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Films screening this weekend as part of ongoing film retrospectives

At the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center:

Stanley Kubrick: Selected Works”

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey—-Amid dazzling special effects, an epic score, and a mind-numbingly slow pace, Kubrick’s 1967 study of the evolution of man poses many questions, such as “Who is superior—-mankind, or the technology it has created?,” and, more importantly, “Who’s got the acid?” (Shows at 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Fri., Feb. 16, and Sat., Feb. 17; 9 p.m. Sun., Feb. 18)
  • Barry Lyndon—-Some 18th-century would-be noblemen will do just about anything to attain fame and fortune—-but none more so than the titular protagonist of Kubrick’s 1975 adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray‘s novel. By the time the 184-minutes-long film reaches its conclusion, Lyndon (Ryan O’Neal) has spent time as a soldier, a spy, a double-agent, a gambler, and a con-artist—-all in the name of eking out any sort of existence for himself within the entrenched aristocracy. (Shows at 1 p.m. Sun., Feb. 18)

Barbara Stanwyck: A Centennial Salute”

  • Meet John Doe—-When recently-fired reporter Ann Mitchell (Stanwyck) writes her final column from the perspective of a man willing to commit suicide as a form of social protest, she unwittingly creates a media sensation. After hiring a homeless ex-baseball player (Gary Cooper) to play the real-life role of her fictional creation, Mitchell and her editor (James Gleason) continue to pump out screeds that rile up the masses—-and, in the process, inspire a political movement. (Shows at 4:30 p.m. Fri., Feb. 16)
  • The Strange Love of Martha Ivers—-Murderous secrets behind the marriage of rich bitch Martha Ivers (Stanwyck) and alcoholic sad-sack Walter O’Neil (Kirk Douglas, in his first onscreen appearance) are brought to light when a childhood friend rolls back into town. (Shows at 1 p.m. Sat., Feb. 17)
  • Remember the Night—-An unlikely romance between a shoplifter facing her third arrest (Stanwyck) and the assistant district attorney set to prosecute her (Fred MacMurray) develops when the latter inexplicably pays the former’s bail and brings her home to his family’s house for the holidays. (Shows at 7 p.m. Sun., Feb. 18)

At the Freer Gallery of Art:

“Iranian Film Festival 2007”

  • Stray Dogs—-Director Marzieh Meshkini‘s 2004 drama tells to story of two orphans in Afghanistan who—-desperate to be re-united with their imprisoned mother—-resort to petty theft, with the hope of being caught. (Shows at 7 p.m. Fri., 2/16; 2 p.m. Sun., 2/18)