Been cooped up in the house all winter watching DVDs? Need an elixir for that cabin fever? What better way to enjoy the improving weather than a trip to the AFI to catch any number of their line-up of films scheduled for March and April…
Fans of Martin Scorsese might be interested in the triple feature presentation of the Infernal Affairs trilogy of Hong Kong thrillers scheduled for Friday, March 9th—the smash hit original on which The Departed was based, and for which Scorsese finally won his first Oscar last weekend. Four actually: Best Picture, Director, Editing, and Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published. March will also mark one year since Scorsese was in town for an appearance, concluding a series on his remarkable body of work. Infernal Affairs and both sequels are scheduled to play independently over the following week.
March 23rd through April 24th will feature the Fred Zinnemann Centennial Series, including such classics as The Search, Act of Violence, High Noon (Best Actor: Gary Cooper), From Here to Eternity (Best Picture), A Man For All Seasons (multiple Oscars), and Day of the Jackal. If you prefer older films, this one should be right up your alley. April 29th marks the 100th year since Fred’s birth.
Also in March and April, master craftsman of Japanese cinema, Kenji Mizoguchi, will be featured. If that isn’t enough, starting Sunday, March 18th, local ABC arts and entertainment reporter Arch Campbell will host some of his favorite picks. His first selection is one of my personal favorites. If you have never had a chance to see Being There on the big screen, then make sure to mark this one down on your calendar. These films also include an introduction and Q&A session afterwards.
And there’s more where this came from, I’ve only highlighted what I thought was most interesting. Visit the AFI Web site for more information and schedules. Enjoy those flickers!