Celebrating the French and Chaplin
The American Cinematheque continues its series, “Fast Forward:Recent French Filmmaking 1986-1998,” with a salute to directorOlivier Assayas, several stateside and Los Angeles premières,and a collection of recent short films featuring KristinScott-Thomas, Jean Reno and Emmanuel Salinger.
Sixteen features in all will screen, including seven by Assayas,perhaps best known to U.S. audiences for “Irma Vep,” released earlierthis year.
The festival runs on weekends through Jan. 31. All screenings areheld at the Charlie Chaplin Theater at Raleigh Studios, 5300 MelroseAve., Hollywood. Call (213) 466-FILM for complete programinformation.
Speaking of Chaplin, the Los Angeles County Museum of Artcontinues its month-long salute to the comic legend with a screeningof “The Gold Rush,” Saturday, Jan. 17. The film is probably mostfamous for the classic scene of Chaplin’s Tramp eating his shoe fordinner. “Gold Rush” will screen with live musical accompaniment byRobert Israel. Preceded by a program of shorts, beginning at 7:30p.m. At LACMA’s Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Call (213)857-6010.
* The “Contemporary Documentary” series continues with “Round Eyesin the Middle Kingdom,” filmmaker Ronald Levaco’s