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December 31, 2018

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

SHOPLIFTERS (2018)

dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda

January 2, 7:30 PM

Shoplifters

Aero Theatre (MAP)

No good deed goes unpunished, especially when those acts have good moral intentions but are legally shaky. A family, living like a forgotten relic amid the bustle of Tokyo, bolsters its poverty-level pension and wages with regular shoplifting. After one such outing, two family members encounter an abused and seemingly forgotten five-year old girl. She is quickly adopted into the clan, and her presence brings a new spirit to the group — but she is also like the small tug on a thread that eventually unravels an entire weave. This movie is captivatingly empathetic and patient as it explores all the histories of its finely-tuned characters. Shoplifters initially feels very small, but director Hirokazu Kore-eda masterfully expands the family story into a portrait of values and social systems and how those structures can fail one another. (To follow the film, we also suggest giving time to Haruomi Hosono’s score, a short suite of compositions that have a refined, precise beauty.) Also plays Laemmle’s Royal, Glendale, and Pasadena Playhouse 7 locations through Thursday January 3.

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CANYON PASSAGE (1946)

dir. Jacques Tourneur

January 12, 1:30 PM

Canyon Passage

Autry Museum of the American West (MAP)

When we think of director Jacques Tourneur, the images that come to mind are the evocative chiaroscuro of Cat People and the crisp black and white of Out of the Past. But the French director also made a set of Western and adventure films (some in Technicolor) and this is his first in that run. Dana Andrews, Susan Hayward, and Brian Donlevy lead, playing characters in a sort-of love triangle. Canyon Passage uses that trio to explore frontier tensions and the still-contemporary battle between base human nature and ideals of civilization. Above all else, the idea of Tourneur painting huge images of the Oregon landscape — in what the New Yorker describes as “a dreamlike Technicolor glow, a pastoral film noir” —  is too good to pass up.

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AND MORE

 

THE SOUND WE SEE: A SAINT PETERSBURG CITY SYMPHONY (2018)

January 3, 8:00 PM - Echo Park Film Center (MAP)

For the 18th installment of the Sound We See series, inspired by Dziga Vertov’s Man With a Movie Camera and Walter Ruttman’s Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis, 45 students from Saint Petersburg New Cinema School roamed Saint Petersburg with Super 8 cameras. Their images are woven together into a surreal winter journey through Russia’s second-largest city.

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THE GODFATHER (1972) / THE DON IS DEAD (1973)

dir. Francis Ford Coppola / Richard Fleischer

January 4, 5:30 PM + 9:00 PM - New Beverly Cinema (MAP)

You’ve probably heard of the main feature on this bill, so let’s talk about the B-side. The Don Is Dead is not exactly a Godfather knock-off, but the violent gangland picture was certainly meant to capitalize on the popularity of Coppola’s film. See it for an early performance from Robert Forster, and for the work of Al Lettieri and Frederic Forrest. The same program plays on Saturday, January 5.

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HARRY POTTER & THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (2004)

dir. Alfonso Cuarón

January 5, 10:00 AM - Vista Theatre (MAP)

As Alfonso Cuarón’s masterful Roma continues to play a few Los Angeles theaters (it’s in 70mm at the Egyptian on January 10 and 11!) you can also look back to 2004, when the filmmaker brought his own unique magic to the Harry Potter series.

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TOP HAT (1935)

dir. Mark Sandrich

January 8, 1:30 PM - Skirball Cultural Center (MAP)

The Skirball Cultural Center pairs the exhibition Sara Berman’s Closet, an “intimate exploration of identity, feminism, family, and memory,” with two of the subject’s favorite films, Top Hat and Shall We Dance. The screwball comedy Top Hat is the most widely-known pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It's packed with brisk dance numbers — and has the luscious, floating, and tender “Cheek to Cheek.” Shall We Dance plays on January 15.

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PERIOD. END OF SENTENCE. (2018)

dir. Rayka Zehtabchi

January 9, 7:30 PM - Hammer Museum / Billy Wilder Theater (MAP)

The Hammer Museum starts the new year with a good run of recent documentaries. (The program includes, for instance, a screening of Hale County This Morning, This Evening, which we highlighted in a previous newsletter.) The short Period. End of Sentence. focuses on women in a rural Indian village who produce and sell their own sanitary napkins — as a dual act of necessity and rebellion. This screening will be followed by a discussion with the director, UCSF reproductive health researcher Dr. Nadia Diamond-Smith, and the Hammer’s Janani Subramanian.

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