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Series programmed by:  Dennis Bartok.Inspired by: coordinated by Andrew Crane. Alternative Screen Programmed by Mark Benefield; Carl Dubliclay, Nubia Flores, Margot Gerber, David Groth, Mary McIlwain, Sean Smith

Alternative Screen Coordinated by:
Margot Gerber & Mary McIlwain. Special thanks to Slamdance

Special Thanks to:

Larry Greenberg/Showtime.

 

 

 

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Special Events & Limited Engagements in December

Wednesday, December 3 – 7:30 PM

Ayn Rand’s "Lost" Film – Rare Revival Screening:

WE THE LIVING, 1942, Duncan Scott Prod., 174 min. Dir. Goffredo Alessandrini. In 1942, without author Ayn Rand’s permission, her autobiographical novel of the Russian Revolution We The Living was filmed in Italy with three of he biggest Italian film stars of the time: Alida Valli, Rossano Brazzi and Fosco Giachetti. Following its success in theatres, Mussolini’s Fascist government realized the film’s message was an indictment of totalitarianism, and promptly confiscated the prints and negatives. Many years later, Rand’s attorneys undertook a search for the lost film; their efforts ultimately proved successful when the negative was discovered in a vault on the outskirts of Rome. Under Ayn Rand’s personal supervision, WE THE LIVING was brought to America and restored. Please join us for a special Revival Screening of this lost 174-minute classic, introduced by restoration producer Duncan Scott.

 

Thursday, December 4 – 7:30 PM

Ron Howard Tribute:

From his hugely popular early comedies SPLASH and COCOON to his recent masterful dramas APOLLO 13 and A BEAUTIFUL MIND (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director), Ron Howard has proven himself to be one of the most consistently thoughtful and creative filmmakers working in film.

THE MISSING, 2003, Sony Pictures, 130 min. From Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, the Oscar®-winning director-producer team of A BEAUTIFUL MIND comes THE MISSING, an action-filled suspense thriller and a powerful drama of love, forgiveness and redemption starring Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blanchett. Set in the starkly beautiful but isolated and lawless wilderness of the American Southwest in 1885, THE MISSING tells the story of Maggie Gilkeson (Blanchett) and her estranged father Jones (Tommy Lee Jones) and how they are reunited by a terrifying crisis. Maggie is a hard-working young woman devoted to raising her two young daughters, the teenage Lilly (Evan Rachel Wood) and the younger Dot (Jenna Boyd). To support herself, Maggie works the land and provides services as a healer. One day, Maggie’s father, Jones, who abandoned her when she was a child and spent 20 years with the Apache people, returns to reunite with his family but is rebuffed by his daughter. It is only after Lilly is abducted by Pesh-Chidin (Eric Schweig), a psychopathic killer with mystical powers, that Maggie turns to her father for help in getting her daughter back. The killer and his renegade crew of desperados are terrorizing the desolate territory, kidnapping teenage girls to sell into slavery in Mexico and leaving a trail of death and horror behind them. In a tense race against time, Maggie and Jones struggle to overcome their differences and establish a bond of trust as they try to reach the abductors before they cross the Mexican border and Lilly is lost to them forever. Discussion following with director Ron Howard (schedule permitting).

 

Limited Engagement in The Spielberg!

THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED, 2002, 72 min. Dirs. Kim Bartley and Donnacha O’Briain. While shooting a documentary on Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, an Irish film crew found themselves caught in the middle of an attempted coup by opposition leaders and members of the military (who claimed they were staging a "peaceful, democratic takeover"). While the new, pro-Bush leaders quickly whisked Chavez away to an undisclosed location, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans poured into the streets, demanding his return – leading to one of the most gripping and suspenseful reversals of fortune ever captured on film.

In the Spielberg Theatre

FRIDAY, December 5: 7:30 PM &- 9:00 PM

SATURDAY: December 6: 4:30 PM, 6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

SUNDAY, December 7: 5:00 PM

In the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre:

SUNDAY: 7:00 PM

In the Spielberg Theatre

SATURDAY: December 13: 5:00 PM

SUNDAY: December 14: 3:00 PM

Friday, December 26 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM

Saturday, December 27 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM

Sunday, December 28 3:30 PM & 5:00 PM

Saturday, December 6 – 5:30 PM

Director Peter Webber In Person! Special Sneak Preview:

GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, 2003, Lions Gate, 99 min. Dir. Peter Webber. GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING unravels the mystery behind one of Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer's greatest and most enigmatic paintings. Seventeen year-old Griet (Scarlett Johansson) is forced by family tragedy to become a maid for the Vermeer family. As intimacy grows between master and servant, disruption and jealousy spread within the ordered household and beyond, fueling a scandal which threatens to ruin them all. Starring Colin Firth, Tom Wilkinson, Judy Parfitt, Cillian Murphy. Director Peter Webber will appear in person for discussion following the screening.

 

Saturday, December 6 – 8:15 PM

CinemaScope 50th Anniversary Celebration:

Restored 35 mm. Print! HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE, 1953, 20th Century Fox, 95 min. Dir. Jean Negulesco. HOW TO MARRY was actually the first feature shot in CinemaScope by 20th Century Fox, but it was released after THE ROBE in 1953. Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall learn the price of true love in this hilariously mercenary musical comedy scripted and produced by Nunnally Johnson. Watch for mild-mannered boyfriend David Wayne (who made four films with Marilyn, more than any other actor), and listen for the sparkling score arranged by Alfred Newman. Our enormous thanks to 20th Century Fox for providing this beautiful new restored print of the film!

Plus, CinemaScope rarities including a "1920’s Scope Test Film" made in Paris, and "The Scope Parade," a 1953 promotional reel starring studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck with clips from the first Fox ‘Scope movies!

Special Thanks to Ken Kramer at the Clip Joint for his help with assembling this special Tribute to CinemaScope.

 

Tuesday, December 9 – 7:30 PM SOLD OUT!

Tim Burton Tribute – Special Sneak Preview:

Director Tim Burton has created a wondrous world of sinister shadows and black comic delights in such films as EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, BEETLEJUICE, BATMAN, ED WOOD and SLEEPY HOLLOW. Please join us for a One Night Tribute to Burton, featuring a Sneak Preview of his new film:

BIG FISH, 2003, Sony Pictures, 120 min. In the heartwarming BIG FISH, director Tim Burton brings his inimitable imagination on a journey that delves deep into a fabled relationship between a father and his son. Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) has always been a teller of tall-tales about his oversized life as a young man (Ewan McGregor), when his wanderlust led him on an unlikely journey from a small-town in Alabama, around the world, and back again. His mythic exploits dart from the delightful to the delirious as he weaves epic tales about giants, blizzards, a witch and conjoined-twin lounge singers. With his larger-than-life stories, Bloom charms almost everyone he encounters except for his estranged son Will (Billy Crudup). When his mother Sandra (Jessica Lange) tries to reunite them, Will must learn how to separate fact from fiction as he comes to terms with his father's great feats and great failings.
Discussion following with director Tim Burton (schedule permitting).

 

Wed, December 10 – 7:30 PM

INSPIRED BY……SHORTS

These shorts are inspired by some of our best authors and artists, living and dead. Michael Chabon, William Faulkner are the most well-known.

LA Premiere! Jennifer Atkins’ "If You Step On A Crack" (18 min). Subtle, lovely film, adapted from the short story by Sharon Solwitz, concerns a couple’s emotional ups and downs the night before the results of a breast biopsy. L.A. Premiere! Amy Lippman’s "House Hunting" (19 min.) Starring Paul Rudd (OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION, CHATEAU) & Zooey Deschanel (GOOD GIRL ALMOST FAMOUS), this Michael Chabon story is a funny look at one couple’s potential future as they search for a home. Sam Chen’s "Eternal Gaze" (16 min). Amazing computer-animated look at the studio of Alberto Giacometti, his sculptures and the love and agony he put into them. L.A. Premiere! Aaron Schneider’s "Two Soldiers" (39 min). Adapted from a William Faulkner short story. Ron Perlman (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, CITY OF LOST CHILDREN) stars in the poignant story of two inseparable brothers, torn apart by war. Q & A to follow with Amy Lippman ("House Hunting"); Sam Chen ("Eternal Gaze") & Aaron Schneider ("Two Soldiers")

All films are 35mm. Program compiled by Andrew P. Crane and Thomas Ethan Harris.

 

Thursday, December 11

7:30 PM

Alternative Screen Independent Film Showcase

Co-presented with Slamdance

THE REAL OLD TESTAMENT (88 min., 2003, USA), A bibical satire directed by brothers Curtis and Paul Hannum. Using a reality TV format, sock puppets and some Pythonesque humor, not to mention amusing low-tech effects and costumes, this inspired parody gives us the straight story on five Bible stories as they really went down. The Hannum brothers explore the thoughts and feelings of the Book of Genesis characters living the drama and intrigue of their famous stories about sex, drugs, incest, circumcision, adultry, fratracide and other lurid bibical adventures. Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Abraham, Lot, Jacob, God and all the rest react to some pretty controversial circumstances in this wickedly amusing parody. What was Eve thinking when she ate that apple? How did God convince adult men that circumcision was a good idea?

Quips Adam, "I’m much happier with Eve than I would be with a full set of ribs." "What’s a little heresy if a movie makes you laugh?" says hollywoodbitchslap.com. Writing for Variety Scott Foundas said the brothers "toy with their source material in some amusing ways – at one point we’re informed that Lot’s daughters were named Tracy and Stacey."

The talented ensemble cast includes: Curtis Hannum, Andy Hirsch, Kellee Mc Quinn, Paul Hannum, Ted Michaels, Harry Hannigan, Sam Lloyd, Kate Connor, Julie Harkness, Brian Strauss, Pamela Alster, Laura Meshell, Jennifer Jean Snyder, Darren Foreman and Mark Snelson among others. Click here for the Official Website.

Cast, God and Crew to appear for discussion following the screening.

With Adele Uddo's gender role reversing short "Yin Yang" 10 min., 2003, USA. The film examines stereotypical gender roles and ask the question, "what if men acted like women and women like men?" The film was named one of the 25 hottest shorts of 2003 by Filmthreat.com   Adele Uddo will appear for discussion following her film.

 

Saturday, December 13 – 7:30 PM

Director Quentin Tarantino In Person!

KILL BILL: Vol. 1, 2003, Miramax, 111 min. Dir. Quentin Tarantino. With Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica Fox, Darryl Hannah, Michael Parks, Sonny Chiba. Kill Bill is both an homage and a reimagining of the genre films that Quentin Taratino has seen and loved: spaghetti westerns, Chinese martial arts films, Japanese samurai movies as well as anime. The film is conceived in chapters, each with the characteristic look and pulse of a specific genre and then interwoven with references from pop culture and other genres. It is the tale of one woman's quest for justice after being left for dead on her wedding day. Discussion following with writer/director Quentin Tarantino (schedule permitting).

 

Thursday, December 18 – 7:30 PM

40th Anniversary Screening -- New 35 mm. Print:

HUD, 1963, Paramount, 112 min. Dir. Martin Ritt. Paul Newman delivers one of his finest performances as a modern-day cowboy whose hell-raising, womanizing ways put him into direct conflict with father Melvyn Douglas and sharp-tongued housekeeper Patricia Neal. Based on Larry McMurtry’s novel Horseman Pass, with music by the great Elmer Bernstein. Winner of Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Douglas), Supporting Actress (Neal) and Cinematography (James Wong Howe.) Please join us for a special 40th Anniversary screening of this classic modern Western, in a beautiful new 35 mm. print courtesy of Paramount Pictures.