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En la Palma de tu Mano – February 23rd, 3pm

EN LA PALMA DE TU MANO (IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND) – 2/23, 3pm

Tickets available here! 

The Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles (LACLA), the USC School of Cinema and Media Arts and The Film Noir Foundation are proud to present a special screening of the renowned Mexican film En la palma de tu mano (In the palm of your hand), Roberto Gavaldón’s cult classic, considered by many critics to be one of the best movies of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema.

 

This captivating film noir features Arturo de Córdova as an unscrupulous clairvoyant who swindles wealthy women using the information that his wife Clara, a hairdresser in a beauty parlor, provides him. His life takes an unexpected turn when he tries to blackmail the beautiful widow Ada Romano (Leticia Palma) and falls in love. As the fraudulent fortuneteller Professor Karin, Córdova uses the secrets of his female clientele to blackmail them, while at the same time he is a pawn in the higher game being played by a treacherous widow (Palma).

 

Featuring a memorable score by Gavaldón’s regular collaborator Raúl Lavista and crisp black and white cinematography, the film remains as alluring as when it hit the theaters in 1951. A must see!

 

A Q&A session will be hosted by Guido Segal -Screenwriter, Film Critic, and LACLA Program Manager- with special guests speakers Alan K. Rode, Writer and Director of the Film Noir Foundation, and Laura Serna, Writer and Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at USC.

 

Attendees will be offered a courtesy mini-card reading by the intuitive psychic reader Lola Fierros. Come witness her ability to who perceive messages and energy channeled through the divination of tarot cards!

 

En la palma de tu mano (Roberto Gavaldón, Mexico, 1951, 113 minutes). Starring Arturo de Córdova, Leticia Palma, Carmen Montejo, Ramón Gay.

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (Pamela B. Green, 2018)- May 23rd

Pamela B. Green’s Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, narrated by Jodie
Foster, is a feature documentary that rewrites film history, revealing for the first time
the full scope of the life and work of cinemas first female director, screenwriter,
producer, and studio owner Alice Guy-Blaché.

Guy-Blaché started her career as a secretary to Léon Gaumont and, at 23, was inspired to make her own film called La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy), one of the first narrative films ever made. After her filmmaking career at Gaumont (1896-1907), she had a second decade-long career in the U.S., where she built and ran her own studio in Fort Lee, N.J.

Over the span of her career, she wrote, produced or directed 1,000 films, including 150
with synchronized sound during the silent era. Her work includes comedies, westerns
and dramas, as well as films with groundbreaking subject matter such as child abuse,
immigration, Planned Parenthood, and female empowerment. She also etched a place in
history by making the earliest known surviving narrative film with an all-black cast.

Within this film can be heard the voices of Patty Jenkins, Diablo Cody, Ben
Kingsley, Geena Davis, Ava DuVernay, Michel Hazanavicius, and Julie Delpy – to name
a few–commenting on Guy-Blache’s innovations. Also included is rare footage of
televised interviews and long archived audio interviews which can be heard for the first
time.

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (Pamela B. Green, 2018)-May 22nd

Pamela B. Green’s Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, narrated by Jodie
Foster, is a feature documentary that rewrites film history, revealing for the first time
the full scope of the life and work of cinemas first female director, screenwriter,
producer, and studio owner Alice Guy-Blaché.

Guy-Blaché started her career as a secretary to Léon Gaumont and, at 23, was inspired to make her own film called La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy), one of the first narrative films ever made. After her filmmaking career at Gaumont (1896-1907), she had a second decade-long career in the U.S., where she built and ran her own studio in Fort Lee, N.J.

Over the span of her career, she wrote, produced or directed 1,000 films, including 150
with synchronized sound during the silent era. Her work includes comedies, westerns
and dramas, as well as films with groundbreaking subject matter such as child abuse,
immigration, Planned Parenthood, and female empowerment. She also etched a place in
history by making the earliest known surviving narrative film with an all-black cast.

Within this film can be heard the voices of Patty Jenkins, Diablo Cody, Ben
Kingsley, Geena Davis, Ava DuVernay, Michel Hazanavicius, and Julie Delpy – to name
a few–commenting on Guy-Blache’s innovations. Also included is rare footage of
televised interviews and long archived audio interviews which can be heard for the first
time.

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (Pamela B. Green, 2018) – May 21st

Pamela B. Green’s Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, narrated by Jodie
Foster, is a feature documentary that rewrites film history, revealing for the first time
the full scope of the life and work of cinemas first female director, screenwriter,
producer, and studio owner Alice Guy-Blaché.

Guy-Blaché started her career as a secretary to Léon Gaumont and, at 23, was inspired to make her own film called La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy), one of the first narrative films ever made. After her filmmaking career at Gaumont (1896-1907), she had a second decade-long career in the U.S., where she built and ran her own studio in Fort Lee, N.J.

Over the span of her career, she wrote, produced or directed 1,000 films, including 150
with synchronized sound during the silent era. Her work includes comedies, westerns
and dramas, as well as films with groundbreaking subject matter such as child abuse,
immigration, Planned Parenthood, and female empowerment. She also etched a place in
history by making the earliest known surviving narrative film with an all-black cast.

Within this film can be heard the voices of Patty Jenkins, Diablo Cody, Ben
Kingsley, Geena Davis, Ava DuVernay, Michel Hazanavicius, and Julie Delpy – to name
a few–commenting on Guy-Blache’s innovations. Also included is rare footage of
televised interviews and long archived audio interviews which can be heard for the first
time.

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (Pamela B. Green, 2018)-May 20th

Pamela B. Green’s Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, narrated by Jodie
Foster, is a feature documentary that rewrites film history, revealing for the first time
the full scope of the life and work of cinemas first female director, screenwriter,
producer, and studio owner Alice Guy-Blaché.

Guy-Blaché started her career as a secretary to Léon Gaumont and, at 23, was inspired to make her own film called La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy), one of the first narrative films ever made. After her filmmaking career at Gaumont (1896-1907), she had a second decade-long career in the U.S., where she built and ran her own studio in Fort Lee, N.J.

Over the span of her career, she wrote, produced or directed 1,000 films, including 150
with synchronized sound during the silent era. Her work includes comedies, westerns
and dramas, as well as films with groundbreaking subject matter such as child abuse,
immigration, Planned Parenthood, and female empowerment. She also etched a place in
history by making the earliest known surviving narrative film with an all-black cast.

Within this film can be heard the voices of Patty Jenkins, Diablo Cody, Ben
Kingsley, Geena Davis, Ava DuVernay, Michel Hazanavicius, and Julie Delpy – to name
a few–commenting on Guy-Blache’s innovations. Also included is rare footage of
televised interviews and long archived audio interviews which can be heard for the first
time.

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (Pamela B. Green, 2018)- May 18th

Pamela B. Green’s Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, narrated by Jodie
Foster, is a feature documentary that rewrites film history, revealing for the first time
the full scope of the life and work of cinemas first female director, screenwriter,
producer, and studio owner Alice Guy-Blaché.

Guy-Blaché started her career as a secretary to Léon Gaumont and, at 23, was inspired to make her own film called La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy), one of the first narrative films ever made. After her filmmaking career at Gaumont (1896-1907), she had a second decade-long career in the U.S., where she built and ran her own studio in Fort Lee, N.J.

Over the span of her career, she wrote, produced or directed 1,000 films, including 150
with synchronized sound during the silent era. Her work includes comedies, westerns
and dramas, as well as films with groundbreaking subject matter such as child abuse,
immigration, Planned Parenthood, and female empowerment. She also etched a place in
history by making the earliest known surviving narrative film with an all-black cast.

Within this film can be heard the voices of Patty Jenkins, Diablo Cody, Ben
Kingsley, Geena Davis, Ava DuVernay, Michel Hazanavicius, and Julie Delpy – to name
a few–commenting on Guy-Blache’s innovations. Also included is rare footage of
televised interviews and long archived audio interviews which can be heard for the first
time.

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (Pamela B. Green, 2018)- May 17th

Pamela B. Green’s Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, narrated by Jodie
Foster, is a feature documentary that rewrites film history, revealing for the first time
the full scope of the life and work of cinemas first female director, screenwriter,
producer, and studio owner Alice Guy-Blaché.

Guy-Blaché started her career as a secretary to Léon Gaumont and, at 23, was inspired to make her own film called La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy), one of the first narrative films ever made. After her filmmaking career at Gaumont (1896-1907), she had a second decade-long career in the U.S., where she built and ran her own studio in Fort Lee, N.J.

Over the span of her career, she wrote, produced or directed 1,000 films, including 150
with synchronized sound during the silent era. Her work includes comedies, westerns
and dramas, as well as films with groundbreaking subject matter such as child abuse,
immigration, Planned Parenthood, and female empowerment. She also etched a place in
history by making the earliest known surviving narrative film with an all-black cast.

Within this film can be heard the voices of Patty Jenkins, Diablo Cody, Ben
Kingsley, Geena Davis, Ava DuVernay, Michel Hazanavicius, and Julie Delpy – to name
a few–commenting on Guy-Blache’s innovations. Also included is rare footage of
televised interviews and long archived audio interviews which can be heard for the first
time.