October 27, 2013 |
Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre is paying homage in November to Rhodes scholar, acclaimed singer-songwriter, actor and 1970s heartthrob Kris Kristofferson. "Kris Kristofferson: A Cowboy in Hollywood" kicks off Friday with an evening of songs, stories, a live chat with the 77-year-old performer and a screening of the first film he starred in, 1972's "Cisco Pike. " And there'll be a reunion with "Cisco Pike" co-star Harry Dean Stanton. This opening event is open only to Cinefamily members.
October 21, 2013 |
Warner Bros. caused a seismic sensation Oct. 6, 1927, when the studio premiered "The Jazz Singer," the first feature that included sound using synchronized dialogue sequences. But while the Al Jolson drama proved to be the death knell of silent movies, some of the most artistic silent films were released in 1928 as studios were beginning the transition to talkies. Two of MGM's masterworks from 1928 - King Vidor's heartbreaking "The Crowd" and Ernst Lubitsch's lushly romantic "The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg" - are screening this week at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
October 16, 2013 |
A hot ticket every fall at California Institute of the Arts is Gary Mairs' weekly silent movie screenings for his film history class. You read that right - silent movie screenings. The Bijou Theater is not packed because students at the Valencia campus are crazy for silent movies necessarily, but because of the live music that accompanies these classics. Since 2004, Mairs has invited students, faculty and alumni at CalArts' Herb Albert School of Music to accompany the films. Over the years, the music has run the gamut from an original string quartet for Carl Theodore Dryer's 1928 "The Passion of Joan of Arc" to an improvised accompaniment for D.W. Griffith's 1919 "Broken Blossoms," which combined American folk with experimental/electronic music, to a free jazz score for 1929's "Man With a Movie Camera.
January 24, 2013
Catch a rare 35mm screening of director Roman Polanski's first English-language film, "Repulsion. " This creepy 1965 horror flick chronicles the meltdown of a young Catherine Deneuve as she deals with intimacy issues in a very strange way. The Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N Fairfax Ave., L.A. Fri. to Thu. Times vary. $12. (323) 655-2510; http://www.cinefamily.org.
January 2, 2013 |
The late Sonny Bono founded the Palm Springs International Film Festival while mayor of the desert community, and more than two decades later, the beat goes on for the cinematic celebration. This year's event opens Thursday evening with Pablo Berger's "Blancanieves," a unique black-and-white silent version of "Snow White" from Spain. The 24th edition of the festival continues through Jan. 14 and will feature 180 films from 68 countries, including 63 features by first-time directors.
December 27, 2012 |
Are you a film buff who received a holiday gift certificate for books? Not to worry. Here's a post-Christmas guide to three books about legendary cinema stars, and a fourth about some of Hollywood's bit players. "Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies": Christel Schmidt edited this lavish exploration of one of cinema's first film stars, who by the age of 20 had appeared in more than 100 silent movies (among them "Sparrows," "Daddy-Long-Legs" and "Little Lord Fauntleroy"). Known as "America's Sweetheart" because of her long, curly blond locks, Pickford was in reality a savvy businesswoman - the first female movie mogul.