'Ben-Hur' and Lee Anne Schmitt films screen for film buffs
Film revivals and special screenings on tap this week of March 2 include two flicks by Michael Powell, "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp" and "Peeping Tom"; "A Landscape of Memories; The Short Films of Lee Anne Schmitt"; the Japanese movie "Battle Royale"; and "The Wizard of Oz."
Seattle Times movie critic
Thelma Schoonmaker, legendary film editor (recently Oscar nominated for "Hugo") and widow of filmmaker Michael Powell, returns to Seattle Art Museum this week to present two films by her late husband. The 1943 epic "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp" will screen Tuesday, in a newly restored print; "Peeping Tom," a late Powell thriller from 1960, screens Wednesday. Both are at 7:30 p.m. at SAM's Plestcheeff Auditorium; tickets are $18 for both nights ($14 for SAM, SIFF, NWFF and TheFilmSchool members) and available through the SAM box office at 206-654-3121 or www.seattleartmuseum.org. Single tickets ($10/$8) will be sold at the door if available.
"A Landscape of Memories: The Short Films of Lee Anne Schmitt" screens at Northwest Film Forum through the weekend, with the feature-length documentaries "California Company Town" and "The Last Buffalo Hunt" along with two packages of short films. Schmitt will attend all screenings. Also at NWFF this week: "Battle Royale," the 2000 Japanese film in which a group of ninth-graders are chosen by the government to kill themselves off, kicks off a month of late-night Friday screenings tonight, and the "Music Movies" series continues with the locally filmed "Have You Ever Had a Beard?" (Monday only, with directors Kathy Wolf and Pat Thomas present) and the femme-punk documentary "From the Back of the Room" (Tuesday through Thursday). NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; for more information, see www.nwfilmforum.org or call 206-267-5380.
The National Theatre Live series at the SIFF Film Center continues Saturday and Sunday with "Travelling Light," a new play by Nicholas Wright at London's National Theatre, described as "a funny and fascinating tribute to the Eastern European immigrants who became major players in Hollywood's golden age." 1 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center campus; for more information, see www.siff.net or call 206-324-9996.
The Historic Everett Theatre presents screenings of the 1959 Oscar winner "Ben-Hur" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 2911 Colby Ave., Everett; tickets are $8 ($6 seniors/students/military). For more information, see www.everetttheatre.org or call 425-258-6766.
And, finally, "The Wizard of Oz" is this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian, starring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Margaret Hamilton, Billie Burke and Toto, too. Friday and Saturday, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com. Remember: there's no place like home.
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