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Errol Flynn portrays the charming Don Juan in this 1948 film which marked Flynn's final performance as a swashbuckler. Don Juan gads about town getting involved in various intrigues which involve charming the ladies and occasionally drawing his sword. Though by no means as successful an example of the genre as Flynn's The Adventures of Robin Hood, Flynn's successful performance makes this a worthwhile film. The screening is introduced by Dr. H. Arthur Taussig. For those interested, discussion will follow. Orange Coast College, Fine Arts Building, Room 119, 2701 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa, (714) 432-5599. Fri., 6:30 p.m. $5-$6.
An Affair to Remember. If you enjoyed Sleepless in Seattle, do yourself a favor and check out the source material (itself a remake of Love Affair) this Valentine's Day. An Affair to Remember concerns two strangers (Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr) who engage in a whirlwind romance aboard a cruise ship and make plans to meet up in six months at the top of the Empire State Building. When an accident prevents Kerr from keeping the appointment, Grant believes she's standing him up. Will true love come through? Do you have to ask? It's Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, for God's sake! Cinema City, 5635 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, (714) 970-6700; www.cinemacitytheatres.com. Wed., 7:30 p.m. Call for cost.
Peace for Profit. This documentary about Israel's search for peace is screened as part of a benefit, though a web search turned up no more information other than it was directed by Leif Eaton. Koo's Community Art Center, 540 East Broadway, Long Beach, (562) 491-7584; www.koos.org. Sat., 3:30 p.m. $10.
Red Sorghum. This event was supposed to happen several weeks ago, but was rescheduled. The film by celebrated Chinese director Zhang Yimou is being screened as part of the Bowers Museum's "Asian Dinner and Movie" night, which should make for a slightly more interesting date than my usual "Del Taco and Video Game" night. The film concerns Jiu'er, a young woman played by the radiant Gong Li, who is sold off to be the wife of a sickly vintner. When the winemaker dies, Jiu'er inherits the business and must resist the invasion of the Japanese if she wants to maintain her lifestyle. Bowers Museum, Fluor Gallery, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, (714) 567-3679; www.bowers.org. Thurs., Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m. $8-$10. For reservations to the pre-film dinner, call Tangata Restaurant at (714) 550-0906.
Rocky Horror Picture Show. Haven't already seen this movie a million goddamn times? Then come on out to the Queen Mary for the requisite midnight screening. Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, (562) 684-4411; www.qmxroyal.com. Sat., 11:45 p.m. $8.
That Was Then...This Is Now. This 1985 film, based on the novel by S.E. Hinton, is being screened as part of the UCI Film and Video Center's Disaffected Youth series. That Was Then... concerns the changing relationship of two boyhood friends as one gets a girlfriend, a job, and decides to grow up as the other remains, well, disaffected. Starring Craig Sheffer, Emilio Estevez and NYPD Blues star Kim Delaney and recommended for those who appreciate the Hinton oeuvre. UCI, Humanities Instructional Building 100, Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.filmandvideocenter.com. Thurs., Feb. 15, 7 p.m. $3-$5.
True Grit. This film, starring one of Orange County's finest, is being screened by the Fox in celebration of the Academy Awards. John Wayne, in his only Oscar-winning performance, plays U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn, an old cuss recruited by a young girl to avenge her father's death. John Wayne in a western? Odd. Also stars Glen Campbell, Robert Duvall and Dennis Hopper. Presented as part of the Fox Theatre's "Movies on the Fox" series, True Gritwill be projected outdoors on the back wall of the theater, preceded by a trivia contest, raffle, cartoon and a preview. Fox Fullerton Theatre, 221 N. Harbor Blvd., Ste. N, Fullerton, (714) 870-0069; www.foxfullerton.org. Thurs., Feb. 15, 7 p.m. Free.
The U.S. vs. John Lennon. This 2006 documentary presents the facts behind the United States government's surveillance of John Lennon as a result of his anti-war activities and general disregard for authority. After watching the film, you may find yourself longing for the days when pop stars were considered a dangerous enough threat to the status-quo to warrant government surveillance. Directors David Leaf and John Scheinfeld attend for a post-screening Q&A. Carpenter Center at Cal State Long Beach, 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach, (562) 985-7000; www.carpenterarts.org. Thurs., Feb. 8, 7 p.m. $5-$10.
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