A Frances Farmer retrospective at the Admiral Theatre pays tribute to the actress and West Seattle native who died in 1970. "Come & Get It," the 1936 comedy which established Farmer as a star, screens Nov. 7.
A Frances Farmer retrospective will take place at the Admiral Theatre tonight and Saturday, paying tribute to the actress and West Seattle native who died in 1970, after a Hollywood career and a struggle with mental illness. “Come & Get It,” the 1936 comedy that established Farmer as a star, will screen at 7 tonight. The evening also includes a cocktail reception and a presentation of Farmer’s life and times from local historian Peder Nelson, titled “The Bad Girl of West Seattle.” Saturday brings an afternoon screening of “Rhythm on the Range,” Farmer’s 1936 musical Western with Bing Crosby, and an evening screening of the 1982 film biography “Frances,” for which Jessica Lange received an Oscar nomination.
A two-day pass for all events is $20; individual movie tickets are $9 for evening screenings and $6.50 for the matinee. Admiral Theater, 2343 California Ave. S.W., Seattle; for more information, call 206-938-3456 or see www.francesfarmersrevenge.net.
Also at the Admiral: A one-night screening of “Repo: The Genetic Opera,” a futuristic cult musical starring Alexa Vega, Anthony Stewart Head, Paul Sorvino, Paris Hilton and Sarah Brightman (now, how’s that for a cast?). The film is currently playing in a handful of theaters around the country in limited release. Director Darren Lynn Bousman and writer/actor/composer Terrance Zdunich will be present for a post-screening Q&A. Tickets are $15 and available through www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, see www.repo-opera.com or call 206-938-3456.
The Olympia Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this week, opening tonight with a gala screening of the 1928 Buster Keaton comedy “Steamboat Bill Jr.” (accompanied by a live musical score). Other events in the nine-day festival include the made-in-the-Northwest documentaries “Saving Luna,” “Great Speeches from a Dying World” and “A Wink and a Smile”; archival screenings of “The Makioka Sisters” (1983) and “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925); an “All Freakin’ Night” marathon of horror films; and much more. A full pass is $75; single tickets are $8 ($6 for Olympia Film Society members). Screenings take place at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia; for more information and a full schedule, see www.olympiafilmfestival.org or call 360-754-5378.
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At SIFF Cinema, the 1965 film “Paris vu par” screens through Thursday in a new 35 mm print. It’s a portrait of Paris consisting of six short films, each set in a different neighborhood and filmed by a French New Wave filmmaker (Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Rouch, Claude Chabrol, Jean-Daniel Pollet, Jean Douchet, Eric Rohmer). Also screening at SIFF Cinema this week is Linas Phillips’ documentary “Walking to Werner,” in which the filmmaker walks from Seattle to Los Angeles as an homage to Werner Herzog. It screens tonight only at 9:30. SIFF Cinema, 321 Mercer St. at McCaw Hall, Seattle; 206-633-7151 or www.siff.net.
The “Son of All Monsters Attack!” series continues in its fourth week at the Grand Illusion, with two Jack Arnold 3-D films: 1952’s “Creature from the Black Lagoon” and 1953’s Ray Bradbury-inspired “It Came From Outer Space.” Both films screen nightly through Thursday. Grand Illusion, 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle; 206-523-3935 or www.grandillusioncinema.org.
Metro Classics continues its three-movie swing through the Leigh/Curtis Hollywood family with a Wednesday-night screening of one of the greatest comedies ever, “Some Like It Hot,” with Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon. It screens at 7 and 9:15 in 35 mm at the Metro, 4500 Ninth Ave., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
And finally, get in that T-Bird with Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis this weekend, as “Thelma & Louise” gets a pair of midnight screenings at the Egyptian. Tonight and Saturday, 805 E. Pine St., Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com.
Moira Macdonald: 206-464-2725