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Series compiled by:Grant Moninger and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Jim Hemphill.
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Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.

 

 

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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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Films with Holiday Spirit & Big Screen Family Classics

 

Portions of this Festival are at the Aero Theatre!

 

Join us for movies celebrating the festive holiday spirit of yuletide cheer, braced with the romance, joy, pathos and giving mood of the season. Many of you will remember these cinematic chestnuts from your childhood. Every one of them has that wonderful quality of making you feel warm and fuzzy inside - even if the rest of the world is collapsing! Screening at the Egyptian are classics such as WHITE CHRISTMAS (starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen), Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (with James Stewart) - and Vincente Minnelli’s MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (starring Judy Garland) - IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE also will show at the Aero, along with Bob Clark’s beloved A CHRISTMAS STORY and other classics.

 

 

Wednesday, December 16 –7:30 PM OUTFEST HOLIDAY SPIRIT

Co-presented by Outfest: AUNTIE MAME, 1958, Warner Bros., 143 min. Dir. Morton DaCosta. Outfest continues its holiday tradition with its ninth annual screening of AUNTIE MAME. Rosalind Russell is in fine form as the jet-setting, Park Avenue aunt who suddenly becomes guardian to her young nephew. Free-spirited Mame takes the boy on irreverent escapades through the bohemian ‘20s, the ravages of the Great Depression, the trials of her many loves and her ploy for social justice. "Live! Life's a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!"- Auntie Mame. 6:30 PM Pre-screening open bar reception hosted by Absolut. Trailer

 

Thursday, December 17 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: WE’RE NO ANGELS, 1955, Paramount, 106 min. Dir. Michael Curtiz. Just before Christmas, three convicts (Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, Peter Ustinov) flee from Devil’s Island and head to a small coastal town in France to steal some money and continue their escape. When they befriend the proprietors of the store they set out to rob, however, everything changes. Also features Joan Bennett, Basil Rathbone and Leo G. Carroll. [16mm IB Technicolor Print] Clip

THREE GODFATHERS, 1948, Warner Bros., 106 min. Dir. John Ford. John Wayne, Pedro Armendariz and Harry Carey, Jr. are bandits who find redemption in the form of an orphan placed in their care. Director John Ford delicately balances sentiment, humor and action as the men flee from sheriff Ward Bond and look after their young charge. A loose retelling of the story of the "Three Wise Men" in an American western setting. Trailer

 

 

 

Actor's Co-op Carolers will entertain in the courtyard before the screening on Friday, December 18.

Friday, December 18 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature: WHITE CHRISTMAS, 1954, Paramount, 120 min. Director Michael Curtiz’s (CASABLANCA) Christmas classic was Paramount’s first film shot in widescreen Vistavision. Army buddies turned post-war song-and-dance team Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye find romance with Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen while rescuing their former commanding officer (Dean Jagger) from financial ruin. With 13 songs highlighted by the train rendition of Irving Berlin's "Snow" and the Oscar-nominated "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep." Trailer

MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, 1944, Warner Bros., 113 min. Dir. Vincente Minnelli. Life seems perfect in St. Louis on the brink of the 1904 World’s Fair for the four daughters of a well to do family, until their father reveals that they have to leave for New York. Adapted from a series of short stories by Sally Benson, this gem of picture-postcard Americana and youthful romance marked the beginning of the golden age of MGM musicals. The songs became standards (remember "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"?), and the feature was one of MGM’s biggest successes after GONE WITH THE WIND. Trailer

 

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Saturday, December 19 - 7:30 PM

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, 1946, Paramount, 130 min. Director Frank Capra’s inspiring classic balances pathos and joy in the tale of distraught. George Bailey (James Stewart at his finest) who is about to commit suicide on Christmas Eve – that is, until the helpful, elderly angel Clarence (Henry Travers) shows him what that would mean to those around him. Featuring Donna Reed as the love of George’s life in the role that launched her to stardom, and a young, charming Gloria Grahame. If you’ve only seen it on TV, see it now on the big screen, the way it was meant to be seen! Trailer Carolers and hot chocolate before the show!

 

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Sunday, December 20 - 2:00 PM

Charles Phoenix's Retro Holiday Slide Show! (Two acts with an intermission, 120 min.) A live comedy performance by the King of Retro, Charles Phoenix, celebrating mid-century holiday life and style. With his enthusiasm, keen eye for the bizarre, and a massive collection of found Kodachrome slides, Phoenix supercharges the classic living-room slide show. Get ready for a hysterical/historical 1950s & ‘60s New Years Eve, Easter, Fourth of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas jubilee. Sure to get you in the mood for all the holidays like never before! Holiday cheer will be spread! …IN COLOR! Special Ticket price: General $25, American Cinematheque Member $20.

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Sunday, December 20 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature: DIE HARD, 1988, 20th Century Fox, 131 min. Dir. John McTiernan. Bruce Willis plays wisecracking cop John McClane, an endearing everyman who becomes an unlikely hero when a group of professional thieves take his wife’s building hostage at Christmastime. One of the most purely entertaining movies ever made, this fast, funny and visually elegant thriller set the template for the Hollywood action flicks that followed it, and made Willis a movie star. Trailer

DIE HARD 2, 1990, 20th Century Fox. 124 min. Dir. Renny Harlin. John McClane returns to battle terrorists who have taken control of Dulles Airport on the holiday evening that his wife is flying in to town. Director Renny Harlin infuses the action with high style to create a sequel that's every bit as rousing as the original, with a terrific performance by William Sadler as the main bad guy. John Amos, Dennis Franz and Fred Dalton Thompson add support. Trailer Screenwriter Steven E. de Souza ("Die Hard," "Die Hard 2") will introduce the films.

 

 

 

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Saturday, December 26 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, 1952, Warner Bros., 103 min. Dirs. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. Co-director Kelly shines as silent movie idol Don Lockwood, whose career is imperiled by the coming of sound - until he hooks up with lovely ingenue Debbie Reynolds. Supporting cast players Donald O’Connor and Cyd Charisse also shine in brilliantly-choreographed musical numbers, with Charisse’s "Broadway Melody" ballet with Kelly nearly stealing the show. Trailer

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS, 1951, Warner Bros., 115 min. Director Vincente Minnelli’s most popular musical and 1951’s Oscar Best Picture winner features irrepressible Gene Kelly as a struggling-to-make-it painter in Paris, caught between the romantic aspirations of a wealthy patron (Nina Foch) and his true love, the young Leslie Caron. Kelly sings, dances and cracks wise with his smart-aleck buddy, pianist Oscar Levant, while trying to decide what to do. Also received Academy Awards for Screenplay, Score, Cinematography and Art Direction. Trailer

 

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Sunday, December 27 - 7:30 PM 70 MM

70mm Print! VERTIGO, 1958, Universal, 129 min. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Retired, acrophobic San Francisco police detective "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart) becomes obsessed with Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak), a troubled mystery blonde he is hired to follow until tragedy ensues. When Ferguson later stumbles upon Judy Barton (also played by Novak), a young woman who bears a striking resemblance to Madeleine, his obsession spirals out of control…