Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Add These to Your Datebook

TONIGHT: At 7:30 p.m. eastern time, Turner Classic Movies' Festival of Shorts offers a pair of rarely-seen two-reel shorts directed for MGM by Jacques Tourneur: "Killer-Dog" and "The Jonker Diamond." Both produced in 1936, these were among the first films Tourneur made in this country after leaving France; in fact, "The Jonker Diamond" was the first. Fans of Tourneur's work in the Val Lewton series and elsewhere won't want to miss these early demonstrations of his taste, skill and directorial economy. In case I am not giving you sufficient notice, TCM is running these again at 5:30 a.m. eastern, very early next Tuesday morning, May 9. (TCM's online schedule designates this as their last offering of the day on Monday, May 8, but everything after midnight is the next day, according to the way I was brought up.)

THIS WEEKEND: Those of you who live in the Los Angeles area and are looking for something to do this weekend should saunter over to Drkrm. Gallery (2121 North San Fernando Road, Suite 3, Los Angeles, 90065) for the opening of VW contributor David Del Valle's photographic exhibit, "Haunted Hacienda." No, David didn't go to Mexico with a camera... this exhibition -- in session from May 5 to June 3 -- celebrates the mise en scène of the Mexican horror cinema through rare stills from the Del Valle Archives. For more information, about the exhibit and about David himself, visit

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