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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
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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.
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<<< August 2009 >>>

Special One Night Events & Limited Engagements, Sneak Previews in August:



Saturday, August 1 – 7:30 PM

70 mm! BARAKA, 1992, Magidson Films, 96 min. If you have never seen BARAKA, one of the Cinematheque’s favorite movies, this is another chance to experience one of the most visually awesome films ever made. Inspired by the Sufi word that means "breath of life," BARAKA is a mind-expanding, spiritual journey around the globe (shot in 24 countries on 5 continents), from director/cinematographer Ron Fricke (who photographed the earlier KOYAANISQATSI) and producer Mark Magidson (the Imax film CHRONOS). Filmed entirely without dialogue in a stunning cascade of crystalline, time-lapse 70 mm. images, BARAKA is quite simply breathtaking. "Smashingly edited, superbly scored … speaks volumes about the planet without uttering a single word." – Suzan Ayscough, Variety Trailer



Sunday, August 2 – 7:30 PM

Live Commentary! THE MONSTER SQUAD, 1987, LionsGate, 82 min. Dir. Fred Dekker. Young kids form a club that is devoted to monsters, but soon get more than they bargained for when Count Dracula adjourns to Earth, accompanied by Frankenstein's Monster, the Wolfman, the Mummy and the Gill-man. The uglies are in search of a powerful amulet that will grant them power to rule the world. Our heroes - the Monster Squad are the only ones daring to stand in their way. With Andre Gower, Robby Kiger, Stephen Macht, Tom Noonan (as Frankenstein’s monster), Duncan Regehr (as Dracula). Trailer Director Fred Dekker will comment on the making of THE MONSTER SQUAD while it is screening. Other guests to be announced.




Wednesday, August 12- 7:30 PM
Kevin Thomas’ Favorites:
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUDGE ROY BEAN, 1972, Warner Bros., 120 min. "A whimsical, highly sophisticated mock heroic western starring Paul Newman in the title role as the tough hombre who brought law and order to Vinegaroon, in the badlands of Texas and became a part of the folklore of the Old West. John Milius has written a rousing American epic, in which he reveals the downside of rugged individualism in the American character, and has had the good fortune to have had it directed by John Huston, who relishes telling a terrific story for its own sake and letting the symbols and meanings fall where they may. This glorious and unjustly neglected 1972 film is nonetheless as happily intent upon being fun as it is in being significant The star-studded cast includes Ava Gardner as Lily Langtry, the legendary English actress worshipped by Bean." Kevin Thomas. Film Critic Kevin Thomas will introduce the screening.




Thursday, August 20 – 7:30 PM

Biker Double Feature:

THE WILD ONE, 1954, Sony Repertory, 79 min. Dir. Laslo Benedek. Marlon Brando roars into pop culture as one of the first antihero outsiders in American cinema. His biker gang turns a small burg upside-down when they drunkenly brawl with Lee Marvin's rival wild bunch, only to have the tables turned when vigilante rule takes over. Based on an actual incident in a Southern California town in 1947. Trailer

THE WILD ANGELS, 1966, MGM Repertory, 93 min. Dir. Roger Corman. Hot-tempered biker Peter Fonda has no respect for straight society and goes about proving it. Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd and Michael J. Pollard join him on his journey of perpetual rebellion. See amazing gone-forever, time-capsule Southern Califonia locations, including great sequences shot in Venice. With the incredibly catchy instrumental theme by Davie Allen and the Arrows. Trailer




Sunday, August 23 – 7:30 PM

Back To School Double Feature:

REVENGE OF THE NERDS, 1984, 20th Century Fox, 90 min. Dir. Jeff Kanew. This cult classic stars Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards as Louis and Gilbert, two nerdy yet lovable college freshmen. They are miserable – not only are they taunted mercilessly by the jocks of Alpha Beta, but Louis has a hopeless crush on Betty (Julia Montgomery), the girlfriend of the quarterback. Deciding finally to fight back, they join up with Poindexter (Timothy Busfield) and Booger (Curtis Armstrong) and form their own fraternity. Soon, hilarious out-and-out warfare begins – but can they really win? The cast also includes James Cromwell and John Goodman. The Rubinoos ("I Think We're Alone Now" - 1987) performed the theme song for the film. Trailer

BACK TO SCHOOL, 1986, MGM Repertory, 96 min. Dir. Alan Metter. Rodney Dangerfield can’t get no respect as the father of a young man (Keith Gordon) who has decided that he doesn’t want to go to college after all. Determined to show him the importance of education, Dangerfield decides to enroll at the university as well. Instantly popular due to his wild parties, he soon has to figure out if he’s sending his son the right message after all. There are lots of laughs, of course, as well as a cameo by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. and a soundtrack by former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman. The band The Rubinoos will appear in person to perform the REVENGE OF THE NERDS theme song and other pop hits!




Wednesday, August 26 – 7:30 PM

THE GRADUATE, 1967, 105 min. Dir. Mike Nichols. "Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me…aren’t you?" In this iconic 1960s classic, Dustin Hoffman stars as Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate in search of a little direction in his life. He soon finds himself having an affair with the wife of his father’s partner, Mrs. Robinson (the fabulous Anne Bancroft). Things get even more complicated when he falls for her daughter (Katherine Ross). The film darkly and humorously captures both the restlessness and ennui of the era. Be on the lookout for screenwriter Buck Henry’s hilarious cameo as a hotel desk clerk. Trailer




Thursday, August 27 – 7:30 PM

Frank Zappa Double Feature:

New 35mm Print! 200 MOTELS, 1971, MGM Repertory, 98 min. Dir. Tony Palmer & Frank Zappa. "Touring can make you crazy, that's what 200 Motels is all about."- Frank Zappa. Frank Zappa was a mad scientist constantly pushing the boundaries of music, film, and video. 200 MOTELS is no exception; Zappa combined The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with The Mothers of Invention and filmed the bulk of the soundtrack live. Zappa's favorite topics -- groupies, mundane Americana and inside jokes -- are the themes of this film. Musical interludes provide a transcending break, where things like place, time and plot are forgotten. With Theodore Bikel, Keith Moon and Ringo Starr as Frank Zappa. Trailer

BABY SNAKES, 1979, Intercontinental Absurdities, 164 min. Dir. Frank Zappa. In 1977, Frank Zappa gave a major concert in New York that gave full rein to the astonishing range of his talents as a composer, musician, band-leader, conductor, satirist and ringmaster. Orchestrating the band, the event and the audience – the concert was a triumphant celebration of the breadth of his uniquely idiosyncratic vision. Zappa filmed the concert and spent the next two years editing, polishing and adding sequences to the film including ground-breaking claymation. As usual, Zappa was far ahead of his time – and the film did not enjoy wide distribution on release. Trailer




Friday, August 28 – 7:30 PM

40th Anniversary Screening! New 35mm Print! WOODSTOCK (The Director’s Cut), 1970, Warner Bros., 228 min. Dir. Michael Wadleigh. In THE OMEGA MAN, it’s no wonder that Charlton Heston, sole survivor of the human race, spends his days endlessly watching WOODSTOCK, the ultimate time capsule of the Love Generation. If any film captured the heady idealism, the free-form partying, drug-taking and love-making, and above all the great music of the late 1960s, this is it. The Who, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Sly & The Family Stone, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana -- need we say more? We’ll be screening the much-extended Director’s Cut of the film, featuring many songs and performers not included in the original release version. Introduction by Hal Lifson, noted pop culture historian, celebrity publicist and author of the book 1966! The Coolest Year in Pop Culture History. Hall will sign copies of his new Archie comic about everyone's favorite Riverdale teens going to Woodstock at Every Picture Tells A Story at 6 PM.




Saturday, August 29 – 7:30 PM

Triple Features, Trilogies and Triple Bills!

Join us for this month's Aero Theatre Triple Bill: 3 classic films for the price of one. Following the success of our INDIANA JONES, MAD MAX, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and BACK TO THE FUTURE triple bills, enjoy this month the first 3 JAWS!

JAWS, 1975, Universal, 124 min. Director Steven Spielberg rocketed to the head of the class with this terrific mixture of suspense, humor and modern Americana, based on the Peter Benchley best-seller. Roy Scheider is excellent as a New England sheriff confronting crowds of sunbathers, self-serving local politicians and -- most importantly -- a monstrous Great White Shark over a July 4th weekend. With Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss.

JAWS 2, 1978, 116 min., Universal, Dir. Jeannot Szwarc, Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, Roy Scheider, reprising his role as Martin Brody, the hydrophobic Police Chief of Amity, is joined by wife Ellen (Lorainne Gary) - four years later a Man-eating Great White shark is again terrorizing the waters in this second suspenseful maritime outing, scored by John Williams.

JAWS 3, 1983, 99 min., Universal, Dir. Joe Alves. Michael Brody (Dennis Quaid, in his first lead role) chief engineer for Sea World is the eldest son of police chief Brody. When completion of a new exhibit is threatened by the sudden appearance of a Great White Shark, Michael and his brother (John Putch) attempt to hunt it down. Joining in the hunt is Lou Gossett Jr. as Calvin Bouchard, the park’s owner. Originally released as 3D in the theatrical release, screened NOT in 3D. Introduction by Patrick Jankiewicz, author of Just When You Thought It Was Safe, A JAWS Companion.



Sunday, August 30 – 5:30 PM

Art Director Series - Designing For The Backlot

THE CHASE, 1966, Sony Repertory, 135 min. Dir. Arthur Penn. Screenplay by Lillian Hellman from the play by Horton Foote, and starring Marlon Brando, Jane Fonda, James Fox, Robert Duvall and Robert Redford, the film portrays how the escape of one man from prison, in one night, profoundly affects the inhabitants of a small southern town. Designed by Richard Day (MY GAL SAL, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, ON THE WATERFRONT). A panel discussion will follow with leading production designers who will further discuss the creation and use of backlots in film including Production Designers Albert Brenner (Beaches, 2010), William J. Creber (The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Towering Inferno) and Corey Kaplan (The X-Files, Cold Case) will participate in a panel discussion to be moderated by Production Designer and ADG President, Tom Walsh. A brief presentation and clip reel will also be shown to highlight the creation and use of backlots in film. Trailer