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Series compiled by Dennis Bartok. Additional Program Notes by Chris D.
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<<< December 13-15, 2002 >>>

Devil or Angel: A Tribute to Christopher Walken In Person!

"I'd love to make a movie where there were no guns ... Jokes, a happy ending, all that," actor Christopher Walken once observed, wryly commenting on his remakarble ability to portray trigger-happy sociopaths (AT CLOSE RANGE, KING OF NEW YORK), battle-scarred soldiers (THE DEER HUNTER, DOGS OF WAR), avenging angels (HEAVEN'S GATE) and all manner of wildly charismatic bad guys (BATMAN RETURNS, SLEEPY HOLLOW, THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS). Walken has, in fact, perfected the charming villain-as-leading-man role so effortlessly that it's easy to forget he can be staggeringly funny (witness his "Saturday Night Live" appearances, or his film-stealing cameo in PULP FICTION), intensely romantic (television's "Sarah Plain & Tall"), and a fantastic dancer (PENNIES FROM HEAVEN). His AT CLOSE RANGE co-star Sean Penn once noted that Walken "has poetry in his blood, though it's hard to know whether it's angelic or satanic" - and truly, few actors have ever walked such a fine line between the darkness and the light.

Born in 1943 in Queens, the son of a baker and a showbiz-obsessed mother, Walken attended Professional Children's School as a young boy, and got his first bit parts on live television standing behind comic greats including Milton Berle and Jackie Gleason. After changing his first name from Ronald to Christopher (at the suggestion of nightclub singer Monique Van Vooren), Walken worked as a dancer in the mid-1960's in musicals such as "Baker Street" and "Best Foot Forward" (alongside a young Liza Minnelli) - before getting his first significant dramatic role in the Broadway production of "The Lion In Winter." Walken was already 26 years old when he landed his first film role in ME AND MY BROTHER in 1968 - over the next decade, he played memorable supporting parts in NEXT STOP, GREENWICH VILLAGE, THE SENTINEL and ANNIE HALL (as Diane Keaton's deranged brother), before his stunning, Oscar-winning performance in Michael Cimino's THE DEER HUNTER made him a star.

We are thrilled to welcome Christopher Walken to the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian for the first major Los Angeles retrospective of his work, featuring a Special Sneak Preview screening of his upcoming performance in CATCH ME IF YOU CAN - !

Friday, December 13 - 7:30 PM
Special Sneak Preview! Christopher Walken In Person!

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, 2002, Dreamworks.  Oscar® nominee Leonardo DiCaprio (What¹s Eating Gilbert Grape, Titanic) and two-time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks (Philadelphia, Forrest Gump) engage in a game of cat and mouse in Catch Me If You Can, under the direction of three-time Academy Award® winner Steven Spielberg (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler¹s List). Frank W. Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) worked as a doctor, a lawyer and as a co-pilot for a major airline. No one would have ever suspected he was still a teenager, who had run away from home following the divorce of his father, Frank Abagnale, Sr. (Christopher Walken) and mother Paula (Nathalie Baye). A master of deception, Frank was also a brilliant forger, whose skill at check fraud had netted him millions of dollars in stolen funds. FBI Agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) had made it his prime mission to capture Frank and bring him to justice, but Frank is always one step ahead of him, baiting him to continue the chase. Catch Me If You Can also stars Academy Award® winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter), Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Martin Sheen (TV¹s The West Wing), Nathalie Baye, Amy Adams, James Brolin, Brian Howe, Frank John Hughes and Golden Globe winner Jennifer Garner (TV¹s Alias). Steven Spielberg directed Catch Me If You Can, from a screenplay by Jeff Nathanson, based on the autobiographical book of the same name by Frank W. Abagnale with Stan Redding. The film is produced by Steven Spielberg and Walter F. Parkes (Men in Black II, Gladiator), with Barry Kemp, Laurie MacDonald, Michel Shane and Tony Romano executive producing.

Special Ticket Price of $10.00 General, $9.00 Students & Seniors and $8.00 Cinematheque Members for this screening only.

 

Saturday, December 14 - 5:00 PM

THE DEER HUNTER, 1978, Universal, 183 min. Dir. Michael Cimino. From the opening scenes of hunter Robert De Niro and friends Christopher Walken, John Savage and John Cazale stalking deer in the mist-shrouded Pennsylvania hills, to the shattering prisoner-of-war games in the Vietnam jungles, director Michael Cimino's masterwork is a sprawling, ambitious epic of men wounded by pride, country and friendship, struggling to drag each other back to a place of safety. Winner of 5 Oscars, including Best Picture, Director and Supporting Actor (Walken). Discussion following with actor Christopher Walken (schedule permitting).

 

Saturday, December 14 - 9:30 PM
Double Feature:

THE DEAD ZONE, 1983, Paramount, 103 min. Director David Cronenberg helms one of the best Stephen King adaptations with Christopher Walken as a young man who receives the gift (or is it curse?) of second sight after a near death accident. Radical upheaval plagues his life as his marriage to Brooke Adams is thwarted, and he becomes involved in helping Sheriff Tom Skerritt track a serial killer. But foreseeing the apocalyptic behavior of power drunk presidential candidate Martin Sheen provides him with his most tortuous challenge. One of Walken's most poignant, sensitive portrayals.

KING OF NEW YORK, 1990, Artisan, 103 min. Director Abel Ferrara catapults us on a jet-propelled thrill ride through New York City's drug trade, following a maverick white crimelord (Christopher Walken) and his loyal black henchmen (Laurence Fishburne, et. al.) as they go up against the mob and other ethnic gangs to monopolize the cocaine market. Motivated as much by altruism as greed (he saves an inner city hospital from closing down), Walken provides a multi-layered portrait of a complex, charming sociopath. With memorable performances by Victor Argo, Wesley Snipes and David Caruso as the equally violent, obsessed cops focused on bringing him down at any cost.

 

Sunday, December 15 - 4:00 PM

AT CLOSE RANGE, 1986, MGM/UA, 111 min. Director James Foley paints an achingly beautiful mural of an outlaw family unraveling under the weight of sociopathic dad Christopher Walken's drug-addled psychosis. Pastoral images of Norman Rockwell's America are stood on their head as half-brothers Sean and Christopher Penn get sucked into the vortex of the larcenous family business. Based on a true story, AT CLOSE RANGE co-stars Mary Stuart Masterson and Millie Perkins. Plus, a clip from PULP FICTION, 1994, Miramax. Dir. Quentin Tarantino. Discussion following with actor Christopher Walken.

 

Sunday, December 15 - 7:15 PM
New 35 mm. Print!!

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN, 1981, MGM (Warners), 108 min. Dir. Herbert Ross. Dennis Potter's beautifully melancholic musical unspools against an eyepoppingly amazing production design inspired by painter Edward Hopper, pairing unhappily married Depression-era Arthur (Steve Martin) and sweet, footloose Eileen (Bernadette Peters). The die is cast for bittersweet romance punctuated with astounding Busby Berkeley style dance numbers. The entire cast, including Christopher Walken as Tom the pimp and Jessica Harper as ice queen wife, Joan, shine. Walken's legendary dance prowess is on ample display with his "Let's Misbehave" number, a riveting standout.