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Film Independent at LACMA honors Frederick Wiseman

January 10, 2013|By Susan King
  • Acclaimed documentarian Frederick Wiseman will be discussing his career Friday evening at the Leo S. Bing Theater.
Acclaimed documentarian Frederick Wiseman will be discussing his career… (Patty Williams )

Acclaimed cinema verite documentarian Frederick Wiseman, who is the recipient of the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn.'s 2012 Career Achievement Award, will be talking about his career Friday evening at the Film Independent at LACMA's "Spotlight on Frederick Wiseman" at the Leo S. Bing Theater. The 83-year-old filmmaker, whose documentaries include "Titicut Follies" and "High School," will also be screening his 2010 production, "Boxing Gym. "

Film Independent at LACMA pays tribute to the 70th anniversary of the Golden Globes with a monthly series that shines the spotlight on the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.'s  long-standing support of film preservation.  A restored film that has yet to be announced will screen Thursday.

The American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theater presents its "8th Annual Focus on Female Directors" on Thursday evening. Among the short films directed by women are Julie Delpy's "Blah, Blah, Blah," Ondi Timoner's 2012 "How Reddit was Born" and Amanda Tasse's 2011 "The Reality Clock." Several of the filmmakers, including Delpy, will participate in a discussion -- schedule permitting -- after the films.

Delpy will also appear in person at the Aero on Saturday night with her 2012 romantic comedy "2 Days in New York" and her 2007 hit, "2 Days in Paris."

The Cinematheque's "Golden Globe Foreign Language Film Series 2013" continues Thursday at the Aero with Denmark's entry, "A Royal Affair." On tap for Friday is France's "The Intouchables."

Federico Fellini's 1963 masterpiece "8 1/2," which won the best foreign-language film Oscar, visits the Egyptian on Saturday evening. Marcello Mastroianni plays a director going through a personal and career crisis.

A Japanese animation double feature is scheduled for Sunday evening at the Egyptian -- Mamoru Hosoda's 2009 "Summer Wars" and Satoshi Kon's final film, 2006's "Paprika."

UCLA Film & Television Archive's "Call Her Savage: Clara Bow Hits the Screen" continues Friday evening at the Billy Wilder Theater with the sexy 1927 romantic comedy "It," and the 1927 drama "Children of Divorce." Both films also feature a very young Gary Cooper.

And on Sunday morning, the archive offers a free matinee of the classic 1964 Disney musical comedy "Mary Poppins," for which Julie Andrews won a best actress Oscar as the practically perfect nanny.

Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theater's Shaw Brothers retrospective continues Wednesday with the 1983 martial arts flick "8 Diagram Pole Fighter," and a surprise second feature.


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