Jules Dassin's classic 1950 noir "Night and the City" arrives today for a week at the Grand Illusion, in a new 35mm print. Born Julius Dassin in Connecticut, the director had a...
Jules Dassin’s classic 1950 noir “Night and the City” arrives today for a week at the Grand Illusion, in a new 35mm print. Born Julius Dassin in Connecticut, the director had a promising career in Hollywood in the ’40s (“The Naked City,” “Thieves’ Highway”) before being blacklisted after the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings. In exile from the U.S., he went to England to make “Night and the City,” the story of an ambitious young American hustler in London, and five years later made the marvelous heist film “Rififi” in France. “Night and the City” plays through Thursday at 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; call 206-523-3935 or see www.grandillusioncinema.org for showtimes.
The Seattle Human Rights Film Festival continues through Sunday with two days of documentaries at 911 Media Arts Center today and tomorrow, moving to Seattle Art Museum Sunday and concluding that night with Mexico’s official entry into the 2005 foreign-language film Academy Award competition, Luis Mandoki’s drama “Innocent Voices.” Mandoki and several actors from the film, a coming-of-age tale set in 1980s El Salvador, will attend the screening. For information, see www.amnestyusa.org/filmfest or call 206-324-6941; tickets ($7 general; $5 students/seniors/disabled) can be purchased online at www.ticketweb.com.
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At the Northwest Film Forum, the locally made comedy “The Telephone Pole Numbering System,” directed by William Weiss, continues through Sunday in its world premiere, and the restored version of Samuel Fuller’s 1980 war epic “The Big Red One” continues through Thursday (see review on Page 20). At 11 tonight and tomorrow, the NWFF has a unique event planned: the first local screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation,” a shot-by-shot remake of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” created by three Mississippi teens over six years in the ’80s. Co-director and star Chris Strompolis will attend the screenings. All at NWFF, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; call 206-267-5380 or see www.nwfilmforum.org.
One of the best family films in recent years screens at the Museum of History & Industry tomorrow at 2 p.m., as part of MOHAI’s Land, Sea and Air Navigation Film Series. “Fly Away Home” (rated PG) stars Anna Paquin as a young teen who with her father (Jeff Daniels) crafts a plan to lead a family of orphaned geese southward; the result soars, in all senses of the word. 2700 24th Ave. E., Seattle; 206-324-1126 or www.seattlehistory.org; film is free with regular museum admission.
Two local filmmakers will present new work at 911 Media Arts this week. On Tuesday at 8 p.m., Michael Cross’ short film “Commercial” will have its Seattle premiere, and on Thursday at 7 p.m., video artist Mark O’Connell, who creates motion collage with moving image and sound samples, will present an evening of new work. Both events take place at 911’s new location at 402 Ninth Ave. N. (corner of Harrison Street and Ninth Avenue), Seattle; 206-682-6552; admission is free.
Budding screenwriters may wish to attend a Screenwriters Salon on Wednesday, titled “Selling Your Script 101.” A panel of local filmmakers, screenwriters and producers will discuss the ins and outs not to mention the art of selling a screenplay. 7:30 p.m. at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; 206-267-5380. Admission is $5 ($2 students, free to NWFF, Cinema Seattle and Hugo House members).
At midnight, Terry Gilliam’s 1998 comedy “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” starring Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire and Cameron Diaz, screens tonight and Saturday at the Egyptian, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle, 206-781-5755.
And, for those getting anxious about holiday shopping, two movie-poster sales take place this weekend. Cinema Seattle’s annual poster sale takes place tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle. Many posters from movies presented at the Seattle International Film Festival will be for sale, along with classic film posters, both American and international, as well as free refreshments and ticket giveaways. Call 206-464-5830 for more information. On Sunday, Landmark Theatres offers its sale, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Seven Gables, 911 N.E. 50th St., Seattle. Hundreds of posters will be available, along with drawings for free DVDs and videos, as well as free coffee and cookies. Call 206-632-8821 for more information.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725 or firstname.lastname@example.org