|Special Events in May:
Friday, May 9 7:30 PM
Egyptian Theatre 85th Anniversary Screening:
MY FAIR LADY, 1964, Hollywood Classics, 170 min.
Domineering speech expert Henry Higgins (Rex Harrison, in his finest performance)
transforms 19th-century Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle (the never-lovelier
Audrey Hepburn) into a beautiful, swan-like lady, in director George Cukors
sumptuous adaptation of the Lerner & Loewe musical classic. Winner of 8 Academy Awards
including Best Picture, Director and Actor. Co-starring Stanley Holloway, Wilfrid Hyde
White, Theodore Bikel and Jeremy Brett. With the song favorites "Wouldnt It Be
Loverly?," "The Rain in Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night,"
"Get Me to the Church on Time" and more! Originally premiered at the Egyptian
Theatre! More on My
Friday, May 9 7:30 PM [Spielberg]
CULT CINEMA CLUB
A double feature of hard-to-see-in-the-USA Italian crime/juvenile delinquent films
featuring stars Joe Dallesandro, Martin Balsam and Thomas Milian, approx. 180 min total
running time. One film with English subtitles and one dubbed in English and both screened
from a digital video source.
Saturday, May 10 &
*Sunday, May 11
Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour
Special Treat for Mom's coming to this
tour on Mother's Day (May 11)!
You'll score big if you take mom on one of our behind the scenes tours this weekend.
Everyone knows that moms LOVE Hollywood history and victorious tales of Los Angeles
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, May 10 - 3:45 6:00 PM
The American Cinematheque partners with The Go Game for a movie-scavenger hunt combo! This
fast-paced, high-tech, real-life adventure game is like nothing you've ever experienced.
Solve clues and perform challenges as you scramble around Hollywood Boulevard for fun and
prizes. Dinner break after the game and then the winners will be determined (7:30 - 8:00
PM) in front of the live audience, before the screening of MIDNIGHT
MADNESS (details below). Play the game with MIDNIGHT MADNESS
director David Wechter!
More Scavenger Hunt details.
Special Dinner Deal for players at Mel's Drive-In, Miceli's Restaurant & Skooby's Hot Dogs!
Special Ticket Prices: Movie & Scavenger Hunt: $32 General Admission; $30
Student/Senior; and $28 Cinematheque Members. Tickets will be sold at the door. Arrive
early to insure a place. For film only, regular prices apply.
Saturday, May 10 7:30 PM
Scavenger Hunt and Screening!
MIDNIGHT MADNESS, 1980, Disney,112 min. Dir. Michael
Nankin and David Wechter. Following the massive commercial success of ANIMAL
HOUSE, many studios tried to cash in with imitations of that film's frat-house sensibility
-- including the unlikely Walt Disney Pictures! For its second PG-rated release (the first
being THE BLACK HOLE), the Mouse House produced this surprisingly funny and inventive tale
of a group of college students who participate in an elaborate all-night scavenger hunt.
Underrated when it opened in 1980, MIDNIGHT MADNESS has acquired a well-deserved cult
following, and marks the screen debut of a young Michael J. Fox! Click for more on
this cult classic! The film will begin at 8:00 PM following The Go
Game award presentation and screening of highlights from the game. The audience will help
determine the winners. Discussion following the film with co-director David Wechter and
others TBA. TIckets to the film only (without the game) are regular price.
Sunday, May 11 7:30 PM
Special Mothers Day Screening:
THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 1965, 20th Century Fox, 174
min. A young nun (Julie Andrews) becomes the nanny for a widowed Austrian captain
with seven unruly children. She wins their hearts and eventually their fathers as
well. Meanwhile the Nazis are taking control of their homeland. For many, THE SOUND OF
MUSIC is the ultimate bigger-than-life movie musical, from the first silent,
sweeping shots of the Austrian Alps, to Julie Andrews suddenly bursting into song
like a force of nature. An Oscar winner for Best Picture and Robert Wises
flawless direction, this story of The Trapp Family Singers is a reason, a virtual commandment,
to go see movies on the Big Screen. Co-starring Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker,
Anna Lee, Marni Nixon and Angela Cartwright, with a wonderful script by Ernest
Lehman. Hear "The Sound of Music," "My Favorite Things," "Do, Re,
Mi" and more! [35mm Print] Click for more on this film.
Sunday, May 25 5:30 PM
Art Directors Society Screening A Tribute to William Creber
A native of Los Angeles, William J. Creber began his career as an apprentice
draftsperson at 20th Century-Fox, sidelining his original ambitions to be an
architect. He continued to gain experience as an Assistant Art Director on CLEOPATRA
(1963) and PEYTON PLACE (1964). His first assignment as a Production Designer was George
Stevens biblical epic THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (1965) which he was
nominated for an Academy Award with Richard Day. He was also nominated for an Academy
Award for THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE (1972) and THE TOWERING INFERNO (1974). In 2001 Creber
won the ADG Award for Excellence in Production Design for a Television Movie or
Mini-Series for "The Last Brickmaker in America." Then in 2003, he
received the Hollywood Film Festivals Award for Outstanding Achievement in
Production Design and then in 2005 received the ADG Lifetime Achievement Award. His other
film credits include PLANET OF THE APES (1968), THE DETECTIVE (1968), JUSTINE
(1969), ISLANDS IN THE STREAM (1977), FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR (1986), STREET
FIGHTER (1994), SPY HARD (1996) and WITHOUT LIMITS (1998). His television credits
include the Emmy nominated "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (1964), "Lost
in Space" (1965) and "The Time Tunnel" (1966) Creber has worked with
many illustrious Directors such as Franklin Schaffner, Stanley Kramer, George Stevens,
George Cukor, Ronald Neame and Robert Towne. He is credited with pioneering the genre of
"disaster films" with legendary showman and producer, Irwin Allen. Creber is a
past president of the Art Directors Guild where he currently serves on its Council and is
a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Directors Guild of
America. In addition to nearly fifty years in Production Design for film and television,
Creber also exercises his design talents on educational exhibitions of film sets and
miniatures effects. He also oversaw the construction of the backlot streets for the
Disney-MGM studio in Orlando and for the Hollywood Backlot attraction at Disneys
California Adventure in Anaheim. "I cant recall a time in my life I
havent had a pencil in my hand," -- William Creber
THE DETECTIVE, 1968, 20th Century Fox, 114 min.
Hardboiled filmmaker Gordon Douglas (veteran helmer of Cagney gem KISS TOMORROW
GOODBYE as well as Sinatras TONY ROME and LADY IN CEMENT) directs this splendid
neo-noir. Frank Sinatra is a fair, no-nonsense cop heading an investigation into
the murder of a gay man that soon unravels into a web of drug-and-sex-addled police
corruption. Lee Remick is Sinatras sexually voracious spouse, Jacqueline
Bisset is a boyish waif (in a role originally intended for Mia Farrow) who may have
clues to the crime, and Ralph Meeker, Jack Klugman, Al Freeman Jr. and Robert
Duvall are just a few of Sinatras motley crew of colleagues. Tony Musante
(BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE) delivers a disturbing, powerhouse performance as one of
the main suspects. William Crebers art direction ably accomplishes a seamless fit,
melding New York City exteriors with interiors shot on a Hollywood soundstage. THE
DETECTIVE is yet another film that premiered at the Egyptian! Click for more on this film. 10 minute clip reel preceding the
film. Discussion following the film with art director William J. Creber.
Thursday, May 29 7:30 PM
DAYBREAK, 2005, Fictionville, 84 min. Dir. Hamid
Rahmanian. A fascinating, powerful look at capital punishment in Iran, shot inside
Tehrans century-old prison. This powerful debut feature film is based on a
compilation of true stories. In Iran, capital punishment is carried out according to
Islamic law, which gives the family of the victim ownership of the offenders life.
The story revolves around the imminent execution of Mansour, a man found guilty of murder.
When the family of the victim repeatedly fails to show up on the appointed day,
Mansours execution is postponed again and again. Stuck inside the purgatory of his
own mind, he is caught between life and death, retribution and forgiveness. We have shown
Rahmanians documentary SIR ALFRED OF CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRPORT, which Steven
Spielberg later turned into the narrative feature THE TERMINAL, and his experimental short
film "An I Within." Official Website. Discussion to follow with director Hamid Rahmanian.