarely seen 1950 noir "Try and Get Me"-- the foundation funded the restoration -- followed by 1947's "Repeat Performance" with Louis Hayward.

Silvia Maglioni and Graeme Thomson present the world premiere of their film essay "In Search of UIQ" Thursday at REDCAT. Both will appear in person at the program.

The Skirball Center's free Tuesday matinee presents George Stevens' lovely 1948 adaptation of John Van Druten's family drama "I  Remember Mama," starring Irene Dunne in her Oscar-nominated performance.


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