A To-Do List for Film Buffs in Los Angeles Right Now
Not in the mood for dinosaurs, robots, foul-mouthed teddy bears or a cappella? Check out these vintage gems screening in Los Angeles in the coming weeks.
RARE FRENCH NEW WAVE CLASSIC AT CINEFAMILY | 611 N Fairfax Ave.
On July 5, Cinefamily’s recently launched ‘La Collectioneuse’ series — a monthly program dedicated to excavating the most arcane corners of classic French cinema — presents an unprecedented Los Angeles screening of Jacques Rivette’s 1976 film Duelle, one of the rarest masterworks of the Nouvelle Vague. Starring Bulle Ogier and Juliet Berto as graceful goddesses battling over the possession of a magical red diamond, this unclassifiable gothic-fantasy-occult-psychodrama provocatively pushed narrative storytelling to an unforeseen vanishing point.
WESTERNS FROM WILLIAM A. WELLMAN | 10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Featured at the Hammer Museum throughout June are films by Hollywood journeyman William A. Wellman. Of particular interest in these remaining weeks is a June 28 western double-bill featuring the 1954 impressionistic snowbound adventure Track of the Cat (with Robert Mitchum and Teresa Wright) and the 1943 cowboy classic The Ox-Bow Incident, starring Henry Fonda and Harry Morgan.
FRENCH FILM NOIR AT THE AERO | 1328 Montana Ave.
The four-night series “The French Had a Name for It: Rare French Film Noir, 1948-1963” is the highlight of the month at Santa Monica’s Aero Theater. Among many pleasures, the event offers an evening of Brigitte Bardot films directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot (The Truth) and Claude Autant-Lara (Love Is My Profession) on June 19, as well as a June 21 pairing of two films (Deadlier Than the Male and Chair de Poule) by the underrated Julien Duvivier.
GENRE MATINEES AT LACMA | 5905 Wilshire Blvd.
The next month of Tuesday Matinees at LACMA features a diverse array of genre classics. Screening digitally the afternoon of June 23 is the star-studded film noir Road House (featuring Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde and Richard Widmark), while the beginning of July brings digital presentations of two Vincent Minnelli musicals, Meet Me in St. Louis (July 7) and An American In Paris (July 14). The highlight of the month, however, is a 35mm screening of Robert Aldrich’s Hollywood crime classic The Big Knife, also starring Lupino, along with Jack Palance, Jean Hagen and Shelley Winters.