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Series compiled by:Chris D., Grant Moninger, Gwen Deglise and Ken Kramer. Program notes by Jim Hemphill.
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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.

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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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Technicolor Dreams

 

This series also takes place at the Aero Theatre!

 

 

Co-presented with Ken Kramer and the Clip Joint For Film

A novelty when it was introduced in the early 1920s, Technicolor reached its zenith in the 1940s and ’50s, when classics like THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, THE AFRICAN QUEEN, NORTH BY NORTHWEST and THE RED SHOES were released using the brilliant, deeply saturated hues of dye-transfer Technicolor (commonly known as I.B. or "imbibition"). Dye-transfer Technicolor prints are becoming increasingly scarce since Technicolor stopped U.S. production of them in 1974 (although the process recently was revived on a limited basis). Following the success of our previous Dye-Transfer Festivals, this series will feature ultra-rare prints -- including the James Bond films ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, a comedy double bill featuring the nuttiness of Peter Sellers in THE PARTY and Danny Kaye in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, and more!!

 

Thursday, September 24 - 7:30 PM
Comedy Technicolor Double Feature: THE PARTY, 1968, MGM Repertory, 99 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. For most of its length, THE PARTY is a wonderfully restrained homage to Jacques Tati, with Peter Sellers in perfect pitch as an awestruck Indian actor who disrupts a chic Hollywood gathering with the help of French songbird Claudine Longet. The final 15 minutes prove that any great joke deserves a totally outrageous punchline. Cinematography by the great Lucien Ballard (THE WILD BUNCH). Trailer | Roger Ebert Review

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, 1947, MGM Repertory, 110 min. Dir. Norman Z. McLeod. Danny Kaye’s comic talent finds its perfect showcase in this story of a shy man who lives in two worlds -- one real, the other the product of his fanciful imagination. Virginia Mayo and Boris Karloff co-star in this classic (and very loose) adaptation of James Thurber’s short story. Clip

 

 

 

Friday, September 25 - 7:30 PM
Animated Technicolor Double Feature: MR. BUG GOES TO TOWN (aka HOPPITY GOES TO TOWN), 1941, Paramount, 78 min. Dir. Dave Fleischer. The residents of Bugville have enough trouble dealing with the villainous C. Bagley Beetle, but their problems increase when they learn a skyscraper is to be built on the vacant lot they inhabit.  Together the bugs try to find a way to save their homes in this delightful animated musical.

GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, 1939, Paramount, 74 min. A pioneering animated classic from brothers Max and Dave Fleischer (who created Betty Boop and brought Popeye to the screen.) GULLIVER’S TRAVELS was a brave attempt to match the phenomenal popularity of Walt Disney’s SNOW WHITE. Adapted from the first part of Jonathan Swift’s satirical fantasy, the story follows Gulliver as he lands in the miniaturized land of Lilliput and finds that prejudices come in all sizes. Plus, some surprise short films. Animation historian Jerry Beck will introduce the screening. Trailer

 

 

 

Saturday, September 26 - 7:30 PM

Technicolor Double Feature: ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE, 1969, MGM Repertory, 140 min. Dir. Peter Hunt. When Sean Connery decided to take a hiatus from the role of Bond, producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman turned to former male model George Lazenby to play Ian Fleming’s super-spy -- and wound up with one of the most satisfying (and underrated) of the 1960s Bond films. Lovely Diana Rigg proves more than Bond’s match as the two team up to topple scar-faced Ernst Blofeld (Telly Savalas) in the Swiss Alps. Trailer | BBC Review

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, 1963, MGM Repertory, 118 min. Dir. Terence Young. Sean Connery’s second 007 outing more than lives up to expectations, with Bond scouring exotic Istanbul for the elusive Lektor decoding machine. He’s helped by sly Pedro Armendariz and seductive Russian spy Daniella Bianchi as he is hunted by Aryan super-killer Robert Shaw and sinister, butch Lotte Lenya as stiletto-toed Rosa Kleb. The nerve-shredding fistfight between Connery and Shaw aboard the Orient Express is not to be missed. Trailer | BBC Review