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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.

 

 

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Tickets available 30 days in advance. 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 magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Randall Michelson. Detail of Egyptian Theatre Ceiling. Aero Theatre: Barry King.

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Also see Outfest Wednesdays!

 

Saturday, December 6

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour

11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

For the total “Old Hollywood” experience take a docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min. Wear your walking shoes! You will see the old dressing rooms, the singer's boxes and the projection booth (not normally included on our tours). Reservations are not required, we have room for everyone. You can check our website or our voicemail for emergency cancellations. Tours will be held rain or shine.
Tickets: Tour & movie: $10.

 

 

 

Sunday, December 7

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour

11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

bigparadepremiere.gif (78018 bytes)For the total “Old Hollywood” experience take a docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min. Wear your walking shoes! You will see the old dressing rooms, the singer's boxes and the projection booth (not normally included on our tours). Reservations are not required, we have room for everyone. You can check our website or our voicemail for emergency cancellations. Tours will be held rain or shine.
Tickets: $5. Tour & movie: $10.

Wednesday, December 10 – 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview! David Fincher In-Person!

THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, 2008, Paramount, 165 min. "I was born under unusual circumstances." And so begins this adaptation from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man (Brad Pitt) who is born in his eighties and ages backwards. A man, like any of us, but unable to stop time. We trace his story set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918 into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man’s life can be. Directed by David Fincher, this is a time traveler’s tale of the people (amongst them Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton, Elias Koteas) and places he bumps into along the way, the loves he loses and finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death…and what lasts beyond time. (Screened from a digital source.) Discussion following with director David Fincher. Trailer


 

Thursday, December 11 – 7:30 PM [Spielberg Theatre]

NOT JUST FOR DECORATION: ART DIRECTION, COLOR AND DESIGN IN CINEMA Approx. 180 min. Learning how to define character and enhance story through an effective embrace of the design elements of cinema (art direction, color, costume, make-up etc) is critical to establishing yourself in a crowded filmmaker arena. This inspiring seminar on the functionality of the primary design components in film opens your creative eye toward achieving "total cinematic" vision.

Why is the color GREEN so important to Alfred Hitchcock's films and why is it used so specifically and sparingly in his films?

Why is the production design in Vincente Minnelli's melodramas so much more detailed and creative than his famed musicals?

Why isn't "sound design" more regularly appreciated for its great artistic potential? Why is sound design regulated to such a "practical" and realistic place in the construction of contemporary cinema?

How does the detailed orchestration of sound design in Brian DePalma's early work heavily influence Quentin Tarantinošs cinema today?

How has the creative employment of the design elements of cinema enhanced and even singled out the magnificence of the contemporary and diverse cinemas of David Fincher, David Cronenberg, Baz Luhrmann, the Coen Brothers, Sophia Coppola, Ang Lee, Roman Polanski, Zhang Yimou and Wong Kar-wai?

If cinema constructs meaning primarily through visual and aural signification, why do most emerging, independent filmmakers regulate theartistic influence of the design categories to the sidelines?

For our December seminar, we turn our attention back to film aesthetics and take a close look at how great filmmakers creatively use the design elements of cinema (color orchestration, sound design, production design, costume design, make-up design etc) to define character and to enrich their story's meanings. Learning how to effectively and creatively employ the primary design elements in your film is an essential (and even critical) ingredient to establishing yourself in the crowded independent film arena.

So before you make that next film or even write that next script, take this inspiring, one of a kind seminar in film aesthetics which will help you think more deeply about your images and create an indelible cinema that will certainly help in the advancement of your film career. Film Consultant Thomas Ethan Harris instructs. Film clips will be used to inspire an open dialogue with the audience. Filmmakers and film lovers welcome! Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 Student/Senior with valid I.D.; $12 Members of the Cinematheque.

 

 

Friday, December 12 – 7:30 PM [Spielberg Theatre]

Fetish Film Night

THE PLUSHIES AND FURRIES PROGRAM Total running time: approx. 70 min. Please join Rick Castro, the director of "Plushies & Furries" who is also the curator of FFN for a very unique program for the eveningm including a documentary, film clips and outtakes, furry art and visuals on display and a lively discussion with the audience.

"Plushies & Furries," (2001, World of Wonder, 30 min) Directed by Rick Castro, (HUSTLER WHITE) and produced by World of Wonder. Furry: It ain't exactly Bambi! Furries are people who identify with anthropomorphized animals (animals with human characteristics); in some cases they feel that they are, in fact, part animal. Since the early 1980s, a growing number of people from every walk of life and every part of the world have been introduced to the Furry lifestyle -- in large part via the Internet -- and now consider themselves "Furry." Furry is not so much a hobby or trend, but rather an identity. Consider this, is being gay only about gay sex? Is it a lifestyle, or does it consist of the complete identity of an individual? The same questions apply here. Furry could be the beginning of a whole new social identity: "transspecies." The Furry trend has been written about in such diverse media as Vanity Fair, London Financial Times, Wired, Filmmaker Magazine, and even appeared in an episodes of E.R, CSI. and Entourage. "Plushies & Furries" has screened at film festivals all over the world, as well as airing on MTV and Channel 5 UK during 2001- 2002. This is a once-monthly series hosted by Rick Castro of Antebellum Gallery. Each screening will be followed by an informal discussion and debate with the audience. All screenings for this series will have fetish as the main theme and subject matter. Rick Castro is an independent curator, filmmaker and photographer working and living in Los Angeles his entire life. Castro explores the worlds of fetish and subculture. Rick’s photography is in the permanent collections of the Alfred Kinsey Institute and the Tom of Finland Foundation. His books and magazines are archived at the UCLA Library and the Leather Museum in Chicago. Rick co-directed and wrote the cult film HUSTLER WHITE (1996) and the documentary "Plushies & Furries" (2001) for MTV. (See www.antebellum.us.ms and www.rickcastro.com for more information.) (Screened from a digital source.) This series is for audiences 18 and over. Discussion following the film with the audience, moderated by Rick Castro.

 

 

 

Friday, December 19 – 7:30 PM [Spielberg Theatre]

CULT CINEMA CLUB Approx. 155 min (including intermission). Join us for a double feature of rare, hard-to-see Japanese horror films from the 1950s. (Screened from a digital source.)