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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street in Santa Monica

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Series programmed by: Gwen Deglise.

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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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<<< November 2007 >>>

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November 5 & 6

Phillip Seymour Hoffman Tribute

The American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre presents An In Person Tribute to Actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman, November 5 & 6. From his complex supporting characterizations in films like BOOGIE NIGHTS and HAPPINESS to his Oscar-winning turn as Truman Capote, Phillip Seymour Hoffman has proven himself to be one of America’s most versatile actors. Equally at home in comedies (THE BIG LEBOWSKI, FLAWLESS), action films (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE III), and searing character studies (MAGNOLIA), Hoffman exhibits both an unerring sense of taste and a chameleon-like ability to disappear into his roles.

Monday, November 5 – 7:30 PM

CAPOTE, (2005, Columbia Pictures, 114 min.). Bennett Miller’s procedural about the writing of IN COLD BLOOD is no conventional biopic, but a moving and provocative account of the creative process. In an Academy Award-winning performance, Phillip Seymour Hoffman plays Truman Capote as a charming but ruthlessly self-interested man for whom everything-even friendship and love-is at its core raw material for his art. Chris Cooper and Catherine Keener give rich supporting performances, and Dan Futterman’s literate script is both thrillingly entertaining and unsettlingly dark.



Tuesday, November 6 – 7:30 PM

Phillip Seymour Hoffman In Person:

Sneak Preview! THE SAVAGES, (2007, Fox Searchlight). Fortunate to have escaped from the unhappy home of their childhood, the Savage siblings are firmly ensconced in their separate, complicated lives. Wendy Savage (Academy Award® nominee Laura Linney) is a struggling East Village playwright who is involved with a married man and makes ends meet by working as an after-hours temp in the financial district. Jon Savage (Academy Award winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is a writer and college professor in Buffalo who lives an isolated academic life and can’t commit to the Polish woman he has been intimately involved with for years. Despite their emotional handicaps, both of the Savages have so far managed to muddle through their lives. All that changes when a surprise phone call informs them that their father, Lenny Savage (Tony Award® winner Philip Bosco), has developed dementia and can no longer take care of himself. Now, as Wendy and Jon put their already arrested lives on hold, they butt heads over all the decisions that must be made over how to care for their father during his final days. The unfortunate situation brings long dormant conflicts to the surface and forces them to face their past. Despite their quarrels, each of them develops a deeper understanding of what adulthood and family responsibilities really mean. Featuring nuanced performances from an extraordinary cast, THE SAVAGES marks the return of writer and director Tamara Jenkins who won acclaim for the humor and humanity of her previous film, THE SLUMS OF BEVERLY HILLS. The film stars Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman, Gbenga Akinnagbe and Cara Seymour. Discussion following with Phillip Seymour Hoffman.





Wednesday, November 7 – 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview!

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, 2007, Miramax, 122 min. A mesmerizing new thriller from Academy Award-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the acclaimed novel by Pulitzer Prize winning American master Cormac McCarthy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones. When Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) finds a pickup truck surrounded by a sentry of dead men with a load of heroin and two million dollars in cash still in the back, a chain reaction of catastrophic violence begins that not even the law–in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell (Tommy Lee Jones) – can contain. As Moss tries to evade his pursuers–in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives (Javier Bardem) – the film simultaneously strips down the American crime drama and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headline.





Sunday, November 11 – 10:30 AM

NAVIGATING THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD SEMINAR FOR FILMMAKERS, 180 min. For most emerging filmmakers, the goal of launching their film on the film festival circuit begins with one ultimate dream: The Sundance Film Festival. But what lies beyond Sundance for you and your film? In this interactive forum/discussion/seminar, presented just in time for "festival season," film festival programmer/film consultant Thomas Ethan Harris offers filmmakers practical skills to navigate the world of film festivals to maximum effect. Details on our website. Tickets: $20 General Admission; $15 Student/Senior and $12 Cinematheque Members. [Also at the Egyptian on Nov. 17].



Sunday, November 11 – 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM


180 min. Learn how to professionally represent your film with printed and digital materials at film festivals to press and potential buyers and what you need to create a successful campaign. How to interact with press, create a press kit, a poster and more. Bring your materials for in class evaluation by publicist and marketing professional Margot Gerber. Click to find out more.

Purchase each seminar individually: $20 General; $15 Student/Senior; $12 Cinematheque Member. General admission ticket buyers get both seminars for $35. There is a one hour break between seminars. [Also at the Egyptian on Nov. 17]





November 14 & 15 at the Aero Theatre

Like Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly before him, John Travolta has created a body of work in which the sheer joy of performance is obvious and infectious. His boisterous enthusiasm and precision of expression makes him perfectly suited to the musical genre, in which he has made two classics (SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER and GREASE) as well as a new audience favorite (HAIRSPRAY). See these celebrations of song and dance the way they were meant to be seen, on the big screen, with Travolta himself in attendance for HAIRSPRAY.

Series compiled by Gwen Deglise.

Special Thanks: NEW LINE CINEMA; Emily Horn/PARAMOUNT;


Wednesday, November 14 – 7:30 PM

John Travolta In-Person!

HAIRSPRAY, 2007, New Line Cinema, 117 min. Dir. Adam Shankman. The film version of the stage adaptation of Waters cult film HAIRSPRAY. John Travolta shines as the divine Edna Turnblad. A touching, hysterical and fun-filled musical that needs to be seen on the big screen. Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) a larger-than-life teenager who can dance like crazy, becomes the hit of the Corny Collins TV Show. Racial tensions, love, dancing and music roll across 1962 Baltimore. Also featuring Amanda Bynes as Penny Pingleton, Tracy's best friend, Christopher Walken as Tracy's father and Michelle Pfeiffer as Velma Von Tussle. Discussion following with John Travolta.



Thursday, November 15 – 7:30 PM

John Travolta Double-Feature:

New 30th Anniversary Print! Remastered Soundtrack!

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, 1977, Paramount, 119 min. Plucked from the cast of the ensemble high-school sitcom, "Welcome Back Kotter" for his first-starring film role, this is the movie that made John Travolta a movie star. And confirmed the fact that the man can DANCE! Director John Badham captures the connection between great dance music and the body. Not the usual fare from this director, more known for action and war-themed films. The story of a Brooklyn youth who is stuck in a working-class job and finds that being king of the dance floor during the disco craze of the late 1970’s might be his ticket to bigger things. SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER has it all. Big hair, white polyester suits and the quintessential BeeGees soundtrack. Points and maybe prizes for those who dare to come as Tony (Travolta).

GREASE, 1978, Paramount, 110 min. Pompadored tough-guy John Travolta learns the meaning of true love, 1950’s style, from summertime sweetheart Olivia Newton-John, with help from a fantastic supporting cast including Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway, Eve Arden and Frankie Avalon. A soundtrack of wall-to-wall hits ("You’re The One That I Want," "Hopelessly Devoted To You," "Look At Me, I’m Sandra Dee") in director Randal Kleiser’s irresistible teen-dream of a movie musical.



Friday, November 16 – 7:30 PM

Kevin Thomas’ Favorites

SCARLET STREET, 1945, 103 min. Fritz Lang's classic film noir reunited his WOMAN IN THE WINDOW stars Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea in a reworking of Jean Renoir's 1931 LA CHIENNE. Robinson's middle-aged bookkeeper and amateur artist becomes hopelessly ensnared by the seductive Bennett and her lover-pimp Duryea. The result is a terse, tense psychological thriller with Robinson's increasing desperation contrasting with his predators unremitting ruthlessness. As with WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, Lang revealed the potential criminal in the average citizen.





Sunday, November 25 – 1:00 PM

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 1962, Sony Repertory, 216 min. Peter O’Toole was catapulted to stardom as the tortured Man Who Would Not Be King, T. E. Lawrence, who helped the Arabs revolt against European and Ottoman hegemony. Director David Lean’s epic is a timeless 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 Faisal. Director of Photography Freddie Young’s 70mm photography is rightly considered to be a work of genius, matched by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson’s screenplay, Maurice Jarre’s stirring score and John Box’s production design. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. "The word ‘epic’ in recent years has become synonymous with ‘big budget B picture.’ What you realize watching LAWRENCE OF ARABIA is that the word 'epic' refers not to the cost or the elaborate production, but to the size of the ideas and vision." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times



Sunday, November 25 – 7:30 PM

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 1962, Sony Repertory, 216 min. Dir. David Lean. [see description above, 11/25 – 1:00 PM]





Wednesday, November 28 – 7:30 PM

Chris Cooper In-Person!

BREACH, 2007, Universal, 110 min. Inspired by true events, Breach is a dramatic thriller set inside the halls of the FBI, the gatekeeper of the nation’s most sensitive and potentially volatile secrets. When young Eric O’Neill (Ryan Phillippe) is promoted out of his low-level surveillance job and into the FBI’s headquarters, his dream of becoming a full-fledged agent is on the verge of becoming reality. Even more impressive, O’Neill is hand picked to work for renowned operative Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper) within "information assurance," a new division created to protect all classified FBI Intelligence. But O’Neill is quickly confronted with the true reason behind his hire: Hanssen is the sole subject of a long-term, top-secret investigation, a suspected mole made all the more dangerous by the sheer global import of the information he is charged with protecting. The Bureau asks O’Neill to use Hanssen's growing trust and slowly draw the traitor out of deep cover. Engaged in a lethal game of spy-versus-spy without the benefit of a cover story or backup, O’Neill finds himself fighting to bring down Hanssen before the treacherous double-agent can destroy O’Neill, his family and the nation they are both sworn to serve. Following his success with the electrifying and acclaimed SHATTERED GLASS, writer/director Billy Ray explores more deeply the disillusionment and questionable moral mentorship of a young idealist in BREACH. With Laura Linney. Discussion following with actor Chris Cooper.



Thursday, November 29 – 7:30 PM

The Hypnotic Films of Jean Painlevé!

At the forefront of the Surrealist movement, Jean Painlevé was the director of about 200 short, sharp and luxuriant films, many focusing on aquatic fauna. A loner, though befriended by Vigo, Eisenstein and Artaud, he spent his life in a singularly obstinate pursuit of recording the uncannily familiar behavior of infinitely small creatures, set to scores by Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Pierre Henry and Darius Milhaud. Painlevé approaches his subjects with wit and an almost jubilant curiosity. These short, wondrous documentaries are among the great hidden treasures of French cinema.

SCIENCE IS FICTION: THE FILMS OF JEAN PAINLEVÉ, 71 min. One of the first films to use underwater footage, "The Sea Horse," (1934, 14 min.), combines beautiful black & white cinematography and a Darius Milhaud score, with an amazingly dramatic shot of the male sea horse giving birth! "How Jellyfishes Are Born," (1960, 14 min.), underlines the variety of the species, all breeding differently, to music composed by Pierre Conté. "The Sea Urchins," (1954, 11 min.), Painlevé's first color science film, ventures into the forest of spines to reveal breathing, reproductive and feeding habits. Painlevé wrote the music in homage to Edgar Varèse - an organized noise made of pans and forks. "Acera Or The Witches," (1972,13 min.), combines an incredibly gracious choreography of the animal's dances with music composed by Pierre Jansen, with the description of the mating rituals of these hermaphrodite blobs. The extraordinary "Lovelife Of The Octopus," (1965,13 min.), filmed in an aquarium, studies in close-up the breathing, feeding and reproductive processes of the octopus. The music, composed by the founder of electronic music, Pierre Henry, and the poetic narration, give humor and irony to the scientific account of this terrifying animal. "Liquid Crystals," (1976,6 min.), are sensitive to temperature, pressure, humidity and their molecular structure changes shape and color accordingly. For the first time Painlevé synchronizes the images to the music, and not the reverse. The result is an astonishing ballet of light and sound!