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'Shadows of the 20th Century' brings Ophuls and Ophuls back to the big screen

'Shadows of the 20th Century' brings Ophuls and Ophuls back to the big screen
Oscar-winning filmmaker Marcel Ophuls, in 1995. (Christopher Pfuhl / AP)

The name Ophuls is one of the most justly revered in French cinema, and "Shadows of the 20th Century: Ophuls Film Festival" offers Los Angeles audiences the opportunity to put the work of two great filmmakers, a father and a son, in a rich cultural and historical context through June 8.

The UCLA-curated program includes screenings of Marcel Ophuls' monumental World War II documentaries "The Sorrow and the Pity" (1969), "The Memory of Justice" (1976) and the Oscar-winning "Hotel Terminus" (1988), plus a Monday evening conversation with Ophuls (who will be interviewed by my Times colleague Kenneth Turan) about the influence of his family's exile from Europe on his work.

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Also on the program are a few dramas directed by Ophuls' father, Max, much beloved (if also misunderstood) for his elegant visual style. These include "Liebelei" (1933), his last big hit in Germany pre-exile, and later Hollywood classics such as "Letter From an Unknown Woman" (1948), a masterful black-and-white romance, and "Lola Montès" (1955), an unhinged Technicolor fever dream that must be seen to be believed. Information: www.cjs.ucla.edu

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