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Shock. The always-wonderful Vincent Price stars in this 1946 chiller. An unhappily married shrink (Price) kills his wife, but the lady next door witnesses the crime. The neighbor is so traumatized she goes into shock . . . so her well-meaning husband puts her under the care of Price. Doh! The screening features discussion with locally based film authority, Dr. Arthur Taussig. Orange Coast College, Fine Arts Building, Room 116, 2701 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa, (714) 432-5599. Fri., 6:30 p.m. $5-$6.
Sweet Sweetback's Baad Assss Song. Melvin Van Peebles' 1971 hit about Sweetback (Peebles himself, who also wrote, directed, produced and edited), a black man who goes on the run after attacking two nefarious white cops. Peebles' son, Mario Van Peebles, would later grow up to direct Baad Assss, a bittersweet biopic about Melvin's sometimes fearsome personality and his struggles as a low-budget, controversial filmmaker. Chapman University, Argyros Forum 208, One University Dr., Orange, (714) 744-7694. Thurs., Mar. 17, 4 p.m. Free.
Trainspotting. These Edwards South Coast Village revival shows typically feature cheery little movies starring Matthew Broderick or Billy Crystal. Well, Danny Boyle's grungy, profane tale of drug-addicted punks is what we might call a bit of a departure. See this thing and forever afterwards hearing Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life" in those ocean cruise ads will seem even more wrong. Edwards South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 540-1970. Wed., 9 p.m. $6-$9.
Ugetsu. Chapman University's Survey of World Cinema presents director Kenji Mizoguchi's 1953 film, with clips from various from Asian and Asian-influenced films, ranging from Kurosawa's Yojimbo to Tarantino's Kill Bill. There's even some Godzilla! This is certainly the most dizzyingly eclectic week we've had in Special Screenings for a long while. Norman Bates, Jesus Christ, Bonnie and Clyde, Vincent Price, Sweetback and Doris Day; go see 'em all, along with this show, then spend next weekend recovering in a catatonic haze. Chapman University, Argyros Forum 208, One University Dr., Orange, (714) 744-7694. Tues., 4 p.m. Free.
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