It’s one thing to see history in a museum. It is another to see it made. That is one of the great attractions in Southern California and on view this week as contractors and technical experts put the finishing touches on the Hollywood-Highland theater + retail complex that is home to the Dolby Theater and this Sunday’s Oscars® awards ceremony.
This free attraction is at least as intriguing as a tour of a television studio. And the free Los Angeles Italia film festival at the Hollywood-Highland complex’s TLC 6 theater center has screenings all day through Saturday, February 23. The Wednesday evening screening of Winx Club 3D has infused the community with the force of magic. This animation series shows young magicians being trained at their interplanetary academy and spiriting themselves around the universe’s magical dimension to deliver positive energy wherever it is needed.
A group of models for the Winx Club series appeared in person on the Red Carpet at the Los Angeles Italia film festival to add an extra measure of positive energy in time for the Sunday February 24, Oscars® awards ceremony across the courtyard at the Dolby Theater. There will be more historic Red Carpet events your can see yourself. Acting legend Franco Nero will appear at the screening of “Letters to Juliet” Friday at 6 p.m. A traditional awards ceremony will follow at 8 p.m. Saturday evening, Oscar nominee director Kief Davidson will appear at the screening of his documentary “Open Heart.” The complete screening schedule is at this link.
Dedicated Academy of Motion Picture Arts fans will also want to see cinema history exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and begin to visualize how the new Academy of Motion Picture Arts Museum at LACMA West will look when it opens in 2016. The Art of the Americas Pavilion features a retrospective about the works of filmmaker Stanley Kubrick. The legendary director of “2001: A Space Oddessy” actually began his own career as a working artist as a photographer for “Look” Magazine. The exhibit will also fascinate screenplay writers who can see handwritten edits and notes that communicate a master director’s vision. There are even rare exhibits for accountants that show Kubrik’s profit and loss from 1953 to 1960 and the share certificate for the corporation he created to promote his film ventures.
Next door in the Ahmanson Building, you can see “Masterworks of Expressionist Cinema: Caligari and Metropolis.” This presents both light box displays of these two silent film classics from Germany, as well as works by the films’ artistic directors and art from the same period reflecting edgy artistic aspects of the films.
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