Jessie, Alice and Leonard Maltin love movies so much, they’re dedicating a whole weekend to sharing them with their friends, family, and fans. The first ever MaltinFest Film Festival, an event dedicated to movie lovers, is coming to Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre this weekend in Los Angeles. Spend three days with the Maltin trio, who aim to bring together the film community by sharing hidden gems both new and old. Expect great programming, live podcast recordings, introductions and Q&As with some of today’s most talented filmmakers.
They’ve got everything from animation, documentaries, book signings, classic movies, shorts and more. The Maltins are even screening an ultra-rare 35mm print of Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla that was donated to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by Bela Lugosi Jr. himself!
Read on for all the details!
Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla Synopsis By Leonard Maltin
Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla is one-of-a-kind… a patently terrible movie that I find utterly fascinating. It features the great Lugosi playing a mad scientist opposite a nightclub duo named Duke Mitchell and Sammy Petrillo, who were the poor man’s Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis — at a time when Martin and Lewis were the hottest act in show business! The film was directed by B-movie specialist William Beaudine and features Charles Gemora in his world-famous gorilla suit. It will only cost viewers an hour and a quarter of their lives, but once seen, it will never be forgotten.
Wow! That sounds bonkers! Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla closes out the weekend as the grand finale to the 2019 festival.
Check out the full MaltinFest Film Festival schedule below. They’ve got some amazing films and events lined up!
MaltinFest is happening at Grauman’s Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles May 10 – 12, 2019!
Super cool! Wish I could make it out to Los Angeles for the show. Sounds like a ton of fun! You can grab tickets to the event here. If you’re in the area, don’t miss it! Check them out on social media as well under the hashtag #MaltinFest.
What do you think? Which MaltinFest Film Festival feature or event are you looking forward to most? Tell us in the comments!