Laemmle Anniversary Classics The 1982 musical-romantic-comedy Victor/Victoria was the best film collaboration between director
Resistance Isn't Futile A collection of short films about people and groups who could be described as activists, radicals, subversives, civil-rights leaders, and even entertainers. The program includes a 1969 short about the Black Panthers, a mockumentary about the controversial McCarran Act by Penelope Spheeris, and a five-minute 2012 animation based on online interviews with Chelsea (then known as Bradley) Manning. Los Angeles Film Forum, Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) 377-7238. Sept. 17, 7:30 p.m. $10; $6 for students and senior citizens; free for Filmforum members. www.lafilmforum.org
L.A. Confidential A 20th-anniversary rooftop screening of Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland’s Oscar-winning adaptation of James Ellroy’s cool noir novel may be the perfect way to end the summer outdoor movie season. Set in 1950s Los Angeles, the film has good cops, bad cops, sleazy tabloid journalists, gangsters, fall guys, and call girls with hearts of gold. It made a star of New Zealand-born leading man
The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille The legendary film director built and then buried a massive Egyptian "city" in the sand dunes of Guadalupe-Nipoma on California's Central Coast once he was done filming his less famous 1923 silent version of "The Ten Commandments." Documentarian Peter Brosnan's quest to find, excavate, and film the legendary set was itself a quest that was almost, well, biblical. Where better to watch as a team of archaeologists unearth statues of Ramses and more than a dozen sphinxes in the sands of California than at Hollywood's own Egyptian Theater? Discussion to follow with Brosnan, archaeologist Colleen Hamilton, who was the project director for the excavation, and others. American Cinematheque, Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323) Sept. 23, 2 p.m. $12; $8 for Cinematheque members.