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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.

 

 

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.

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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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Special Events in October:

 

Also see Outfest Wednesdays!

 

Sunday, October 12 – 8:00 PM

L.A. Freewaves

LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, 2003, 169 min. Dir. Thom Andersen. A must see for Los Angeles history buffs and cinema enthusiasts, who will marvel at the hundreds of archival and film clips revealing an almost secret history of the City of Angels. "This cinematic essay focuses on the discrepancy between the lived-in urban reality of Los Angeles and its various century-deep cinematic mythologies, the movie is about more than just what the movies get wrong. It’s about the way the imaginary space of cinema intrudes upon the actual space of our lives, so that the L.A. of the movies becomes a kind of separate urban reality unto itself." Toronto Star Trailer | More

 

 

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Sunday, October 12 – 8:00 PM

LA Film Forum Presents L.A. Freewaves

HOLLY WOULD IF SHE COULD: ARTISTS’ REPLIES TO HOLLYWOOD - [Spielberg Theatre]

"I Yam What I Yam" by Bryan Konefsky (16:00)

Monocular vision meets one-eyed Popeye the Sailor Man.

"L.A.: Dean BURST" by Peter d'Agostino (6:00)

Triptych installation that chronicles 2 visits of Griffith Observatory: one by James Dean in 1955, the other by d’Agostino in 2007.

"Imago" by Minou Norouzi (7:50)

Conceived as a hypothesis that ones favorite line from a movie contains within it the essence of a person’s ideal, a passion, conviction or sense of self IMAGO maps a series of frozen moments in the Los Angeles acting community.

"Lets Get Out of Here" by Rahne Alexander (2:35)

A montage of the most used line in Hollywood history…

"The Same Dream" by Matthew Rana (2:30)

The death of Lawrence of Arabia and poetic sorrow courtesy T.S. Elliot’s "The Weeping Girl."

"Boulevard" by Peter Horvath (12:00)

Narrative drama of sexual angst that is centered in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard.

"Between 2 Deaths" by Wago Kreider (7:00)

A ghost of cinema past living in the present, with the graveyard scene from Vertigo reconstructed and combined with itself, past and present.

"Murder and UFO's" by Brian Macdonald (20:00)

The last days of Marilyn Monroe told in mini-Hollywood epic style. Lounge jazz and retro synth darken this noir silent composed of Monroe, JFK and RFK, and Star Trek clips.

"The End" by Danial Nord (2:11)

Classic endings and impending disaster…

For details: www.lafilmforum.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

Thursday, October 16 – 7:30 PM

Special Screening:

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, 1999, Lionsgate, 105 min. Nearly a decade ago, director Wim Wenders and American guitarist Ry Cooder assembled the legendary old-guard of Havana's musicians, some in their nineties, for a series of recording sessions and concerts that Wenders filmed for the documentary that has become legendary in its own right. Many of those musicians have now passed on, making this document of their ageless energy and timeless legacy all the more vital. Performances include: Ibrahim Ferrer ("the Cuban Nat King Cole"), Compay Segundo, Ruben Gonzalez, Eliades Ochoa and Omara Portuondo. Presented in cooperation with Nonesuch Records to mark the new release of "Buena Vista Social Club - The Carnegie Hall Concert ," the group's sole U.S. performance, recorded ten years ago. More on this film

 

 

 

 

Friday, October 17 – 7:30 PM

Fetish Film Series Night:

SALO, OR THE 120 DAYS OF SODOM, 1975, MGM Repertory, 117 min. Dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini. Be prepared, SALO is not for the weak of heart. The polar opposite of the "Trilogy Of Life" (which includes the maestro’s THE DECAMERON, ARABIAN NIGHTS and THE CANTERBURY TALES), SALO depicts with cold precision the sexual and psychological atrocities visited on sixteen young men and women, held hostage by a group of depraved nobles at the end of WWII. Pasolini based the film on a notorious book by the Marquis de Sade, but transposes the setting from 18th century France to the last days of Mussolini's regime in the republic of SALO. With costumes by Danilo Donati and production design by Dante Ferretti so perfect, it plays like a fashion advert. One of the most controversial and widely censored films ever made (it took over 25 years for the uncut version to screen in England), SALO has lost none of its power to shock and disturb, or as fetish film series curator Rick Castro puts it, "the best film ever made, separates the men from the boys." With Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Quintavalle. More | Trailer [Note: Due to the graphic sexual nature of this film, no one under 18 will be admitted to the screenings.] Audience participation discussion with series curator Rick Castro following the screening. (See www.rickcastro.com and www.antebellum.us.ms for more information.) This series is for audiences 18 and over.

 

Egyptian Theatre 86th Anniversary Weekend!!

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Saturday, October 18

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.
No separate prices for tour and movie. Forever Hollywood and the Tour must be purchased together on October 19th.

 

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Saturday, October 18 – 2:00 PM

Art Deco Society Film and Lecture on James Oviatt: Haberdasher to Hollywood’s Golden Age Stars

THE OVIATT BUILDING, 2008, 70 min. Dir. Seth Shulman. Through lecture and film screening, here is the untold story of downtown Los Angeles’ first Art Deco jewel: the 1928 Oviatt Building and its opulent penthouse. Virtually a second home to Clark Gable, Errol Flynn and other male stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, the Oviatt Building housed L.A.’s finest haberdashery and catered to filmdom’s titans. For eight decades, its glamorous and controversial history has been shrouded in mystery and clouded by misinformation…until now. Full of long-lost archival images and long-forgotten events, this myth-busting documentary spans more than a century and interviews the men and women who shaped the Oviatt Building’s turbulent history. Trailer | More 15 minute introduction precedes the screening. Discussion following with director Seth Shulman and producer Marc Chevalier. Display of Oviatt label clothing and accessories. The DVD will also be on sale.

 

 

 

 

Saturday, October 18 – 7:30 PM

Egyptian Theatre 86th Anniversary Screening

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FUNNY GIRL, 1968, Sony Repertory 155 min. Dir: William Wyler. In her Academy-Award winning film debut, Barbra Streisand recreates her legendary Broadway role of renowned comedienne Fanny Brice, who made the world laugh even as her own world was anything but happy, thanks largely to her marriage to gambling addict Nicky Arnstein. Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's score includes Barbra's signature songsFunnyGirlWeb.jpg (62602 bytes) "People" and "Don't Rain On My Parade." With Omar Sharif, Walter Pidgeon, Kay Medford and Anne Francis; produced by Ray Stark, who was Brice's son-in-law and also produced the original Broadway stage production. This was the last big-scale Hollywood roadshow premiere at the old Egyptian! More | Trailer | Article by our friends at CinemaSightlines. Full-length roadshow version in dye-transfer Technicolor and six-track digital stereo!

 

 

 

 

Sunday, October 19

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

Special Evening Time!

6:30 PM Behind The Scenes Tour

7:45 PM 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: $5. Tour & movie: $10.

 

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Sunday, October 19

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

6:30 PM Behind-The-Scenes Tour

7:45 PM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD, 1999, American Cinematheque, 55 min. Join us for a rare evening performance of this acclaimed documentary! Produced by the American Cinematheque, the film celebrates a century of movie-making history and the eternal allure of Hollywood glamour. The unique story of Hollywood, the bountiful farming suburb turned movie capital of the world, is told through interviews with some of today’s best known stars and filmmakers, including Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, Charlton Heston, Shirley MacLaine, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, Jeff Bridges, Robert Redford, Quentin Tarantino and more! "To people all over the world, Hollywood has always represented glamour and the hope of success and celebrity, and countless people arrive every year to pursue these elusive but not impossible dreams," says director Todd McCarthy. "This film is designed to make Hollywood history come alive and to evoke the distinct periods that produced so many different and cherished films, and to illustrate how Hollywood was influenced by significant social and cultural changes in the world." Altogether, FOREVER HOLLYWOOD is comprised of over 400 images from archives and feature films. This 35mm movie features film clips from over 75 American films, footage dating back to the earliest days of the industry, behind-the-scenes glimpses of studios and films in production, rare home movies of the stars, tantalizing peeks at Hollywood nightlife and its famous clubs and remarkable historical material that reveals the ever-changing face of Los Angeles over the years. There will be a docent-led historic tour of the Egyptian Theatre plus slide-show presentation at 6:30 PM preceding the screening.

 

 

 

Thursday, October 23 – 7:30 PM

Special Screening

THE GITS, 2008, Liberation Entertainment, 82 min. With an innovative sound that coupled hardcore punk with heartfelt blues, the Seattle band The Gits was poised to break into the mainstream. But they would never achieve the success of contemporaries Nirvana and Pearl Jam because on July 7, 1993, singer Mia Zapata was found murdered – the victim of a rape/homicide. It was a crime unsolved when director Kerri O’Kane began shooting her debut feature. In the interim, however, fans, friends and celebrities like Joan Jett (interviewed here) and Nirvana helped raise money to reopen what had become a cold case file. Mia’s death had reverberated throughout the music community, and unexpectedly Mia’s killer was brought to justice as the cameras rolled. "If you never saw The Gits perform live, the film offers a glimpse into a world that is now Seattle legend." – Gene Stout, Seattle Post-Intelligencer; "For those who knew The Gits in their prime, the movie is a testament to the power of their music, and the promise unfulfilled." – Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times; "[A] revealing documentary…about female power, male violence and the persistence of allies." – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post. For more info on the film: http://www.thegitsmovie.com/ Discussion following the film with director Kerri O’Kane and producer Jessica Bender.

 

 

 

Monday, October 27 – 8:00 PM

MOTION PICTURE SOUND EDITORS SOUND SHOW

The MPSE Sound Show returns with an exploration of the sonic world of this summer's blockbuster Batman movie THE DARK KNIGHT.

Join Oscar and Golden Reel winning supervising sound editor/sound designer Richard King ("War of the Worlds," "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," "Signs") as he presents his process of creating the film’s soundscape. Excerpts of the movie will be presented with special "pre-dubb" mixes to illustrate the variety of elements used to create an environment of serious sound.

Also in the mix: award winning music editor Alex Gibson ("Natural Born Killers," "The Prestige," "John Adams") with very special guest Oscar winning composer Hans Zimmer ("Gladiator," "The Lion King," "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End"), who will reveal the way the musical score was shaped to fit the dark narrative of good and evil.

As an extra special attraction, all of the 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 explosive element.

A co-presentation of the Motion Picture Sound Editors and the American Cinematheque. Made possible with support from Warner Bros. Pictures.

 

 

 

Tuesday, October 28 – 7:30 PM

ITVS DOCUMENTARY SERIES

LIONESS, 2008, 81 min. They went to Iraq as cooks, clerks and mechanics and returned a year later as part of America's first generation of female combat veterans. Despite an official government policy that states that women are not supposed to partake in direct ground combat, the five women featured here most certainly did. LIONESS, the provocative and powerful documentary from Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers, tells the story of five women who served together for a year in Iraq. More on this Film | Trailer Free Admission! First come, first served. Panel Discussion participants to be announced.  About ITVS Community Cinema: ITVS, the co-presenter of Independent Lens, presents ITVS Community  Cinema, a free monthly screening series, offered in over 50 cities throughout the U.S. www.itvs.org www.pbs.org/independentlens