For those looking for some post-holiday escape, the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre presents Rediscovered
Italian Classics, screening January 4-6. This all-too-short weekend showcases rare prints of some of
the most difficult-to-see Italian cinema classics — films that were
virtually ignored during their initial American releases. The line-up includes
a new 35mm print of Bernardo Bertolucci’s taboo-smashing Luna, starring Jill
Clayburgh, Fred Gwynne and Roberto Benigni; Luchino
Visconti’s The Leopard, starring Burt Lancaster, Claudia Cardinale and Alain
Delon; and Valerio Zurlini’s Black Jesus, screening in an IB Technicolor print. Also screening is Michelangelo Antonioni’s
feature from 1982, Identification of a Woman, which was not exhibited widely in
America until the mid-1990s. Both Identification of a Woman and Luna are not
available on DVD.
historic Egyptian Theatre is located at
information on directions, show times and the theater’s upcoming schedule,
phone (323) 466-FILM, or visit
the Cinematheque’s eponymous Web site by clicking here.