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Seminars coordinated by Margot Gerber & Tom Harris; Flicker coordinated by Andrew Crane..

Special Thanks to: Scott Haller (MPSE).

 

 

SOLD OUT SCREENINGS: There will be a waiting line for Sold Out screenings. Tickets often become available at the door the night of an event.

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

 

 

All guests are subject to availability. The Cinematheque will offer a refund due to guest cancellations only IF the refund transaction is complete PRIOR to the start of the show.

Tickets available 30 days in advance. Tickets are $10 general admission unless noted otherwise.
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The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Randall Michelson. Detail of Egyptian Theatre Ceiling.

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Special Events in November:

 

 

 

Monday, November 5 – 8:00 PM

MOTION PICTURE SOUND EDITORS’ SOUND SHOW

Approximately 120 min. The Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Sound Show returns to Hollywood this Fall to reveal the sound effects of this Summer’s DreamWorks/Paramount blockbuster, TRANSFORMERS. Join award-winning supervising sound editor/sound designer Ethan Van der Ryn (KING KONG; the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) and sound designer Erik Aadahl (SUPERMAN RETURNS; I, ROBOT) for an exploration of the sonic world of the action-packed science-fiction film directed by Michael Bay. Clips from the movie will be screened with special "pre-dub" soundtracks showing off the variety of audio effects created for the motion picture. As an extra attraction, all sound will be played through a state-of-the-art audio system developed by Meyer Sound Laboratories so that you can hear every subtle and bone-crushing sound effect. And as if that wasn’t enough, animators from Industrial Light & Magic will be our special guests to present how they recreated the Autobots and Decepticons for the 21st-Century live action film. By the end of the evening you will experience how the craft of moviemaking is "more than meets the eye." A co-presentation of the Motion Picture Sound Editors and the American Cinematheque made possible with support from DreamWorks Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Industrial Light & Magic, Meyer Sound, and Absolute Rentals. More information can be found at www.MPSE.org

 

 

Tuesday, November 6 – 7:30 PM

I’M FROM HOLLYWOD DVD Release Celebration

Double Feature:

I’M FROM HOLLYWOOD, 1989, Joe Lynne Productions, 60 min. Dir. Lynne Margulies and Joe Orr. Come and experience Andy Kaufman's bizarre descent into the world of professional wrestling, including his escalating feud with Jerry Lawler and his challenge to amateur women wrestlers everywhere. It’s all chronicled in this very funny documentary that asks the question – was Andy bent on ruining his Hollywood career or engineering one of the most elaborate show biz put-ons ever?

ANDY KAUFMAN PLAYS CARNEGIE HALL, 1979, 77 min. Andy Kaufman's legendary sold-out Carnegie Hall performance, featuring all of Kaufman's classic routines, including Foreign Man, Elvis, conga drums, plus Andy wrestling women and even taking on a real male wrestler! Also appearing is a menagerie of Kaufman's collection of human oddities, including the infamous Tony Clifton, The Love Family (a sub-Partridge Family singing group who do a bang-up version of "The Age of Aquarius" complete with synchronized dance movements), Grant Bowman the "Happy New Year Man" (straight from Times Square, where Andy found him), "cowgirl" Eleanor Cody Gould and an uncredited, surprise big name guest as Andy’s grandmother. Bob Zmuda appears as Andy's referee, and at the end of the show, Andy takes the entire audience out for milk and cookies. NOT ON DVD Discussion following with I’M FROM HOLLYWOOD filmmaker Lynne Margulies, wrestler Jerry Lawler, CARNEGIE HALL producer Charles Braverman. A limited number of new I’M FROM HOLLYWOOD DVDs will also be given away by the world’s oldest living wrestler, The Aztec Mummy!

 

 

Wednesday, November 14 – 7:30 PM

Egyptian 85th Anniversary Screening!

THE COVERED WAGON, 1923, Paramount, 98 min. Dir. James Cruze. Join us for this classic silent western, the second film ever to open at the Egyptian Theatre -- 85 years ago! Mostly shot-on-location in Utah and Nevada, with a swelling cast of thousands of extras, this is a sterling example of what a big budget blockbuster looked like nearly a century ago. Its success spurred more epic westerns to come, such as John Ford’s acclaimed early effort THE IRON HORSE. Based on Emerson Hough’s then-popular novel, The Covered Wagon, Paramount bankrolled this $782,000 spectacular (a gargantuan amount in early 1920s dollars) about beleagured pioneers on their long trek of westward expansion and settlement. Local families were paid $2 a day for rental of their heirloom covered wagons. With James Cruze behind the camera, a tapestry of individual stories unfolds, centering on pioneer characters played by then popular J. Warren Kerrigan, Lois Wilson, Ernest Torrence (TOL’ABLE DAVID) and Alan Hale (who went on to a prodigious career as a much-loved character actor in scores of 1930’s and 1940’s Warner Brothers classics.) Live musical accompaniment on piano by Daniel Redfield.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 14 – 7:30 PM [Spielberg Theatre] JEAN ROUCH

Jean Rouch, Master of Ethnography filmmaking: In February 2004, the film director and ethnographer Jean Rouch died on the roads of Niger that he loved so much. He left behind a vast and atypical body of cinematographic work, including more than 120 films. He discovered ethnology in Niger working as an engineer in road construction and maintenance. His passion for cinema - Flaherty, Vertov, among others - led him to choose a camera as a tool to discover the world. His work, both intuitive and inspiring, covers all genres: the documentary, ethno-graphy, sociology, "direct cinema", fiction and so on. Join us to discover - or rediscover - the work of a man who was free, curious and deeply humanist.

"The Mad Masters" (Les Maitres Fous), 1955, 36 min. Dir. Jean Rouch. This film, shot in a single day, shows the rituals of a religious cult. Hauka worshippers, workers who have travelled from along the Niger to Accra, meet for their great annual ceremony. On the "concession" of the high priest Mountbyéba, following public confessions, the spirit possession ritual begins. Foaming at the mouth, trembling, panting: these are signs of the arrival of the "spirits of power", the symbolic personification of colonial rule: the corporal of the guard, the governor, the doctor, the captain’s wife, the locomotive driver, and others. The ceremony reaches its climax with the sacrifice of a dog later to be eaten by those possessed by the spirits. The next day, the cult’s initiates return to their daily routine.

CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER: PARIS, 1960 (CHRONIQUE D’UN ETE), 1960, 90 min. Dirs. Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin. In the summer of 1960, Edgar Morin, a sociologist, and Jean Rouch conducted an enquiry into the daily lives of young Parisians in an attempt to understand their concept of happiness. This experimental film follows, over a period of a several months, both the investigation itself and the development of its main characters. The initial question "How do you live ? Are you happy ?" very quickly raises others on a number of key issues: politics, hopelessness, boredom, solitude... The interviewees eventually meet as a group at the first showing of the film, to discuss and approve or disapprove of it ; the two co-authors are confronted with the reality of this cruel but exciting experiment in "cinema-vérité".

MOSSO, MOSSO, JEAN ROUCH – LET’S PRETEND, 1998, 78 min. Dir. Jean-André Fieschi. This core of this encounter with Jean Rouch lies in the appropriateness of the "comme si" - "let’s pretend", in which he describes what has become for him both a rule to live by and a rule to make films by: "By pretending something is true, you get much closer to reality". And as Jean Rouch, with his greatest friends, Damouré and Tallou, by his side, pretends to be making a film called "La Vache merveilleuse" (The Fabulous Cow), Jean-André Fieschi succeeds in defining the man and his method, creating here a moving homage imbued with the spirit of Rouch the film-maker. It is in his relationship, close and respectful, with his greatest African companions, Damouré and Tallou, that we discover the full personality of this man of the cinema - an improviser, a chameleon, at one with Africa. Co-presented in association with IDA and the French Film and TV Office, French Consulate, Los Angeles.

 

 

Thursday, November 15 – 7:30 PM

Charles McGraw Double Feature:

THE THREAT, 1949, Warner Bros., 66 min. A vicious gang leader escapes from Folsom Prison on a juggernaut mission of vengeance targeting the L.A.P.D. detective (Michael O’Shea) and D.A.(Frank Conroy) who sent him up. In a breakthrough performance comparable to Widmark (KISS OF DEATH) and Cagney (WHITE HEAT), Charles McGraw (THE NARROW MARGIN) orchestrates a virtual highlight reel of kidnapping, torture and flight from L.A through the Inland Empire into the High Desert. Director Felix Feist (THE DEVIL THUMBS A RIDE; TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY) possessed an unsettling flair for fast-paced eruptions of cruelty and violence on screen, and this little-known thriller is chock-full of them! Also starring the willowy Virginia Grey as the most unfortunate moll along for the wildest of rides. Don’t miss this tough-as-nails noir programmer that resulted in Charles McGraw being inked to a seven year RKO contract! NOT ON DVD.

THE BLACK BOOK (aka REIGN OF TERROR), 1949, Sony Repertory, 89 min. Director Anthony Mann’s classic, breakneck-paced thriller set during the French Revolution was shot in classic noir style by pantheon cinematographer John Alton with fulsome production design supervised by all-time great, William Cameron Menzies. When Robespierre (Richard Basehart in powdered wig and high dudgeon), becomes increasingly guillotine-happy, the more rational citizens of the French Revolution assign undercover operative Robert Cummings to filch Robespierre’s fabled "black book" of enemies that will topple the dictator if made public. Cummings hooks up with beautiful spy Arlene Dahl, and the two are soon on the run from Robespierre’s fanatical minions. Charles McGraw, who appeared in six of Mann’s films, plays one of Robespierre’s most notoriously sadistic enforcers -- his fight with Cummings at the fiery climax, rendered in Alton’s gorgeous chiaroscuro lighting, is a triumph of suspense. Don’t miss this rarely screened classic produced by the legendary Walter Wanger for Eagle-Lion Studios! Writer Alan K. Rode will be signing copies of his new book Charles McGraw: Biography of a Film Noir Tough Guy before the screenings and will discuss the films and McGraw’s career between shows.

 

 

 

Saturday, November 17 & Sunday, November 18

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour

11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
Hollywood history comes alive with our docent tours of the legendary 1922 Egyptian theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Sid Grauman stage show with a visit to the old dressing rooms and singers boxes, plus an exhibit of original furniture created for the theatre. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth, discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history - and more! Tours are approximately one hour long and involve a fair amount of walking. There are plenty of places to sit along the way and the main part of the theatre is handicap accessible. Group Tours can also be arranged.

 

 

 

Saturday, November 17 - 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

FILM FESTIVAL SEMINARS A SERIES TO DESIGNED TO PREPARE FILMMAKERS FOR FILM FESTIVALS

NAVIGATING THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD, 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? 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. Purchase each seminar individually on November 17: $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 Aero on Nov. 11]

 

Saturday, Nov. 17 - 2:30 - 5:30 PM MARKETING & PUBLICITY SEMINAR PUBLICITY & MARKETING BASICS FOR FILMMAKERS, 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. Expanded description on our website. [Also at the Aero on Nov. 11]

 

 

Sunday, November 18

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour

11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

Hollywood history comes alive with our docent tours of the legendary 1922 Egyptian theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Sid Grauman stage show with a visit to the old dressing rooms and singers boxes, plus an exhibit of original furniture created for the theatre. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth, discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history - and more! Tours are approximately one hour long and involve a fair amount of walking. There are plenty of places to sit along the way and the main part of the theatre is handicap accessible. Group Tours can also be arranged.

 

 

 

Monday, November 19 – 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview:

THE MIST, 2007, The Weinstein Company, Three-time Oscar-nominee Frank Darabont (THE GREEN MILE; THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION) reunites with horror-master Stephen King to write and direct this chilling adaptation of the author’s original short story. Following a violent thunderstorm, artist David Drayton and a small town community come under vicious attack from creatures prowling in a thick and unnatural mist. Local rumors point to an experiment called "The Arrowhead Project" conducted at a nearby top-secret military base, but questions as to the origins of the deadly vapor are secondary to the group’s overall chances for survival. Retreating to a local supermarket, Drayton and the survivors must face-off against each other before taking a united stand against an enemy they cannot even see! With a cast including Thomas Jane, Marcia Gay Harden, Andre Braugher, Alexa Davalos, William Sadler and Laurie Holden. Discussion following screening with cast & crew. Director Frank Darabont will not be able to attend as was previously announced.

 

 

Friday, November 23 – 7:30 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

Saturday, November 24 – 4:00 PM

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 1962, Sony Repertory, 216 min. Dir. David Lean. [see description 11/23 – Egyptian]

 

Saturday, November 24 – 8:30 PM

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 1962, Sony Repertory, 216 min. Dir. David Lean. [see description 11/23 – Egyptian]

 

Sunday, November 25 – 2:00 PM

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 1962, Sony Repertory, 216 min. Dir. David Lean. [see description 11/23 – Egyptian]

 

 

Thursday, November 29 – 7:30 PM

ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT REELS

Founder/organizer Norwood Cheek is back again with Flicker's 7th Annual Attack of the 50 Foot Reels! This year, 20 filmmakers will have the task of shooting a documentary film entirely on one 50 foot cartridge of super 8mm film. The hook this time is, it has to be a documentary. All the editing is done in camera and the filmmakers will be in attendance to see their work for the first time.