L.A. Rep Cinema pick: ‘Jean-Luc Godard, French Revolutionary’ at the Aero Theatre

For any cineastes in L.A. suffering awards-season fatigue, relief is at hand: starting tonight and playing over the next two weeks, Santa Monica's Aero Theatre is running six double-features by Godard. You can't go wrong with any of these double bills — and to its credit, the series includes a couple of the master's later works from the '80s. Read more [...]

L.A. Rep Cinema Pick: the classics that made Agnès Varda’s reputation, at LACMA

Last month she was Guest Director of the AFI Film Fest; this month 85-year-old "godmother of the French New Wave" Agnès Varda continues her local victory lap with an exhibit of her visual art and this series of her best-known films on the big screen at LACMA. Respect! Read more [...]

Lincoln Center’s massive Godard retrospective: impressive even if you know your Godard

I imagine there are plenty of cineastes outside New York City who find themselves scrolling through the listings for Lincoln Center's Godard series longingly, wishing they could be there. This is a singular opportunity to immerse oneself in Godard's oeuvre — even, for those who dare, his late-'60s, make-your-head-hurt agitprop. Read more [...]

L.A. Rep Cinema Pick: A stylish French crime wave, this weekend at the New Beverly

A great double bill of French thrillers at the New Beverly Cinema this weekend: Godard's second feature Le Petit Soldat, with Anna Karina in her debut, and Jean-Pierre Melville's final film Un Flic, starring Alain Delon and Catherine Deneuve. Both movies newly restored in 35mm, too — this could be an ideal way to put the real world on hold for the space of an afternoon or a night. Read more [...]

Pasolini’s ‘The Hawks and the Sparrows’: A comic Marxist fable — how often do you get to see one of those?

Pasolini’s engaging fable The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966) is the work of a filmmaker who’s still able to make his points with humor. It's a far better way to remember Pasolini than Salo. Read more [...]