Just in time for Halloween, LACMA will screen six ghoulish classics back-to-back, all starring Burton idol Vincent Price, in honor of the star’s centenary. Heir to a candy fortune, educated at Yale on art history and trained on the London stage, Price found his métier in fright features playing tormented masterminds and menacing lords. Starting with Andre de Doth’s House of Wax, in which Price plays an anguished sculptor with a ghastly secret, Price cemented his stature as a fixture of the macabre with Kurt Neumann’s still chilling The Fly. But, as David Thomson writes, Price “surveyed the horror genre as if it were a tray of eclairs.” Among Price’s gothic delicacies are several iconic Edgar Alan Poe adaptations directed by Roger Corman in lollipop colors and eye-filing CinemaScope and William Castle’s campy entertainment The Tingler. But there’s nothing funny about Price’s cold-blooded ruthlessness in cult film Witchfinder General, in which he stars as a small-town tyrant in 17th-century rural England. In addition to his nearly 200 film and television credits, Price was an avid art collector and connoisseur who launched The Vincent Price Art Collection with Sears Roebuck and in 1951 began donating items from his personal collection to the East Los Angeles Community College, where much of it hangs in the newly-redesigned Vincent Price Art Museum. 

The Pit and the Pendulum | October 30, 2011 | 1:00pm
The Masque of Red Death | October 30, 2011 | 2:30pm
House of Wax | October 30, 2011 | 4:10pm
The Tingler | October 30, 2011 | 6:00pm
The Fly | October 30, 2011 | 7:30pm
Witchfinder General (aka Conqueror Worm) | October 30, 2011 | 9:15pm

All Screenings | Free, no reservations

The Forgotten Space
Saturday, October 8, 2011 | 7:30 pm | Free
Los Angeles Premiere
2010 | 112 min. | Allan Sekula & Noël Burch.

This new essay film by Allan Sekula and Noël Burch looks at everyday people whose role in the global economy goes largely undocumented: displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, tent city occupants in Ontario, California, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuffling between Asia and Europe, factory workers and Filipino maids in China. Drawing from interviews, archival materials and footage from films such as Josef von Sternberg’s The Salvation Hunters, The Forgotten Space offers a lucid and lyrical portrait of worker’s conditions, the inhuman scale of sea trade, the imbalance of international trade and the secret lives of port cities.  Sekula and Burch closely track the seemingly minor details obscured by the pervasive illusion of an interconnected, “flat” world economy. The film intermingles Sekula’s incisive commentary with astounding vistas of industry—from cavernous factory floors to crowded cityscapes—and intimate first-person testimonies.

Over forty years, Sekula’s photography and writing has focused on the conditions of laborers and The Forgotten Space is based upon his book and exhibition project Fish Story. Burch, an author of such seminal works of cinematic scholarship as Theory of Film Practice and To the Distant Observer: Form and Meaning in the Japanese, is co-director with Thom Andersen of Red Hollywood and, with Sekula, of Reagan Tape, which will be screened as part ofthe exhibition Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981  at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The Forgotten Space won a Special Orizonti Jury Prize at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. “I’m sure that I learned a lot more from The Forgotten Space than I did from any other feature that I saw last year, fiction or nonfiction… The film’s most haunting and persistent image is the multicolored and anonymous rectangular steel containers loaded on the ships, evoking giant versions of children’s building blocks while never betraying what their actual contents might be—an apt illustration of the concealments and shiny surfaces of the globalized economy itself.”—Jonathan Rosenbaum.

Bing Theater | Free, no reservations | This screening will be followed by a discussion with Allan Sekula, Bérénice Reynaud (Co-Curator, Film at REDCAT) and other guests to be announced.



The downside is that it’s playing at 1PM on a Tuesday, and while it might not be the most convenient time to drive to Miracle Mile, it’ll be worth it to see these boozehounds box it out on the big screen again. Admission is $2.

Brief synopsis, from An academic couple reveal their deepest secret to a pair of newcomers during an all-night booze fest. Based on the play by Edward Albee Directed by Mike Nichols. Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis.

Address: 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles CA 90036


World on a Wire by Rainer Werner Fassbinder at LACMA
August 19 | 7:30 pm & 
August 20 | 7:30 pm

“A dystopic science-fiction epic, World on a Wire is German wunderkind Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s gloriously cracked, boundlessly inventive take on future paranoia. With dashes of Kubrick, Vonnegut, and Dick, but a flavor entirely his own, World on a Wire is the noir-spiked tale of reluctant action hero Fred Stiller (Klaus Löwitsch), a cybernetics engineer who uncovers a massive corporate and governmental conspiracy. At risk? Our entire reality as we know it. 

This long unseen three-and-a-half-hour labyrinth is a satiric and surreal look at the weird world of tomorrow from one of cinema’s kinkiest geniuses. The New York Times calls it, “An analog-age Avatar, a movie that anticipates Blade Runner in its meditation on artificial and human intelligence and The Matrix in its conception of reality as a computer-generated illusion.”

$10 general admission.


Pee Wee’s Big Adventure | Friday, August 19, 2011 | 8 pm 
Outdoor Films: A Tim Burton Sampler
1985/color/90 min. Scr: Paul Reuben, Phil Hartman, Michael C. Varhol; dir: Tim Burton; w/ Paul Reubens, E.G. Daily, Mark Holton, Diane Salinger

“Pee-Wee leads a life of wonderment in his own private funhouse full of eye-popping neon colors and Rube Goldberg contraptions. But when his beloved Schwinn bicycle goes missing, he hits the road in search of it. A cross-country journey ensues full of delightful non-sequiturs and zany escapades.
Hancock Park | Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheater | Free, no reservations


There will be another 24-hour screening of Christian Marclay’s The Clock at LACMA.

The Clock by Christian Marclay
Thursday, July 28 at 5pm to Friday, July 29 at 5pm
Free in the Bing Theater at LACMA.

Not to be missed!

Series: Saturday Monster Matinees | July 2, 2011–August 27, 2011
“Monster movies are my form of myth, of fairy tale. I didn’t read fairy tales, I watched them.”—Tim Burton. Nine creature features, sci-fi fantasies, and spectacular adventures that inspired Tim Burton. Admission is free to LACMA members; $5 to non-members.

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad – July 2, 2011 | 2:00pm
Fantastic Voyage – July 9, 2011 | 2:00pm
The Thing – July 16, 2011 | 2:00pm
Journey to the Center of the Earth – July 23, 2011 | 2:00pm
The Incredible Shrinking Man – July 30, 2011 | 2:00pm
Jason and the Argonauts – August 6, 2011 | 2:00pm
Mothra – August 13, 2011 | 2:00pm
This Island Earth – August 20, 2011 | 2:00pm
Horror of Dracula – August 27, 2011 | 2:00pm


The Clock at 10:57pm by Christian Marclay
It’s hard to tell in this clip, but one of the things that makes this such a great piece is the editing. Christian Marclay used continuity editing (matching action and character’s eye lines) to seamlessly cut between films. He also carried sound from one film into another, at times bridging edits or cutting the sound out sharply for punctuation. 

I read in the Los Angeles Times that the The Clock will be on view at LACMA starting May 20th through July 31.


This is a must see!!!

Christian Marclay’s The Clock: 24-Hour Screening 
Monday, May 16 | 11:00 am through Tuesday, May 17 | 11:00 am at LACMA
“Join us for the West Coast premiere of artist Christian Marclay’s The Clock, a 24-hour single-channel montage constructed from thousands of moments of cinema and television history depicting the passage of time. Marclay has excerpted each of these moments from their original contexts and edited them together to create a functioning timepiece synchronized to local time wherever it is viewed—marking the exact time in real time for the viewer for 24 consecutive hours. The sampled clips come from films of all genres, time periods, and cultures, some lasting only seconds, others minutes, and have been culled from hundreds of films, famous and obscure, into a seamless whole. The result, a melding of video and reality, unfolds with a seemingly endless cast of cameos. This free screening will allow The Clock to be seen in the way Marclay intended, by making it available in its entirety.” 
Bing Theater | Free, no reservations | Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis | Parking: Free from 6:30 pm to 11 am at the parking garages at Spaulding and 6th Street | The Plaza Café will be open continuously throughout the screening | Ray’s & Stark Bar will remain open until 2 am | May not be appropriate for all ages. 


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