|Special Events in December:
Friday, December 1 7:30 PM
Montana Avenue Holiday Walk
Event & Cinematheque Boutique:
THE THREE STOOGES' 72nd
ANNIVOISARY! Sony Repertory, 118 min. A socko-boff collection of seven of their
greatest to keep you "nyuking" into the holidays! "Men In Black"
(1934, Raymond McCarey) brought them their only Oscar nomination and gave the world
"Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard!" "Violent Is The Word For
Curly" (1938, Charley Chase) features their beloved song, "Swingin' The
Alphabet" ("B-A-Bay, B-E-Bee..."). "You Nazty Spy!" (1940,
Jules White) anticipates Chaplin's THE GREAT DICTATOR, introducing us to Moe Hailstone,
supreme dictator of Moronica. Perhaps their most critically-acclaimed short, it was the
personal favorite of both Moe and White. "Brideless Groom" (1947, Edward
Bernds) crams Buster Keaton's SEVEN CHANCES down to two reels as Shemp must marry
immediately to earn his inheritance. A favorite of Quentin Tarantino, who excerpted it in
PULP FICTION. "An Ache In Every Stake" (1941, Del Lord) is a gag-crammed
masterpiece in which they play icemen recruited to cook a last-minute birthday dinner for
Vernon Dent. "Micro-Phonies" (1945, Edward Bernds) puts Curly in drag as
a substitute for wannabe opera singer Christine McIntyre. And the quintessential "In
The Sweet Pie and Pie" (1941, Jules White) concludes with one of the screen's
all-time colossal pie-fights; there's also a bunk-bed gag later swiped for THE GREAT
ESCAPE. Spread out, knuckleheads! Join the Cinematheque
today, and receive a 'goody bag' plus free admission to tonight's show! Shop our sidewalk
boutique (proceeds benefit the Cinematheque!) featuring signed movie posters and JAMS
Jewelry, unique, one of a kind, hand made jewelry of semi precious stones.
Saturday, December 9 - 7:30 PM
Special Booksigning Event!
Co-presented with the Visual Effects Society
In conjunction with Lorne Peterson's booksigning of Sculpting A Galaxy, Inside The
Star Wars Model Shop at Every Picture Tells A Story, join us for a rare screening of
the original and unique STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE. Lorne is one of the
original ILM model builders. He ran the ILM modelshop for many years afterwards and has
the distinction of being one of the few people who worked on all six STAR WARS films.
STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW
HOPE, 1977, 20th Century Fox/LucasFilm, 121 min. Dir. George Lucas.
There's a reason STAR WARS changed the culture and industry of movies, captivated millions
of people and made billions of dollars: it was supremely entertaining and, because its
story, themes and characters were so classical, it remains so today. Luke Skywalker (Mark
Hamill) teams up with Han Solo (Harrison Ford), R2D2, C3PO and Chewbacca to
help rescue a princess (Carrie Fisher) from the evil overlord, Darth Vader. This
first and best of the six movies is especially interesting to see now that the three
prequels have been completed and released; creator George Lucas has been under-praised for
his political sophistication, for a reappraisal of the STAR WARS movies, begun at the end
of the Vietnam war and completed during the U.S. occupation of Iraq, reveals a powerful
anti-imperialist message that resonates especially strongly today. We'll be screening the
special edition released in 1997. Lorne Peterson will
introduce the screening. Booksigning at Every Picture Tells A Story at 6 PM. There will
also be a model and photo display.
Sunday, December 10 - 7:30 PM
THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, 2006, Sony
Pictures, 116 min. Dir. Gabriel Muccino. Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is a
bright and talented, but marginally employed salesman. Struggling to make ends meet,
Gardner finds himself and his five-year-old son evicted from their San Francisco apartment
with nowhere to go. When Gardner lands an internship at a prestigious stock brokerage
firm, he and his son endure many hardships, including living in shelters, in pursuit of
his dream of a better life for the two of them. Discussion
following the screening with director Gabriel Muccino.
Thursday, December 14 - 8:00 PM
Sneak Preview! Actress Emily Watson and Director Chris Noonan In-Person!
MISS POTTER, 2006, Weinstein Company, 93 min. Dir. Chris
Noonan. Beatrix Potter has delighted generations with her beloved childrens
tales, having created the world of Peter Rabbit, Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, Jeremy Fisher and
their friends. Renee Zellweger stars as Beatrix Potter, a sheltered but talented
young woman who falls in love with her publisher, Norman Warne (Ewan McGregor) once
they begin to work together. This is the story of a woman whose life was marked by
incredible professional success and unimaginable personal grief - a woman who survived to
become one of the worlds most successful childrens writers of all time.
Co-starring Emily Watson. Discussion
following with director Chris Noonan and actress and Emily Watson. Rene Zellweger will not
be able to attend as was previously announced. First from 6:30pm to
7:45 pm please join us for a British Tea and Sandwich Reception across the street at Every
Picture Tells a Story along with Chris Nonan and Emily Watson.
Sunday, December 17 - 6:30 PM
In-Person Tribute to Guillermo del Toro!
CRONOS (LA INVENCIÓN
DE CRONOS), 1993, Lions Gate, 94 min. Dir. Guillermo del
Toro(PANS LABYRINTH; HELLBOY; BLADE II). Starring Federico Luppi, Ron
Perlman. This absorbing Gothic tale was the winner of nine top Mexican Academy Awards,
as well as the Critics Week Prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. The story
reveals the secrets of an invention that has the power to grant eternal life, but gives
its user a tremendous thirst for human blood. "Del Toro, a skilled craftsman,
obviously takes great pleasure in guiding viewers through a melange of cinematic styles:
the film tips its hat to a number of Mexican film genres, from vampire horror to thrillers
to wrestling films." -- Screen International
THE DEVILS BACKBONE, 2001, Sony
Classics, 106 min. Set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, director Guillermo
Del Toros third feature (and first in his native Spanish) follows ten-year-old
refugee Carlos (Fernando Tielve), the newest resident of a war-wracked orphanage.
His amenities include bullies, an unexploded bomb in the courtyard and the ghost of a
slain child. Co-written by Del Toro, THE DEVILS BACKBONE is a remarkably poignant
yet subtle ghost story. Featuring longtime Del Toro collaborator Guillermo Navarros
exquisite cinematography. Also with Federico Luppi and Eduardo Noriega. Discussion in between films with director Guillermo del Toro. A
pair of tickets to the Invitation Only Premiere of Guillermo del Toros PANS
LABYRINTH at the Egyptian Theatre on Monday, December 18 will be raffled off at the
Thursday, December 21 - 7:30 PM
ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE, 1946,
Paramount, 130 min. Director Frank Capras inspiring tale balances both pathos
and joy. The legendary Jimmy Stewart is at his finest as the distraught George
Baily, a man about to commit suicide on Christmas Eve. And who can forget Henry Travers
as the helpful Angel Clarence or Lionel Barrymore as avaricious banker Mr. Potter?
Featuring Donna Reed in the role that launched her to stardom and a young, charming
Gloria Grahame. You have seen it before, now see it on the big screen.
Friday, December 22 - 7:30 PM
WHITE CHRISTMAS, 1954, Paramount, 120 min. Director Michael
Curtiz (CASABLANCA) sadly neglected Christmas classic. Paramounts first
film shot in widescreen Vistavision is a love story, set in a Vermont inn. Two Army
buddies, Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye turned post war song and dance team,
find romance with Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, while rescuing their old
General (Dean Jagger) from financial ruin. With 13 songs highlighted by the snow
bound train rendition of Irving Berlin's "Snow." "Count Your Blessings
Instead of Sheep" was Oscar-nominated for Best Song.
Saturday, December 23 - 7:30 PM
In 70 mm! LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 1962, Columbia, 216 min. The
beautiful, near-godlike Peter OToole stars as the tortured, Man Who Would Not
Be King in director David Leans absolute masterpiece as close to
perfect as a film can get. Featuring one of the finest casts in any motion picture: Omar
Sharif (in his first major English-speaking role), Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins,
Claude Rains and Alec Guinness as Prince Feisal. D.P. Freddie Youngs 70
mm. photography is rightly considered to be a work of genius, matched by Robert Bolt and
Michael Wilsons screenplay, Maurice Jarres stirring score and John Boxs
production design. Winner of 7 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. "When
youre in the desert, you look into infinity
It makes you feel terribly small,
and also in a strange way, quite big." David Lean.