If "Pacific Rim" is not your cup of tea, there are several alternatives this weekend for the serious cineaste.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art's Hitchcock 9 series, featuring newly restored silent movies from the Master of Suspense, concludes this weekend. Hitch's feature directorial debut, 1926's "The Pleasure Garden," screens Friday at the Bing Theater, along with 1927's "Easy Virtue." Rounding out the festival Saturday is a rare comedy, 1928's "The Farmer's Wife," followed by 1929's thriller "Blackmail." Robert Israel will provide live accompaniment with each screening.
UCLA Film & Television Archive kicks off its "The Films of Paul Schrader" retrospective Friday at the Billy Wilder Theater with the writer-director's 1980 drama "American Gigolo," starring Richard Gere and featuring Blondie's "Call Me" theme song, and his 1992 drama "Light Sleeper," with Willem Dafoe and Susan Sarandon.
Other films in the festival include 1979's "Hardcore," 1988's "Patty Hearst," 1997's "Affliction," for which James Coburn won the supporting actor Oscar, 1978's "Blue Collar," with Richard Pryor, and 1990's "The Comfort of Strangers," penned by Harold Pinter.
Schrader will appear twice at the festival: on Aug. 4 for his 1985 biopic "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters," and on Aug. 5 for "The Canyons," his new noir thriller penned by Bret Easton Ellis, which stars Lindsay Lohan.
Also beginning Friday at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre is a six-day engagement of a new 35-millimeter print -- struck from a restoration negative in Rome -- of Michelangelo Antonioni's landmark 1960 drama "L'Avventura."
The complex, existential film has polarized audiences over the decades. In fact, the film was jeered at the Cannes Film Festival at its first screening, causing Antonioni and his leading lady, Monica Vitti, to flee the theater. But it was cheered during its second screening and won the Grand Jury Prize for "a new movie language and the beauty of its images."
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