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Gold Coast Film Festival offers a documentary-rich lineup

Subjects range from the Beatles and Frank Sinatra to Buster Keaton and Riverhead Raceway.

Gold Coast Film Festival will feature Magnolia Pictures'

Gold Coast Film Festival will feature Magnolia Pictures' " The Last Race," a documentary about Riverhead Raceway. Photo Credit: Picture Palace Productions

The eighth annual Gold Coast Film Festival kicks off Friday, Nov. 2, with a documentary-rich program that examines a range of subjects, from music to technology to local stock-car racing.

Music fans may gravitate toward the opening-night film, “Deconstructing the Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour,” part of a series of Beatles docs from Scott Freiman, and “Sinatra in Palm Springs,” a look at the singer’s life in Southern California. “General Magic” tells the story of a little-known tech company whose ideas may have been too far ahead of their time, while “The Last Race” takes a fond look at the enduring Riverhead Raceway.

Just as eclectic are the narrative features, which include the Hungarian mystery-thriller “Budapest Noir,” the French period piece “Return of the Hero” and a late-life comedy from the United Arab Emirates called “On Borrowed Time.”

Here are several highlights from the festival, which runs through Nov. 13. All times listed are after noon.

DECONSTRUCTING THE BEATLES: MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR (Friday, Nov. 2, at 7, Bow Tie Great Neck Squire Cinemas, 115 Middle Neck Rd.) Beatles Expert Scott Freiman will be on hand to discuss his film about the making of the Fab Four’s 1967 album. Plus, a live track-by-track performance by tribute band Penny Lane.

SINATRA IN PALM SPRINGS (Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7:30,Bow Tie Manhasset Cinemas, 430 Plandome Rd.) Leo Zahn’s documentary explores the Chairman’s relationship to the Southern California town he called home for almost 50 years.

GENERAL MAGIC (Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1:30, Bow Tie Manhasset Cinemas) The story of a 1990 Apple spinoff company that delivered a handheld, wireless computer -- complete with emojis -- to an uncomprehending public.

ON BORROWED TIME (Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8, Bow Tie Manhasset Cinemas) Four old men living in a Dubai retirement home rethink their options when one receives an unexpected inheritance. Directed by Yasir Al Yasiri.

THE LAST RACE (Sunday, Nov. 11, at 4, Soundview Cinema) Michael Dweck, a Bellmore-raised photographer, makes his directorial debut with this documentary on Riverhead Raceway, a faded but still-standing stock-car institution. The film opens theatrically Nov. 16.

RETURN OF THE HERO (Sunday, Nov. 11, at 7, Soundview Cinema) In this French period comedy, Oscar winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) plays a dashing lothario who poses as a war hero. With Melanie Laurent.

THE INVISIBLES (Sunday, Nov. 11, at 7:30, Bow Tie Great Neck Squire Cinemas) Four personal tales from among the 7,000 Jews who survived in Berlin during the Third Reich regime by hiding in basements, attics and sometimes plain sight. Max Mauff, of “Bridge of Spies,” stars in this documentary/narrative hybrid.

FAMILY FILM DAY (Monday, Nov 12, at 12:30, Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck) A curated selection of kid-friendly shorts for a no-school Monday. The running time is 160 minutes. Parents, take note: This is not a drop-off event.

BUDAPEST NOIR (Monday, Nov. 12,  at 7:30, Bowtie Great Neck Squire Cinemas) In pre-War Hungary, a reporter investigates the death of an unnamed Jewish woman. Based on the 2012 novel.

THE GREAT BUSTER (Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. Soundview Cinema) Former film programmer and journalist Peter Bogdanovich directs this documentary on the great silent-era comedian Buster Keaton. The eclectic interview lineup includes Mel Brooks and Quentin Tarantino.

WHEN | WHERE  Nov. 2 through 13 at venues around the North Shore.

TICKETS For most screenings are $15; passes are $75-$150.

INFO  516-829-2570 or go to goldcoastfilmfestival.org

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