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HE IS SPARTACUS! A WEEK OF KIRK DOUGLAS AT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE (September 17 – 23)

September 17, 2012





This is a great week of programming at the American Cinematheque as they honor a true Hollywood legend – Kirk Douglas – by screening some of his best work and includes an in-person appearance by the man himself. In addition to SPARTACUS there is LONELY ARE THE BRAVE, THE BAD AND THE BEAUTFUL, LUST FOR LIFE, PATHS OF GLORY, ACE IN THE HOLE and my personal favorite (which I plan to elaborate on in a special American Cinematheque “spotlight” post later in the week) Disney’s 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA. That’s a stellar lineup!

That’s not all folks as there is a Chuck Jones LOONEY TUNES shorts program, a MAJOR LEAGUE double feature, the Chris Marker tribute continues and more!

 

THE EGYPTIAN – 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028


Monday, September 17th – Thursday, September 20th, 7:00pm & 9:00pm – Spielberg Theater

THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH (2012; Directed by: Jim Hemphill)



 

The limited engagement of Jim Hemphill’s new film continues this week in the Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian.

Given that it is so new, I haven’t seen it so can’t comment on it personally, so I will borrow from the Cinematheque website in this instance.

Musician Robert (John Shea) is a perpetual starving artist with low overhead and minimal commitments. When Robert’s daughter announces that she’s engaged, he advises her against it – his own marriage to Emily (Lea Thompson) didn’t last, and he doesn’t understand why anyone would want to give up their independence. Yet when Robert and Emily reunite and dredge up old memories and hurts, both discover they have a lot of unresolved issues and that love, marriage and divorce aren’t quite as simple as they’d like. With Danielle Harris and Keri Lynn Pratt.

A LINK TO THE TRAILER – HERE.

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Monday, September 17th, 7:30pm

The Museum of Memory: A Tribute to Chris Marker

THE LAST BOLSHEVIK (1993, Icarus Films; Directed by: Chris Marker)


 

A very personal film by Chris Marker takes a look at Russia of the 20th Century through letters written by his close friend filmmaker Alexander Medvedkin.

Followed by…

ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANDREI ARSENIEVICH (1999, Icarus Films; Directed by: Chris Marker)



From the Cinematheque website:

The best single piece of [Andrei] Tarkovsky criticism I know of, clarifying the overall coherence of his oeuvre while leaving all the principal mysteries in his films intact. It becomes clear early on that Marker was an intimate friend of Tarkovsky and his family, and was shooting home-video footage of some of Tarkovsky’s final days in the mid-1980s, when he was dying of cancer, for Tarkovsky and his family’s use as well as his own. But this is handled throughout with exquisite tact and restraint and is never allowed to intrude on the poetic analysis of the features. In fact, the video interweaves biography and autobiography with poetic and political insight in a manner that seldom works as well as it does here, perhaps because personal affection and poetic analysis are rarely as compatible as Marker makes them.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

A CLIP from THE LAST BOLSHEVIK:

A CLIP from ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF ANDREI ARSENIEVICH:

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Wednesday, September 19th, 7:30pm

Path of Glory: An In-Person Tribute to Kirk Douglas

Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas will be on hand to discuss the movie, and signed copies of his book I AM SPARTACUS! MAKING A FILM, BREAKING THE BLACKLIST will be on sale in the lobby starting at 6:30pm.

LONELY ARE THE BRAVE (1962, Universal; Directed by: David Miller)


Kirk Douglas is a cowboy and Korean War vet who arranges to get himself locked up in jail so that he can help a friend of his bound for the penitentiary escape. He soon finds himself on the run from the entire law force in the area (led by a Sheriff played by Walter Matthau).

This one of Douglas’ finest performances of a man who is his own man in a world that wants to keep him down. The screenplay was written by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo (a member of the Hollywood 10) and features one of composer Jerry Goldsmith’s best scores.

THE TRAILER:



Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Thursday, September 20th, 7:30pm

Path of Glory: An In-Person Tribute to Kirk Douglas

ACE IN THE HOLE [a.k.a. THE BIG CARNIVAL] (1951, Paramount; Directed by: Billy Wilder)



The first time I saw this movie I was absolutely blown away by it and am every time I revisit it. I came across it one Saturday night on the TV Ontario show “SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES” hosted by Canadian movie expert Elwy Yost. I soon discovered that it had been rarely screened (this was in the 80s – since then The Criterion Collection has released it on DVD) and was tough to see.

Well here it is on the big screen. A movie that is written and feels like it came from the headlines last week and not 1951.

Kirk Douglas is a washed up, alcoholic big city reporter who finds himself “slumming it” for a small newspaper in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While heading out to cover an oh-so-exciting Rattle Snake hunt event, he comes across a man trapped in a mine. Seeing his ticket back to the big time, he takes control of the situation, altering the conditions to turn this seemingly nothing event into a national craze that brings tourists who camp out to be part of what becomes THE BIG CARNIVAL (an alternate title for the film).

Media manipulation, hype, sensationalism, the whole works – this is one movie that is a bleak look at human ambition and the lengths that some will go for the “big” ticket to fame.

Followed by…

PATHS OF GLORY (1957, United Artists; Directed by: Stanley Kubrick)


War is hell and Kirk Douglas is a French officer during the 1st World War who defends men in his unit when they are charged with cowardice and desertion after running back to the trenches during a full-frontal assault. George MacReady plays an insane general who wants to make an example of the men, and has shut off to their pleas for mercy and to reason.

Directed by Stanley Kubrick, PATHS OF GLORY is a movie that puts you right in the condemned men’s shoes and is nothing short of a masterpiece.

I can’t wait to revisit the great tracking shot which follows Douglas through the trench before he sends the men out on the assault – definitely a big screen moment.

 

THE TRAILER for ACE IN THE HOLE:


 

THE TRAILER for PATHS OF GLORY:


 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Friday, September 21st, 7:30pm

Path of Glory: An In-Person Tribute to Kirk Douglas

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952, MGM; Directed by: Vincente Minnelli)



 

A long time ago during college, I was working on an essay about movies with Hollywood-centric plots entitled WHY IS HOLLYWOOD SO HARD ON ITSELF, and THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (along with THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA and SUNSET BOULEVARD) was the primary example.

Kirk Douglas plays a Hollywood Mogul who used and betrayed those close to him on his rise to the top. Barry Sullivan, Lana Turner and Dick Powell are the director, star and screenwriter (respectively) who want nothing to do with him when he reaches out to them during a time of need.

I am always amazed that the film business is one where you can make a commercial product out of the dark side of Hollywood, baring their dirty laundry and making a profit from it. I almost wonder if sometimes these movies are therapeutic. Hollywood is a town that has chewed and spit so many people out, and there are so many others that have succeeded on the backs of many. In THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL it’s tough to hate Douglas’ character because he’s just so charming, even when using others to his own advantage – in fact, I personally ended up siding with him throughout the movie.

A great title to follow this up with is TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN which uses footage from THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL as part of the plot (and also stars Douglas). TWO WEEKS IN ANOTHER TOWN is available via the great disc-on-demand service, THE WARNER ARCHIVE.

Followed by…

LUST FOR LIFE (1956, MGM; Directed by: Vincente Minnelli)


From ambitious Hollywood mogul to tormented artist, Kirk Douglas plays Vincent Van Gogh in movie that feels like it was shot as if it was one of Van Gogh’s paintings. Obsessed with perfection and struggling with mental illness Douglas’ Van Gogh is a spot-on performance. In addition there is also the larger-than-life portrayal of fellow artist Paul Gaugin by Anthony Quinn.

THE TRAILER for THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL:



 

THE TRAILER for LUST FOR LIFE:



Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Saturday, September 22nd, 7:30pm

Path of Glory: An In-Person Tribute to Kirk Douglas

SPARTACUS (1960, Universal; Directed by: Stanley Kubrick)


SPARTCUS is a movie that you don’t just watch, you experience it.

Douglas is a slave at a gladiatorial school that rises up and leads a revolt on the mighty Roman Empire, making life very miserable for Laurence Olivier. Forget Russell Crowe and GLADIATOR!

This is an epic film through-and-through from the all-star cast (Tony Curtis, Jean Simmons, Olivier, Douglas, Peter Ustinov – who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor – and Charles Laughton) to the set-piece battles to the beautiful Alex North score.

SPARTACUS is also famous for being written by blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (who had to use an alias).

 

THE TRAILER:



 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Sunday, September 23rd, 4:00pm

Path of Glory: An In-Person Tribute to Kirk Douglas

20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA (1954, Walt Disney; Directed by: Richard Fleischer)


It’s a whale of a tale and I swear by my tattoo (if I had one).

I have a personal fascination with this movie which was Walt Disney’s first using the new widescreen Cinema-scope process – and wow does it ever add to the greatness of this movie.

Next to MARY POPPINS, this is probably the most significant – and in my opinion – best movies to come out of the Disney studio (not counting the animated features of course). Based on the classic novel by Jules Verne, Kirk Douglas plays sailor Ned Land who finds himself on the submarine Nautilus commanded by the brilliant and enigmatic Captain Nemo played to perfection by James Mason. Paul Lukas and Peter Lorre are also on board for this undersea adventure which makes brilliant use of the wide screen. The underwater photography is beautiful and has that Disney feel, but this is a big movie probably the biggest to come out of the studio especially during Walt’s lifetime.

I plan to go into a little more detail on this movie later in the week in a new SPOTLIGHT post, but I need to add that the squid attack scared me to death (including nightmares for weeks) when I was a kid – and still creeps me out even now.

 

THE TRAILER:



Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Sunday, September 23rd, 7:30pm

HUNGARIAN RHAPSODY: QUEEN LIVE IN BUDAPEST ’86 (2012; D&E Entertainment)



 

From the Cinematheque website:

On July 27, 1986, Queen performed the largest-ever stadium concert at the Nepstadium in Budapest to a crowd of 80,000 ecstatic fans. The concert was part of the famed “Magic Tour,” the last time the band toured with lead singer Freddie Mercury. This original concert film has been remastered in high definition and features many of Queen’s best-loved tracks, including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “I Want to Break Free” and “We Are the Champions.”

 

THE TRAILER:



Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

THE AERO – 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403



 

Wednesday, September 19th, 7:30pm

Grit and Whimsy III: The Best of Recent Belgian Cinema

THE GIANTS (2011; Directed by: Bouli Lanners)


The ongoing series of new Belgian Cinema – complete with beer reception – continues at the Aero. Description of the film is from the Cinematheque website:

Each summer, preteen brothers Zak and Seth find themselves alone and without resources in their parents’ summer home, routinely abandoned by their increasingly absent mother. When they meet Danny, a street-smart local teenager, they tag along with him and slowly learn to embrace the startling independence that’s been foisted upon them. Official selection of the Cannes 2011 Directors Fortnight. “Disarming lead performances and beautiful natural settings in an ambling evocation of adolescent discovery.” – The Hollywood Reporter. In French with English subtitles.

 

THE TRAILER:

 


 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Thursday, September 20th, 7:30pm

The regular Baseball season will be coming to a close, and to carry us into the post-season the Cinematheque has a double feature home-run.

Let’s just hope the Dodgers are still playing when October comes.

MAJOR LEAGUE (1989, Paramount; Directed by: David S. Ward)


I have a friend who loves this movie so much, he can quote it backwards and forward much to the chagrin of his wife who just does not understand his obsession with this film. He’s a really selective guy too when it comes to movies, so this I guess would be considered a guilty pleasure for him. He is also a sports nut and a big fan of the Houston Astros. I can almost guarantee if he isn’t busy, he’ll be at the Aero taking in this movie (but he does have a movie in Post Production which will probably get in the way).

The new owner of the Cleveland Indians wants to move to a warmer climate (in this case Miami as the Marlins were not yet in existence when the movie came out in 1989) so she assembles one of the worst teams imaginable – including Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen, Charlie Sheen and Wesley Snipes – who start winning when they find out her scheme.

This movie is such a guy movie, and has so many great moments – especially for baseball fans (which is probably why it appeals to my very selective friend) especially with “Wild Thing” pitcher Charlie Sheen. Well before he went off the deep end with Tiger blood, etc., he was WILD THING in a truly movie moment that I still get excited over every time I see it. You’ll have that song stuck in your head for sure.

Followed by…

MAJOR LEAGUE II (1994, Paramount; Directed by: David S. Ward)


MAJOR LEAGUE was a hit, so of course there was a sequel reuniting the misfits of the Cleveland Indians (except Wesley Snipes who is replaced by Omar Epps) whose success has spoiled them. Will they go all the way to the World Series?

This was followed by yet another sequel – MAJOR LEAGUE: BACK TO THE MINORS – which was quite forgettable and thankfully not screening here.

 

THE TRAILER for MAJOR LEAGUE:



THE TRAILER for MAJOR LEAGUE II:



Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Friday, September 21st, 7:30pm

AMELIE (2001, Miramax; Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet)

When I first saw AMELIE upon release in 2001, I instantly fell in love with it and with the character and so will you. Amelie has had very little contact with other humans thanks to an over-protective father, and now as a waitress in Paris lives in her own fantastical world and dedicates herself to the needs of others and they all fall to her charms.

It’s just a lovely movie all-around.

Followed by…

ASSASSIN(S) (1997, Canal+; Directed by: Mathieu Kassovitz)



 

Mr. Wagner is a killer who takes his job very seriously – almost obsessively. Realizing though that he is getting old, he chooses Max, a thief, to be his successor.

Definitely a pairing of films that couldn’t be more different, which makes this a very intriguing double feature.


THE TRAILER for AMELIE:


THE TRAILER for ASSASSIN(S):

 


 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Saturday, September 22nd, 2:00pm

CHUCK JONES TRIBUTE SHORTS PROGRAM


If there is a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon this has to be it. Bugs Bunny, Pepe Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner are all on the menu in a series of shorts by animation master Chuck Jones.

Seeing these with an audience is a pure treat as these are indeed easy to get lost in and there will be a lot of laughing. This is one screening where you don’t mind the kids laughing and enjoying themselves out loud as these cartoons bring out the kid in all of us (deep…I know).

The cartoons featured include:

For Scent-i-Mental Reasons
Rabbit Fire
Ali Baba Bunny
Duck Amok
Ducksters
Robin Hood Daffy”
Duck Dodgers and the 24 ½ Century
What’s Opera Duck
One Froggy Evening
There They Go-Go-Go
Little Beau Pepe
Rabbit Seasoning
No Barking,”
Dot & the Line
And More!

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Saturday, September 22nd, 7:30pm

Discussion following with actor Greg Kinnear, producers Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander and Todd Rosken and screenwriter Michael Gerbosi, moderated by Andy Marx.

AUTO FOCUS (2002, Sony Pictures Classics; Directed by: Paul Schrader)


From family fun to the star of HOGAN’S HEROES obsessing over porn. Ok so you may want to leave the kids at home for this one.

Greg Kinnear plays Bob Crane who – as mentioned above – was well known as the star of HOGAN’S HEROES (one of my personal favorite sitcoms) who had a secret sex addiction that he explored regularly with his friend and electronics enthusiast played by Willem Dafoe. He’s was not exactly the all-American clean cut figure he portrayed on TV.

A dark and disturbing movie especially in scenes where the characters indulge in extreme sexual behavior as if they were taking out the trash or doing the dishes.

 

THE TRAILER:

 


 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Sunday, September 23rd, 8:00pm

LIVE TALKS L.A.: AN EVENING WITH WYCLEF JEAN



 

The Live Talks series continues with musician Wyclef Jean.

From the Cinematheque website:

Join us for a conversation with Wyclef Jean discussing his memoir Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story, followed by a performance of acoustic music. Wyclef Jean is a multiplatinum Haitian musician and former member of hip-hop trio The Fugees, as well as an actor and producer. He has worked with such artists as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, T.I., Mary J. Blige and Destiny’s Child. In Purpose, Wyclef recounts his path to fame from his impoverished childhood in “Baby Doc” Duvalier’s Haiti and the mean streets of Brooklyn and Newark to the bright lights of the world stage.
Special Ticket Prices:
General Admission: $25
General Admission for Cinematheque Members: $20 (use promo code: cinematheque)
General Admission + Copy of Wyclef Jean’s memoir: $45
General Admission + Copy of Wyclef Jean’s memoir + Pre-Reception: $95
Tickets only available at livetalksla.org

Wyclef Jean will be interviewed by Geoff Boucher.

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

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NORA EPHRON AND CHRIS MARKER TRIBUTES – SCREENING THIS WEEK AT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE (September 10 – 16, 2012)

September 9, 2012





In the last few months there has been the need for way too many high profile Entertainment tributes. This week the Cinematheque pays homage to the work of 2 more recently deceased filmmaking talents – Writer/Director Nora Ephron and Director Chris Marker – a director that FILM COMMENT absolutely adores. I forget how long ago and which issues, but their series which I believe spanned over 3 issues on Marker’s work is a must read.

I had the opportunity to work on a Nora Ephron film when I was in feature Development. The film was LUCKY NUMBERS which admittedly was not the most successful of movies and (not surprisingly) not screening as part of this series still I thought I would add that little bit of personal trivia.

The Eastwood western series continues as well as the year-long Mayan Calendar series, and the Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian features a limited one-week run of a new film (there is a screening of it at the Aero as well).

THE EGYPTIAN – 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028



Wednesday, September 12th, 7:30pm

Mayan Calendar Countdown

2012 is almost over and with it possibly the end of civilization as we know it (according to the Roland Emmerich movie at least). So the Cinematheque has been screening a series of films that deal with bleak futures.

CHILDREN OF MEN (2006, Universal; Directed by: Alfonso Cuaron)


The ability to procreate has been lost (although I could say that in some cases, a situation like this would be a GOOD thing) and Clive Owen takes it upon himself to make sure the world’s only pregnant woman survives.

One of the best movies of the year in which it was released, CHILDREN OF MEN is a powerful film with great performances by Owen, Julianne Moore and Michael Caine.

Followed by…

1984 (1984, MGM; Directed by: Michael Radford)


This is not exactly a movie about the future, but a movie about a future that has already come and gone. 1984 was to be the year Big Brother had control over everything – our thoughts, our feelings and most significantly our privacy. Released in the year all this was supposed to happen, 1984 is not an easy watch but more intriguing now given the fact that we are almost 30 years beyond. Now BIG BROTHER is a (bad) reality show, and nobody needs to monitor anything because we all just post it all on Social Media for everyone to read anyway.

THE TRAILER for CHILDREN OF MEN:

 


 

THE TRAILER for 1984:

 


 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Thursday, September 13th, 7:30pm

The Museum of Memory: A Tribute to Chris Marker

SANS SOLEIL (1983, New Yorker; Directed by: Chris Marker)



I’ve been kind of dreading writing about these films simply because they are so difficult to describe. An experimental filmmaker, the Cinema of Chris Marker is nothing you have ever seen before and likely never to see again. Like the TWILIGHT ZONE it is a cinema of sight, sound and mind. Needless to say I’m not even going to try and breakdown SANS SOLEIL because anything I write would not do it justice. Let me just say if you like to taken to new and interesting places and think and see the world around you in a new and exciting way, this is a screening for you.

 

A CLIP:



 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Friday, September 14th, 7:30pm

The Museum of Memory: A Tribute to Chris Marker

A GRIN WITHOUT A CAT (1977, Icarus Films; Directed by: Chris Marker)


Another movie I just can’t really put into words, the best that can be said about it is that it follows the revolutionary movement that was so prevalent in the late 60s through the 70s. It is 180 minutes that are worth spending in a darkened room.

THE OPENING SEQUENCE from A GRIN WITHOUT A CAT:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Friday, September 14th – Thursday, September 20th - 7:00pm and 9:00PM – Spielberg Theater

Limited Engagement

THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH (2012; Directed by: Jim Hemphill)


Jim Hemphill will be on hand for the first screening on Friday at 7:30pm, then again Saturday at 7:30pm with his Director of Photography for this week long engagement at the Spielberg Theater in the Egyptian of his latest work.

Given that it is so new, I haven’t seen it so can’t comment on it personally, so I will borrow from the Cinematheque website in this instance.

Musician Robert (John Shea) is a perpetual starving artist with low overhead and minimal commitments. When Robert’s daughter announces that she’s engaged, he advises her against it – his own marriage to Emily (Lea Thompson) didn’t last, and he doesn’t understand why anyone would want to give up their independence. Yet when Robert and Emily reunite and dredge up old memories and hurts, both discover they have a lot of unresolved issues and that love, marriage and divorce aren’t quite as simple as they’d like. With Danielle Harris and Keri Lynn Pratt.

A LINK TO THE TRAILER – HERE.

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Saturday, September 15th, 10:30am

EGYPTIAN THEATER HISTORIC TOUR & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD


 


 

One of the tours to take in Los Angeles – the regular walking tour of one of the historic Egyptian theater in Hollywood.  Production costs and tax incentives may have driven most of the production out of Los Angeles and California, but when it comes down to it, Los Angeles is still and always will be the heart and soul of movies and the movie industry.  The American Cinematheque has kept that alive by moving their operations into the Egyptian, and taking you behind the scenes of the history of the building and the legendary area surrounding it – Hollywood and Hollywood Boulevard!

The tour concludes with a screening of FOREVER HOLLYWOOD, a 55 minute 1999 documentary produced by the Cinematheque and directed by Todd McCarthy and Arnold Glassman (both are also responsible for the amazing documentary VISIONS OF LIGHT: THE ART OF CINEMATOGRAPHY).

Viva Hollywood!

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Saturday, September 15th, 7:30pm

The Museum of Memory: A Tribute to Chris Marker

It’s a full night of Chris Marker shorts.

LA JETEE (1964, New Yorker; Directed by: Chris Marker)


A Chris Marker movie I can actually describe. This is a series of still photographs edited together about a man traveling through time who is inspired by the image of a woman at an Airport. May not sound like much and is only 30 minutes long, but it is 30 minutes you will never forget.

Notably this was the inspiration for the 1995 Terry Gilliam movie TWELVE MONKEYS with Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt.

JUNKTOPIA (1981; Directed by: Chris Marker, John Chapman and Frank Simeone)

6 minute short about the Mudflats in Northern California, and the only movie Marker made in the USA (that tidbit courtesy of the Cinematheque website)

REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS TO COME (2001, First Run Features/Icarus Films; Directed by: Yannick Bellon, Chris Marker)


One of Chris Marker’s later movies, it is the personal history of France as seen through the eyes of photographer Denise Bellon.

Followed by…

A series of shorts devoted to animals. From the Cinematheque website:

A Chris Marker Bestiary: Five Chris Marker short films devoted to animals collected together and available for the first time! Includes:

Cat Listening to Music,” (1990, 3 min). Marker fans are familiar with the cartoon representation of Guillaume-en-Egypte, Marker’s beloved pet cat, which has become the reclusive filmmaker’s alter ego. In this charming short, Marker reveals the real-life Guillaume, stretched out lazily in the filmmaker’s apartment, as he listens to the lilting rhythms of a piano sonata by Federico Mompou.

An Owl Is An Owl” (1990, 3 min). A visit to an aviary yields a rhythmically edited series of close-ups of the rapidly rotating or intently staring feathered heads of a colorful variety of owls, accompanied by an ambient electronic soundtrack.

Zoo Piece” (1990, 3 min). A leisurely paced montage of animals, many of them confined in cages or enclosures – including seals, kangaroos, leopards, gorillas, wolves, monkeys, ostriches and a sleeping rhinoceros.

Bullfight in Okinawa” (1992, 4 min). Two enormous black bulls engage in a contest of brute force, egged on by their screaming handlers, as they butt heads and lock horns in an attempt to rout their opponent.

Slon Tango” (1993, 4 min). In this astonishing, sustained shot, an elephant in the Ljubljana Zoo ambles around its enclosure, performing syncopated dance steps to the accompaniment of Igor Stravinsky’s “Tango.”

Oh and the night’s not over yet as this is followed by…

CASE OF THE GRINNING CAT (2004, Icarus Films; Directed by: Chris Marker)


This is Chris Marker’s final feature length film. A painting of a grinning yellow cat starts popping up on the walls in Paris in 2002, and Chris Marker follows them outlining international culture, politics and events leading into the new millennium.

A CLIP from CASE OF THE GRINNING CAT:



Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

THE AERO – 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403




Monday, September 10th, 7:30pm

Eastwood Westerns

UNFORGIVEN (1992, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Clint Eastwood)



The Eastwood Western series continues with Clint playing a retired gunfighter taking on one last job to avenge a prostitute that was maimed in the face by a customer. Hired by a younger man and with his old partner Morgan Freeman by his side, he heads to a town where his type isn’t welcome by a Sherriff (Gene Hackman who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar) that isn’t kind to gunslingers.

Heroes and legends are not be all they are said to be, and this film features one of the most realistic reactions to someone in a western dealing with killing a man firsthand in the history of cinema. How many times have you seen a gunfighter kill a man in cold blood then walk away without a trace of sorrow or reaction? Not in this case.

UNFORGIVEN won multiple Oscars and began Clint’s very healthy run since then of Oscar wins and nominations. It was the movie that catapulted his work into the realm of a director to be taken seriously.

THE TRAILER:



 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Thursday, September 13th, 7:30pm

AFTER THE TRIUMPH OF YOUR BIRTH (2012; Directed by: Jim Akin)


Ok I hate admitting this, but another movie screening that I know little about. So borrowing from the Cinematheque website:

Jim Akin wrote, directed and shot this surreally dark-humored portrait of outsider Eli Willits, compressed into a seven-day, philosophical-geographical quest through the wilds of Los Angeles. A music-driven celebration of uncertainty, the film features gorgeously composed digital cinematography and an original soundtrack by acclaimed singer-songwriter Maria McKee.


THE TRAILER:





Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Friday, September 14th, 7:30pm

When Hollywood Met Nora: A Tribute to Nora Ephron

From the work of experimental film maker Chris Marker to the Hollywood films of Nora Ephron, the Cinematheque programming covers all aspects of Cinema.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989, Castle Rock; Directed by: Rob Reiner)


Nora Ephron wrote this breakout hit that took the summer of 1989 by storm even though it was surrounded by such heavy weights like BATMAN, STAR TREK V, INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE, LICENCE TO KILL, LETHAL WEAPON 2 and THE ABYSS. This was a true counter-programming jackpot proving that adults like to go to the movies during the summer as well and take in a movie not driven by action or special effects.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… also set the tone for romantic comedies that followed as it sparked the great debate of can a man and woman be friends – especially when sex gets involved. Unlike most in the genre even though you want Billy Cystal and Meg Ryan to get together, you feel it’s not an automatic thing (most Rom Coms I feel it pretty obvious who is going to end up with whom by the end and how), and it is a fully fleshed out story of opposites attracting and growing through their feelings and emotions. And of course there is the now famous scene where Sally fakes an orgasm in a diner.

I always love the in between interviews that Director Rob Reiner added with real long-lasting couples telling stories on how they met.

Followed by…

MY BLUE HEAVEN (1990, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Herbert Ross)





Again written by Nora Ephron, Steve Martin is a gangster who ends up in a witness protection program and makes life difficult for the FBI agent assigned to his case (straitlaced Rick Moranis). It came out the same year as GOODFELLAS and the connections don’t end there as Ms. Ephron was married to Nicholas Pileggis the author of WISE GUYS (the book GOODFELLAS was based on) and CASINO.

I believe Rupert Pupkin over at Rupert Pupkin speaks has a soft spot for this movie as do I.

THE TRAILER for WHEN HARRY MET SALLY…:



 

THE TRAILER for MY BLUE HEAVEN:


 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

 

Saturday, September 15th, 7:30pm

When Hollywood Met Nora: A Tribute to Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron steps behind the camera and makes Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks the “it” couple of the 1990s.

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (1993, Sony; Directed by: Nora Ephron)


This was another romantic comedy that took box office by storm this time in the summer of 1993. Tom Hanks is a widower whose son calls into a radio call-in show and makes Hanks instantly popular with the ladies when he is dubbed “Sleepless in Seattle”. Meg Ryan is a reporter who is out to track him down for a story, but is also attracted to him.

Using the Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER as a template and as an in-film reference, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE is a charming movie and you will think that there is nobody on earth more likable than Tom Hanks or Meg Ryan.

Followed by…

YOU’VE GOT MAIL (1998, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Nora Ephron)



You make a hit on-screen couple out of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, it’s a given in Hollywood that they – as well as Director Nora Ephron – must re-team again. Here a take on the classic Ernst Lubitsch film SHOP AROUND THE CORNER (with James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan) Meg and Tom are e-mail pals (in the original film they go “snail mail”) who are friendly over the Internet, but not so much in person as Tom’s BARNES & NOBLE mega-bookstore threatens to put Meg’s “Mom and Pop” shop out of business.

Possibly the most obvious corporate sponsored movie as even the title is an ad for the 90s Internet powerhouse AMERICA ONLINE (AOL) which merged with Time Warner the corporate entity owning the studio that made this movie – Warner Bros. Truly a product of its year as I don’t think many people still use AOL, but back then it was all the rage and everyone knew the iconic “You’ve Got Mail” announcement. I still use AOL instant messenger which (I believe) set the standard for all IM programs to come like MSN or yahoo.

THE TRAILER for SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE:

 


 

THE TRAILER for YOU’VE GOT MAIL:

 


 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Sunday, September 16th, 4:00pm

THE TROUBLE WITH THE TRUTH (2011; Directed by: Jim Hemphill)


Director Jim Hemphill and star Lea Thompson will be on hand to discuss this film which is getting a week-long limited run at the Egyptian in the Spielberg Theater.

The description from above which is from the Cinematheque website:

Musician Robert (John Shea) is a perpetual starving artist with low overhead and minimal commitments.  When Robert’s daughter announces that she’s engaged, he advises her against it – his own marriage to Emily (Lea Thompson) didn’t last, and he doesn’t understand why anyone would want to give up their independence. Yet when Robert and Emily reunite and dredge up old memories and hurts, both discover they have a lot of unresolved issues and that love, marriage and divorce aren’t quite as simple as they’d like. With Danielle Harris and Keri Lynn Pratt.

A LINK TO THE TRAILER – HERE.
    
Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Sunday, September 16th, 7:30pm

When Hollywood Met Nora: A Tribute to Nora Ephron

Meryl Streep and Mike Nichols team up for a pair of Nora Ephron written screenplays.

SILKWOOD (1983, ABC Motion Pictures; Directed by: Mike Nichols)


Meryl Streep blows the whistle on an unsafe work environment at a Nuclear Power Plant, and was purposely contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered for her efforts. Based on a true story, the film also stars Kurt Russell and Cher.

Followed by…

HEARTBURN (1986, Paramount; Diirected by: Mike Nichols)



Marriage isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in HEARTBURN when Meryl Streep marries fellow columnist Jack Nicholson and discovers he’s cheating on her while she’s pregnant.

Said to be an autobiographical from Ms. Ephron’s marriage to Washington Post writer and Watergate investigator Carl Bernstein.

THE TRAILER for SILKWOOD:


 

THE TRAILER for HEARTBURN:

 


 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

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FRENCH CINEMA, STAR TREK II and NORTH BY NORTHWEST – Screening at the American Cinematheque September 4 – 9, 2012

September 5, 2012





You saw Clint Eastwood talk to an empty chair “telling off” the President at the RNC, now see him in a more natural state on the big screen as the Eastwood western series continues this week at the Cinematheque with THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES.

September is off to a good start with Hitchcock, a fantastic selection of French films, and an extra special treat – a screening of STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN accompanied by an episode from the 3rd season of the classic series. I’m nerding out just thinking about it.


THE EGYPTIAN – 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028



Thursday, September 6th - 7:30pm

10th Anniversary Cast and Crew Book signing – Lupe Ontiveros tribute (1942-2012)

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES (2002, Exclusive Media; Directed by: Patricia Cardoso)




I had the pleasure of first seeing REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival (my first and – so far – only time attending) and was instantly taken with it. I had heard some good buzz before going in, and it was one of the highlights out of the selection of movies that I saw at the Festival that year.

The movie is about a young Mexican-American woman torn between helping out with the family business in East Los Angeles, or going to Columbia University on a scholarship. While working over the summer she forms a bond with the other women there, and begins to find her place in the world – even if it means going against her Mother’s wishes.

A very moving movie with outstanding performances, it was a hit with the Sundance crowd and will be with you as well.

A cast and crew discussion will follow the film.

THE TRAILER:



 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Friday, September 7th – 7:30pm

NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock)



Catch one of Hitchcock’s best and most famous movies on the big screen. Cary Grant is on the run with Eva Marie Saint trying to stay away from James Mason and Martin Landau who think he is someone else (games Mr. Kaplan?) on a path that takes them from New York, an empty wheat field with a famous crop dusting sequence and finally to Mount Rushmore.

THE TRAILER:



 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Saturday, September 8th – 3:00pm

On September 8th Walter Koenig (a.k.a. STAR TREK’S original Mr. Chekov) gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame so to honor the event the Cinematheque boldly goes back to where no man has gone before.

Walter will be on hand for a Q&A between “Spectre of the Gun” and THE WRATH OF KHAN.

RODDENBERRY ON PATROL (2003; Directed by: Tim Russ)



This short film that parodies Gene Roddenberry’s quest to find inspiration for the iconic science fiction show STAR TREK (of which I am one of its many cult-like followers) features Walter Koenig as well as many other STAR TREK stars (Nichelle Nichols, Robert Picardo, Ethan Phillips and narrated by George Takei) and was directed by Tim Russ who served on board the USS Voyager as Vulcan Lt. Tuvok.

Followed by…

STAR TREK: “Spectre of the Gun” (1968; Directed by: Vincent McEveety)



In the third (and final) season of the original series, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty and Chekov find themselves on a planet that looks like the Old West and in the middle of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

The third season is the weakest of the series, and this may not be the best episode but I like it. Love those studio bound “exteriors” and I mean come on…would you want to get in a gun fight with Captain Kirk? I don’t think so…

Oh and nice little tie in since DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy) played one of the Earps in the 1957 John Sturges film THE GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL with Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster.

Followed by…

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN (1982, Paramount Pictures; Directed by: Nicholas Meyer)



KHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!! I say that because somehow STAR TREK II is 30 years old. Say it ain’t so! But here we are 30 years later in the future date of 2012 and this is easily the best of the STAR TREK films. Perhaps you might want to read MOBY DICK before heading into this one…oh and yeah that is Ricardo Montalban’s real chest.

Don’t believe in the no-win scenario!

A CLIP from “Spectre of the Gun”:





THE TRAILER for STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN and note…BEST…TRAILER…EVER!




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Sunday, September 9th – 1:00pm

6th ANNUAL PRIME CUTS EVENT



Editing…the final frontier. Ok so a little holdover from the STAR TREK listing above but whatever. In the Cinematheque’s continuing series on the art of filmmaking, here we have a panel of editors discussing their craft for all to hear.

Editing fascinates me. I was required to take some classes in it during college and totally sucked at it but did acquire a great respect for those that do it. There is definitely an art form to this and without a film editor, all you have is a series of disconnected shots.

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Sunday, September 9th – 7:30pm

STARMAN (1984, Columbia Pictures; Directed by: John Carpenter)



 

STARMAN in 70mm. I’m going to say it again in case you didn’t catch that – STARMAN IN 70MM! Ok so the programming at the Egyptian is a cause to geek out completely this week, and here is one of my favorite John Carpenter films to keep it going.

Jeff Bridges is an Alien that shows up on Earth and takes the form of Karen Allen’s long-lost husband which doesn’t go over so well with her. The two of them go on a road trip and he discovers what it’s like to be human.

I used to own the Novelization for this film, and read that thing so many times it pretty much fell apart. Rupert Pupkin over at the Rupert Pupkin Speaks blog and I have a special place in our hearts for film novelizations and this was one of my favorites. I wish I still had that…time to hit Ebay.

Robert Hayes starred in a TV Series based on this movie which just so happens to be available for purchase over at the Warner Archive via the Sony Choice Disc on Demand series.

THE TRAILER:


Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

THE AERO – 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

 


 

Wednesday, September 5th – 7:30pm

Eastwood Westerns

THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES (1976, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Clint Eastwood)



No empty chair pretending to be President Obama here as this is one of Clint Eastwood’s best movies. He’s a wanted man who isn’t too happy that his family was murdered. Plenty of western-style action, great characters and even some humor make this an extremely pleasurable to view film.

THE TRAILER:



Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Thursday, September 6th – 7:30pm

Max Ophuls Double Feature

THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE… (1953, Janus Films; Directed by: Max Ophuls)



I first saw this movie in College and instantly fell in love with the Cinema of Max Ophuls (LA RONDE is a particular favorite of mine).

Here a countess sells her earrings to pay off some debts, and they spark a chain of events.

This is a beautiful movie pure and simple and nothing I say can do it any justice. It must be seen.

Followed by…

LE PLAISIR (1952, Janus Films; Directed by: Max Ophuls)



This features three stories with three very different tales of people experiencing forms of pleasure in their life with very different results.

The Cinematheque website states that Stanley Kubrick declared it to be his favorite film which says a lot.

A CLIP from THE EARRINGS OF MADAME DE…:




NO TRAILER AVAILABLE for LE PLAISIR.

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Friday, September 7th – 7:30pm

French Crime Double Feature

PEPE LE MOKO (1937, Rialto Pictures; Directed by: Julien Duvivier)



 

Jean Gabin is a gangster hiding out in the Casbah in Algiers. He eludes the police but after years of protective solitude he misses his freedom. Then in walks tourist Gabriel Gabrio and they fall in love changing everything.

Followed by…

TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI (1954, Rialto Pictures; Directed by: Jacques Becker)



Jean Gabin (again) has pulled off the perfect heist and has a nice stash of gold because of it. Double-crossed, his friend is kidnapped and the ransom is (of course) the gold.

An excellent crime film that is a must see.

THE TRAILER for PEPE LE MOKO:



 

THE TRAILER for TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Saturday, September 8th – 2:00pm

A CUT ABOVE THE REST: AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE WORLD OF EDITING AND POST PRODUCTION



 

More insights into the world of editing and Post Production sponsored by IndieCon.

Having worked in Post Production for several years I would find this seminar of great benefit, especially these days with the processes changing so much thanks to digital technology. This is where the jobs seem to be these days.

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Saturday, September 8th – 7:30pm

French Horror-Suspense Double Feature

LES DIABOLIQUE (1955, Janus Films; Directed by: Georges-Henri Clouzot)



One of my all-time favorite French films (also made into one of the worst Remakes ever), DIABOLIQUE is the greatest Hitchcock film not made by Hitchcock.

Vera Clouzot is married to a real jerk of a schoolmaster and she schemes with Simone Signoret, his mistress, to kill him. Of course things don’t go exactly as planned and paranoia and suspense are in abundance.

The aforementioned (and awful) remake featured Sharon Stone, Chazz Palmminteri and Isabelle Adjani and turned a truly great movie into an incredible bore. So be sure to stick with the original, and here’s the best chance to see it with an audience.

Followed by…

EYES WITHOUT A FACE (1960, Rialto Pictures; Directed by: Georges Franju)



Some people steal money, this guy steals faces. When his daughter has been disfigured thanks to a horrific accident a scientist kidnaps young woman takes their faces and tries to graft them onto her. Ok so it’s not an exact science, nor is the act of a sane man, but it makes for a great movie.

THE TRAILER for LES DIABOLIQUE:




THE TRAILER for EYES WITHOUT A FACE:



 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Sunday, September 9th – 7:30pm

Jean Renoir Double Feature

THE RULES OF THE GAME (1939, Janus Films; Directed by: Jean Renoir)



There is nothing like a good party to bring out jealousies, secrets and a whole other assortment of interesting revelations. Jean Renoir’s masterpiece is truly a mesmerizing film that I have seen so many times I have lost count.

Followed by…

BONDU SAVED FROM DROWNING (1932, Janus Films; Directed by: Jean Renoir)



The French bourgeois get another jolt from director Renoir when a bookseller saves a hobo from drowning, takes him home – an act which definitely shakes things up in the most delightful ways.

I haven’t seen this movie in a very long time, and am looking forward to revisiting it.


THE TRAILER for THE RULES OF THE GAME:



A RE-ISSUE TRAILER for BONDU SAVED FROM DROWNING:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

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Fritz Lang, Herzog and Avatar – Screening at the American Cinematheque – August 26 – September 3, 2012

August 26, 2012





Where did summer go? Here we are in the last week of it leading into the Labor day weekend which means that THE EGYPTIAN is invaded by the yearly CINECON event which is not programmed by the Cinematheque. Cinecon is a chance to connect with collectors and aficionados of classic cinema including rare screenings of films that have been hiding in vaults or personal collections for years. These are titles you are unlikely to see anywhere – including on DVD or streaming services like Netflix. With a dealer’s room at the Hollywood Roosevelt, it’s a classic movie lover’s dream come true.

The Cinematheque still has some great programming going on over at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. There is a Fritz Lang double Feature and some movies that employ 3D cinema in astounding ways – Werner Herzog’s documentary CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS and James Cameron’s groundbreaking AVATAR.

Thanks to it being the Labor Day long weekend, I have included Monday’s programming as well.

THE EGYPTIAN – 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028



 

Thursday, August 30th – Monday, September 3rd

CINECON 48 – CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL


As mentioned above, Cinecon is not programmed by the American Cinematheque but if you’re a fan of hard-to-see classic films and meeting other fans, then this annual Hollywood film festival is for you.

www.cinecon.org


 

THE AERO – 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403



 

Monday, August 27th – 7:30pm

Mystery Mondays – A Fritz Lang Double Feature

THE BIG HEAT (1953, Columbia; Directed: Fritz Lang)



 

Glenn Ford is a good but very angry cop. The force he works for is dirty and run by a vicious gang led by Lee Marvin. When a colleague commits suicide and a bomb intended for him misses the mark, Ford makes it his personal mission to take them down even going so far as to employ the big man’s girlfriend (Gloria Grahame).

There are very few movies directed by Fritz Lang that I don’t like. I keep coming across these great gems – including this one which I saw on TCM this past Spring – and my admiration for Lang’s work grows. Just wait until the coffee scene. It will make you gasp with it’s very violent and unexpected explosiveness.

Followed by…

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (1944, International Pictures; Directed by: Fritz Lang)



 

If there is anything Film Noir has taught us, getting mixed up with the wrong woman can lead to men doing unthinkable things. Here we have Edward G. Robinson meeting a woman who is the subject of a painting he admires, and this chance meeting leads to murder and blackmail.  Welcome to Noir land Mr. Robinson.

Robinson played a similar role in Lang’s fantastic SCARLET STREET, an older man meeting with a younger woman and getting in over his head. Both SCARLET STREET and WOMAN IN THE WINDOW have paintings and bad boyfriends at the center of them. Hard to say which one I liked more as I think I like them both equally.

THE TRAILER for THE BIG HEAT:



 

THE TRAILER for THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW:



 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 – 7:30pm

Barry Sullivan Centennial

Jenny Sullivan (Daughter of Barry) and author Alan K. Rode will be on hand for a Q&A between the movies.

THE GREAT GATSBY (1949, Paramount; Directed by: Elliott Nugent)



 

The release of the Baz Luhrmann version of THE GREAT GATSBY with Leonardo DiCaprio originally scheduled for this December has moved to 2013, but here’s a chance to catch an earlier and much different take on the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic.

This very rarely screened version features Alan Ladd and is a Film Noir treatment of the material. Not available on DVD, this movie screened as part of the Noir City festival this past spring and that screening was sold out fast so here is another opportunity to catch this rare and exciting gem.

Followed by…

THE GANGSTER (1947, Allied Artists; Directed by: Gordon Wiles)



 

Barry Sullivan plays a gangster, whose obsession with a woman clouds his judgment allowing a local hoodlum to make a move on his territory that he must now fend off. Scripted by blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo.

NO TRAILER AVAILABLE for THE GREAT GATSBY.

 

A CLIP from THE GANGSTER:



Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Thursday, August 30th – 7:30pm

3-D as Art

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS (2010, Sundance Selects; Directed by: Werner Herzog)



Hollywood has embraced 3-D movies almost completely – and it’s odd given that most consumers (although almost every 3-D opening I have attended has been packed) complain about it.

Here though is a movie that embraces 3-D in a new and exciting way. Werner Herzog explores early cave paintings discovered in the south of France, and employs his unique visual approach to allow audiences to experience them in their natural setting. Using 3-D to further enhance the paintings proves that not all 3-D outings are purely commercial cash grabs, it can used to great effect in an artistic film as well.

THE TRAILER:



 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Friday, August 31st – 7:30pm

3-D as Art

AVATAR (2009, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: James Cameron)


“The King of the World” James Cameron unleashed this huge box office hit that revolutionized 3-D cinema as only Cameron can do. No matter what you think of AVATAR (and the film has its share of critics) the experience of seeing this on a big screen in 3-D is something to behold.

THE TRAILER:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Saturday, September 1st – 7:30pm & Sunday, September 2nd – 7:30pm

LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF (2003; Directed by: Thom Andersen)



 

I don’t believe there is any city that has more recognizable cinematic landmarks that Los Angeles – which makes sense given that Hollywood is the center of the movie universe. Sure runaway production sees most films shot in Toronto or Vancouver these days, but usually those places are dressed to look like other spots, and neither is as unique or identifiable as Los Angeles (anyone who has been to Toronto can tell you how utterly bland it is).

LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF highlights the city’s history on film. It screens regularly at the Cinematheque, and you have 2 chances to see it over the labor day long weekend.

THE TRAILER:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Monday, September 3rd – 7:30pm

Eastwood Westerns

THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966, United Artists; Directed by: Sergio Leone)



 

There is usually no reason to like a Monday, but not this one given that it’s a day off and the Cinematheque kicks off a series of westerns featuring iconic Clint Eastwood. And what a beginning to the series too starting with one of his most popular titles, the Sergio Leone Man With No Name Spaghetti Western entry THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY.

I don’t think there is anyone who doesn’t recognize the main title theme by Ennio Morricone.  When I think about this film I am instantly taken to the great scene near the end of Eli Wallach running around a graveyard with Morricone’s score excellently enhancing the visuals.

This is the more recent extended edition of the film. 

THE TRAILER:



 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

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From David Cronenberg to Samuel Fuller – Screening This Week at the American Cinematheque (August 20 – 26, 2012)

August 19, 2012

Summer is starting to wind down and the box office blockbusters are slowing as well.  Soon the Toronto International Film Festival will be happening and awards season will be in full swing.

If you’re a filmmaker looking to get your film into a festival such as TIFF the Cinematheque this week has a seminar about navigating the sometimes confusing and frustrating world of Film Festivals.

The Cinematheque always has great programming no matter what time of year it is and this week is no exception.  From Foreign classics such as GRAND ILLUSION to a David Cronenberg Double Feature, a retrospective of Samuel Fuller movies and even a screening of the recently remade TOTAL RECALL in 70mm with Paul Verhoeven on hand to introduce the screening.  There’s something for everyone at the American Cinematheque.

THE EGYPTIAN – 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028


Wednesday, August 22nd, 7:30pm

GRAND ILLUSION (1937, Rialto Pictures; Directed by: Jean Renoir)


This is a film that is on many top movies of all-time lists – and deservedly so. Jean Renoir’s WWI classic sees French Officers taken as Prisoners of War from different walks of life (an aristocrat, a mechanic, etc.) who after escape attempts find themselves as “guests” in a impenetrable German fortress.  

Most intriguing is the relationship that develops between Jean Gabin’s aristocrat and German Commendant Erich von Stroheim.

THE TRAILER:



 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

 

Thursday, August 23rd, 7:30pm

THE EGYPTIAN AT 90

HOLLYWOOD CAVALCADE (1939, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: Irving Cummings and Malcolm St. Clair)



As part of the 90th birthday celebration for the Egyptian theater, the Cinematheque has been screening films that made their debut run at the historic theater. This movie did not get it’s premiere at the Egyptian but instead features the theater in the movie.

Alice Fay plays an actress lured from the New York stage to the very new Silent Picture business growing in 1913 Hollywood by director Don Ameche (he’s young here, so doesn’t need the swimming pool of alien Cocoons yet – nor does he break dance). While she finds success, his career falls off as the picture business moves from the Silent era to Sound. Many silent stars make cameo appearances including Buster Keaton, Al Jolson and Rin Tin Tin.

Some fun OUTTAKES featuring BUSTER KEATON:



Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

 

Friday, August 24th, 7:30pm

MAYAN CALENDAR COUNTDOWN

TOTAL RECALL (1990, Carolco; Directed by: Paul Verhoeven)



You’ve (maybe) seen the remake, now see the original. Director Paul Verhoeven will be on hand to introduce a rare 70mm screening of the 1990 Science Fiction-Action blockbuster starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Michael Ironside, Ronny Cox and a sultry Sharon Stone who kick’s Arnold’s butt and looks hot doing it. Even more convenient timing given the recent landing of the rover CURIOSITY on Mars where the majority of this movie is set.

I’m also a big fan of the Jerry Goldsmith score.

For the memories of a lifetime…recall, recall, recall.

THE TRAILER:




 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

 

Saturday, August 25th, 7:30pm

One of Canada’s most significant contributions to Hollywood in terms of directors is David Cronenberg, and the American Cinematheque has 2 of his more bizarre films that have strong cult followings.

VIDEODROME (1983, Universal; Directed by: David Cronenberg)



James Woods is hooked on a TV program that may be a snuff video and in his attempt to locate the source of it experiences some bizarre hallucinations which send his concept of reality spiraling out of control.

It took me a couple of viewings to finally warm up to this movie, which I expect would be best seen on a big screen with an audience (then again, what movie wouldn’t?).

Followed by…

EXISTENZ (1999, MGM; Directed by: David Cronenberg)


Jennifer Jason Leigh is a game designer who while on the run from assassins enters into her virtual game creation. Perfect pairing with VIDEODROME as characters find themselves torn between fantasy and reality.

THE TRAILER for VIDEODROME:





THE TRAILER for EXISTENZ:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

 

Sunday, August 26th, 3:00pm

ART DECO HISTORIC TALKS

ROXY ROTHAFEL: AMERICAN SHOWMAN




From the Cinematheque website:

The picture business owes the better part of its existence to Sam Rothafel.” – The Hollywood Reporter, 1936

Samuel ‘Roxy’ Rothafel built an enormously influential career as a film exhibitor, radio broadcaster, musical arranger, stage producer, war propagandist and international celebrity. Between 1908 and 1935, Rothafel crafted a global reputation and brand name for his elaborate motion picture presentations; helped launch the Rockettes and other stage performers and musicians to stardom; arranged Movietone scores for films such as SUNRISE, STREET ANGEL and FOUR SONS; became one of NBC’s biggest stars during the 1920s and 1930s; and helped make motion pictures and radio the dominant forms of mass entertainment.

Ross Melnick, assistant professor of film and media studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the author of American Showman: Samuel ‘Roxy’ Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry (Columbia University Press, 2012), will discuss Rothafel’s multi-faceted and multimedia career and his contributions to film exhibition and American popular culture. A book signing and screening of 7TH HEAVEN will follow the lecture.

7th HEAVEN (1927, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: Frank Borzage)



A very rare screening of this 1927 film which won 3 Academy Awards (Best Actress – Janet Gaynor, Best Director and Best Writing – Adaptation).

A sewer worker rescues a young prostitute from a dispute, and then claims she is his wife. The couple falls in love, but the looming World War threatens their happiness.

A CLIP:

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

 

Sunday, August 26th, 6:30pm – Spielberg Theater

SEMINARS FOR FILMMAKERS 2012

NAVIGATING THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD




In their continuing series of seminars for filmmakers, the Cinematheque this week discusses how to deal with the ever growing and sometimes frustrating Film Festival circuit.

From the Cinematheque website:

Save money on pesky submission fees!


Figure out a festival strategy that is right for your film!


For most emerging filmmakers, the goal of launching a film on the film festival circuit begins with one singular dream: Sundance! But what lies beyond Sundance for you and your film? In this informative seminar, film festival programmer/film consultant Thomas Ethan Harris (former Director Of Programming Los Angeles Film Festival and Palm Springs International Festival Of Short Films) offers filmmakers practical tips and keen guidance to navigating the world of film festivals to maximum effect.

What are the most significant film festivals and showcases you should be considering right now before that ultimate Sundance dream fades and you are left with a very good film with no place to show it?
Discussion topics will include:

-A survey of the most important film festivals in both the United States and the international community.
-A breakdown and discussion of what particular film festivals are looking for and what individual film festivals respond to as they build their yearly slate of selected films.
-How to strategize the best festival release for your film.
-The growing importance of community and genre film festivals.
-Why establishing a good “perception” for your film in the film festival world may be the most valuable strategy of all.
-What do I do with my “work-in-process” film with festival deadlines quickly approaching. Is it worth submitting a WIP to Sundance or South By Southwest?
-Film Festival Diagnosis For Your Film: Do I have a “festival” movie? Before you spend all that money on submission fees, what is the primary definition of today’s “film festival” content?
Plus!
-Secret “insider tips” on submitting your film that will improve your chances of getting selected!
-A list of film festivals to avoid, and why!

Whether you are currently submitting your film to festivals, in production on your film, or even just prepping or writing your first film, everyone is encourage to check out this insightful, stimulating and empowering discussion of film festivals and film festival release strategy.

Special Ticket Prices: $20 General, $15 Student/Senior, $12 Member.

180 min.

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

 

THE AERO – 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403



Monday, August 20th, 7:30pm

MONDAY NIGHT MYSTERIES

THE LAST OF SHEILA (1973, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Herbert Ross)



You know when a group of people are invited to take part in an evening of murder mystery games, things are not going to remain pretend for too long. Director Herbert Ross’ puzzle of a movie has a group of people invited onto a yacht for just such an event, and as expected the game gets very real.

THE TRAILER:



Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

 

Tuesday, August 21st, 7:30pm

A night of documentary and discussion – from the Cinematheque website:

Co-presented by Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community, Transition CC, Food & Water Watch, Sierra Club

Now a hot topic in Los Angeles, “fracking” is the focus of an evening featuring Josh Fox’s documentaries “The Sky Is Pink” and GASLAND, followed by a panel discussion with environment experts.

What is Fracking?

Our country is in the midst of an unprecedented gas drilling boom brought on by a controversial technology called horizontal hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” into our domestic shale rock formations. Seeking ways to squeeze a yield from depleted oil fields, natural gas producers all over the country are forcing trapped natural gas up & out via high-pressure injecting millions of gallons of water, sand & toxic chemicals. Read more from Food & Water Watch

You may have heard about it on the east coast or midwest. Now intensive drilling and horizontal fracking has come to California, and our very own Inglewood/Baldwin Hills oil field (the largest contiguous urban oil field in America) is at the heart of the debate. Culver City Council recently took a bold step in sending a message to Governor Brown. So what’s next?

Come be a part of a fully informed public!

Before the feature, Josh Fox’s new documentary short and follow-up to GASLAND “The Sky Is Pink” will screen.

Following GASLAND, join us for a panel discussion and Q&A session with experts including:
Paul Ferrazzi, Executive Director, Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community
Dr. Clyde Tom Williams, Retired Oil/Gas Field Specialist and Sierra Club-California, CalFrack Coordinator
Meghan Sahli-Wells, Culver City Council Member

THE SKY IS PINK (2012, Short Film; Directed by: Josh Fox)

Followed by…

GASLAND (2010, HBO; Directed by: Josh Fox)



Josh Fox digs deep (ok bad pun I know – couldn’t help it) into the subject of fracking and its application by the “Big Gas” companies and uncovers some startling and disturbing revelations.

THE TRAILER:



Link to Tickets and Information HERE.


Wednesday, August 22nd, 7:30pm

RAY BRADBURY TRIBUTE

To celebrate the birthday of renowned Science Fiction author Ray Bradbury (who passed away recently) the Cinematheque presents a double feature of movies based on his work.

I have had the fortunate experience to hear Mr Bradbury speak on a couple of occasions at past San Diego Comic-con panels which had the effect of making me appreciate the man and his work even more.

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES (1983, Walt Disney; Directed by: Jack Clayton)



Ray Bradbury adapted his own book into the screenplay for this very creepy Disney movie (creepy and Disney in the same sentence…) that I guarantee gave most children (including yours truly) nightmares in their youth. Nightmares is an appropriate word given that the plot revolves around a mysterious and sinister figure (Jonathan Pryce) who comes to a small American town with his circus and strange things begin to happen to the citizens.

Followed by…

FAHRENHEIT 451 (1966, Universal; Directed by: Francois Truffaut)



 

It’s a nasty future where books are not only banned but burned. A firefighter charged with this unfortunate duty falls for a rebellious book hoarder (Julie Christie) and finds himself enchanted with the very items he is supposed to destroy. French New Wave director and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS UFO expert Francois Truffaut directs.

THE TRAILER for SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES:




A CLIP from FAHRENHEIT 451 can be accessed HERE.

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

Thursday, August 23rd, 7:30pm

Discussion between films with directors Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr.

SEXUAL CHRONICLES OF A FRENCH FAMILY (2012, IFC; Directed by: Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr)




Sex – it’s one of those things that is natural, but many families are afraid to confront it. When a young boy is caught filming himself masturbating during biology class (I wonder if his iPhone has an app for that?), the matriarch of a family decides to openly discuss the sexual experiences of the entire family – including a Grandfather’s monthly visit to a prostitute, etc. You would think from the description that this would be a very vulgar and risqué film, but the way the material is handled it is anything but.

Followed by…

AMERICAN TRANSLATION (2011, TLA Releasing; Directed by: Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr)




A French man and American woman begin a passionate relationship that leads them down a very dark and dangerous path.

THE TRAILER for SEXUAL CHRONICLES OF A FRENCH FAMILY:




THE TRAILER for AMERICAN TRANSLATION:




Link to Tickets and Information HERE.


Friday, August 24th, 7:30pm

UNDERWORLD U.S.A.: THE PULPY HEART OF SAM FULLER CINEMA

I was first introduced to the cinema of Samuel Fuller thanks to a Saturday night with nothing to do, and a couple of titles I came across at the Los Angeles public library (on VHS but thankfully Letterboxed). Those were SHOCK CORRIDOR and THE NAKED KISS both screening as part of this retrospective series from the Cinematheque.

SHOCK CORRIDOR (1963, Allied Artists; Directed by: Samuel Fuller)



Seeking out a Pulitzer prize, a journalist goes undercover in a psychiatric ward to solve a murder case, and gets in a little too deep with the inhabitants.

When I first saw this film, it inspired much of my short story work for a college creative writing class I was in (in particular one I wrote call WORLD OF MADNESS). I recently revisited this movie thanks to the CRITERION COLLECTION release, and found it to be even better than when I saw it the first time.

Followed by…

FORTY GUNS (1957, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: Samuel Fuller)



The intended title, WOMAN WITH A WHIP, had to be changed but this daring western featuring Barbara Stanwyck as a rancher who rules over an Arizona county and has what can best be described as a fetish for guns still packs quite a punch.  Imagine Barbara Stanwyck as a pistol toting Western style Dominatrix and well…it’s worth seeing to believe.

THE TRAILER for SHOCK CORRIDOR:






THE TRAILER for FORTY GUNS:

 


 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

 

Saturday, August 25th, 7:30pm

UNDERWORLD U.S.A.: THE PULPY HEART OF SAM FULLER CINEMA

PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (1953, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: Samuel Fuller)



In this Noir thriller Richard Widmark is in familiar territory as a pickpocket who accidentally lifts a microfilm from a Communist spy and finds himself targeted by both Communists and the Feds. Thanks again to an amazing CRITERION COLLECTION release, I was introduced to this film during my films school years and never before has New York seemed so dark, dangerous and claustrophobic.

Followed by…

UNDERWORLD U.S.A. (1961, Columbia; Directed by: Samuel Fuller)



Cliff Robertson is released from prison and has a score to settle with three hoods that beat his father to death years earlier. With a plan that involves playing all angles and both sides of the law, he manages to carry out his vendetta while caught in a war between the Mob and the Feds.

THE TRAILER for PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET:


 



THE TRAILER for UNDERWORLD U.S.A.:

 


 

Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

 

Sunday, August 26th, 7:30pm

UNDERWORLD U.S.A.: THE PULPY HEART OF SAM FULLER CINEMA

THE NAKED KISS (1964, Allied Artists; Directed by: Samuel Fuller)

A prostitute tries to change her life by moving to a small town and becoming a nurse at a hospital for small children. However her new life is threatened when a kiss reveals a dark secret and the true nature of the man she has fallen for.

Followed by…

THE STEEL HELMET (1951, Lippert Pictures; Directed by: Samuel Fuller)




Trapped in a Buddhist Temple during the Korean War, a group of American soldiers try to hold off Communist forces – and are completely outmanned and outgunned. The hardened veteran Sergeant befriends a young Korean boy whom he nicknames SHORT ROUND (no doubt where Steven Spielberg got the name for INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM) and the group struggles to stay focused while a captured North Korean solider tries to use their ethnic differences to divide them.

THE TRAILER for THE NAKED KISS:





A CLIP from THE STEEL HELMET:


Link to Tickets and Information HERE.

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Ernest Borgnine, Elvis and a Whole Lot More Screening This Week at The American Cinematheque (August 13 – 19, 2012)

August 12, 2012

If you regularly check my weekly American Cinematheque posts, you may have noticed I haven’t done one for the last three weeks as some things got in the way.  But I am back, and what a week to return to.
While I was attending the San Diego International Comic-con, there were a couple of fairly significant deaths within the ranks of Hollywood Legends.  Producer and former 20th Century Fox studio head Richard Zanuck passed away (also son of legendary Hollywood Mogul Daryl F. Zanuck) as did one of the best character actors in Hollywood history, Ernest Borgnine.  Born in 1917 Borgnine had a very long career playing heavies as well as good guys and did both equally well.  He was still working recently with appearances in TV movies, had a role in the 2010 movie RED and even voiced a character on SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS.  Borgnine will always be remembered for his Oscar-winning performance in the 1955 movie MARTY.  He was one of the few actors to segue into TV when it wasn’t so popular to do so (MCHALE’S NAVY) and still continued on in an exciting film career afterwards with titles like ICE STATION ZEBRA, FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX, THE DIRTY DOZEN, THE WILD BUNCH and ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK to name just a few.  The Cinematheque this week has selection of some of his work to honor his very long and successful career.

THE EGYPTIAN – 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA  90028

Thursday, August 16th, 7:30pm
Ernie: A Tribute to the Great Ernest Borgnine
JOHNNY GUITAR (1954, Republic; Directed by: Nicholas Ray)
The timing of this screening couldn’t be more convenient.  A beautiful Blu-ray Disc release of JOHNNY  GUITAR just came out this past Tuesday (via Olive Films) which I watched last night having no idea that the film was screening this week at the Egyptian. 
Joan Crawford is a saloon owner whose relationship with a known gunslinger (great name too – The Dancing Kid) has made her an undesirable in this very straitlaced western town that also isn’t too happy that she also has plans to build up a depot when the eventual railroad is built through the area.  Most indignant is Emma played by Mercedes McCambridge who is so jealous of Crawford’s sex appeal and her relationship with the Dancing Kid, she wants her pretty much dead – and from one of the best performances I have seen of an angry woman.  You believe that had there not been laws or people around she would have no problem pulling a gun out and shooting Crawford cold.
Shot in gorgeous TruColor with a color scheme that in itself is worth studying (pay attention to the costumes especially which practically leap off the screen in Olive’s Blu-ray release), JOHNNY GUITAR has become something of a cult classic among Film lovers.  The French lauded it and it cemented Nicholas Ray as an American director that demanded attention.
Borgnine plays one of the Dancing Kid’s henchmen, and is at his best as a very bad guy.
Followed by…
THE BADLANDERS (1958, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Delmer Daves)
Ernest Borgnine plays yet another heavy – this time an ex-con wanting to go straight which doesn’t last long when he teams up with fellow prison-mate Alan Ladd to steal some gold from a mining town Ladd is seeking revenge on.  Considered to be a Western remake of THE ASPHALT JUNGLE, this is a very fast paced movie with complex characters and definitely worth seeing in all its Cinemascope glory on the big screen.
A CLIP from JOHNNY GUITAR:
THE TRAILER for THE BADLANDERS:
Link for Tickets and Information HERE.
Friday, August 17th, 7:30pm
Ernie: A Tribute to the Great Ernest Borgnine
Discussion with actor Keith Carradine will take place between the films.
EMPEROR OF THE NORTH (1973, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: Robert Aldrich)
Set during the depression, Ernest Borgnine again in heavy mode here as a sadistic railroad conductor who has a “no-hobo” policy on his train, and delights in being as nasty about it as possible.  Fellow DIRTY DOZEN performer Lee Marvin is out to be the one to outwit and beat Borgnine at his game and stay on the train for the entire ride.  Directed by Robert Aldrich (who directed both Marvin and Borgnine in THE DIRTY DOZEN) has crafted a very intense and exciting movie featuring a battle of wits and wills that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Followed by…
THE VIKINGS (1958, United Artists; Directed by: Richard Fleischer)
Borgnine plays Ragnar, leader of the Vikings whose sons (Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis playing unknowing half-brothers) compete for a vacant throne – oh and the available and beautiful Janet Leigh.  Me personally I’d focus on Leigh and forget the throne. 
This is a big, fun spectacle, the kind of movie that makes going to the theater a grand event which you can see from a 35mm print.
THE TRAILER for EMPEROR OF THE NORTH:
THE TRAILER for THE VIKINGS:
Link for Tickets and Information HERE.
Saturday, August 18th, 7:30pm
Ernie: A Tribute to the Great Ernest Borgnine
A night of rousing action movies featuring Borgnine kicks off with the most violent western of all time.
THE WILD BUNCH (1969 Warner Bros.; Directed by: Sam Peckinpah)

THE WILD BUNCH is a seminal movie.  It changed the way violence was portrayed on screen and was like nothing anyone had ever seen before.  Directed by maverick Sam Peckinpah, THE WILD BUNCH is about a group of cowboys out for one last stand as the way of life they know so well disappears rapidly around them. 
With a gun battle to end all gun battles, THE WILD BUNCH was a game changer of a movie that features an impressive cast that along with Borgnine consists of William Holden, Robert Ryan, Warren Oates and Ben Johnson.
Followed by…
THE DIRTY DOZEN (1967, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Directed by: Robert Aldrich)
Lee Marvin has an attitude problem and is assigned the task of training a group of unruly ex-cons to carry 
out a dangerous behind-enemy-lines mission.  This is a perfect pairing with THE WILD BUNCH given that the heroes of the movie are not your typical clean cut all-American soldier types, but a ragtag group of undesirables that you wouldn’t associate with being heroic. 
Ernest Borgnine plays a General with a cast that includes Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, George Kennedy, John Cassavetes, Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas and Donald Sutherland.
THE TRAILER for THE WILD BUNCH:
THE TRAILER for THE DIRTY DOZEN:
Link for Tickets and Information HERE.
Sunday, August 19th, 2:00pm
A screening to commemorate The 35th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s Death
JAILHOUSE ROCK (1957, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Directed by: Richard Thorpe)
The King of Rock-n-Roll may have been dead for more than 3 decades now, but his legend still lives on.  Here in one of his best screen performances.  He goes to jail for manslaughter, becomes a rock superstar and quickly forgets the people who got him there. 
Features the best on-screen production number featuring Elvis and that is of course the title track JAILHOUSE ROCK.
A discussion with author Mike Stoller will precede the film, and he will be signing copies of the book he co-wrote with Jerry Lieber HOUND DOG: THE LEIBER AND STOLLER AUTOBIOGRAPHY.
THE TRAILER:
Link for Tickets and Information HERE.
Sunday, August 19th, 7:30pm
Ernie: A Tribute to the Great Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine in the role he is best known for.
MARTY (1955, United Artists; Directed by: Delbert Mann)
Winner of Academy Awards for Best Actor (Borgnine), Picture and Screenplay (Paddy Cheyefsky), this big screen remake of what was original a live NBC Television drama features Borgnine as a lonely butcher in the Bronx who still lives with his Mother, and has resigned himself to the single life.  Then he meets a very ordinary schoolteacher (Betsy Blair) who also extremely lonely and discovers that it’s never too late for romance.
A very genuine and touching movie that is so far from being the typical Hollywood romance movie – especially given that the characters are not exactly what you would expect to be the archetype Hollywood couple.  It’s a movie that will leave you feeling wonderful by the end.
I was fortunate enough to see this screened at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills as part of an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences series highlighting Best Picture winners in 2002, and Mr. Borgnine was on-hand to introduce the film.  He made a great speech about how he missed the pictures of yesterday, and what a pleasure it was that such a large crowd (it was sold out) were willing to come out and see a movie that at that point was almost 50 years old.  Needless to say, he received a well deserved standing ovation.
Followed by…
THE CATERED AFFAIR (1956, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Directed by: Richard Brooks)
Another story originally written by Paddy Cheyfsky for TV, written for the big screen by Gore Vidal (who also passed away recently) and directed by Richard Brooks (ELMER GANTRY).
Ernest Borgnine and Bette Davis are a poor couple living in New York, with Borgnine scraping together as much money as he can to buy his own cab.  His daughter (Debbie Reynolds) announces that she is about to be married and that she and the groom-to-be would like to have a very simple ceremony.  The groom’s parents talk about how all the weddings they threw for their daughters were big elaborate affairs, and suddenly Bette Davis wants to plan a wedding well beyond their means to impress everyone. 
This has great performances all around but especially by Borgnine as a regular Joe struggling in a world that demands more than he can afford. 
THE TRAILER for MARTY:
A CLIP from THE CATERED AFFAIR:
Link for Tickets and Information HERE.
THE AERO – 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90403

Monday, August 13th, 7:30pm
Monday Night Mysteries
Beat the Monday blues with one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest movies.
REAR WINDOW (1954, Paramount – via Universal; Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock)
James Stewart is a photographer with a broken leg, trapped in a wheelchair and bored beyond belief.  Using a pair of binoculars, he spies on his neighbor (Raymond Burr) and thinks he may have seen a murder take place. 
Entirely from the viewpoint of one location this claustrophobic movie uses that confinement as well the voyeuristic nature of the story to create a memorable and intense thriller.  Funny though, with Grace Kelly always hanging around I’m sure if I were in Stewart’s position I’d spend more time looking at her rather than staring at my neighbors through binoculars.
THE TRAILER:
Link for Tickets and Information HERE.
Wednesday, August 15th, 7:30pm
Grit and Whimsy III: The Best of Recent Belgian Cinema
The Cinematheque continues their series of recent Belgian Cinema – complete with Waffle and Beer reception following the film.
From the Cinematheque Website:
HIGH HEELS, LOW TIDE[a.k.a. WEEKEND AAN ZEE] (2012; Directed by: Ilse Somers)
When An, Karen, Elke and Dorian take a weekend “girls getaway” trip to the Belgian coast, they discover that their once-close friendships have become strained. Over the course of two days, the four women take a hard look at their relationships in order to come to terms with whom they once were and who they’ve become. Starring Eline Kuppens, Maaike Neuville, Marieke Dilles and Ellen Schoeters. In Dutch with English subtitles.
THE TRAILER:
Link for Tickets and Information HERE.
Thursday, August 16th, 7:30pm
Magic From Melbourne: The Movies of Nadia Tass
Discussion with Director Nadia Tass between films, and this event is free for all Cinematheque members.
From the Cinematheque Website:
MALCOLM (1986, Cascade Films; Directed by: Nadia Tass)
Socially awkward but a mechanical genius, Malcolm (a character inspired by the director’s late brother) loses his job as a Melbourne tram operator and takes in a couple of boarders to make ends meet. When he learns the pair are petty criminals, Malcolm uses his knack for gadgetry to help them pull off a series of dazzling robberies. Both warm and hilarious, Nadia Tass’ debut feature won eight Australian Film Institute Awards, including Best Film. Internationally, it won more than 20 awards.
Followed by…
THE BIG STEAL (1990, Cascade Films; Directed by: Nadia Tass)
Young Danny (Ben Mendelsohn of ANIMAL KINGDOM) tries to impress the girl of his dreams with the promise of a ride in his new Jag; unfortunately, Danny drives his family’s old Nissan Cedric. But there’s a spiffy Jaguar XJ6 in a local used-car lot, and the salesman (Steve Bisley) is offering him the deal of a lifetime – what could possibly go wrong? This delightful caper comedy took home three AFI awards including one for David Parker’s screenplay.
THE TRAILER for MALCOLM:
THE TRAILER for THE BIG STEAL:
Link for Tickets and Information HERE.
Friday, August 17th, 7:30pm
Magic From Melbourne: The Movies of Nadia Tass
Discussion with Director Nadia Tass between films, and this event is free for all Cinematheque members.
From the Cinematheque Website:
MATCHING JACK (2010, Cascade Films; Directed by: Nadia Tass)
In the most recent film from noted Australian director Nadia Tass, a mother seeks a bone-marrow match for her son, diagnosed with leukemia, and finds unlikely sources of hope in her husband’s infidelity, and in another man with a sick child. With outstanding performances from stars Jacinda Barrett, James Nesbitt, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Tom Russell. MATCHING JACK garnered the top awards at the Milan International Film Festival for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay, and Best Film Prix du Jury at Cannes Cinephile.
Followed by:
AMY (1998, Cascade Films; Directed by: Nadia Tass)
Traumatized by the death of her rock star father, 8-year-old Amy (a remarkable Alana De Roma) has become mute. When her mother (Rachel Griffiths) brings her to Melbourne in search of treatment, they move in with some quirky locals, one of whom (Ben Mendelsohn) tries to use music to bring the little girl out of her world of silence. A touching mix of comedy, drama and song, AMY won nearly 30 international awards, including the Grand Prix Cannes Junior at the Cannes Film Festival.
THE TRAILER for MATCHING JACK:
A SCENE from AMY:
Link for Tickets and Information HERE.
Saturday, August 18th, 7:30pm
Advanced Screening
Actor/Co-Director Dax Shepard and Actress Kristen Bell will participate in a Discussion following the feature.
HIT AND RUN (2012, Open Road Films; Directed by: Dax Shepard and David Palmer)
Again the Cinematheque provides a chance to see a movie before it opens to the general public (it is scheduled to open August 22nd). 
This is a chase movie about a former getaway driver who jeopardizes his Witness Protection Plan identity in order to help his girlfriend played by Kristen Bell (VERONICA MARS) get to Los Angeles.  They are chased by the Feds and Charlie’s ex-gang.  Tom Arnold, Kristin Chenoweth, Beau Bridges and Bradley Cooper also star.
I am excited about this screening as not only does the film look and sound like fun, but I may also harbor a bit of a crush on Kristen Bell who I absolutely loved in VERONICA MARS.  It’s a show that if you haven’t seen, you should track down (I believe it may be available on Netflix Streaming).
THE TRAILER:
Link for Tickets and Information HERE.
Sunday, August 19th, 5:30pm
75th Anniversary of the Art Director’s Guild
JUST IMAGINE (1930, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: David Butler)
One thing I find fascinating about living in the “future” of 2012 and the 21st Century is looking back at how older films and TV shows portrayed how they thought our times would turn out.  Who knew that while watching Captain Kirk in STAR TREK use his communicator that we would all have transportable cellular phones allowing us to be reached anywhere (200 years before the time of Star Trek), or Captain Picard using his tablet computer device in STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION would predate iPads.
Here we have a comedic musical from 1930 set in a playful utopian future of 1980 complete with personal airships and rockets to Mars (very timely considering the recent Curiosity rover landing on Mars last week).  This movie won an Oscar for Best Art Direction of 1930, and instead of the usual bleak future featured in films (most of them had us nearly wiped out by now) this one is less daunting.
Co-presented by the Art Director’s Guild Film Society, the evening will also include:
5:30pm – BEFORE THE FUTURE, a series of film clips exploring the cinema’s legacy of futurism in American movies.
6:00pm – screening of JUST IMAGINE.
8:00pm – discussion with Nicholas Cull, Professor of Public Diplomacy at USC’s Annenberg School.  He has written such books as: PROJECTING EMPIRE: IMPERIALISM AND THE POPULAR CINEMA and PROJECTING TOMORROW: SCIENCE FICTION AND POPULAR CINEMA.
The future is always looking bright at the American Cinematheque.
OPENING SEQUENCE:
Link for Tickets and Information HERE.
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Screening at the American Cinematheque – July 16 – 22, 2012

July 15, 2012

I may be nerding out at the San Diego Comic-con, but that doesn’t mean the Cinematheque programming comes to a halt.

This week has some big Hollywood classics – 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, LAURA, CITIZEN KANE, THE AFRICAN QUEEN, CASABLANCA, CAPTAIN BLOOD and SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS.  And for all those still coming down from the Comic-con buzz there is SPACEBALLS to keep the inner nerd fed.

THE EGYPTIAN – 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA  90028



Friday, July 20th – Thursday, July 26th – 7:00pm & 9:00pm – Spielberg Theater


The Cinematheque is the place for the exclusive Los Angeles premiere engagement of the latest film by Director Martin Donovan (a frequent Hal Hartley collaborator).

Screening in the Spielberg theater, there are several chances to catch the movie.  Cast and Crew will be on hand for the first one.

From the Cinematheque website.

COLLABORATOR (2011, Tribeca Films; Directed by: Martin Donovan)



Dramatist Robert Longfellow (Martin Donovan, here also directing) returns to his native Los Angeles to escape the scathing reviews of his latest Broadway play, spend time with his mother, consider a second career as a script doctor and re-connect with actress and former flame Emma (Olivia Williams). But when Robert’s bonkers neighbor (David Morse) holds him hostage at gunpoint and the situation becomes a media frenzy, the two childhood acquaintances spend a booze and pot-fueled night verbally sparring about the American Left, the American Right and all things in between.


THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.


Friday, July 20th – 7:30pm

SPACEBALLS (1987, MGM; Directed by: Mel Brooks)



SPACEBALLS the flame thrower!  This send up of STAR WARS is spot on, and how would you expect anything less with Mel Brooks at the helm.

Rick Moranis in one of his best roles as Dark Helmet, John Candy as Barf (half man, half dog, he’s his own best friend) and some great classic lines.  May the Schwartz be with you!

THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, July 21st – 2:00pm

Author Christopher Nickens will be on hand to sign his book MARILYN IN FASHION: THE ENDURING INFLUENCE OF MARILYN MONROE.

DON’T BOTHER TO KNOCK (1952, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: Roy Ward Baker)

Marilyn Monroe is a babysitter with a few issues.  A great early Marilyn movie.

THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, July 21st – 7:30pm

Director Damon Packard and cast in person!

From the Cinematheque website:

FOXFUR (2012; Directed by: Damon Packard)



This long-awaited film by mad underground auteur Damon Packard (REFLECTIONS OF EVIL) features a sweet but mentally unbalanced young woman obsessed with crystals, dolphins, Pleiadians, David Icke and Richard C. Hoagland. Soon she becomes increasingly disillusioned with New Age philosophy, in particular with the Billy Meier Pleiadian contacts, and is evicted from her room, forced into the insane outside world subject to the effects of “The Dead Zone,” where everything turns in circles and the true original experience of life no longer exists.


Followed by…

SPACEDISCO ONE (2007; Directed by: Damon Packard)



In this sequel of sorts to both LOGAN’S RUN and 1984, George Orwell’s Winston Smith runs into the daughters of Logan 5 and Francis 7 as they’re busy running amok in a park, shooting laser beams at one another. A roller-skating rink in space, “Battlestar Galactica” references and a Ministry of Truth (also known as Universal CityWalk) are all part of this psychedelic sci-fi odyssey.


Followed by the short…

LOST IN THE THINKING (2005; Directed by: Damon Packard)



In this HEARTS OF DARKNESS-style documentary, director Damon Packard, along with an art professor, an art therapist and a performance artist, brainstorm what their next project should be. Packard’s suggestion: HALLOWEEN 3 1/2.




THE TRAILER for FOXFUR:

THE TRAILER for SPACEDISCO ONE:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Sunday, July 22nd – 5:30pm

75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ART DIRECTOR’S GUILD

CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Michael Curtiz)

Errol Flynn, the most famous swashbuckler ever, in one of his best movies.  Both Flynn and Olivia De Havilland have this movie to thank for becoming full fledged movie stars.

THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

THE AERO – 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90403



Wednesday, July 18th – 7:30pm

The Cinematheque’s series GRIT AND WHIMSY III: THE BEST OF RECENT BELGIAN CINEMA continues.

From the Cinematheque website:

LA FOLIE ALMAYER (2011; Directed by: Chantal Akerman)<i2011, akerman



Freely adapted from Joseph Conrad’s first novel, Chantal Akerman’s hypnotic drama follows a European trader’s faded dreams of finding fortune in Malaysia, and his broken relationship with his half-Malay daughter. Gorgeously shot in the dense, lush jungle, the film showcases Akerman’s aesthetic tendencies for long takes and docudrama-style spontaneity. Official selection of the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Thursday, July 19th – 7:30pm

IN SPECTACULAR DIGITAL CINEMA: CLASSICS AND RESTORATIONS ON THE BIG SCREEN

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968, MGM; Directed by: Stanley Kubrick)

The Cinematheque is presenting a series of some of the biggest movies to ever come out of Hollywood.  These are movies that have defined cinema, and here we have one of the best – Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.

This is a movie you don’t just see – you experience it.

THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Friday, July 20 – 7:30pm

IN SPECTACULAR DIGITAL CINEMA: CLASSICS AND RESTORATIONS ON THE BIG SCREEN


CASABLANCA (1942, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Michael Curtiz)

The Hollywood classics continue with a movie that when being made was thought to be a throw away B movie, but came to define a studio and take its place among the list of most loved movies ever made.

If you’ve seen it before…well…Watch it Again Sam!

Followed by…

THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951, Paramount; Directed by: John Huston)

Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn take on a Nazi gunboat with a rundown tub of a boat, and Bogart wins a Best Actor Academy Award.

Another beloved movie that should be viewed several times over.

THE TRAILER for CASABLANCA:

THE TRAILER for THE AFRICAN QUEEN:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, July 21st – 7:30pm

IN SPECTACULAR DIGITAL CINEMA: CLASSICS AND RESTORATIONS ON THE BIG SCREEN


CITIZEN KANE (1941, RKO Radio Pictures; Directed by: Orson Welles)

What can I possibly say about CITIZEN KANE that hasn’t already been said?  It’s cinema in its purest form.  There is a reason why this is cited as the best film ever made.  Go see it on the big screen and see why.

THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Sunday, July 22nd – 4:00pm

IN SPECTACULAR DIGITAL CINEMA: CLASSICS AND RESTORATIONS ON THE BIG SCREEN


SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937, Walt Disney/RKO; Directed by: William Cottrell; David Hand; Wilfred Jackson; Larry Morey; Perce Pearce; Ben Sharpsteen)

The Walt Disney animated legacy began with this classic and revolutionary movie that like many of the other films listed above, defined a studio, a legacy and a genre.

The Blu-ray for this film is gorgeous, but I can’t imagine how great this will look on the big screen.

A Link to THE TRAILER <a >HERE.

Sunday, July 22nd – 7:30pm

IN SPECTACULAR DIGITAL CINEMA: CLASSICS AND RESTORATIONS ON THE BIG SCREEN


LAURA (1944, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: Otto Preminger)

A movie that is easily one of the most famous Film Noirs ever made, and a musical score that become legendary.  Otto Preminger’s suspense of lust and murder is still as riveting today as it ever was.

Followed by…

BONJOUR TRISTESSE (1958, Columbia; Directed by: Otto Preminger)

This brand new restoration of another Otto Preminger classic gets its debut on the Cinematheque screen.  Partly in color, partly in black-and-white and all in Cinema-scope, this film about a teen (Jean Seberg) whose wealthy father (David Niven) decides to settle down with a repressed Deborah Kerr.

THE TRAILER for LAURA:

A CLIP from BONJOUR TRISTESSE:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

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Screening at the American Cinematheque – July 9 – 15, 2012

July 9, 2012

The Cinematheque has a great week in store in case you can’t make it down to San Diego for Comic-Con (where I will be).  Some big classics with GONE WITH THE WIND and A STAR IS BORN and you’ll want to Wash That Man Right Out of Your Hair with SOUTH PACIFIC.

Billy Bob Thornton will be on hand to sign books and introduce a pair of movies he was in.  As well, there are a couple of great seminars for filmmakers.

THE EGYPTIAN – 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA  90028



Thursday, July 12th – 7:30pm – Spielberg Theater

Another great edition of the ongoing lecture series for filmmakers.

From the Cinematheque website:

DIRECTOR’S INTENT: INTERPRETING THE SCENE

Has a certain “economy of expression” come to dominate your truer ambitions to visually interpret your cinema? Have 100-year-old systematized production means and techniques come to rule your filmmaking practice? Has the pressure of efficiency and practicality replaced your ability to make something personal and cinematic?
The creation of rewarding narrative cinema has always depended upon the director’s ability to translate and interpret written work into a unique and personal visual expression. While certain production concerns (dialogue, camera placement, performance) consume many filmmakers’ greater intensions, the most renowned film directors soar by creatively digging into their vast arsenal of “cinematic tools” to overcome limitations and to visually and aurally enhance their films.
Learning how to transcend the contemporary “norms” of cinematic scene construction is key to successfully emerging in an increasingly crowded film arena.
Narrative cinema has always been more than performance, dialogue and standardized uses of cinematography!
While the basic “master shot/shot/reverse shot” breakdown may be the most efficient way of shooting a scene, it is not the only way!
• How can enhanced mise-en-scene infuse greater meaning into a scene than the standard master shot?
• How does the long take dynamically reestablish character depth and add new meaning into a scene?
• What lies beyond a “realistic” and “Method” approach to acting? What is the effect of other forms of acting style choices?
• What is the actual effect of shooting a scene without reverse angles or as a creatively designed two-shot?
• How can basing your shot compositions on a character’s demeanor actually create a more dynamic and intense relationship between the character and the audience than pages of (expository) dialogue?
• What really needs to be present in a close up in order to make it truly matter cinematically?
• Why is the protagonist always placed in the center of the frame?
• Why isn’t sound and color design orchestrated in a more profound, meaningful way in cinema today?
• When is the use of slow motion, dramatic camera angles and opticals an enhancement to narrative consistency and character establishment?
• How does losing a reverse angle or an establishment shot in a sequence focus and intensify the relationship between the audience and a primary character?
It’s not money that sets you apart from being an Almodovar, Altman, Campion, Coppola, Leigh, Scorsese or a Von Trier… it’s clearly understanding how intricately linked original and personal visual expression are to achieving your ultimate filmmaking career objectives.
It’s time to wake up your deepest directorial ambitions and abilities.
Former Director of Programming (Los Angeles Film Festival, Palm Springs International Short Film Festival) and Film/Visual Consultant Thomas Ethan Harris offers a Director’s Workshop that asks you to move beyond traditional visualizing practices to explore the true glories of reinterpreting the cinematic scene to include personal and artistic sheen.
So before you finish writing that script, before you shoot that film, take this one of a kind, extremely motivating Director’s Workshop designed to get you back in touch with your creative instincts so that you can make the film you intended to make in the first place and ultimately score the career you want…and deserve!
Film clips will be used to inspire an open dialogue with the audience.

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Thursday, July 12th – 7:30pm

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE: MUSIC ON THE BIG SCREEN AT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE

GIMME SHELTER (1970, Janus Films; Directed by: Albert Maysles and David Maysles)

The series of concert movies continues at the Cinematheque with this legendary Rolling Stones movie that ends on a shocking note.

THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Friday, July 13th – 7:30pm

Billy Bob Thornton will be on hand to sign copies of his book THE BILLY BOB TAPES: A CAVE FULL OF GHOSTS and introduce this double feature of movies starring…well…him.

THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (2001, Focus Features; Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen)

The Coen Brothers take a stab at a modern Film Noir in this tale of a Barber that gets caught up in a blackmailing scheme that doesn’t go exactly as planned.  Do they ever?

Followed by…

A SIMPLE PLAN (1998, Paramount; Directed by: Sam Raimi)

This Billy Bob double feature is also a Billy Bob Crime-Drama double feature, and here he and Bill Paxton come across a bag full of cash and then all hell breaks loose.

Sam Raimi (SPIDER-MAN) brings his unique style of directing to a movie that could easily be a run-of-the-mill movie, but it turns out as quite the opposite.

THE TRAILER for THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE:

THE TRAILER for A SIMPLE PLAN:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, July 14th – 10:30am

EGYPTIAN THEATER HISTORIC TOUR & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

One of the tours to take in Los Angeles – the regular walking tour of one of the historic Egyptian theater in Hollywood.  Production costs and tax incentives may have driven most of the production out of Los Angeles and California, but when it comes down to it, Los Angeles is still and always will be the heart and soul of movies and the movie industry.  The American Cinematheque has kept that alive by moving their operations into the Egyptian, and taking you behind the scenes of the history of the building and the legendary area surrounding it – Hollywood and Hollywood Boulevard!

The tour concludes with a screening of FOREVER HOLLYWOOD, a 55 minute 1999 documentary produced by the Cinematheque and directed by Todd McCarthy and Arnold Glassman (both are also responsible for the amazing documentary VISIONS OF LIGHT: THE ART OF CINEMATOGRAPHY).

Viva Hollywood!

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, July 14th – 7:30pm – Spielberg Theater

An evening of more great and hard-to-see silent shorts.  From the Cinematheque website:

SILENT SERIALS



Few examples of silent serials have survived, but, using wildly entertaining clips and complete individual chapters, RetroFormat presents an enormously fun look at a virtually lost era. With complete episodes from GRANT THE REPORTER (1912), WHAT HAPPENED TO MARY (1914), THE PERILS OF PAULINE (1914), THE HAZARDS OF HELEN (1915), A WOMAN IN GREY (1919), CAPTAIN KIDD(1919) and much more, starring Pearl White, Eddie Polo, Charles Hutchison, Ruth Roland.


Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, July 14th – 8:00pm

THE MODERNS (1988, Nelson Entertainment; Directed by: Alan Rudolph)

In honor of staff member Margot Gerber’s 20th anniversary with the Cinematheque (she’s cool, trust me), here is a screening of THE MODERNS.  It’s MIDNIGHT IN PARIS before MIDNIGHT IN PARIS – well ok without the time travel as American artists experience Paris in the 1920s.

I haven’t seen this movie in a while – probably since it first came out, so this is an ideal way to revisit it.

NO TRAILER AVAILABLE.

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Sunday, July 15th – 7:30pm

SOUTH PACIFIC (1958, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: Joshua Logan)

The Rodgers and Hammerstein Musical gets the really big screen treatment with this rare screening of a 70mm print.

This is part of a series of movies that ran at the Egyptian theater over its 90 year history.

THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

THE AERO – 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA   90403

Thursday, July 12th – 7:30pm

IN SPECTACULAR DIGITAL CINEMA: CLASSICS AND RESTORATIONS ON THE BIG SCREEN


A STAR IS BORN (1954, Warner Bros.; Directed by: George Cukor)

This is the second of many remakes of this movie, but is definitely the most memorable (the first was in 1937, then again in 1976 with Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand and about to be remade again by Clint Eastwood with Beyonce).

Movie star James Mason turns Judy Garland into a star who then surpasses him.  He becomes an outcast and a drunk while she wins awards and becomes Hollywood royalty – all the while trying to keep Mason from imploding.

THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Friday, July 13th – 7:30pm

IN SPECTACULAR DIGITAL CINEMA: CLASSICS AND RESTORATIONS ON THE BIG SCREEN


TAXI DRIVER (1976, Columbia; Directed by: Martin Scorsese)

Are you talking to me?

Travis Bickle is one unhinged dude.  He drives around New York in his Taxi Cab and takes it upon himself to clean up the streets.

Martin Scorsese’s classic movie is one that Leonard Maltin gives only 2 stars.  He thinks it’s too dark and nasty, and he’s right.  Jodie Foster plays a young prostitute, and there is also the memorable moment wher Bickle takes Cybill Shepherd on a date to a porn theater.

Followed by…

THE COLLECTOR (1965, Columbia; Directed by: William Wyler)

Terrence Stamp collects butterflies, and extends that to collect a female human as well.  Definitely a night of movie characters who need some help with social graces.

THE TRAILER for TAXI DRIVER:

THE TRAILER for THE COLLECTOR:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, July 14th – 2:00pm

STRIKING A DEAL IN A BAD ECONOMY: FILM FINANCE AND DISTRIBUTION



Guest speakers offer valuable insights on available financing options, how to close investors and securing the right distribution model, plus an in-depth look at foreign distributors, markets and territories, film promotion and advertising. You’ll learn the techniques of successful entertainment professionals who have secured the right kind of deals despite the negative economy.


Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, July 14th – 7:30pm

IN SPECTACULAR DIGITAL CINEMA: CLASSICS AND RESTORATIONS ON THE BIG SCREEN

GONE WITH THE WIND (1939, MGM; Directed by: Victor Fleming)

This movie is true Hollywood.  It’s big, it’s sweeping, it’s dramatic, has huge stars, was a monumental production with a making-of story that is just as interesting as the movie itself.

Frankly you will give a damn as Vivian Leigh as Scarlet O’Hara tries to keep it all together in the south during the Civil War, and try not to fall for the devilish charms of Clark Gable’s Rhett Butler.

Guarantee you right now this movie WILL sell out.

THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Sunday, July 15th – 4:00pm

IN SPECTACULAR DIGITAL CINEMA: CLASSICS AND RESTORATIONS ON THE BIG SCREEN


JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1963, Columbia; Directed by: Don Chaffey)

When I first saw JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS I was very young, and was instantly swept away by the visuals, especially the excitement of Jason fighting off skeletons – thanks to the expert effects work of Ray Harryhausen.

I saw this projected a few years ago at the New Beverly, and it is a spectacle.  Take the kids, they’ll love it – then tell them later the skeletons weren’t from a computer.  I bet they won’t believe you.

THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Sunday, July 15th – 7:30pm

IN SPECTACULAR DIGITAL CINEMA: CLASSICS AND RESTORATIONS ON THE BIG SCREEN


THE LEOPARD (1963, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: Luchino Visconti)



If ever there is a movie that must be seen on the big screen, this is it.  The Cinematheque website refers to this as “Italy’s answer to GONE WITH THE WIND” and I heartily agree.

A prince played by Burt Lancaster fights to preserve his family and class during social upheavals.

THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

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Screening at the American Cinematheque – July 2 – 8, 2012

July 3, 2012

It’s the week of the 4th of July, and the American Cinematheque has some great screenings.  Very exciting is a double feature of THE OMEGA MAN with THE LAST MAN ON EARTH.  All that is missing is the Will Smith remake I AM LEGEND.


There is also some 80s nostalgia to be had on the weekend, some silent comedies, French New Wave and Walter Mirisch will be on hand to sign his book on a night of United Artists classics.


THE EGYPTIAN – 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA  90028







Thursday, July 5th – 7:30pm


THE OMEGA MAN (1971, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Boris Sagal)







A vampire zombie plague has made Charlton Heston seemingly the last human being on earth.  He deals with loneliness, he’s looking for a cure to save the human race and he battles zombies on a nightly basis – who better than to save humanity from zombie hordes than Charlton Heston.  The man battled talking apes and parted the red sea for crying out loud!


Truly a very fun cult classic.  It was remade later with Will Smith as I AM LEGEND in 2007, however THE OMEGA MAN itself is a remake of the movie that follows it on this double feature.


Followed by…


THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964, MGM; Directed by: Sidney Salkow)







Vincent Price is survivor of the vampire plague that has wiped out civilization and like Heston fights loneliness and the vampire hordes who want his blood.


This is truly a great double feature as both of these movies take on the same material in completely different ways.  THE LAST MAN ON EARTH is more of a horror movie while THE OMEGA MAN is more action (with horror elements).  A fun night to be had for sure.




THE TRAILER for THE OMEGA MAN:







THE TRAILER for THE LAST MAN ON EARTH:







Link to Information and Tickets HERE.


Friday, July 6th – 7:30pm


THIS MUST BE THE PLACE: MUSIC ON THE BIG SCREEN AT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE


The concert movie series at the Cinematheque continues, and this night has two offerings that I admittedly know nothing about.  So with apologies to the Cinematheque, I am borrowing the descriptions from their website.


THE PRETTY THINGS: MIDNIGHT TO SIX 1965 – 1970 (2010, Reelin’ In the Years Productions; Directed by: David Peck)







Don’t miss the rare opportunity to see this unreleased documentary! Featuring 20 full-length performances, including the Pretty Things’ historic, riot-inducing R&B period; their highly influential, rock-opera/psychedelic “SF Sorrow” period; and their proto-heavy metal “Parachute” period. Between songs are new interviews with the original band members (Phil May, Dick Taylor, John Stax, Skip Alan, Wally Waller and Jon Povey) who tell stories and recount the fascinating, tumultuous and controversial history of the band. The only documentary ever to focus on the Pretty Things, one of the most significant yet unsung rock groups in history.


Followed by…


THE SMALL FACES: ALL OR NOTHING 1965 – 1968 (2009, Reelin’ In the Years Productions; Directed by: David Peck)







The Small Faces were one of the most influential rock groups of the 1960s. This first official documentary film features 27 complete performances filmed between 1965 and 1968, including nine songs from their legendary masterpiece “Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake.” Archival interviews with Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane, along with new interviews with Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones, tell the fascinating story of this underappreciated yet groundbreaking group, who were finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. Panel discussion between films with producers David Peck, Tom Gulotta, Phil Galloway and Rob Bowman and music historian Bart Mendoza.




THE TRAILER for THE PRETTY THINGS:









THE TRAILER for SMALL FACES:







Link to Information and Tickets HERE.


Saturday, July 7th – 3:30pm


The Cinematheque hosts a festival of films by Women.  Sounds like a great night.


From the Cinematheque website:


2012 VISCERA FILM FESTIVAL






Join us for an evening of the best new horror films created by women at the 2012 Viscera Film Festival. The program will include a sneak peek of legendary horror actress Danielle Harris’ feature film directorial debut AMONG FRIENDS, and a lineup of thirteen brand new short horror films, including some from our newest category (Fresh Blood) for filmmakers under 18. Click here for a complete list of special guests in attendance!
3:30PM – Sneak Peek Screening of AMONG FRIENDS
See info on the feature film below.
5:00PM – Red Carpet Ceremony
The Red Carpet Ceremony will showcase the attending filmmakers, celebrity judges, and special local celebrity friends of Viscera and horror industry professionals before an array of entertainment news press. Come watch the black-tie, star-studded event!
7:30PM – Shorts Program
(114 min.) 13 of the best new short horror films directed by women from around the world will screen, including:
Kate Shenton’s “Baby Face” (6 min.)
Vinciane Millereau’s “Barbie Girls” (15 min.)
Jen Thym’s “Bloodtraffick” (11 min.)
Hadas Brandi’s “Escape from Hellview” (7 min.)
Nadia Litz’ “How to Rid Your Lover of a Negative Emotion Caused by You” (15 min.)
Louisa Feldman’s “Jump” (4 min.)
Kimberly McCollough’s “Nice Guys Finish Last” (11 min.)
Tara-Nycole Azarian’s “Sybling Rivalry” (7 min.)
Rebekah McKendry’s “The Dump” (11 min.)
Axelle Carolyn’s “The Halloween Kid” (7 min.)
Jen Moss’ “The Morning After” (8 min.)
Donna Thorland and Peter Podgursky’s “The Night Caller” (7 min.)
Caroline du Potet’s “The Third Eye” (6 min.)
9:00PM – Intermission
During intermission, grab a drink or snack from our catered refreshments.
10:00PM- Q&A and Awards Ceremony
Legendary director Mary Lambert receives the first-ever Inspiration Award for her work directing horror films such as PET SEMATARY, followed by the announcement of Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Film of the festival. Filmmakers in attendance will participate in a Q&A onstage.
11:00PM – After Party at the Roosevelt Hotel
After the screening and awards ceremony, join us for the After Party at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel’s Tropicana Bar (7000 Hollywood Blvd). You will be treated to food, drinks, and entertainment all included in your ridiculously low ticket price. You won’t find a better bargain anywhere for a great night out. You can’t even see one movie with snacks for this price anywhere else! This event will be catered by the fine folks at Anarkitchen, “Solidarity to the Culinary Arts.” Please RSVP for the after party here!
Your ticket is all inclusive – one low price for the red carpet and awards ceremonies, feature film, shorts lineup, food, drinks, and after party!



THE TRAILER for AMONG FRIENDS:







Link to Information and Tickets HERE.


Sunday, July 8th – 7:30pm


Director Howard Deutch and actress Lea Thompson will be on hand for a Q&A between movies.


SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL (1987, Paramount; Directed by: Howard Deutch)







There is nothing like teen romance in the 80s.  The guy from the “other side of the tracks” is in love with the most popular (and rich) girl in school.  He asks her out and gets dating advice from his closest friend who is a female and well while I don’t want to spoil it, you can probably put 2 and 2 together – but who cares!  It’s a formula that works, and the cast is exceptional in this (Eric Stoltz finally gets on screen with Lea Thompson after being replaced in BACK TO THE FUTURE and Mary Stuart Masterson rounds it out) and it’s written by the king of 80s teens, John Hughes.


I absolutely love the opening credits of this.  So much energy.


Followed by…


ALL THE RIGHT MOVES (1983, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: Michael Chapman)







Tom Cruise is in a dead end blue-collar town and football is his way out.  Lea Thompson is on hand to help him out.




THE TRAILER for SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL:







THE TRAILER for ALL THE RIGHT MOVES:







Link to Information and Tickets HERE.




THE AERO – 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90403







Thursday, July 5th – 7:30pm


JULES ET JIM (1962, Janus Films; Directed by: Francois Truffaut)







One of the greatest movies to ever come out of the French New Wave cinema is Francois Truffaut’s classic that has two war enemies falling for the same woman in peacetime, and both carry on a relationship with her.


I once saw THE 400 BLOWS at the Nuart, and have to say that the black-and-white cinematography literally blew me away.  I mention that because I feel it will be the same case here.


Followed by…


VIVRE SA VIE (1962, Janus Films; Directed by: Jean-Luc Godard)







Another New Wave classic this time from Godard.  A woman who aspires to be an actress becomes a prostitute instead.  A somewhat bleak movie with outstanding visuals.




THE TRAILER for JULES ET JIM:







A CLIP from VIVRA SA VIE:







Link to Information and Tickets HERE.


Friday, July 6th – 7:30pm


SHERLOCK, JR. (1924; Directed by: Buster Keaton)







Buster Keaton does what we all have done at some point in time, imagined ourselves in the movies.  Here he’s a projectionist that climbs into (literally) a detective movie.


The usual spectacular stunts and gags are on display here, and it is reported that Keaton broke his neck while pulling off one of them.


Followed by…


THE CAMERAMAN (1928; Directed by: Buster Keaton)







What better way to get a woman’s attention than working in the movies.  Buster Keaton believes this to be the case and gets himself a camera to do just that.




A CLIP from SHERLOCK, JR:







A CLIP from THE CAMERAMAN (umm, kind of):







Link to Information and Tickets HERE.


Saturday, July 7th – 7:30pm


Cast and Crew 25th Anniversary reunion screening.


NORTH SHORE (1987, Universal; Directed by: William Phelps)







The battle between the soul and greed hits the waves in this surfing great.  Has it really been 25 years?  Yikes.




THE TRAILER:







Link to Information and Tickets HERE.


Sunday, July 8th – 8:30pm


Walter Mirisch will be on hand signing his book I THOUGHT WE WERE MAKING MOVIES, NOT HISTORY.


IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (1967, United Artists; Directed by: Norman Jewison)







They call him MISTER TIBBS!


1967 was a good year.  It was the year of BONNIE AND CLYDE, THE GRADUATE and this film, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT which won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Actor (Rod Steiger), Screenwriting and Editing.


Sidney Poitier is spot on as an African American detective from Philadelphia in a very racist Southern town.  I can’t imagine anyone else but Poitier as Tibbs, especially when he slaps back a plantation owner.


I saw this movie once before projected at the Academy with Mr. Poitier in attendance.  It was such a moving moment.


Followed by…


INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956, Paramount; Directed by: Don Siegel)







The original sci-fi classic is a story of paranoia and terror when a small California town is taken over by aliens who inhabit the citizens via pods after they dose off.  Remade several times (some of them decent like the 1978 version) but this is one movie that truly stands the test of time.


Soon to be released on Blu-ray Disc (August 7 I believe) but definitely one to check out on the big screen.




THE TRAILER for IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT:







THE TRAILER for INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS:







Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

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THUNDERBIRDS, PINK FLOYD: THE WALL, ANIMAL HOUSE and 1776 – Screening This Week at the American Cinematheque, June 23 – July 1, 2012

June 26, 2012

How can you go wrong with movies feature a cast of puppets?  You can’t!  THUNDERBIRDS are GO at the Cinematheque this week as well as a series of music based films.  And with the 4th of July coming right up, it only makes sense that 1776 is part of the program.

THE EGYPTIAN – 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA  90028



Thursday, June 28th – 7:30pm

Director Mathieu Kassovitz will be on hand to discuss the two films being screened.  The Q&A is to be moderated by Director Guillermo del Toro (schedule permitting) who if you haven’t seen in person he is an absolute riot!  Get ready for plenty of entertaining F-bombs.

REBELLION (2011, Kinology; Directed by: Mathieu Kassovitz)

Police are taken hostage by separatists and a hostage negotiator (played by Kassovitz) finds himself torn between his morals and his duty to obey orders.  This movie is action packed!  

Followed by…

LA HAINE (1995, Universal; Directed by: Mathieu Kassovitz)




LA HAINE deals with poor youths in the suburbs who have turned to crime and are constantly clashing with police after a riots where one of their friends was brutally beaten by a police officer.

Controversial upon release, and still could be considered such this movie was a big hit, critically praised and won France’s top film honor.

THE TRAILER for LA HAINE:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Friday, June 29th – 7:30pm

Before TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE there were the THUNDERBIRDS - a 1960s series that featured puppets as stars.

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO (1966, Park Circus/ITV; Directed by: David Lane)

Shot in SuperMarionation Techniscope, the THUNDERBIRDS TV series goes to the big screen.  So great simply because it’s played so seriously and the movie has Rock Snakes.  I wish I had seen these when they first came out. I am totally in love with this series, and you will be too.

Followed by…

THUNDERBIRD 6 (1968, Park Circus/ITV; Directed by: David Lane)

The second THUNDERBIRDS movie sees the team back in action vs. the Black Phantom.

The fact that these are 35mm prints makes this a double feature not to be missed.

THE TRAILER for THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO:

THE TRAILER for THUNDERBIRD 6:

Oh and if you buy an Individual membership and up ($65) when buying a ticket for any of the THUNDERBIRDS screenings, you will walk away with a box set of the entire TV series. 12 Discs, 32 episodes…plenty of puppets.

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, June 30th – 7:30pm

FOOD FIGHT!!!

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S ANIMAL HOUSE (1978, Universal; Directed by: John Landis)

John Landis defines the teen/college comedy in this 1978 classic.  Without this movie, who knows what the 80s would have been like.  Would there have been a REVENGE OF THE NERDS or REAL GENIUS?  Who knows.  Thankfully though the original is still just as good as it ever was complete with Food Fight and Toga Party.

THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, June 30th – 7:30pm – Spielberg Theater

THUNDERBIRDS EPISODES – PART 1 (1965, Park Circus/ITV)

You’ve seen the movies, now catch a collection of the TV episodes in the Spielberg theater.  And again if you buy a membership and a ticket for this or another of the other THUNDERBIRDS screenings, you get a full box set of 32 episodes of the show!

THE INTRO:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Sunday, July 1st – 7:30pm – Spielberg Theater

THUNDERBIRDS EPISODES – PART 2 (1965/1966, Park Circus/ITV)

Another night of THUNDERBIRDS TV episodes.  After viewing these, you’ll be wishing SuperMarionation was still a thing.

THE INTRO:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Sunday, July 1st – 7:30pm

The Founding Fathers sing their way to Independence!

1776 (1972, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Peter H. Hunt)

It’s the weekend before the 4th of July holiday and what a better way to get into the spirit than with 1776, a movie about the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.  The movie is a long one, but if you’re a History buff (like I am) it’s worth sitting through.

I think the last time I watched this was right on July 4th, 2009 and near the end of the film, fireworks went off near where I was living at the time – almost like it was planned.

A discussion with Director Peter H. Hunt will follow the screening.

THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

THE AERO – 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90403



Wednesday, June 27th – 7:30pm

3 WOMEN (1977, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: Robert Altman)

One of Robert Altman’s most compelling movies screens at the Aero.  Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Janice Rule are three different women who are more similar than any of them realize.

3 WOMEN is a movie I can watch over and over again and be affected in so many different ways even after seeing it so many times.  In fact, just writing this up makes me look forward to revisiting it.  It leaves such an impression – especially given that it is from a Director who left a distinct impression with every movie he made.

THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Thursday, June 28th – 7:30pm

This Must Be The Place: Music on the Big Screen at the American Cinematheque


DON’T LOOK BACK (1967, Pennebaker Hegedus Films; Directed by: D.A. Pennebaker)

I have not seen this film, so from the American Cinematheque website:


The young Bob Dylan – scathingly brilliant, arrogant, rude, witty – is followed by doc filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker on his triumphant concert tour of England in 1965, accompanied by legendary manager Albert Grossman, folk singer Joan Baez, various groupies, journalists and hangers-on in a no-holds-barred, thrilling landmark of a documentary. With Donovan, John Mayall, Alan Price, Allen Ginsburg, Marianne Faithfull, Bobby Neuwirth.


A CLIP:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Thursday, June 28th – 9:15pm

This Must Be The Place: Music on the Big Screen at the American Cinematheque


THE CARTER (2009; Directed by: Adam Bhala Lough)

The Cinematheque presents a free screening of this documentary about rapper ‘Lil Wayne during the time when he released his hit album THA CARTER III.

THE TRAILER:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Friday, June 29th – 7:30pm

This Must Be The Place: Music on the Big Screen at the American Cinematheque

PINK FLOYD – THE WALL (1982, MGM; Directed by: Alan Parker)

PINK FLOYD: THE WALL is a music based films that transcends the genre.  When I worked at the video store in my youth, this title was almost always rented out.  It’s a visually stunning and haunting movie that plays with your mind and senses all the way through.

Directed by Alan Parker (MISSISSIPPI BURNING, BIRDY) this could be also one of the most disturbing films ever made – especially given that it is comprised almost entirely of music.  The imagery will stick with you long after you leave the theater.

Followed by…

WHEN THE WIND BLOWS (1986, MGM; Directed by: Jimmy Murakami)

This movie played about a month or so ago at the Egyptian as part of the Cinematheque’s MAYAN CALENDAR series, but here it is again as it is worth re-showing.

An aging couple build a bomb shelter reminiscing about the old days of war with no clue that times have changed and they are pretty much doomed.  Features music by Roger Waters and David Bowie which is why it is a part of this series.

LINK TO THE TRAILER for PINK FLOYD: THE WALL: HERE.

A CLIP from WHEN THE WIND BLOWS:

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, June 30th – 7:30pm

This Must Be The Place: Music on the Big Screen at the American Cinematheque


STOP MAKING SENSE (1984, Palm Pictures; Directed by: Jonathan Demme)

Director Jonathan Demme (SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) completely revolutionizes the art of the concert film with this title featuring the Talking Heads.  According to the Cinematheque website, one of the best concert movies ever made and I heartily agree.

Followed by…

STAX REVUE 1967 (2007, Reelin’ In The Years Productions)

Another title that I am not as familiar with, so again borrowing from the American Cinematheque website:

A platinum gem recently unearthed in the vaults of Norwegian TV and the only surviving full-length film of the legendary 1967 Stax Revue – the European tour that sparked the soul revolution. Beautifully shot with multiple cameras in a controlled studio environment with quality sound, we get to experience the excitement that Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Arthur Conley, Booker T. & The MGs brought to Europe in that halcyon tour. Features Otis Redding’s full five-song set.




THE TRAILER for STOP MAKING SENSE:

NO TRAILER AVAILABLE for STAX REVUE 1967.

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Sunday, July 1st – 7:30pm

This Must Be The Place: Music on the Big Screen at the American Cinematheque


MONTEREY POP / “Jimi at Monterey” / “Otis Plays Monterey” (1968, Pennebaker Films; Directed by: D.A. Pennebaker)



From the Cinematheque website:

This salute to the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival revives the world-changing excitement created by the likes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, The Who and others.

The following shorts will screen after MONTEREY POP:
Jimi Plays Monterey,” (1986, 50 min.) D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus’ camera follows Jimi Hendrix’s triumphant performance at the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival.
Shake! Otis At Monterey,” (1967, 20 min.) D.A. Pennebaker captured Otis Redding’s legendary Monterey appearance, revealing the breathtaking showmanship that thrilled the festival audience as much as the pyrotechnics-fueled Hendrix and the Who. Not to be missed!

Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

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