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The Black Swan. Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara and Laird Cregar star in this 1942 pirate adventure that leaves no swash unbuckled. Short subjects, cartoons and other goodies are also on the bill. Long Beach School for Adults Auditorium, 3701 E. Willow St., Long Beach, (562) 997-8000, ext. 7198. Fri., 7 p.m. $1 materials fee.

Cousins Club of Orange County. Excerpts from Non-violent Resistance to the Apartheid Separation Wall, a two-hour documentary of a talk and video given at USC last year by Israeil activist Jonathan Pollak and Palestinian activist Ayed Morrar, are screened, followed by discussion. Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, (949) 642-5767; www.cousinscluboc.org. Tues., 7:30 p.m. Free.

Ginger and Cinnamon (Dillo con parole mie). This 2003 Italian romantic comedy is about a woman, hurting from a recent relationship gone sour, who goes on vacation to a Greek isle with her young niece. But things get complicated when the niece falls in love with the aunt's ex. It's the latest film screened by the Laguna Beach Film Society. RegencyLaguna South Coast Cinemas, 162 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971, ext. 201. Thurs., Nov. 16, 7 p.m. $15.

Ordinary People
Ordinary People

Haunted Agencies. UC Irvine's peculiar but fascinating film series concludes this week. Screening Thursday, Nov. 16, is Nicolas Roeg's 1973 Don't Look Now, a genuinely nightmarish affair starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie as a grieving couple who glimpse their dead daughter on the streets of Venice. It's paired with 2000's Code Unknown, Michael Haneke's busy tale of Parisian racial tensions. On Friday, Tsai Ming-liang's 2001 Taiwanese-French co-production What Time Is It There? follows a street vendor whose encounter with a girl on her way to Paris leaves him strangely obsessed with French time. It's paired with Notre Music, a rather aggressively French, 2004 film from Jean-Luc Godard. University Art Gallery, 712 Arts Plaza, Irvine, (949) 824-9854; www.ucigallery.com. Thurs., Nov. 16:Don't Look Now, 5 p.m.;Code Unknown, 7 p.m.; Fri.:What Time Is It There? 5 p.m.;Notre Music, 7:10 p.m. Free.

The Last Hurrah. A superb cast—including Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter and Basil Rathbone—assembles for John Ford's somewhat-dry 1958 political tale, loosely based on the life of former Boston mayor James Michael Curley. The screening is hosted by Keith Hall, a UCLA film-school graduate and film and commercial actor who writes about cinema. Orange Coast College, Fine Arts Building, Room 119, 2701 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa, (714) 432-5154. Fri., 6:30 p.m. $5-$6.

The Most Typical Avant-Garde II: Minor Cinemas in Los Angeles. UC Irvine's Film and Video Center presents the second program in its look at the avant-garde filmmaking that once flourished at the periphery of mainstream cinema in Los Angeles. The lineup includes the 12-minute "Remember My Forgotten Man" sequence from Busby Berkeley's Gold Diggers of 1933; 1935's Kern County Cotton Strike, which was directed by Los Angeles Workers Film and Photo League; and George Lucas' student film THX1138: 4EB, the short that inspired the Star Wars creator's feature debut. Shorts rounding out the program are Burton Gershfield's Now That the Buffalo's Gone(1928), Wallace Berman's Aleph(1976), Thom Anderson's Rock 'n' Roll Movie (1966), David LeBrun's Tanka (1976), Los Angeles News Reel's Repression (1970), and Craig Rice's FilmForum Film(1980). David E. James—author and professor of Critical Studies, Cinema-Television at USC—introduces the shorts and leads the discussion. UCI Humanities Instruction Building, Room 100, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.humanities.uci.edu/fvc. Thurs., Nov. 16, 7 p.m. $3-$5.

Ordinary People. Robert Redford's 1980 Best Picture winner is a dour, WASP-y drama about misery among the rich folk, starring a mopey Donald Sutherland and an uncharacteristically bitchy Mary Tyler Moore. Bay Theatre, 340 Main St., Seal Beach, (562) 431-9988. Sun., 6 p.m.; Mon., 8 p.m.; Wed., 8 p.m. $5-$8.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Midnight Insanity presents Richard O'Brien's cult classic, glam-rock, horror musical aboard the Queen Mary, preceded by live bands. This week: Bob Knows Best. For safety reasons, guests are searched at the door, so don't bring anything (too) illegal. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 694-4411 or (562) 235-8053; www.midnightinsanity.com. Sat. Band, 11:30 p.m.; screening, midnight. $8 tickets go on sale at 10:30 p.m.

Thieves and Liars (Ladrones y Mentirosos). Cal State Long Beach's College of Liberal Arts' Chicano & Latino Studies presents this 2005 fictionalized account of three generations of struggling Puerto Rican families. A discussion follows with the filmmaking team of Poli Marichal and Ricardo Mťndez Matta and a panel of social scientists. Cal State Long Beach, Student Union, Beach Auditorium, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 985-4644; econtre2@csulb.edu. Sat. Reception, 5 p.m.; screening, 6 p.m. $5 donation requested.

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