Around Town: Roman Polanski, Elvis Presley at the Santa Monica Aero theater

suspicious mindsThe Cinematheque’s monthlong screen icons festival moves from the Egyptian to the Aero in Santa Monica Thursday evening with a terrific John Wayne western double bill: 1962’s “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” directed by John Ford, and Howard Hawks’ 1948 “Red River,” which also stars a young Montgomery Clift.Two of James Dean’s best-loved films — 1955’s “East of Eden,” for which he received his first lead actor Oscar nomination, and 1955’s “Rebel Without a Cause,” which was released less than a month after his death — are on tap for Friday evening. Saturday’s offerings are a ring-a-ding-ding duo of Rat Pack flicks: 1964’s “Robin and the Seven Hoods” and 1960’s “Ocean’s Eleven.”

The curtain rings down on the festival Sunday with two of Elvis Presley’s best early films, 1957’s “Jailhouse Rock” and 1958’s “King Creole.” Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the songwriting team who penned numerous Presley tunes, will appear in person before the screenings across the street from the theater at Every Picture Tells a Story, signing copies of their autobiography, “Hound Dog.”

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