The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m., music and concessions begins at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Museum Courtyard
Admission: Free; reservations required.
Join us under the stars as the Museum Courtyard transforms into an outdoor cinema by way of Studio 54 for a night of thrilling mystery and high fashion—just in time for Halloween.
Eyes of Laura Mars stars Faye Dunaway as a top New York fashion photographer, who has the industry of designers, models, and executives buzzing over her controversial and salacious images of women and violence. A police detective, played by Tommy Lee Jones, informs Laura Mars that her photographic tableaus mysteriously recreate actual crime scenes. She begins to experience a psychic link with an unknown killer, seeing terrifying flashes of their vision through her own eyes. Witness to shocking murders that grow closer to her own world, Mars is set on a chase through the glamorous squalor of a city on the brink. For one of his first feature-length scripts, horror legend John Carpenter plays homage to the Italian giallo films of Mario Bava and Dario Argento. Frame by frame, Eyes of Laura Mars offers over-the-top 1970s glam, sleaze, and thrills.
Before the feature, a program of shorts include a selection of rare and experimental films by fashion photography-great Erwin Blumenfeld. An innovator among Dada and the avant-garde before creating countless iconic images for VOGUE and top fashion houses, Blumenfeld's kaleidoscopic and visually stunning 16 mm films were ahead of their time for the magazine-focused fashion industry. This reel of mesmerizing and largely unknown moving images has been made available by Blumenfeld's family and estate.
Contacts: An Idea by William Klein was a 1989 documentary series devised by acclaimed fashion photographer William Klein for French television. Each short segment is narrated by a groundbreaking photographer who walks you through each frame on a contact sheet—a test print of a reel of film—for a window into their creative process. The program includes episodes by William Klein, Helmut Newton, and Sarah Moon.
Also screening will be excerpts from William Klein's existential and subversive satire of 1960's mod style, Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, a visually striking and playful critique of the fashion industry.
This program complements the exhibition Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911–2011. The galleries are open until 7:00 p.m. for a last chance opportunity to see the exhibition on its closing week.
Bring a blanket and pack a picnic! Arrive early for '70s-inspired music. Cash bar and snacks will be available. The seating area will consist of floor cushions and mats, along with chairs and tables. No outside alcohol or lawn furniture permitted. High fashion encouraged!
EYES OF LAURA MARS
Directed by Irvin Kershner, written by John Carpenter
Starring Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones
1976, BluRay, 103 minutes, Rated R
EXPERIMENTAL FILMS BY ERWIN BLUMENFELD
1958–1964, digital presentation, 7 minutes
CONTACTS: AN IDEA BY WILLIAM KLEIN
William Klein, 1989, DVD, 11 minutes
Helmut Newton, 1990, DVD, 11 minutes
Sarah Moon, 1994, DVD, 13 minutes
Excerpt from WHO ARE YOU, POLLY MAGGOO?
Directed by William Klein
1966, digital presentation, 5 minutes
How to Get Here
The Getty Center is located at 1200 Getty Center Drive in Los Angeles, California, approximately 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for maps and driving directions.