What to Do in Los Angeles This Month: 4 Retrospectives and Revivals for Film Buffs
October offers an embarrassment of riches for anyone seeking out old, rare or foreign films such as Andy Warhol's 'Chelsea Girls' or cult oddities like 'West of Zanzibar'
This story first appeared in the Oct. 10 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
ANDY WARHOL'S CHELSEA GIRLS
On Oct. 25, downtown L.A.'s REDCAT arts center will host a special screening of Andy Warhol's and Paul Morrissey's Chelsea Girls, presented in its original dual-projector, split-screen setup. Filmed at Manhattan's famed Hotel Chelsea and Warhol's legendary Factory studio, this fascinating and invigorating audiovisual experiment is at once a primer on Warhol's troupe of talents (Nico, Brigid Berlin) and transgressives (Mario Montez, Eric Emerson) and a moving study of still lives.
631 W. 2nd St.
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CHINESE CINEMA AT THE BILLY WILDER
The second edition of the China Onscreen Biennial will hit various venues throughout the city in October, but two rare screenings at the Billy Wilder Theater (located at the Hammer Museum) stand out amid the contemporary selections. From different vantages, The Old Well (Oct. 18) and River Without Buoys (Oct. 26) -- two modern classics from "Fourth Generation" director-producer Wu Tianming -- approach issues of political unrest with similarly stark realism, together formulating a continuum between past and present Chinese struggles.
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
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CULT FILMS AT CINEFAMILY
October is always special at Cinefamily. Cult oddities abound, along with a few auteur titles. Check out a silent double bill of West of Zanzibar and The Unknown (Oct. 4), two classic body-horror collaborations between star Lon Chaney and director Tod Browning. Later in the month, there's William Castle's B-movie The Tingler (Oct. 25 and 26), as well as an evening with Castle disciple Joe Dante and the "preview cut" of his '80s classic Gremlins (Oct. 30).
611 N. Fairfax Ave.
This month, LACMA's Tuesday Matinees series flaunts four classic titles: Josef von Sternberg's cabaret romance Morocco (Oct. 7), starring Gary Cooper and Marlene Dietrich, and Gregory La Cava's enduring rags-to-riches comedy My Man Godfrey (Oct. 21), which will both screen digitally; and Cecile B. DeMille's epic Cleopatra (Oct. 14), with Claudette Colbert in the title role, and Ernst Lubitsch's cross-continental love triangle Angel (Oct. 28), also featuring Dietrich, which will be shown on 35mm.
5905 Wilshire Blvd.