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FILM/SNEAK PEEK : `SPEEDY' KICKS OFF LLOYD PHOTO EXHIBIT.

Byline: - Valerie Kuklenski

Harold Lloyd's 1928 comedy classic ``Speedy'' will screen tonight at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to kick off an exhibition of Lloyd's celebrity photo collection.

``Speedy'' stars Lloyd, Ann Christy, Bert Woodruff and Brooks Benedict. Director Ted Wilde was among the nominees for the first Academy Awards in the subsequently discontinued category of comedy direction.

The academy will show a recently restored print of the silent film, which will be accompanied by a 19-piece orchestra. Before the screening, Lloyd's granddaughter, Suzanne Lloyd Hayes, will talk about the making of ``Speedy.''

The 7:30 p.m. program, at 8949 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills, will be followed by a champagne reception. Tickets, available at the door, cost $5 for the general public and $3 for academy members. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

Le bon cinema

If you like soft-focus images of the Seine at sunrise, the illuminated Eiffel Tower and lovers sipping wine at a Left Bank cafe, then rent an old movie set in Paris.

But if you are a Francophile into very odd couples, troubled youths, graphic sex and unhappy endings, make plans to attend ``Fast Forward: Recent French Filmmaking 1986-1998,'' a four-weekend festival opening tonight from American Cinematheque.

The series includes 16 feature films, seven of them by acclaimed director Olivier Assayas, who is scheduled to speak at opening weekend events.

Among the Los Angeles premieres are Benoit Jacquot's new romantic comedy ``Seventh Heaven''; Catherine Breillat's ``Perfect Love,'' about an explosive affair between an older woman and a younger man; and Jean-Francois Richet's ``Ma 6-T Va Crack-er'' about ultraviolent gang kids in suburban Paris.

All screenings are at the Raleigh Studios Charlie Chaplin Theater, 5300 Melrose Ave. in Hollywood. Tickets are available through Showtixx at (818) 789-8499. For schedule details and other information, call (213) 466-3456.

Grier film fest

With ``Jackie Brown'' giving Pam Grier's career a much-needed boost, the Nuart theater in West Los Angeles figures the time is right for a retrospective of the blaxploitation queen's greatest hits from the '70s.

Its four-day tribute to Grier opens Monday with a new 35mm print of ``Coffy,'' followed by ``Sheba Baby.'' Tuesday's slate has ``Foxy Brown'' and ``Friday Foster,'' followed on Wednesday by ``The Big Doll House'' and ``The Arena.'' The series closes Thursday with ``Black Mama, White Mama'' and ``Bucktown.''

Grier is expected to be on hand for Monday's screenings.

The Nuart is at 11272 Santa Monica Blvd. For show times and ticket information, call (310) 478-6379.

Documenting the disabled

The Contemporary Documentary Screening Series this month features works dealing with physical disabilities and individuals who have risen above difficult circumstances.

Three films will be screened Tuesday: ``Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien,'' which won the 1997 Oscar for documentary short; ``Independent Little Cuss,'' about disabled rights activist Carole Patterson, afflicted with muscular dystrophy; and ``Without Pity: A Film About Abilities,'' narrated by Christopher Reeve.

The series is sponsored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy Foundation.

The films are free and open to the public and will start at 7:30 p.m. at UCLA's James Bridges Theater in the northeast corner of the campus. For more information, call (310) 206-3456.

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