Monday, January 8, 7 p.m.
Beauty and The Beast (France, 1946)
Director: Jean Cocteau
Runtime: 93 minutes, in black and white
Jean Cocteau’s sublime adaptation of Mme. Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece—in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast—is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.
Monday, January 22, 7 p.m.
City Lights (USA, 1931)
Director: Charlie Chaplin
Runtime: 86 minutes, in black and white
City Lights, the most cherished film by Charlie Chaplin, is also his ultimate Little Tramp chronicle. The writer-director-star achieved new levels of grace, in both physical comedy and dramatic poignancy, with this silent tale of a lovable vagrant falling for a young blind woman who sells flowers on the street (a magical Virginia Cherrill) and mistakes him for a millionaire. Though this Depression-era smash was made after the advent of sound, Chaplin remained steadfast in his love for the expressive beauty of the pre-talkie form. The result was the epitome of his art and the crowning achievement of silent comedy.
Monday, January 29, 7 p.m.
19th Annual Animation Show of Shows
Curated by Ron Diamond followed by Skype Q&A
Runtime: 90 minutes
The 19th Annual Animation Show of Shows offers a wealth of humor, insight, and profundity
The Animation Show of Show returns to theaters across North America, presenting 16 exceptional and inspiring animated shorts from around the world. "At a time of increasing social instability and global anxiety about a range of issues, the works in this year’s show have a special resonance, presenting compelling ideas about our place in society and how we fit into the world," said Ron Diamond.
Featuring internationally acclaimed animated short films from Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S., the films include Niki Lindroth von Bahr’s Annecy Grand Prix-winning “The Burden,” a melancholy, funny and moving film that explores the tribulations, hopes and dreams of a group of night-shift employees, uniquely capturing the zeitgeist of our time.
Other program highlights include Los Angeles-based Irish director David O'Reilly's visually stunning "Everything," based on a 1973 talk given by the renowned British-American philosopher Alan Watts, and the 1964 classic "Hangman," by Paul Julian and Les Goldman which was recently restored by the Animation Show of Shows as part of its film preservation program. As a special treat, the Show of Shows will also be presenting "Next Door," a 1990 student film made at Cal Arts by the two-time Oscar-winning Pixar director Pete Docter.