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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
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Festival at Egyptian produced by Martin Lewis and Chris D.; Screenings at Aero curated by Gwen Deglise and Martin Lewis.

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Special Thanks to:  Albert Maysles, Michael Chaiken and MAYSLES FILMS; D. A. Pennebaker, Frazer Pennebaker and PENNEBAKER FILMS; Brian Belovarac & Sarah Finklea/JANUS FILMS; David Leaf, John Scheinfeld and LSL PODUCTIONS; BFI; Emily Horn/PARAMOUNT; Scott Watts/MIRAMAX; Suzanne Leroy & Shirley Couch/SONY REPERTORY; Michael Schlesinger; Morgan Neville; Brad Warner; Stefan Karrer/MILAN ENTERTAINMENT; Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS.; Paul Cronin and STICKING PLACE FILMS; Peter Whitehead and Contemporary Films; Tony Palmer and Rob Ayling; Mike Stoller; HBO; Amy Lewin/MGM REPERTORY; Paul Ginsburg/UNIVERSAL; Quentin Tarantino;; Michelle Phillips; Marianna Proestou; Lou Adler; Howard Frank; Harvey Kubernick; Christian Divine; Roger Friedman; Susan Lacy; Phil Carson; Bob Kaus; Richard Foos; Henry Diltz; Scott Harn; Helen Baines; Dave Haber; Maria Rivera.


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Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.

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Tickets are $10 general admission unless noted otherwise.
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The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Barry Gerber. Aero Theatre (c) 2004.

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<< July 27 - 29, 2007 >>>

Mods & Rockers 2007


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Mods & Rockers also screens at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood!


Our Mods & Rockers Festival returns stronger than ever for its 8th annual edition. This year at the Egyptian is a special focus on films that document the manifold delights of rock and pop culture – indeed the series could be sub-titled "We Will… We Will… DOCU!" We are presenting an exciting mixture of World, US and West Coast premieres (such as the Maysles 1964 Beatles docu, WHAT’S HAPPENING!), screenings of rarely-seen cult classics (SKIDOO) and a slew of events celebrating significant anniversaries – the 40th of the Monterey Festival, the 50th of Stax Records and the 60th of Atlantic Records. Visiting filmmakers being saluted in-person include the legendary D.A. Pennebaker (82-years-young!) from New York with MONTEREY POP, GIMME SHELTER, DON’T LOOK BACK, ’65 REVISITED and ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE and Britain’s iconoclastic Tony Palmer with the very belated US premiere of his 1968 masterpiece ALL MY LOVING featuring unseen (in the US) performances of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Cream. The festival includes salutes to rock filmmaker Peter Whitehead (TONITE LET’S ALL MAKE LOVE IN LONDON; "Pink Floyd London ‘66-‘67" and the West Coast Premiere of his 1970 LED ZEPPELIN LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL), to Leiber & Stoller (In-Person!) and tributes to iconic figures such as Harry Nilsson and Ahmet Ertegun. Music-makers scheduled to attend various festival screenings include: Michelle Phillips, Grace Slick, Eric Burdon, Ravi Shankar, Scott McKenzie, Donovan and members of many bands who performed at the Monterey, Woodstock and Altamont festivals 1967-1969. There will also be exhibits at the Egyptian of the artwork of Grace Slick, Janis Joplin and Ronnie Wood. Original and limited edition artwork will be available for sale - and on July 19th Grace Slick will be present to talk with collectors and personalize or dedicate artwork that is purchased. There will also be an exhibit by official Monterey photographer Henry Diltz. And at the Aero, there will be screenings of A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, SKIDOO, ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK, PETULIA, the docu JANIS and more! Full details and updates on celebrity attendance on the Mods & Rockers website –

The Mods & Rockers Film Festival is presented with support from our Sponsors and Promotional Partners. SPONSORS:  Shout Factory • Virgin-America • Sunset Marquis Hotel & Villas • Gibson Guitars • High Technology Video • PROMOTIONAL PARTNERS: Atlantic Records • KCRW "Morning Becomes Eclectic" • Razor & Tie • Criterion Collection • Concord Music Group • Rhino Entertainment • Area Arts • Morrison Hotel Gallery


Friday, July 27 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

JANIS, 1974, Universal, 96 min. Arguably the greatest female rock singer of her generation, Texas-born Janis Joplin invested her records and concert performances with a ferocious, heartbreaking intensity, before her tragic death from a drug overdose in 1970. Director Howard Alk’s excellent portrait of Joplin (made with her family’s cooperation) features volcanic concert footage of her from 1966 - 1970, performing "Ball And Chain," "Piece Of My Heart," "Tell Mama" and other classics.

PETULIA, 1968, Warner Bros., 105 min. Dir. Richard Lester. Truly one of the great overlooked films of the late 1960’s, PETULIA stars George C. Scott as a middle-aged physician who finds himself drawn into the mad, idealistic and desperately sad whirlwind life of unhappily married Julie Christie at the height of San Francisco’s Summer of Love. Beautifully photographed by Nicolas Roeg, and featuring brief, ultra-rare appearances in their prime by Janis Joplin (with Big Brother & The Holding Company) and The Grateful Dead, PETULIA captures both the sunshine optimism of the 60’s and the melancholy afterglow soon to come when the Summer of Love faded away…



Saturday, July 28 – 7:30 PM

Take Your Kids to The Beatles on the Big Screen!

A Double Dose of Lennon!

Richard Lester Double Feature:

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, 1964, Miramax, 85 min. Director Richard Lester's brilliant, carefree comedy captured the early Beatles at their best, clowning (as one respected reviewer said) like the new Marx Bros. and set the tone for the Sixties revolution. From the restless, handheld camerawork and slight-of-hand jumpcut editing, writer Alun Owen's surreal day-in-the-life script and George Martin's sprightly score (both Oscar-nominated) to the Beatles themselves - exuberantly singing "Can't Buy Me Love," "She Loves You" and ten other Beatles classics -- this is the essence of the monochromatic early Sixties.

HOW I WON THE WAR, 1967, MGM Repertory, 110 min. Maverick director Richard Lester (A HARD DAY’S NIGHT and HELP!) recruited John Lennon (in his first and only solo acting role) for this wildly surreal satire on war movies, featuring Michael Crawford (THE KNACK) as a blissfully unaware idiot charged with building a cricket pitch behind enemy lines during World War II. Although nominally set in the 1940’s, HOW I WON THE WAR exudes 1960’s anti-establishment tone, featuring abrupt time shifts, jump-cutting and Lester’s patented blend of biting wit and surreal slapstick that presaged Monty Python. Incidentally - Lester always chafes when this film is simplistically described as "an anti-war movie". As he explains: "It’s an ‘anti-WAR-MOVIE’ movie." With Jack MacGowran.



Sunday, July 29 – 7:30 PM

Psychedelic Sixties Comedies Double Feature:

Blake Edwards In Person!

THE PARTY, 1968, MGM Repertory, 99 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. For most of its length, THE PARTY is a wonderfully restrained homage to Jacques Tati, with Peter Sellers in perfect pitch as an awestruck Indian actor who disrupts a chic Hollywood gathering with the help of French songbird Claudine Longet. The final 15 minutes prove that any great joke deserves a totally outrageous punchline. Look for Steve Franken as an inebriated waiter and Denny Miller as a hilarious rhinestone cowboy. Cinematography by the great Lucien Ballard (THE WILD ONE).

Ultra-Rare Cult Classic Screening! SKIDOO, 1968, Paramount, 97 min. Dir. Otto Preminger. This infamous acid-comedy opened and bombed in 1968 but has since become a highly sought-after cult film - never on video - still not on DVD. Retired mobster Jackie Gleason is coerced by former colleagues back into business, going to prison to execute a contract on a crime commission squealer. Co-starring Carol Channing, Burgess Meredith, Mickey Rooney, George Raft, John Philip Law, Frankie Avalon - and Groucho Marx (as a gang boss named God!) in his last film. Everyone in prison, including guards, eventually get dosed with LSD. Features an acclaimed score and cameo by Harry Nilsson. Several of the cast and crew - including Otto and Groucho - took acid trips as pre-filming research! With special guests including "Skidoo-ologist" Christian Divine. Discussion in between films with director Blake Edwards.





October 6 – 7 at the Aero Theatre


Saturday, October 6 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature!

GIMME SHELTER, 1971, Janus Films, 91 min. Dir. Albert and David Maysles. The celebrated film of The Rolling Stones’ 1969 US tour that culminated in the cataclysm at Altamont. Conceived as a concert film it became a riveting document of the Stones’ free concert at the Altamont Speedway in December 1969. The Dionysian downer that sneered at, and ultimately destroyed, the Apollonian highs of 1967’s Monterey Festival and the 3-day love-fest held at Woodstock just 5 months prior to Altamont. But the Stones performance is still satanically majestic...

Preceded by a Mystery Sneak Preview! (120 min.) – An amazing new film on rock ‘n’ roll! You’ll be telling all your friends you saw it first! Discussion in following films with producer and longtime Stones associate Ron Shapiro.



Sunday, October 7 - 7:30 PM Sold Out!
Opening this month at the Nuart. Sneak Preview!
CONTROL, 2007, The Weinstein Company, 121 min. The long-awaited and much-anticipated bio-pic of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis, expertly helmed by veteran rock photographer- turned-filmmaker, Anton Corbijn. Ian (Sam Riley) has aspirations beyond the trappings of small town life in 1970’s England. Wanting to emulate his musical heroes, such as David Bowie and Iggy Pop, he joins a band, and his musical ambition begins to thrive. Soon though, the everyday fears and emotions, that fuel his music, slowly begin to eat away at him. Married young, with a daughter, he is distracted from his family commitments by the new love of an outside girlfriend and the growing expectations of his band. The strain manifests itself in his health. With epilepsy adding to his guilt and depression, desperation takes hold. Surrendering to the weight on his shoulders, Ian’s tortured soul consumes him. Samantha Morton is superb as Ian’s wife Deborah (the film is based on her memoir, Touching From A Distance). "…Effortlessly revives a British cinematic style that you might call beautiful realism, reaching back to Christopher Petit's RADIO ON, and further back to Tony Richardson's THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER and A TASTE OF HONEY." – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)