‘Lawrence of Arabia’ rides again
Seattle Times movie critic
The 50th-anniversary digital restoration of “Lawrence of Arabia,” which had a much-buzzed about single screening at SIFF Cinema at the Uptown in early December, is back there for three more screenings this weekend: at 6 p.m. Friday and Sunday, and 1 p.m. Saturday. Also on hand from SIFF: a jolly double screening of “Groundhog Day,” hosted by actor Stephen Tobolowsky, on Saturday — Groundhog Day, natch — at 6:30 p.m., and four National Theatre Live screenings of “The Magistrate,” starring John Lithgow, Sunday through Wednesday. 511 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle; for more information, see www.siff.net or call 206-324-9996.
At Northwest Film Forum, the Children’s Film Festival continues through Sunday; for a preview, go to www.seattletimes.com and search for “Children’s Film Festival,” or for more information, see http://childrensfilmfestivalseattle.nwfilmforum.org. Wednesday brings the start of a new series: “The Great Cinematic Clown Pierre Étaix,” featuring the work of the French clown, musician, illustrator and cabaret artist. A physical comedian who has been compared to Keaton and Chaplin, Étaix made five films in the ’60s and early ’70s, but they have been tied up for decades due to copyright issues. Now NWFF is showing all five, in new 35mm prints: “Le Grand Amour” on Wednesday, “Yo Yo” on Thursday, “As Long As You’re Healthy” Feb. 13, “The Suitor” Feb. 14 and “Land of Milk and Honey” Feb. 21. Tickets for the full series are $40 ($20 for NWFF members). NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380 or www.nwfilmforum.org.
In honor of Black History Month, Seattle Art Museum presents two special documentary screenings: “Respect Yourself: The Stax Records Story” on Friday and “Soul Power” on Feb. 8, both at 7:30 p.m. at SAM’s Plestcheeff Auditorium. Tickets for the pair are $14 ($12 for SAM, SIFF, NWFF and TheFilmSchool members); to purchase, call the box office at 206-654-3210 or see www.seattleartmuseum.org. SAM, 1300 First Ave., Seattle.
The documentary “Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives,” about a pioneering movement in home birth in the ’70s, screens Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Grand Illusion. Additional screenings will be held at 3 and 5 p.m. Feb. 10 and at 7 p.m. Feb. 11. 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.
Historic Seattle and Northwest Film Forum team up this month for three nights of documentary films about Arts & Crafts architecture. “Beautiful Simplicity: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Southern California” screens Thursday; “Designing with Nature: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Northern California” on Feb. 14; and “Pursuing Beauty: The Architecture of Bernard Maybeck” on Feb. 21. All screen at 7 p.m. at Washington Hall, 153 14th Ave., Seattle; tickets are $35 for the three ($25 for Historic Seattle or NWFF members), individual screenings are $15 ($10). For more information or to buy tickets, see www.historicseattle.org.
And finally, this weekend’s midnight movie at the Egyptian is “Back to the Future,” the 1985 time-travel hit starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Friday and Saturday only, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or email@example.com