[Special Screenings] Where to see La Strada, Labyrinth, more

La Strada.
Federico Fellini, known as one of the top screenwriters in Italian cinema and a promising young director, poured everything he had into this film—physically and psychologically—and in the process, he created what he called "the complete catalog of my entire myhtological world." When La Strada premiered in Venice, it was celebrated by Catholic critics and subsequently scourged by leftists as a betrayal of Neorealism, edging it over the precipice into magic realism. Was this tale of the simple Gelsomina sold to a traveling strongman an end to Neorealism or an evolution? The question is irrelevant when compared to the galvanic effect this movie had on viewers. UC Irvine, Humanities Instructional Building 100, Campus & W. Peltason drs., Irvine, (949) 824-7418; www.filmandvideocenter.com. Thurs., Feb. 21, 7 p.m. $3-$5.


Labyrinth. A film beloved mainly by Muppet/David Bowie-obsessed young women who came of age in the '80s, Labyrinth contains enough charms to keep adults interested as well. When a young baby-sitter's charge is kidnapped by the goblin king, she must enter the magical world of the labyrinth to get him back. Featuring a young Jennifer Connelly and, of course, David Bowie in a Tina Turner wig. Regency South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana. Wed., 7:30 p.m. $6.

The Prisoner of Shark Island. Directed by John Ford, the film stars Warner Baxter as the physician who unknowingly treated the broken leg of Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth, and is subsequently sentenced to live in prison for aiding the enemy. Gloria Stewart and John Carradine provide ample support. The Friday Film Forum will present a preshow program of shorts, cartoons and surprises.Long Beach School for Adults, 3701 E. Willow St., Long Beach, (562) 997-8000. Fri., 7 p.m. $1 materials fee.

Race to Execution. This compelling documentary investigates the relationship between race and death-row sentencing, arguing that the punishment for crime is often dependent on the defendant's race.OC Catholic Worker, 316 Cypress Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 835-6304. Sat., 9:30 a.m. Free.

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