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Le­gendary com­edy di­rec­tor Blake Ed­wards dis­cusses his ca­reer at the Sa­muel Gold­wyn Theater.

Blake Ed­wards has been the guid­ing force on such comedic clas­sics as 1959’s “Op­er­a­tion Pet­ti­coat” and 1961’s “Break­fast at Tif­fany’s,” not to men­tion the “Pink Pan­ther” films with Peter Sell­ers as the bum­bling In­spec­tor Clouseau.

On Thurs­day, Ed­wards will be on hand to talk about his ca­reer at the Academy of Mo­tion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences’ Sa­muel Gold­wyn Theater. A screen­ing of his 1981 Hollywood satire,

“S.O.B.,” star­ring Ed­wards’ wife, Julie An­drews, and Wil­liam Holden in his fi­nal film, will fol­low the dis­cus­sion.


Emer­ald Isle films

The Los An­ge­les Ir­ish Film Fes­ti­val dances over to the Cine­math­eque’s Aero The­atre on Fri­day evening with the West Coast pre­miere of the com­ing-of-age drama “ My Broth­ers” and the U.S. pre­miere of 2009’s “ Swan­song: Story of Occi

Byrne.” Each film’s di­rec­tor, Paul Fraser and Conor McDer­mot­troe, re­spec­tively, will dis­cuss his work. The fes­ti­val con­tin­ues through Sun­day.


Black cin­ema

UCLA Film and Tele­vi­sion Ar­chive of­fers “Paint It Black: Re­vis­it­ing Blax­ploita­tion and African Amer­i­can Cin­ema of the 1970s” at the Billy Wilder Theater, be­gin­ning

Fri­day with 1972’s

“Su­per Fly,” which stars Ron O’Neal as a charis­matic drug dealer try­ing to get out of the trade. Marvin Van Pee­bles’ 1971 sem­i­nal drama about the rad­i­cal­iza­tion of a hus­tler, “ Sweet Sweet­back’s

Baadasssss Song,” will com­plete the night’s dou­ble bill.

Di­a­hann Car­roll earned a lead ac­tress nom­i­na­tion for her tough, ten­der turn in 1974’s “ Clau­dine,” screen­ing Satur­day, as a work­ing-class sin­gle woman with five chil­dren. James Earl Jones plays the garbage col­lec­tor who loves her. Also screen­ing is Gor­don Parks Jr.’s 1975 teen ro­mance, “Aaron

Loves An­gela,” star­ring Kevin Hooks and Irene Cara.


Bravo, Bel­loc­chio

The Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art spot­lights the films of con­tem­po­rary Ital­ian di­rec­tor Marco Bel­loc­chio (“Vin­cere”), com­menc­ing Fri­day evening at the Leo S. Bing Theater with his first fea­ture, 1965’s “Fists

in the Pocket,” a drama about an epilep­tic teen who plots to kill his par­ents. Fol­low­ing is 1968’s satire “China

Is Near.”

Sched­uled for Satur­day is Bel­loc­chio’s adults-only 1987 ro­man­tic drama, “ The

Devil in the Flesh,” with Mar­uschka Det­mers.

Fol­low­ing is 1999’s “La

Balia” (The Nanny). www

‘BREAK­FAST AT TIF­FANY’S’: Blake Ed­wards di­rected Au­drey Hep­burn in the com­edy clas­sic.

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