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December 24, 2018

Marquee L.A. is a curated weekly newsletter highlighting exceptional films, screenings, and film events in the Greater Los Angeles area.

Liberating Hollywood 

January 25 - February 23

Billy Wilder Theater (MAP)

We’ll highlight some individual entries in this series as we get into January, but for now we wanted you to know about one of the excellent programming blocks coming early in 2019. Liberating Hollywood, subtitled “Women Directors and the Feminist Reform of 1970s American Cinema,” features 15 films which span comedy (Fatso), horror (The Velvet Vampire), the road movie (Old Boyfriends), and drama (Moment by Moment). There’s even a new restoration of one of the best unsung newspaper movies, Between the Lines (above), to close out the program in early February. That’s a DCP; most of the other selections are on 35mm, with two 16mm choices in the mix.

35mm / 16mm / DCP |  INFO + TICKETS

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)

dir. Stanley Kubrick

December 27 - 30, 7:30 PM

2001: A Space Odyssey

The Egyptian Theatre (MAP)

The Egyptian honors late actor Douglas Rain, who voiced the HAL 9000 computer in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001, with four 70mm presentations of the 1968 landmark. In a film dominated by massive effects achievements and daring narrative structure, Rain’s perfectly-pitched performance folds seamlessly into the fabric of the story. While HAL is virtually synonymous with out-of-control technology, few casual viewers know the actor’s name. HAL is simply HAL — for all practical purposes, the deranged computer really exists, and that may be the greatest accolade any actor could receive. Go see one of these 2001 screenings to remember Rain, who died on November 11.

70mm |  INFO + TICKETS




dir. Ernst Lubitsch / Peter Godfrey

December 27, 7:30 PM - Aero Theatre (MAP)

Ernst Lubitsch’s The Shop Around the Corner is a canonical romantic comedy, but that doesn’t mean it’s soft or overly sentimental. The story of two shop workers who can’t stand one another in person but find love as they communicate via anonymous letters is leavened by a sense of fragility — the feeling that things could very easily not work out well at all.



YENTL (1983)

dir. Barbara Streisand

December 27, 7:30 PM - Ahrya Fine Arts (MAP)

Barbara Streisand’s musical adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s story "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy" — in which a young woman disguises herself as a boy in order to pursue a passion for religious study — is typically discussed, with good reason, in terms of the ways it challenges gender roles. It is also worth revisiting for the vibrant performances by Streisand, Mandy Patinkin, and Amy Irving, all of whom give the story its infectious life and charm. Followed by a Q&A with songwriter Alan Bergman.




dir. Emmett Alston

December 29, 11:59 PM - New Beverly Cinema (MAP)

Put any good-natured holiday season emotions to rest with the slasher film Gene Siskel called “a hideously ugly motion picture.” Diane "Blaze" Sullivan (played by Roz Kelly, best known as Pinky Tuscadero on Happy Days) hosts a punk and new wave-themed New Year’s Eve TV party — but then the last night of the year is disturbed by a deranged caller who threatens a series of murders.


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