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Engagements in January
THE REVOLUTION WILL
NOT BE TELEVISED, 2002, 72 min. Dirs. Kim Bartley and Donnacha OBriain.
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
In the Spielberg Theatre
Friday, January 2 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM
Saturday, January 3 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM
Sunday, January 4 3:30 PM & 5:00 PM
Friday, January 9 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM
Saturday, January 10 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM
Sunday, January 11 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM
Friday, January 16 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM
Saturday, January 17 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM
Sunday, January 18 5:00 PM
Friday, January 23 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM
Saturday, January 24 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM
Sunday, January 25 5:00 PM
Saturday, January 31 3:30 PM & 5:00 PM
Tuesday, January 6 7:30 PM
Holly Hunter in Person!!
THIRTEEN, 2003, Fox Searchlight, 100 min.
Dir. Catherine Hardwicke. Straight-A student Tracy lives peacefully with her divorced
mother Melanie (an intense performance by Holly Hunter), until she befriends the
cool Evie (Nikki Reed, also co-writer), the most popular and beautiful girl in
school. The thirteen-year-old girl's relationship with her mother is put to the test as
Tracy discovers drugs, sex, self-mutilation and petty crime. "A raw psychodrama
about a girl who leapfrogs from pre-adolescent innocence to reckless rebel... THIRTEEN is
a deliberately unvarnished shock piece... Catherine Hardwicke's helming debut, which won
the jury's directing prize at Sundance, can fairly be compared to the work of Larry Clark,
such as KIDS. Variety
Discussion following with actress Holly
Wednesday, January 7 7:30 PM SOLD OUT!
Benicio Del Toro, Naomi Watts and Alejandro
González Iñárritu in Person!!
21 GRAMS, 2003, Focus Features, 125 min.
Another story of hope, humanity, and survival from AMORES PERROS director/producer Alejandro
González Iñárritu and writer/producer Guillermo Arriaga. Unexpectedly, the lives
and destinies of three people are brought together Paul Rivers (Sean Penn),
a mortally ill mathematician married to an English émigré; Jack Jordan (Benicio Del
Toro), an ex-convict who finds in his faith the strength to raise a family; and
Christina Peck (Naomi Watts), an upper-middle-class suburban housewife and mother.
21 grams is the weight that one loses at death. Discussion
following with actor Benicio Del Toro & actress Naomi Watts. Director Alejandro
González Iñárritu will not be able to attend as was previously announced.
Monday, January 12 7:30 PM
Tim Robbins In-Person Tribute:
As an actor, Tim Robbins has captivated audiences in films as diverse as JUNGLE FEVER,
THE PLAYER, SHORT CUTS, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, and MYSTIC RIVER.
As a writer and director, he has challenged hearts and minds with the compelling political
oeuvres BOB ROBERTS, DEAD MAN WALKING, and CRADLE WILL ROCK. Please note that THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION will screen first followed by
CRADLE WILL ROCK. Tim Robbins will speak between films.
REDEPMPTION (1994, Columbia Pictures, 142 min.) directed by Frank Darabont. Andy
Dufresne is a young and successful banker who is convicted and sentenced to life
imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. Set in the 1940's, the film shows
how Andy, with the help of his friend Red, the prison entrepreneur played by Morgan
Freeman, turns out to be a most unconventional prisoner. Based on the Stephen King
short story "Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption." Discussion
between films with actor/director Tim Robbins.
CRADLE WILL ROCK,
1999, Disney/Buena Vista, 132 min. Based on a still-relevant true story, CRADLE finds
writer/director Tim Robbins passionately examining the growing political skepticism
and abandonment of arts support in 1930s New York City. Controversy arises over an Orson
Welles theatrical production of Mark Blitzsteins pro-union musical and a
politically-charged Diego Rivera mural commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller. With an
all-star cast (including Emily Watson, Susan Sarandon, Vanessa Redgrave,
Bill Murray, John Cusack, and many more), CRADLE brings to life some of the
20th centurys most significant figures.
Tuesday, January 13 7:00 PM
Free Seminar Hosted by Tom Hatton
HISTORIC PROGRAM Sid Grauman and
the Courtyard Theatres of California
"The Fullerton Historic Theatre Foundation presents noted architectural historian
Alfred Willis' multi-media program featuring a talk
illustrated with slides and a brief presentation on the endangered Fox Fullerton Theatre,
a courtyard theatre built by the same firm that built Graumans Chinese and Egyptian
Theatres, as well as many of the early silent film studios.
Film clips to be shown include "Tour
of Hollywood" (1947, 10 min.) in which a family is shown around Hollywood, including
a stop at the Chinese Theatre where Sid Grauman is seen sitting at his desk; and a 1926
silent newsreel (4 min.) featuring Sid Grauman and Douglas Fairbanks waiting for a train
with D.W. Griffith and others. The films are courtesy of The Silent Society of Hollywood
Heritage. They will be screened on tape.
Special guests (including Louise Holler Craddock, granddaughter of the
to the architecture and decoration of the Chinese, Egyptian, and Fox Fullerton theatres,
have been invited. Alfred Willis received his Ph.D. in architectural history at Columbia
University. Previously, he headed the Arts Library at UCLA and served as architecture
librarian at Kent State University. Willis is currently assistant director for collection
development at Hampton Universitys Harvey Library in Virginia, and actively
researches, writes and speaks on topics including the thousands of notable Meyer &
Holler structures located throughout greater Los Angeles.
Plans have been submitted to the City of Fullerton to tear down the
1925 Italian-Renaissance Fox Fullerton Theatre to build apartments. The non-profit
foundation is raising funds in order to buy, restore and re-open the original vaudeville
and silent movie house as a multi-use venue featuring independent, art films, and live
performances. more information on efforts to save the Fox Fullerton Theatre, call
714/607-0884 or visit www.FoxFullerton.org.
Thursday, January 15 7:30 PM
SPACE IS THE PLACE, 1974,
Plexifilm, 82 min. Dir. John Coney. Avant-garde jazz legend Sun Ra, along with
Intergalactic Solar Arkestra, returns to planet Earth to save the Black race in this
long-lost 1970's cult gem, recently restored to its full-length director's cut. Via
"trans-molecularization," Sun Ra plans to convert harmonic progressions into
energy and transport fellow African-Americans to a better world. But not if NASA, the FBI,
and a mysterious cardshark club-owner have anything to do with it!! A deliciously crafted
homage to 50s and 60s ultra low-budget sci-fi films, SPACE IS THE PLACE also tips its hat
to blaxpoitation, fairy tales, and concert films. Starring and featuring original music by
the legendary Sun Ra. Discussion following with producer Jim
Saturday, January 17
Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
10:30 AM Behind the Scenes Tour
11:35 AM, 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
Sunday, January 18
Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
10:30 AM Behind the Scenes Tour
11:35 AM, 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
Sunday, January 18 2:00 PM
LLOYD E. RIGLER MEMORIAL TRIBUTE
Join Cinematheque staff and friends of long-time Los Angeles
philanthropist Lloyd E. Rigler in a celebration of his life. In a continuing expression of
his passion for cinema, Mr. Rigler provided funds to bring popular guests such as Farley
Granger and Kim Novak to the Egyptian Theatre. The 616-seat theatre at the Egyptian was
named for him to recognize his major contribution to the renovation of the theatre. A
buffet will be served following the memorial and guests are invited to stay for the 5:00
PM double feature. There is no charge for this program.
Paul Kellogg - head of New York City Opera
Mrs. Nora London of the George London Foundation
Andy Lipkis President of TreePeople.
Patricia Kennedy Board member of the Joffrey Ballet
Wednesday, January 21 7:30 PM
Alfred Hitchcock Screening + Booksigning:
FRENZY, 1972, Universal, 116 min.
Director Alfred Hitchcock revisits his theme of the wrongfully accused man, but
with a ferocious vengeance not seen outside of PSYCHO. Chip-on-his-shoulder bartender Jon
Finch is mistaken for the strangler in a London murder spree perpetrated by his elegant
flower-merchant friend, Barry Foster. With a great cast that includes Anna Massey, Alec
McCowen, and Vivian Merchant. There will be a
booksigning with author Patrick McGilligan for his new book, Alfred Hitchcock A
Life In Darkness And Light, prior to the screening from 6:30 7:30 PM in the
Wednesday, January 28 7:30 PM
Tribute to Marvin Paige: If you've been
to a see a revival screening of a classic Hollywood film with directors or stars in
attendance recently in L.A., you probably have Marvin Paige to thank for it. One of
the unsung heroes of the repertory film scene in town, casting director and Cinematheque
Trustees member Marvin Paige devotes countless unpaid hours
to arranging for legendary actors, writers, and directors to appear in person for audience
discussions. To thank him for all his efforts, and to celebrate his indelible
contributions to Hollywood film culture, we're screening one of Marvin's favorite films,
LAURA, plus a Hollywood homage that he cast himself, THE MAN WITH BOGART'S FACE ! American Cinematheque members will be admitted free to this screening.
LAURA, 1944, 20th Century
Fox, 88 min. Dir. Otto Preminger. Investigating a murder, chain-smoking Detective
McPherson (Dana Andrews) falls in love with the dead woman only to find out
that it wasn't her that was murdered. Even in a genre known for its convoluted twists,
LAURA is a film noir one-of-a-kind. The brilliant cast includes: Gene Tierney as
the gorgeous Laura, Clifton Webb as Waldo Lydecker, and Vincent Price as
Laura's fiancée, Shelby Carpenter. The famous haunted and nostalgic musical theme by
David Raskin is unforgettable.
THE MAN WITH BOGARTS FACE,
1980, 20th Century Fox, 106 min. Dir. Robert Day. Ex-cop Sam Marlow (Robert
Sacchi) undergoes plastic surgery, has a name change, hires a blonde secretary, and
opens up a detective agency all to emulate his movie hero, Humphrey Bogart. Action,
murder, and laughs follow as Sam is called upon by a goofy assemblage of clients (a parody
of Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, and Mary Astor) and goes from yachts to mansions and
winds up on a boat docked at the island of Santa Catalina. A funny parody of hard-boiled
detective films, with Sacchi bearing a remarkable resemblance to Bogart. Discussion following with Marvin Paige, actor Robert Sacchi, actress
Michelle Phillips, and screenwriter/novelist Andrew J. Fenady.
Wednesday, January 28th 7:30 & 9:30 PM. Spielberg Theatre
COMEDY SHORTS! Our third
installment of this popular program. We have two alumni directors: Mitchell Rose and the
team from "Japanese Tradition." We have a documentary, a docu-comedy, and
comedies on subjects dear to any Angelenos heart SUVs, tanning salons,
and a man who only converses in lines from Christopher Walken film roles. Highlights also
include two World Premieres and several of the filmmakers in person for a discussion. This
program is in the smaller Spielberg Theatre, so get your tickets early!
Mitchell Roses "Case Studies from the Groat Center for
Sleep Disorders" (7 min). A faux-scientific investigation into sleep patterns and
their origins. Javier Pratos "Vegas Knock-Out" (4 min). This will
knock YOU out! World Premiere! Tsirbas Aristomenis "Tank Up.US" (11 min).
Is this a critique of SUV-lovin Angelenos or a celebration of the gas-guzzling road
hogs? Junji Kojima & Kentaroh Kobayahsis "The Japanese Tradition:
Relationships" (30 min). The second short in a series devoted to deconstructing
the rigorous rules dictating behavior in Japanese society. Oskar Axelssons "Nylon"
(9 min). This criminal gets it ALL wrong. World Premiere! Dusty DePrees "Golden
Showers" (11 min). A dark spoof on Angelenos obsession with appearance.
Philip Zlotorynskis "WalkenTalk" (11 min). A young man finds it
much easier to converse as Christopher Walken than himself. Hilarity ensues. Filmmakers Mitchell Rose, Javier Prato, Tsirbas Aristomenis, Dusty
DePree & Philip Zlotorynski will appear at a post-screening Q & A.
Friday, January 30 - 7:00 PM & 9:15 PM (the same show will
repeat at 9:15 PM)
Alternative Screen Independent Film Showcase
The Wonderful World of Sids Cinema
Now 95, former Vaudevillian one-man band Sid Laverents was
already in his fifties in 1959 when he bought his first Bolex camera and began shooting
travelogues, nature films, and humorous experimental shorts to screen for his local San
Diego Amateur Film Club. Over the next five decades, Sid made dozens of short films and
videotapes that are remarkable for their technical skill, creative ambition, highly
personal (and often bawdy) subject matter and corny humor. Chief among them is "Multiple
SIDosis" (1970, 9 minutes, 16mm film), one of only four amateur films ever
accessioned into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Also included in
the program are: "It Sudses and Sudses and Sudses" (1963, 9 minutes, 16mm
film; "The Butterfly with Four Birthdays" (1965, 25 minutes, 16mm film);
"Dinosaur Dream" (1995, 9 minutes, video); "The Making of
Dinosaur Dream" (1995, 8 minutes, video); "The One-Man Band"
(1964, 10 minutes, 16mm film); "Shine on Harvest Moon" (1982, 2 minutes,
16mm film). UCLA restorationist Ross Lipman will be on hand to
discuss his restoration of "Multiple SIDosis" and UCLAs ongoing work with
All shorts are presented in Super VHS produced under
the supervision of Sid Laverents, except "Multiple SIDosis," which is a
35mm restored print. Program compiled by Kim
Cooper and Al Guerrero.