‘What Becomes a Legend’ at the Getty: Kenneth Turan’s film pick


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To accompany its comprehensive look at photographer Herb Ritts, who did superb glamour and fashion work, the J. Paul Getty Museum is presenting a film series, ‘What Becomes a Legend,’ that showcases great screen icons.

On Saturday at 3 p.m., Heartthrob No. 1 Rudolph Valentino stars in ‘The Sheik,’ while at 7 p.m. Louise Brooks is at her most iconic in ‘Pandora’s Box,’ with live piano accompaniment
by Michael Mortilla.

Sunday is devoted to sound-era sirens: ‘Morocco,’ an early collaboration between Marlene Dietrich and director Joseph von Sternberg, plays at noon, with Rita Hayworth singing ‘Put the Blame on Mame’ in the memorable ‘Gilda’ screening at 3 p.m.


All will be shown in the Getty’s splendid Harold M. Williams Auditorium. The screenings are free, but reservations are required at


‘Marley’ a fitting tribute to raggae star

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‘The Island President,’ a nail-biting documentary

-- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic