By AMY NICHOLSON
By ALAN SCHERSTUHL
By CAROLINA DEL BUSTO
By AMY NICHOLSON
By STEPHANIE ZACHAREK
By R. Scott Moxley
Walt Disney revolutionized the idea of what animation was capable of doing with this, his first feature film that launched his empire. The film exudes an innocent charm that Disney's modern self-conscious outings have been unable to replicate. No Phil Collins' songs, no child actors providing the voices—yet the film remains striking 70 years later. The classic tale of a young woman who plays housekeeper to seven dwarfs until a handsome prince comes to sweep her off her feet will probably be more enjoyable if you can forget what you learned in your feminist theory class in college. Long Beach School for Adults, 3701 E. Willow St., Long Beach, (562) 997-8000. Fri., 7 p.m. $1 materials fee.
Banff Mountain Film Festival. Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival World tour. The festival features an international selection of films that present a wide range of outdoor adventures and portraits. Experience the exhilaration of climbing, mountain expeditions, remote cultures, and the world's last great wild places, all without traveling too far from the comforting glow of South Coast Plaza. OCC's Robert B. Moore Theatre, 2701 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa, (714) 432-5880. Tues., 7 p.m. $9-$10.The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends. This documentary about the challenges American soldiers are facing returning home during the current Iraq war is being presented by the Sisters of St. Joseph as part of an evening of peaceful meditation. Preceding the film at 5:30 p.m. will be a prayer vigil. Directly after the film, there will be a candlelight march to the Mother House chapel for a liturgy. Guests are welcome to come for part or all of the evening. Sisters of St. Joseph, 480 S. Batavia, Orange, (714) 633-8121. Fri., 6:30 p.m. Free.Mad Monster Party. This Rankin/Bass Claymation classic usually shows up on TV around Halloween, but now you don't need to wait. Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller provide a couple of the voices and there's a kicking soundtrack featuring the Karloff classic "One Step Ahead." Bring the kids if you like! Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach, (562) 684-4411; www.qmxroyal.com. Fri., 6 p.m., & Sat., & Mon.-Thurs., 8 p.m. Call for ticket info.Paragraph 175. This film is being screened as part of Chapman University's Socially Conscious Film Festival. Between 1935 and 1945, 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality under Paragraph 175, the sodomy provision of the German penal code dating back to 1871. Only about 4,000 survived. Today, fewer than 10 of these men are known to be living. Five of them come forward to tell their stories for the first time in this powerful film. Chapman University, Irvine Lecture Hall, 1 University Dr., Orange, (714) 997-6815. Thurs., March 22, 8 p.m. Free.Ride the High Country. Two aging lawmen battle thugs, each other, and their own moral underpinnings to deliver a shipment of miner's gold. The flipside of The Wild Bunch, this is one of Samuel Peckinpah's first westerns and it bridges the gap between the old conventions of the genre and the radical changes Peckinpah would introduce. Starring Joel McCrea, Randolph Scott and Warren Oates. The film is hosted by Keith Hall. Orange Coast College, Fine Arts Building, Room 119, 2701 Fairview Rd., Costa Mesa, (714) 432-5599. Fri., 6:30 p.m. $5-$6.Rocky Horror Picture Show. Haven't already seen this movie a million goddamn times? Then come on out for the requisite midnight screening. Royal Theater aboard the Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, (562) 684-4411;www.qmxroyal.com. Sat., midnight. $8.
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