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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. Aero Theatre: Barry King.

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AFI AT THE EGYPTIAN

In collaboration with AFI FEST 2008 presented by Audi

AFI is convening its annual mammoth festival of new films from America and all over the world as well as past classics, with many filmmakers and performers in-person. Join us for these two nights where the American Cinematheque collaborates with the AFI. We’ll be welcoming Danny Boyle in-person to introduce a double feature of two of his most critically acclaimed films, SHALLOW GRAVE and TRAINSPOTTING, and Tilda Swinton in-person for a screening of her 2008 film JULIA.

Series compiled by Rose Kuo and Chris D.

Special Thanks: Amy Lewin/MGM Repertory; Bryce Campbell/MIRAMAX; STUDIO CANAL; Barry Johnson/ID.

 

Thursday, November 6 – 7:30 PM

Danny Boyle In-Person Double Feature!

SHALLOW GRAVE, 1995, MGM Repertory, 91 min. Director Danny Boyle’s break-out feature follows three friends – sensible nurse Kerry Fox, uptight accountant Christopher Eccleston and cutting-edge journalist Ewan MacGregor – as they interview candidates for a fourth flatmate. After accepting enigmatic Keith Allen as their new roomie, things soon wax nightmarish when he turns up dead with a roomful of drugs and money. The three comrades decide to cut up the body and dispose of it themselves, thus enabling them to keep the wads of illicit cash. But things don’t go as planned. More on this film. "…a tar-black comedy that zings along on a wave of visual and scripting inventiveness… a real tour de force of black humor, with multiple double-crosses and twists up to the final fadeout." – Derek Elley, Variety

TRAINSPOTTING, 1996, Miramax, 94 min. If SHALLOW GRAVE put a spotlight on Danny Boyle as someone to watch on the arthouse circuit, TRAINSPOTTING positively rammed him up through the bottom of mainstream consciousness. It even earned an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay (John Hodge, adapting Irvine Welsh’s controversial novel). Ewan McGregor heads up a memorable cast as a young man struggling with his love/hate relationship with drugs, principally heroin. Boyle and screenwriter Hodge capture all the camaraderie, angst, backstabbing, horror and gutter humor of a subculture made up of misanthropic misfits who cannot abide the crush of society and will do whatever it takes to ingest something that will cancel out, or at least postpone, personal responsibility. Robert Carlyle is ferociously funny -- and scary -- as one of MacGregor’s nutcase mates. "Dark as its subject matter is, this film manages the incredible trick of remaining jubilant and fresh. And in the face of AIDS, crib death, drug overdose and staggeringly vile bathroom jokes (all of which figure in the story), that is no small feat…Boyle elicits disarmingly droll performances all around." – Janet Maslin, The New York Times "A 95 minute blast of inspiration..." -- LA View (1996) Review Introduction to the films by Danny Boyle.

 

 

 

Friday, November 7 – 7:30 PM

Tilda Swinton In-Person!

JULIA, 2008, Magnolia, 138 min. Director Erick Zonca (THE DREAMLIFE OF ANGELS) makes his English language debut with this superb, gut-wrenching character study of a desperate woman at the end of her tether. Night after drunken night. forty-something Julia (Tilda Swinton) dives headfirst into a frenzy of alcohol and promiscuous sex. When she loses her job, she approaches her ex, Mitch (Saul Rubinek), but he will only help if she returns to AA meetings. Unfortunately, alcoholic single mother Elena (Kate del Castillo) runs into Julia at a meeting and persuades her to help kidnap her son back from the boy’s wealthy grandfather. "…a kidnapping-cum-road movie that ultimately winds up as an action-packed suspense thriller. It's both an exhausting and exhilarating 140 minutes… There's barely a moment that Swinton isn't on-screen, and it's clear that Zonca built the film around her. It's her strongest performance to date… manages to succeed as a character-driven study contained within the framework of a genre film." – Andrew Grant, Filmbrain.com Trailer Discussion following with actress Tilda Swinton.

 

 

 

Sunday, November 9 – 5:00 PM

THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA. 2004, Sony Repertory, 89 min. Dir. Larry Blamire. If you missed it before or just need a refresher, here's the original cult classic! In this lovingly deadpan recreation of those ultra-cheap '50s sci-fi/horror movies, an earnest scientist, his devoted wife, stranded space aliens (and their escaped pet mutant), an evil professor and the alluring Animala descend upon Bronson Canyon in search of the mysterious element "atmosphereum"--unaware that the cranky (and e-e-evil) title character wants it as well. A side-splitting and skillful spoof that's become one of the most quotable movies of recent years...and it's all in the miracle of Skeletorama! Plus Ub Iwerks' 1937 cartoon classic "Skeleton Frolics." Official Website Writer/Director/Star Larry Blamire will introduce the screening.

 

 

Sunday, November 9 – 7:30 PM

Los Angeles Premiere! Presented in the Majesty of SuperSkeletorama!

THE LOST SKELETON RETURNS AGAIN. 2008, Bantam Street, 91 min. Dir. Larry Blamire. It's two years later, and the action shifts to the Amazon jungle, as old friends and new enemies shlep into the dreaded Valley of the Monsters in search of yet another rare element. This bigger, better, bonier sequel moves up the budgetary scale from Ed Wood to Sam Katzman, containing some nifty special effects and a dynamic musical score along with the expected hilarious performances and Blamire's trademark loopy dialogue. But you can still see the wires! Official Website Discussion following with the cast and crew.

 

 

 

NEW FILMS FROM ITALY

The Body of this Festival Continues at the Aero Theatre!

Under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in Los Angeles Co-presented by the Italian Film Commission Los Angeles with the support of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and ELMA with the patronage of Cinecitta' Holding

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Join us for a selection of the best of contemporary Italian filmmaking! The series opens with the Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize winner and the official Italian entry for the Oscars, Matteo Garrone's new film GOMORRAH about the Mafia’s grip on Naples. Also featured are new releases by well-known Italian filmmakers: Nanni Moretti in Antonello Grimaldi’s QUIET CHAOS; Ferzan Ozpetek’s A PERFECT DAY; and Italy’s most impressive box office success of the year -- Paolo Virzi’s HER WHOLE LIFE AHEAD. And the comedy LESSONS IN CHOCOLATE (the directorial debut of Claudio Cupellini). In addition, the Venice Film Festival audience favorite and the directorial debut by Gillo Pontecorvo’s son Marco Pontecorvo, PA.RA.DA., plus another directorial debut by Silvio Muccino, who also stars in TALK TO ME ABOUT LOVE. The series concludes with Michele Soavi’s BLOOD OF THE LOSERS, a gripping look at the civil war which raged in Italy between Fascists and Partisans at the end of WWII featuring Michele Placido. After opening night, the rest of the festival takes place at the Aero Theatre.

Series compiled by Silvia Bizio.

 Tuesday, November 11 – 7:30 PM

Grand Jury Prize Winner at Cannes Film Festival and the Official Italian Submission for the Oscars!

GOMORRAH (GOMORRA), 2008, IFC Films, 137 min. Dir. Matteo Garrone. An epic, mesmerizing tour-de-force about Italy’s infamous Camorra crime family. Based on Robert Saviano’s explosive international bestseller, GOMORRAH was a critical sensation at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prize. A box-office smash in Italy, GOMORRAH is also the official Italian Oscar® selection. With Salvatore Cantalupo. More on this film | Trailer Introduction by director Matteo Garrone. More New Films from Italy.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 12 – 7:30 PM

40th Anniversary Screening! Mods & Rockers Special Event! Special Guests and Rarities!

New 35mm Print! HEAD, 1968, Rhino, 86 min. Join Monkees Davy Jones and Peter Tork plus other key cast and crew celebrating the 40th Anniversary of this head-tripping psychedelic delight, written and produced by Jack Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson. The film succeeded in demolishing The Monkees mythology and in creating its own, fracturing their cheeky TV image (and anticipating much of MTV Music Television) with this insane collage of surreal sketches and visual jokes. Features a mind-blowing gallery of 1960s icons -- including Annette Funicello, Timothy Carey, Sonny Liston and Frank Zappa, not to mention a bizarre cameo by Victor Mature! With Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, Davy Jones. More on this film | Trailer Preceded by the theatrical premieres of the never-televised Monkees TV series pilot and rare versions of four Monkees episodes unseen since 1973, plus other rarities! Discussion following with Davy Jones and Peter Tork , plus songwriter Bobby Hart!

 

 

 

Thursday, November 13 – 7:30 PM

ATTACK OF THE FIFTY FOOT REELS

The Attack of the 50-Foot Reels returns for its eighth annual challenge to filmmakers to shoot a film with one 50-foot cartridge of Super-8 film. The filmmakers will be in attendance to introduce the films that they shot but haven't seen. Witness the magic, mystery and suspense of these, at times raw and other times polished, films all of which highlight the potential that 150-200 seconds can encompass.

 

 

 

 

Friday, November 14 – 7:30 PM

Antebellum Gallery Presents Fetish Film Night Hosted by Rick Castro

[Spielberg Theatre] ZOO, 2007, ThinkFilm, 80 min. Directed by Robinson Devor (THE WOMAN CHASER, POLICE BEAT) and co-written with The Stranger columnist Charles Mudede. A humanizing look at the life and bizarre death of a seemingly normal Seattle family man, Kenneth Pinyan aka Mr. Hands (played courageously by John Paulsen), who met his untimely end after a sexual encounter with an Arabian stallion. Made in cooperation with the actual online encounters of "Mr. Hands," as well as other friends of his, in the attempt to explore the life and death of the man under such unusual circumstances. It does contain explicit material of zoophile activities. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival and the prestigious Directors Fortnight sidebar at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. Zoo is short for zoophile, signifying a person with unusually strong fondness for, attraction to or romantic interest in animals. "The film has been both highly praised and extremely criticized for breaching ‘the last taboo,’ thus making it perfect for debate and discussion," says Fetish Film Night curator Rick Castro. "A breathtakingly original nonfiction work by Seattle-based filmmaker Robinson Devor." – Scott Foundas, Variety; "Compelling." – Neva Chonin, San Francisco Chronicle; "…an immersive experience that never forgets the basic facts of the story but attempts with a level head and open mind to understand how in the world it might happen." – Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian. More on this film

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 AND 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.

 

 

Saturday, November 15

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, November 16

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.

 

 

 

Thursday November 20 - 7:30 PM

Back by Popular Demand!

NAVIGATING THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD

For most emerging filmmakers, the goal of launching a film on the film festival circuit begins with one singular dream: SUNDANCE! But what lies beyond Sundance for you and your film? In this informative seminar, presented just in time for the 2009 festival season, film festival programmer/film consultant Thomas Ethan Harris (former Director of Programming, Los Angeles Film Festival and Palm Springs International Short Film Festival) offers filmmakers practical skills to navigate the world of film festivals to maximum effect.

Our most popular seminars returns to Hollywood!

For most emerging filmmakers, the goal of launching a film on the film festival circuit begins with one singular dream: SUNDANCE! But what lies beyond Sundance for you and your film? In this informative seminar, presented just in time for the fall ³festival season², film festival programmer/film consultant Thomas Ethan Harris (former Director Of Programming Los Angeles Film Festival and Palm Springs International Festival Of Short Films) offers filmmakers practical skills to navigating the world of film festivals to maximum effect.

What are the most significant film festivals and showcases you should be considering right now before that ultimate Sundance dream fades and you are left with a very good film with no place to show it?

Discussion Topics to be discussed include:

--A survey of the most important film festivals in both the United States and the international community.

--A breakdown and discussion of what particular film festivals are looking for and what individual film festivals respond to as they build their yearly list of selected films.

--How to strategize the best festival release for your film.

--The growing importance of community and genre film festivals.

--The importance of your film¹s press kit and key art.

--The where, when and how of submitting your film.

PLUS!!!

--Secret insider tips on submitting your film that will improve your chances of getting selected!!

--A list of film festivals to AVOID and why!

Whether you are currently submitting your film to festivals or whether you are in production on your film or even if you are just prepping or writing your first film, EVERYONE is encourage to attend this insightful, stimulating and empowering discussion of film festivals and film festival release strategy.

Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 Student/Senior with valid I.D.; $12 Members of the Cinematheque.

 

 

 

Friday, November 21 – 7:30 PM [Spielberg Theatre]

CULT CINEMA CLUB

Approx. 190 min. In the ensuing months since our last installment, Cult Cinema Club has been taking it slow at the Egyptian’s Spielberg Theatre because we’ve been deluged by a surplus of cult delicacies served up in our main Rigler Theatre. Now join us for screenings of two rare Spanish cult films, a bizarre juvenile delinquent gang vs. serial killer giallo starring Sue Lyon and directed by Eloy de la Iglesia, and a Paul Naschy werewolf movie co-starring Franco favorite Jack Taylor. Neither are available on DVD in America. Both will be screened from a digital video source.

 

Friday, November 28 – 7:30 PM

New 70mm Print!

WEST SIDE STORY, 1961, MGM Repertory, 151 min. The ultra-classic Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins-helmed musical with Natalie Wood as the lovely Maria and Richard Beymer as her star-crossed lover Tony, surrounded by switchblade-carrying gangs led by Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris. Leonard Bernstein’s soaring, instantly memorable score, with lyrics by a young Stephen Sondheim, stands as one of the finest ever written for the American musical theater. This urban updating of "Romeo and Juliet" won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Chakiris) and Actress (Moreno), Cinematography and Art Direction. More on this film Don’t miss this absolutely stunning brand new 70mm print.

 

 

 

Saturday, November 29, 7:30 PM

New 70mm Print!

WEST SIDE STORY, 1961, MGM Repertory, 151 min. The ultra-classic Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins-helmed musical with Natalie Wood as the lovely Maria and Richard Beymer as her star-crossed lover Tony, surrounded by switchblade-carrying gangs led by Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris. Leonard Bernstein’s soaring, instantly memorable score, with lyrics by a young Stephen Sondheim, stands as one of the finest ever written for the American musical theater. This urban updating of "Romeo and Juliet" won 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Chakiris) and Actress (Moreno), Cinematography and Art Direction. More on this film Don’t miss this absolutely stunning brand new 70mm print. Actor George Chakiris In Person!