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Published 07/02/2014 | 16:30

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Iconic: Susan Wood snap of Easy Rider
You wanna play rough? Probably not Tony
You wanna play rough? Probably not Tony
Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli

As part of this year's Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, New York photographer Susan Wood will see an exhibition of her movie work installed at City Assembly House on South William Street.

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From today until February 22, you can see a collection of Wood's iconic 1960s film images from movies like Leo the Last and Easy Rider. Under contract to Paramount Pictures, United Artists and 20th Century Fox, Wood's assignments saw her snap legends such as Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Monica Vitti, Marcello Mastroianni, Billie Whitelaw, John Wayne and Billy Wilder.

Next Friday, February 14, Wood will be in town to take part in a public Q&A at the venue at 1pm. Admission is free.

See www.jdiff.com

* The IFI in Dublin is continuing its "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" vice seasons, with February devoted to the theme of drugs.

It will feature a line-up including Roger Corman's The Trip from 1967 (Feb 8), Lou Adler's 1978 stoner comedy Up in Smoke (Feb 9), and Otto Preminger's taboo-breaking 1955 classic The Man with the Golden Arm (Feb 27) – which set a template for all similar comedies that came after.

There's also Brian De Palma's 1983 remake of Howard Hawks' Scarface (Feb 15), a pop culture favourite, due in no small part to Oliver Stone's script and Al Pacino's performance as drug lord Tony Montana.

See www.ifi.ie.

* Around this time every year, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences commemorates Oscars season by putting up lots of old clips from ceremonies of yore on YouTube.

If you currently search on the "Oscars channel" on the site, you'll find some real gems – but be warned, it's a major time thief.

One of my favourites seen so far is the opening to the 1974 awards where a typically campy Liza Minnelli, clad in a black rigout with a huge pink scarf, bursts out on stage to sing and dance a hymn to Oscar (choice lyrics: "big boy, don't you love it? You're the plum performers covet!" and "13 and a half inches in height, but every half inch is dynamite!").

Soon after, Liza recreates the moment she lost the Oscar a few years before that to Maggie Smith, as well as channelling the year she won, explaining what was going through her head on both occasions. Gold.

Also check out the opening segment to the 1976 awards, where Ray Bolger (who played the Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz) does a song and dance outside the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion with prancing bellboys. So innocent: they really don't make Oscar ceremonies like they used to.

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