Pair of fests reel in the classics

Turner faves, French fare entice cineastes to H'wood

Hollywood is a hot spot for cineastes this week as the TCM Classic Film Festival unspools Thursday through Sunday, while Gallic film buffs can get a weeklong fix starting tonight at the City of Lights, City of Angels fest at the DGA Theater.

TCM has a sterling lineup of more than 50 screenings and events spread among Grauman’s Chinese, the Egyptian and the Hollywood Roosevelt, kicking off with a restored version of 1954’s “A Star Is Born” and an afterparty hosted by Vanity Fair.

Another highlight is the skedded appearance of 100-year-old Luise Rainer at the screening of 1937’s “The Good Earth.”

The City of Lights fest bows with the North American premiere of romantic romp “Heartbreaker,” starring Vanessa Paradis and Romain Duris. Several of L.A.’s top French chefs are cooking hors d’oeuvres for the opening-night soiree.

A restored version of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 classic “Pierrot le Fou” screens Friday afternoon, with star Anna Karina discussing the French new wave before the screening.

Fest also features a series of Happy Hour talks, including a conversation with writer-director Claude Miller on Thursday.

Fans of film noir and French horror will find several screening choices, and Saturday afternoon is free wine tasting day at the DGA. Fest info is at

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