A fistful of Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock is front and center this week at the Cinematheque and LACMA.
(Los Angeles Times)

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Alfred Hitchcock is front and center this week at the American Cinematheque and Film Independent at LACMA.

The Cinematheque’s “With a Hitch: New, 70mm, 3-D & TV Hitchcock” series continues Thursday with a 98th birthday tribute at the Egyptian to the extraordinary actor-director-producer Norman Lloyd. As an actor, he appeared in Hitch’s 1942 classic “Saboteur” and 1945’s “Spellbound” and then became an associate producer on TV’s “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” anthology series.

Besides talking about his colorful life, Lloyd will be screening five episodes of the series in which he was involved: 1964’s “The Jar,” 1960’s “Man From the South” and 1961’s “Incident in a Small Jail,” (he directed these episodes), as well as 1960’s “The Little Man Who Was There” and 1961’s “Maria,” in which he appeared.


The Cinematheque’s Aero will also be be screening the digitally restored 3-D version of “Dial M for Murder,” Thursday evening.

Sacha Gervasi, the director of the new movie “Hitchcock,” which opens Nov. 23, will be on hand to screen and talk about the film chronicling the making of “Psycho” on Saturday evening at the Egyptian. The second film is of course the original, 1960’s “Psycho.”

And Gervasi and guests to be announced will be visiting Film Independent at LACMA Tuesday evening at the Leo S. Bing Theater for a members only screening of the film, which stars Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma Reville.


The Aero is also feting another filmmaker this weekend, Paul Thomas Anderson, kicking off Saturday evening with 1997s “Boogie Nights” and 2002’s “Punch-Drunk Love.” Anderson will appear in person Sunday evening for a sold-out screening of his 1999 ensemble drama “Magnolia.” On tap for Tuesday are his first film, 1996’s “Hard Eight,” and his 2007 epic “There Will Be Blood,” for which Daniel Day-Lewis earned his second lead-actor Oscar.

Both the Egyptian and the Aero will be presenting “Cinema Italian Style 2012,” beginning Tuesday at the Egyptian with 1960’s “Two Women,” for which Sophia Loren won the lead actress Oscar (the film was released in 1961 in the U.S.) The legendary directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani will appear in person Wednesday at the Egyptian with their latest film, “Caesar Must Die,” which is Italy’s official Oscar entry in the foreign-language film category.

Iconic sexploitation director Russ Meyer is feted this week at the New Beverly Cinema beginning Thursday with 1965’s “Motor Psycho” and one of his best known films, 1965’s “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill.” On tap for Saturday and Sunday are 1968’s “Vixen!” and 1975’s “Supervixens,” with 1962’s “Wild Gals of the Naked West” and 1965’s “Mudhoney” scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Doug Benson’s “Movie Interruption” series at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre continues Thursday with the comedian and his friends offering pithy comments about the 1977 Burt Reynolds hit, “Smokey and the Bandit”


The 12th Annual Valley Film Festival, whose mission is to “further the education, production and distribution” in the San Fernando Valley, continues through Sunday at the Laemmle NoHo7.

Long before Daniel Day-Lewis played Honest Abe in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” Henry Fonda starred in John Ford’s well-respected 1939 drama “Young Mr. Lincoln,” screening Tuesday afternoon for free at the Skirball. https:///

And Leo McCarey took home a directing Oscar for the 1937 screwball-comedy classic “The Awful Truth,” with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, screening Tuesday afternoon at LACMA’s Leo S. Bing Theater.



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