Agnès Varda, Halloween and jazz films
The three-film series "Woman with a Camera: The Films of Agnès Varda" begins at Seattle Art Museum Friday at 7:30 p.m., continuing Nov. 2 and...
Seattle Times movie critic
The three-film series "Woman with a Camera: The Films of Agnès Varda" begins at Seattle Art Museum Friday at 7:30 p.m., continuing Nov. 2 and Nov. 16. In conjunction with the exhibit "Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris," the series pays tribute to the first Frenchwoman to make a feature motion picture. It opens with "Cléo from 5 to 7" (1961), and later screens "Le Bonheur" (1965) and "Vagabond" (1985). Tickets for the full series are $23 ($20 for SAM, SIFF, NWFF and TheFilmSchool members); single tickets are $8 at the door if available. Seattle Art Museum's Plestcheeff Auditorium, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; for more information or to buy tickets, see www.seattleartmuseum.org or call 206-654-3210.
The final week of "All Monsters Attack!" month at the Grand Illusion brings a variety of Halloween-themed programming, including a Triple Creature Feature on Friday (with "The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires," "The Deadly Spawn" and "People Who Own the Dark"); a Saturday-through-Tuesday run of the Aardman Animation comedy "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"; a Halloween-night presentation of "The Sprocket Society's Secret Vault of Horrors"; Kiddie Creature Feature matinees of "Jack the Giant Killer" Saturday and Sunday; and "The VCR That Dripped Blood" and "The Burning" Saturday only. 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; for more information, see www.grandillusioncinema.org or call 206-523-3935.
"Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" also turns up this week in $4 Films4Families 1 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday at the SIFF Film Center (Seattle Center campus). SIFF also presents three days of Halloween classics at the Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle): "Ghostbusters" Tuesday and Wednesday, the 1954 Vincent Price thriller "The Mad Magician 3D" Tuesday and Wednesday, and "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane" Wednesday and Thursday. Also at the Uptown this week: the National Theater Live series continues with a broadcast of the play "The Last of the Haussmans," starring Julie Walters, Rory Kinnear and Helen McCrory, Monday at 7 p.m. And the French Cinema Now festival continues through Sunday, with an assortment of new films in French, including Anne Fontaine's comedy "My Worst Nightmare" (starring Isabelle Huppert), the artist biopic "Renoir," Michel Ocelot's 3D shadow-puppet fairy tale "Tales of the Night" and Stéphane Robelin's comedy "All Together," featuring a French- language performance by Jane Fonda. For more information on any SIFF event: www.siff.net or 206-324-9996.
Also for Halloween: John Barrymore stars in the 1920 silent film "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," screening Saturday at the Historic Everett Theater with live accompaniment by organist Sharon Stearnes. The evening will also include a silent Laurel & Hardy short film and a costume contest (with prizes). 7 p.m., 2911 Colby Ave., Everett; tickets are $10 and available through www.everetttheatre.org or 425-258-6766.
The Earshot Jazz Film Festival continues at Northwest Film Forum through the weekend with the documentaries "FunkJazz Kafe: Diary of a Decade (The Story of a Movement)" and "Deconstructing Dad" (about musician/inventor Raymond Scott), both playing Saturday and Sunday. Also at NWFF this week: two packages of short films by British filmmaker Ben Rivers, screening Saturday and Sunday, and the rarely screened 1965 concert documentary "The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling," playing Thursday only. NWFF: 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or www.nwfilmforum.org.
And finally, this weekend's midnight movie at the Egyptian is the Swedish film "Let the Right One In," about a lonely 12-year-old who learns that his new best friend is a vampire. Friday and Saturday only; 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org