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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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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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<<< August 8 - 10, 2008 >>>

Ernest Borgnine In Person


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From his big break in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY in 1953 to recent work on THE SIMPSONS and 2007’s A GRANDPA FOR CHRISTMAS (for which the then 90-year-old actor was nominated for a Golden Globe), Ernest Borgnine has created an indelible gallery of American heroes and villains. At home in everything from Westerns and war movies to comedies and musicals, this diverse craftsman is one of Hollywood’s greatest treasures.

Join us at the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre for an in-person tribute featuring some of Borgnine’s best films, from his unforgettable collaborations with Robert Aldrich and Delmer Daves to his Oscar-winning performance in MARTY.



Friday, August 8 – 7:30 PM

Ernest Borgnine In-Person! Double Feature:

MARTY, 1955, MGM Repertory, 91 min. Director Delbert Mann and writer Paddy Chayefsky expanded their earlier, award-winning NBC TV drama into this equally acclaimed feature film. Ernest Borgnine delivers an Oscar-winning performance (in the role originally played by Rod Steiger), as a blue-collar Bronx butcher who finds love late in life with schoolteacher Betsy Blair. Winner of Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. More on this film.

THE CATERED AFFAIR, 1956, Warner Bros., 92 min. Ernest Borgnine is a middle-aged New York cabbie scraping for years to save for his own cab. When his daughter (Debbie Reynolds) announces that she is going to marry in a simple ceremony, domineering wife Bette Davis insists on a planning a wedding well beyond the working-class family's means, to impress their friends and family and to make up for what she never had. Director Richard Brooks and screenwriter Gore Vidal bring Paddy Chayefsky's story to the screen with sensitivity and intelligence. Introduction to the film by actor Ernest Borgnine  will precede the screening. View Trailer



Saturday, August 9 – 7:30 PM

Robert Aldrich & Ernest Borgnine Double Feature:

THE DIRTY DOZEN, 1967, Warner Bros., 149 min. Dir. Robert Aldrich. Lee Marvin whips a group of unruly criminals (including John Cassavetes and Charles Bronson) into shape for a WWII suicide mission, and the result is an action epic that deals with issues of race, class, and war in a massively entertaining context. Ernest Borgnine is an ornery general making Marvin’s life hell. View Trailer.

EMPEROR OF THE NORTH POLE, 1973, 20th Century Fox, 118 min. Dir. Robert Aldrich. Ernest Borgnine reunites with his DIRTY DOZEN co-star Lee Marvin and director Aldrich for this Depression-era drama. Borgnine is a sadistic railroad conductor determined to keep hobos off of his train; Marvin is an outcast who strives to become a legend by battling and besting Borgnine. More on this film.



Sunday, August 10 – 7:30 PM

Ernest Borgnine Double Feature:

THE VIKINGS, 1958, MGM Repertory, 116 min. Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis play warring adventurers locked in a battle for land and the heart (or, more accurately, body) of the gorgeous Janet Leigh in this rousing epic. With an exuberant performance by Ernest Borgnine as the head Viking and stylish direction by the ever reliable Richard Fleischer, this is a fast, funny spectacle not to be missed on the big screen. View Trailer.

THE BADLANDERS, 1958, Warner Bros., 85 min. Dir. Delmer Daves. Ernest Borgnine gives one of the most intense performances of his career as John McBain, a hardened criminal who collaborates with fellow ex-con Alan Ladd on a daring gold robbery. This western remake of THE ASPHALT JUNGLE is a riveting heist film and a visually sumptuous period piece. View Trailer.