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AMMI gettin’ ‘Dirty’ in Frears pic series

'Laundrette,' 'Sammy,' 'Ears' also to be screened

The American Museum of the Moving Image will host a special preview screening of Miramax’s “Dirty Pretty Things” as part of its “Stephen Frears’ England” series, July 5-14.

The title of the tribute season underscores the director’s return in his new film to the London immigrant subculture that was a prominent part of his 1980s features, including “My Beautiful Laundrette” and “Sammy and Rosie Get Laid,” both of which will be screened.

Frears will follow the July 14 preview with a career discussion moderated by AMMI chief film curator David Schwartz.

Miramax will open “Dirty Pretty Things” July 18.

“To me Frears is at his best with this kind of urban drama,” said Schwartz, who organized the series. “His films have this life-spilling-off-the-screen quality. He has a feeling for the complexity and messiness and the gritty poetry of urban life. All the films in this (series) have that, and ‘Dirty Pretty Things’ is a return to that atmosphere.”

Other titles screening in the series include “Gumshoe,” a 1971 noir comedy-thriller about a Liverpool bingo caller starring Albert Finney; 1979 anarchic youth pic “Bloody Kids”; and “Prick Up Your Ears,” Frears’ darkly comic biopic of gay bad-boy playwright Joe Orton, starring Gary Oldman.

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