September 22 – 24, 2000

25th Anniversary Salute to the LA Film Critics Association
Sponsored by Skyy Vodka, Miramax and the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles

Series Compiled by Dennis Bartok, Len Klady and Manohla Dargis.

Special Thanks To: Jim Robinson/MORGAN CREEK; Heidi Kuebler & Leslie Fenady/WARNER BROS.; Ed Zeier/UNIVERSAL PICTURES; Mike Schlesinger/COLUMBIA PICTURES REPERTORY; Brian Claussen/SWANK; Manohla Dargis; Charles Champlin; Jim Emerson.







Founded in 1975 by the late Ruth Batchelor and a small, devoted group of fellow journalists, the L.A. Film Critics Assocation (LAFCA) has managed over the past quarter century to champion films both large and small, mainstream and independent. Its annual Awards Ceremony (held in December) has often managed to anticipate the Academy Awards – Clint Eastwood in his Oscar acceptance speech for UNFORGIVEN thanked LAFCA for supporting the film – but has just as often diverged in its tastes. In its most publicized incident, LAFCA members awarded Terry Gilliam’s cut of BRAZIL Best Picture in 1985, helping to insure that Universal would distribute the film.

This short series features five of the films that LAFCA has proudly, often defiantly supported during its 25 year history, with screenings introduced by a number of LAFCA’s current members.


Friday, September 22 – 7:00 PM


Quentin Tarantino, Lawrence Bender, Amanda Plummer and Roger Avary In Person!!

PULP FICTION, 1994, Miramax, 153 min. Quentin Tarantino’s dazzling, nitro-fueled homage to 1930’s crime fiction, Elvis Presley flicks, Los Angeles diners, Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Melville and much more was easily the most audacious and exciting American film of the 1990’s. The movie’s brilliant, against-type casting includes John Travolta (in a career-reviving performance), Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Eric Stolz, Maria de Medeiros, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Christopher Walken and Ving Rhames. Winner of LAFCA Awards for Best Picture, Actor (John Travolta) and Screenplay (Tarantino and Roger Avary). Introduction by Curtis Hanson, honorary chairman of the LAFCA Tribute. Discussion following with director/co-writer Quentin Tarantino, producer Lawrence Bender, actress Amanda Plummer and co-writer Roger Avary (schedules permitting), moderated by critic Andy Klein. Reception following.

Saturday, September 23 – 5:30 PM


Actor Chris Sarandon In Person!!

DOG DAY AFTERNOON, 1975, Warner Bros., 130 min. Put-upon everyman Al Pacino, squeezed in the vice of pressures from his dysfunctional family and his transsexual lover (Chris Sarandon), finally cracks, robbing an NYC bank with shell-shocked vet John Cazale, to finance Sarandon’s sex-change operation. Based on a true story, DOG DAY AFTERNOON is one of director Sidney Lumet’s most acutely observed and compassionate slices of life in the Big Apple. With Charles Durning, Judith Malina. Winner of LAFCA Awards for Best Picture, Director, and Actor (Al Pacino). Introduction to screening by film critics David Ehrenstein and Ella Taylor. Discussion following with actor Chris Sarandon.

Saturday, September 23 – 9:00 PM


Elliott Gould In Person!!

BUGSY, 1991, Columbia, 135 min. Warren Beatty gives one of his finest, most deceptively charming performances as Hollywood gangster-turned-Las Vegas visionary Bugsy Siegel, in director Barry Levinson’s epic crime drama. Annette Bening co-stars as Bugsy’s gorgeous moll Virginia Hill, with colorful support from Harvey Keitel as local mob kingpin Mickey Cohen, Joe Mantegna as close pal George Raft, and VANISHING POINT director Richard Sarafian (!) as mild-mannered gangster Jack Dragna. Winner of LAFCA Awards for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay (James Toback). Introduction to screening by film critic Kirk Honeycutt. Discussion following with actor Elliott Gould.

Sunday, September 24 – 5:00 PM


Actor Richard Edson In Person!!

DO THE RIGHT THING, 1989, Universal, 120 min. Director Spike Lee’s hip-hop masterpiece (and arguably the most controversial American film of the past 20 years) takes place during the hottest summer day in Bedford-Stuyvesant, revolving around the comings and goings at Sal’s Famous Pizzeria. Starring Lee himself as the hyperactive Mookie, with Danny Aiello as Sal, Ossie Davis as Da Mayor, Giancarlo Esposito as Buggin’ Out and John Turturro as Pino. Winner of LAFCA Awards for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Danny Aiello) and Music (Bill Lee). Introduction to screening by film critic Harriet Robbins. Discussion following with actor Richard Edson.


Sunday, September 24 – 8:00 PM


David Cronenberg In Person!!

DEAD RINGERS, 1988, Morgan Creek, 115 min. Dir. David Cronenberg. Jeremy Irons turns in a stupendous pair of performances as twin gynecologists sinking in a swirling miasma of fraternal sexual jealousy, prescription drugs and junk food in one of director David Cronenberg’s most disturbingly twisted and sharply executed psychological thrillers. Astoundingly enough, another daring picture based on fact. Winner of LAFCA Awards for Best Director and Actress (Genevieve Bujold). Introduction to screening by film critic Len Klady. Please note that due to unforeseen changes in his schedule, director David Cronenberg will not be able to appear for a q & a after the screening of DEAD RINGERS on Sunday, September 24 at 8 PM. Our apologies for any incovenience.