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Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present our Anniversary Classics Abroad program for October: Louis Malle’s LACOMBE LUCIEN , nominated for Best Foreign Language Film of 1974. The film was one of the movies, following Marcel Ophuls’ monumental documentary 'The Sorrow and the Pity,' that scrutinized French collaboration with the Nazis during World War II.Malle’s movie tells a fictional but provocative story, written by the director and novelist Patrick Modiano, about a teenage boy who savors the power he accrues when he joins the Gestapo during the final months of the war. LACOMBE LUCIEN takes place in 1944, after the Allies have [...]

Joseph Losey's MR. KLEIN (1976), a long-unseen masterwork from the director of The Servant and Accident and writer Franco Solinas ( The Battle of Algiers ), starring Alain Delon, with a special appearance by Jeanne Moreau, opens Friday, October 11 at Laemmle's Playhouse/Pasadena, Royal/West L.A. and Town Center/Encino.MR. KLEIN was blacklisted American director Losey's first film in French, with a screenplay by Solinas and assistant director Fernando Morandi, and an uncredited Costa-Gavras ( Z ), who was originally to direct. In a full-length article in a recent issue of the New Yorker , critic Anthony Lane calls Rialto Picture's reissue of MR. [...]

Sex, drugs, power, and vice: welcome to the mid-2000s Italy of Silvio Berlusconi, the egomaniac billionaire Prime Minister who presides over an empire of scandal and corruption. Sergio (Riccardo Scamarcio) is an ambitious young hustler managing an escort service catering to the rich and powerful. Determined to move up in the world, Sergio sets his sights on the biggest client of all: Berlusconi (Toni Servillo), the disgraced, psychotically charming businessman and ex-PM currently plotting his political comeback. As Berlusconi attempts to bribe his way back to power, Sergio devises his own equally audacious scheme to win the mogul’s attention. [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a double dose of classic film noir in the popular Twofer program (two features for the price of one) with 75th anniversary screenings of DOUBLE INDEMNITY and LAURA , two of the most lauded films of 1944 and the entire noir canon. The double feature will screen at two Laemmle locations: Pasadena Playhouse on September 26 and Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills on September 28. DOUBLE INDEMNITY is writer – director Billy Wilder’s film adaptation (with co-scripter Raymond Chandler) of a crime novella by James M. Cain, a tawdry tale of an insurance salesman (Fred MacMurray) and duplicitous dame [...]

DESOLATION CENTER Q&A's after select showtimes: Monica Film Center - Saturday 9/14 at 7:40pm : Director Stuart Swezey, Cinematographer Sandra Valde-Hansen, and Co-Producer Mariska Leyssius. Moderated by Andrew Crane (American Cinematheque) Playhouse 7- Sunday 9/15 at 1:30pm : Director Stuart Swezey and a short reading by Elise Thompson (LA BEAT). [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present the latest offering in their monthly Abroad program with 25th anniversary screenings of the American release (and Oscar winner) of the delightful Spanish comedy BELLE EPOQUE . The Academy Award winner for foreign-language film will play at three Laemmle locations: West Los Angeles, Glendale, and Pasadena on September 18. Starring Penelope Cruz (Oscar winner for Vicky Christina Barcelona) in only her second film, the period pastorale is set in 1931 with the beginning of the disruptive Spanish Civil War, chronicling the amorous adventures of a young Army deserter, Fernando (Jorge Sanz), [...]

Things being what they are, it's a pleasure and relief to watch a comedy and we've got a dandy opening this Friday, August 30 at the Monica Film Center, Playhouse and Town Center, the Milwaukee(!)-set Give Me Liberty . The brightest critics, people normally quite hesitant with their praise, absolutely sat up in their seats when they watched this movie. Look:Anthony Lane, New Yorker : "At once breakneck and tolerant, Give Me Liberty manages to be both rousingly Russian and touchingly all-American." Manohla Dargis, New York Times : "Completely, delightfully unpredictable from scene to scene, Give Me Liberty draws you in with its moving performances [...]

On August 5 we lost one of our most brilliant writers and thinkers, Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison. As it happens, an acclaimed biographical documentary, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am , came out this summer and in light of her passing Laemmle Theatres will return the film to theaters starting Friday at the Music Hall in Beverly Hills and Saturday at the Playhouse and Claremont . If you haven't yet seen it, please consider doing so. Writing in the New York Times , A.O. Scott said " The Pieces I Am offers something else, as a dividend yielded by [Morrison's] achievements and her years on the earth: the profound pleasure of [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present this month’s installment in our Anniversary Classics Abroad program: one of the most popular and entertaining foreign films of the 1960s, Philippe de Broca’s action romp, THAT MAN FROM RIO . De Broca, the director of intimate, character-driven films like The Five-Day Lover , shifted gears with this bigger-budget comic thriller. Two top stars of French cinema, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Francoise Dorleac (the sister of Catherine Deneuve who died tragically in an auto accident just three years later), added to the film’s allure. The action begins when Dorleac is kidnapped as part of a museum [...]

Take a trip to Spain this summer and see Bosch, Sorolla and Murillo on the big screen as part of our Culture Vulture series at the Claremont , Playhouse , Royal , and Town Center . MURILLO: THE LAST JOURNEY is more than a documentary about one of the greatest geniuses of fine art. It provides a view at the history of the Spanish empire at its height from the perspective of one of Murillo’s most iconic paintings: The Young Peddler . The painting travels from Seville to Paris as world-renowned specialists flesh out the exquisite aesthetics of the painter's most sublime masterpieces. We'll screen this August 5 and 6. [...]

Art in the Arthouse presents a fascinating exploration of local cityscapes and nearby landscapes in our latest art show in North Hollywood. Don't miss photographer Gerard Burkhart's exhibit NOHO & SHIMMERING SKY, on display through November. All of the art is for sale and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Laemmle Foundation and its support of humanitarian and environmental causes in Los Angeles. About the Exhibit As a NoHo resident from 1999 to 2001, Photographer Gerard Burkhart viewed his neighborhood as his own personal Cuba – an island in the vast sea of Los Angeles untouched by a larger outside world, waiting to be opened. Years later, [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present this month’s installment in our popular Anniversary Classics Abroad program, Ang Lee’s delectable 1994 comedy, EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN . Lee had directed two previous films that earned acclaim, but this 1994 film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and propelled his career to a new level of esteem and success. Made in Taipei, the film centers on a widowed master chef, Mr. Chu (played by Sihung Lung), who has weekly feasts for his three unmarried daughters (Kuei-Mei Yang, Chien-Lien Wu, Yu-Wen Wang), during which he tries to oversee their personal lives along with their [...]

BLUE NOTE RECORDS: BEYOND THE NOTES Q&A with director Sophie Huber following the 10:40 am show on Saturday, 7/13 and Sunday, 7/14. [...]

ART IN THE ARTHOUSE proudly presents COLOR, LANGUAGE, TEXTURE & TONE featuring works by Joyce Elias and Bea Husman in Glendale. The art is for sale and on display till October 2019. Sales benefit the Laemmle Foundation and its support of humanitarian and environmental causes in Los Angeles. Stop by our gallery - no need to buy a movie ticket to view. About the exhibit JOYCE ELIAS: Living near Lake Michigan in an area known for sultry skies and dreary days, one might expect Joyce Elias to express her work in various shades of gray. Most mornings, Elias travels to the edge of that lake and photographs the waters and moody heavens that surround it. [...]

Laemmle's Art in the Arthouse proudly presents THE PASADENA ART SHOW 2019. Please join us as we celebrate our local artists in an intimate theatre setting. Our special event features a slideshow on the big screen, artist talks, and of course refreshments. Meet the artists and stay for the bagels, mimosas and conversation Art in the Arthouse is known for. Sales benefit the Laemmle Foundation and its support of humanitarian and environmental causes in the Los Angeles region. About the Exhibit Our annual community exhibit is a powerful collective voice emerging from individual expression - celebrating art-making through a communal creative vibration. [...]

THE SPY BEHIND HOME PLATE Jonathan Blank (interviewee in The Spy Behind Home Plate and director of the Jewish Baseball Western Wall of Fame) will intro the 10:30 am show and participate in a Q&A following the show on Saturday, 6/15. [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present screenings of the milestone Oscar-nominated French comedy, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES , as part of the Anniversary Classics Abroad program. The screenings mark the 40th anniversary of the American release in 1979, as well as noting LGBTQ Pride Month, and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, based on a hit French stage farce by Jean Poiret, was adapted for the screen by Poiret, Francis Veber, Marcello Dano, and Edouard Molinaro, who also directed. The “birds of a feather” story concerns a gay couple in St. Tropez, Renato (played by the veteran Italian actor Ugo [...]

In late 19th century rural Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May is given away in an arranged marriage and becomes the third wife to her older husband. She learns that she can gain status and security if she gives birth to a male child and this becomes a real possibility when she gets pregnant. However, her path is fraught with danger when May develops an attraction for Xuan, the second wife. As May observes the unfolding tragedy of forbidden love and its devastating consequences, she must make a choice: to either carry on in silence and safety, or forge a way towards personal freedom.Ash Mayfair's debut feature signals the emergence of a young female [...]

GO FOR BROKE: AN ORIGIN STORY filmmaker Stacey Hayashi will participate in Q&A's on the following schedule: Monica Film Center 5/3, 5/4, 5/5 after 1pm, 3:15pm, 5:30pm, and 7:50pm screenings; at the Playhouse 5/10, 5/11, 5/12 after the 1pm, 3:15pm, 5:30pm, and 7:50pm screenings. [...]

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present this month’s installment in our Anniversary Classics Abroad program: one of the most revered of all foreign films, Ingmar Bergman’s WILD STRAWBERRIES . Indeed, Leonard Maltin hailed the film as “Still a staple of any serious filmgoer’s education,” and he added, “Superb use of flashbacks and brilliant performance by (Victor) Sjostrom make this Bergman classic an emotional powerhouse.” It was nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay of 1959 and also earned the top prize, the Golden Bear, at the Berlin Film Festival. Sjostrom, a revered Swedish actor and also an acclaimed [...]