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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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One Night Special Events in November:

 

Also see Outfest Wednesdays!

Thursday, November 5 - 7:30 PM
THE TELEPHONE BOOK
, 1971, 80 min. Dir. Nelson Lyon. Sarah Kennedy stars in this classic X-rated sex comedy about a girl who falls in love with the world's greatest obscene phone caller. Once dismissed by mainstream film critics as obscene and pornographic, this film is now being hailed as a missing masterpiece and has not been seen in Los Angeles since it played at the Vogue Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in 1971. Costars include a young Jill Clayburgh and William Hickey. With Star Trek's Roger C. Carmel, The Fugitive's Barry Morse and Andy Warhol regulars Ultra Violet, Geri Miller and Ondine. Plus, "Merv Bloch Trailer Show." Rare and classic trailers created by Merv Bloch featuring, THE TENANT, STAR TREK, THE ELEPHANT MAN, FRIDAY THE 13TH, THE WARRIORS, Woody Allen films and more! Q&A in between films with producer Merv Bloch, Writer/director Nelson Lyon and animator Len Glasser. Clip

 

 

 

Thursday, November 5 - 7:30 PM
[Spielberg Theatre] ALL THE BEST PARTS: CREATING A DYNAMIC MOVIE TRAILER. In a world of easy access to media and viral online marketing, what are the primary ingredients in the creation of an effective trailer? How do you find the best elements in your film to structure a trailer that really sells it?

The functionality and placement of the movie trailers today is enormous. No longer is the movie trailer restricted to playing just before a theatrical presentation or on television. The Internet alone offers an endless array of places to post your trailer and is essential to a viral marketing campaign aimed to introduce a potential audience to your film.

But what are the primary ingredients in the creation of an effective trailer? 

How do you determine the best elements in your film to structure a trailer

that really sells your film?

What do audiences respond to first in a trailer?

What are the real rules to creating a dynamic trailer?

What is the best approach to creating a fundraising trailer and what in the world is a sizzle reel?

Does your film¹s trailer have the right stuff? Bring in your film¹s trailer (on NTSC DVD) for an on the spot evaluation!!

Join Thomas Ethan Harris and professional trailer creator David Kittredge for a fascinating visual look into designing a masterful movie trailer. $12 Cinematheque Members, $15 Students/Seniors, $20 General

 

 

 

Friday, November 6 - 8:00 PM
Sneak Preview! THE ROAD, 2009, The Weinstein Co., 119 min. Dir. John Hillcoat. Based on Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Academy Award nominee Viggo Mortensen leads an all-star cast in the big screen adaptation of The Road, the epic post-apocalyptic tale of a journey taken by a father (Viggo Mortensen) and his young son (newcomer Kodi Smit-McPhee) across a barren landscape that was blasted by an unnamed cataclysm that destroyed civilization and most life on earth. Discussion following with director John Hillcoat, actor Viggo Mortensen and producers Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, and Paula Mae Schwartz. Trailer

 

 

 

CINEMA ITALIAN STYLE 2009

November 10 – 15 at the Egyptian and Aero Theatres

Co-presented with Cinecittà Luce

Supported by the Italian Ministry of Culture, Film Department, and the Italian Film Commission, a division of the Italian Trade Commission, under the auspices of the Consul General of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles, with the generous contribution of Regione Sicilia; Cinesicilia; Apulia Film Commission; Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia; Sensi Contemporanei; Fay; Woolrich, Acqua di Parma and E.L.M.A. (European Languages and Movies in America). Opening night is at the Egyptian and the body of the festival is at the Aero Theatre.

 

 

Tuesday, November 10 - 7:00 PM
Official Italian Entry – Best Foreign Language Film – Academy Awards® 2009: BAARIA,
2009, Produced by Medusa, Distribution: Summit Entertainment, 167 min. From Academy Award® winner Giuseppe Tornatore (CINEMA PARADISO) comes an entertaining and melancholic saga set in 20th-century Sicily. Tornatore traces three generations of a Sicilian family, from the 1930s to the 1980s, to tell the story of the loves, dreams and delusions of an unusual community. "A moving, autobiographical, nostalgic tribute to the director's Sicilian hometown of Bagheria ("Baaria" in the local dialect) as well as his family." - The Hollywood Reporter Discussion following with director Giuseppe Tornatore and actors Margareth Madé, Francesco Scianna and Beppe Fiorello. Introduction starting at 7 PM, film at 7:30 PM. Trailer | Details

 

Monday, November 16 - 4:00 PM
Spielberg Theatre THE BRAVE MEN
(I GALANTUOMINI), 2008, Prod: Acaba Film/Rai Cinema, Intl Sales: Coach 14 100 min. Dir. Edoardo Winspeare. Prod: Acaba Film/Rai Cinema, Dir. Edoardo Winspeare.   Ignazio (Fabrizio Gifuni) and Lucia (Donatella Finocchiaro) were best friends growing up in Salento, in the "heel" of Italy's boot. Ignazio leaves home to attend law school and goes on to a career as a judge. Back home, Ignazio becomes reacquainted with Lucia. The old friends fall in love, but soon discover they've gone through serious life changes in this blend of drama and romantic comedy. Trailer | Official Website

 

Wednesday, November 18 - 7:30 PM
Spielberg Theatre
FOCACCIA BLUES
, 2009, Bunker Lab, 78 min. Dir. Nico Cirasola. Based on actual events in Altamura, where the opening of a huge McDonald's piques the interest of the townspeople. Luca Digesu, owner of a little place right next to the American interloper, decides to open a small bakery to produce his specialty: focaccia. Surprisingly, the Altamurian baker becomes a thorn in the side of the fast food giant. Trailer | Official Website

 

 

Wednesday, November 11 - 7:30 PM
Robert Ryan Centennial Tribute - Double Feature: THE SET-UP
, 1949, Warner Bros. 72 min. Dir. Robert Wise. Robert Ryan stars as Stoker Thomson, a two-bit fighter making his grim last stand in the aptly named Paradise City boxing ring.
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THE NAKED SPUR, 1953, Warner Bros., 91 min. Dir. Anthony Mann. Desperate bounty hunter James Stewart pairs up with "morally unstable" cavalry officer Ralph Meeker (KISS ME DEADLY) as they track down killer Robert Ryan and his hot-tempered girlfriend Janet Leigh. A raw, strange, double-dealing piece of business, the film was recently entered into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Evening presented by author and film historian Alan K. Rode, Robert Ryan's daughter Lisa Ryan and actress Marsha Hunt. Trailer

 

 


Thursday, November 12 – 7:30 PM
Larry Karaszewski Presents: A Salute to Rudy Ray Moore - Double Feature: DOLEMITE,
1975, Xenon, 90 min. Super soul brother, Dolemite (Rudy Ray Moore), aided by his squad of kung fu hookers, goes up against evil bad-ass Willie Green (D'Urville Martin, who also directed) in this low-budget classic. Peppered with Rudy's famous toasts, martial arts skills and just plain crazy plot twists, DOLEMITE must be seen to be believed.Trailer

PETEY WHEATSTRAW, 1977, Xenon, 94 min. Dir. Cliff Roquemore. Star Rudy Ray Moore plays the title role in this blaxploitation classic. When Petey Wheatstraw dies, the devil offers him a chance to return to earth. The catch: Petey must marry the devil's daughter, the ugliest woman in the world. Costarring Wildman Steve. Q&A between films with members of the cast/crew of DOLEMITE and the new film BLACK DYNAMITE - plus filmmaker Reginald Hudlin. Jerry Jones - "Dolemite" screenwriter and co-star, Nicholas Josef von Sternberg - "Dolemite" & "Petey Wheatstraw" cinematographer, Reginald Hudlin - writer director, producer - "House Party", "Bebe's Kids", "Boomerang", "The Ladies Man" and Scott Sanders - director/ writer of "Black Dynamite," Michael Jai White - star, writer of "Black Dynamite," Byron Minns - co-star, writer of "Black Dynamite."

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Thursday, November 12 - 7:30 PM
[Spielberg Theatre] PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION AND FESTIVALS: THE COMPLETE GUIDE FOR THE SHORT FILMMAKER. Uncover a wealth of information on short film distribution and filmmaking trends and find out what festival programmers look for in a short film in this seminar that puts an EXCLUSIVE spotlight on quick flicks!

Whether you are looking to obtain information on Short Film Distribution, Short Film Grants, Short Film Writing Labs, Short Film Financial Breakdown Services or secret tips to getting the most festival play for your short, we've got it all for you in one place!

The world of the short film is changing quickly. In fact, not since the ".com era" of the 1990s have we seen such rethinking of how the short film figures into overall landscape of the entertainment industry.

Whether the recent renewed vitality of the short film is based on the rise of consumer "pod casts", the content crazed appetite of the internet or the appearance of the world's first short film television network, there's no denying it's a BIG world out there for "little" movies.

Uncover a wealth of information on short film production, distribution and filmmaking trends in this seminar that puts an EXCLUSIVE spotlight on quick flicks!

What is the difference between a Sundance short, a Cannes short and a Short Film Festival short? What is the design of "internet" short? What does the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences look for in a short film? What is the

definition of the most desirable form of short for a short film distributor and a short film festival programmer? Are there real advantages of showing your short film on the web site. How do you help your little film to make the biggest difference for your extended career?

And get this!!! We will even be including a segment of the seminar where you pitch your short film to our short film industry professionals and they will strategize a film festival plan for you on the spot!

So join us for the 2009 edition of the American Cinematheque's COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE SHORT FILMMAKER, as we turn our total attention to unraveling the whole, overwhelming and complex world that today's short filmmaker must deal with to take good care of their films! Film Consultant Thomas Ethan Harris welcomes a panel of short film industry experts including: Kim Adelman, Author, MAKING IT BIG IN SHORTS: THE ULTIMATE FILMMAKER'S GUIDE TO SHORT FILMS; Short Film Columnist, INDIEWIRE; Saskia Wilson-Brown, TV Manager VC2 Outreach, CURRENT TV; Kimberley Browning, Executive Director, HOLLYWOOD SHORTS; Linda Olszewski, North American Acquisitions, SHORTS INTERNATIONAL. $12 Cinematheque Members, $15 Students/Seniors, $20 General


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Thursday, November 19 - 7:30 PM
SHORTS FROM THE PALM SPRINGS FILM FESTIVAL This selection of award-winning films from the Palm Springs Shortfest includes: Karchi Perlmann's "The Dinner" (VACSORA) (Hungary, 27 min.), in which a pig farmer's minor accident turns into a catastrophe; Veronica DiPippo's "Dandelion Dharma" (USA, 24 min.), a bewitching tale about a young woman who's about to end it all when fate intervenes; Philip Hunt's "Lost and Found" (United Kingdom, 24 min.), a captivating animated film in which a young boy tries to get a lost penguin back home to the South Pole; and Katie Wolfe's "This Is Her" (New Zealand, 12 min.), a wry tale recounting a family's history and an interloper's comeuppance. Discussion following with director Karchi Perlmann and director Veronica DiPippo.

 

 

 

Saturday, November 21

Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Egyptian Theatre Historic 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. Add the Hollywood history film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD (55 min.) following the tour. 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 FOREVER HOLLYWOOD: $10.

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Saturday, November 21- 7:30 PM
[Spielberg Theatre] Co-presented by FilmForum: Los Angeles Premiere! THE BQE, 2009, Microcinema, 43 min. Dir. Sufjan Stevens. THE BQE is a cinematic suite inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and the Hula Hoop. First and foremost, THE BQE is a self-made home-movie documentation, exhibiting how all the architectural colors of Brooklyn and Queens are fabulously intersected by this ramshackle traffic artery. The 16mm cinematography (heroically shot by Reuben Kleiner on a 1960s Bolex) utilizes time-lapse photography, in-camera editing, slow motion and post-production mirror effects to transform urban blight into a splendor of graphic compositions. Plus an original score by the director, who also is a beloved figure in the alternative, independent music scene. Shorts include Manhattan
(11 min), 24 Dollar Island (13mins) & Skyscraper Symphony (11min).

 

Sunday, November 22

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. Add the Hollywood history film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD (55 min.) following the tour.

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. Tours will be held rain or shine. Tickets: $5. Tour & movie FOREVER HOLLYWOOD: $10.

 

 

 

Sunday, November 22 - 2:00 PM

In collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences exhibit "Irving Thalberg: Creating the Hollywood Studio System, 1920 – 1936

Co-Presented with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles

Author and Thalberg expert Mark Vieira will present a 40 minute illustrated lecture on Irving G. Thalberg prior to the double feature of pre-code features. Ben-Hur, Flesh and the Devil, Tarzan the Ape Man, Grand Hotel, Mutiny on the Bounty, A Night at the Opera, The Good Earth—most filmgoers even today have heard of these Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer classics from the 1920s and 1930s, not to mention the remakes they spawned. Yet few know the name of the young genius behind these masterworks, Irving G. Thalberg. Nicknamed the "Boy Wonder," Thalberg was running Universal Pictures at the age of twenty and M-G-M at twenty-three. Thirteen years later, he was dead. During that brief span, from 1924 to 1936, he supervised more than four hundred M-G-M films; made stars of, among others, Norma Shearer (whom he married), Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Lon Chaney, and Greta Garbo; gave Hollywood careers to stage legends from Helen Hayes to the Barrymores; and elevated film to the level of fine art. This groundbreaking new book tells the story of Thalberg’s short but productive life and confirms his role as the prime architect of the Hollywood studio system.

That Thalberg was a cinematic genius is undisputed. It was he who pioneered many of today’s filmmaking practices, including story conferences, sneak previews, and the resulting retakes. Indeed, it is not every year that the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award is presented by the Academy, but only when the Academy’s Board of Directors wishes to honor a special producer, one whose work reflects "a consistently high quality of motion picture production."

Thalberg Pre-Code Double Feature - Not on DVD: SKYSCRAPER SOULS, 1932, Warner Bros., 99 min. Dir. Edgar Selwyn. This pre-code gem is a surprisingly modern treatise on sex and money: Warren William plays a married skyscraper magnate who sleeps with his secretary (Maureen O'Sullivan), while another suitor (Norman Foster) tries to win her heart. Look for future gossip columnist Hedda Hopper as William's wife! With Art Deco sets by Art Director Cedric Gibbons.
FAITHLESS, 1932, Warner Bros., 88 min. Dir. Harry Beaumont. Tallulah Bankhead plays Carol Morgan, a spoiled young woman whose father's fortune is wiped out by the depression. She refuses to accept reality, however, and refuses to accept the love of middle-class suitor Robert Montgomery, who's baffled by the way she prioritizes money over romance. Hosted by Mark A. Vieira, author of Hollywood Dreams Made Real and Irving Thalberg. Book signing with both Vieira’s Thalberg books at 4:30 PM in the lobby (between films). Reception before the program from 12:30 - 1:30 PM at Larry Edmund's Book Store just east of the Egyptian at 6644 Hollywood Boulevard.

The major gallery exhibit at the Academy features photographs, documents, poster art, props and costumes from many of the famed motion pictures overseen by Hollywood's original "Boy Wonder." Exhibit curated by Mark Vieira is open through December 13th. Free admission. www.oscars.org

 

 

 

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Friday, November 27 - 7:30 PM
70 mm! LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
, 1962, Sony Repertory, 216 min. This sweeping epic of Arab infighting and British colonialism is as timely as ever, and as beautiful. In his first feature, Peter O'Toole stars in director David Lean's masterpiece, lensed to perfection by Freddie Young, set to Maurice Jarre's majestic score. The amazing cast includes Omar Sharif (in his first major English-speaking role), Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Claude Rains and Alec Guinness. Made to be seen on the big screen! Trailer

 

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THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX
Friday, November 27 - 7:30 PM

Saturday, November 28 - 7:30 PM

Sunday, November 29 - 7:30 PM
[Spielberg Theatre] Limited Engagement! THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX, 2008, Vitagraph Films, 155 min. Dir. Uli Edel.
Germany 1967: The children of the Nazi generation have grown up in the devastation their parents created. They vowed fascism would never rule again. In their fight for freedom they lost themselves in the cause and ignited a revolution around the world. In their fight for freedom, they lose themselves in the cause and ignite a revolution around the world. Meet the original faces of terrorism, the Baader Meinhof Group, in this Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated film. Starring Martina Gedeck (THE LIVES OF OTHERS), Moritz Bleibtreu, Joanna Wokalek (POPE JOAN, NORTH FACE), Bruno Ganz. Directed by Uli Edel (LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN). Produced by Bernd Eichinger (LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN and DOWNFALL). Trailer/Official Website

Critic's Pick New York Times
"....A real life thriller ..."
"...mesmerizing story of curdled idealism, one that has
been told before but rarely as well "
-Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"The equivalent of Steven Soderbergh's 'Che' having a love child with 'The Fast and the Furious.'"
-Kenneth Turan, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

"The year's best-made and most counter-romantic action thriller."

-Christopher Hitchens, VANITY FAIR

"Explosive, in every possible way. Director Uli Edel ("Last Exit to Brooklyn") is a meticulous alchemist, creating a combustible mix of suspense, historical fact and dramatic license..."
-Alexis L. Loinaz, METROMIX

 

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Saturday, November 28 - 7:30 PM
70th Anniversary Screening! GONE WITH THE WIND, 1939, Warner Bros., 222 min. Dir. Victor Fleming. Southern vixen Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) only has eyes for sensitive Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) - but wise-cracking hellraiser Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) is determined to win her heart, even if that means surviving the burning of Atlanta, the destruction of Scarlett's beloved Tara and the overthrow of the Old South itself. Trailer

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Enter the drawing at the screening for a 70th Anniversary DVD or Blue-Ray boxed set, courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Video.

The Ultimate Collector's Edition includes more than eight hours of enhanced content, two of which are brand new, and will be packaged in a luxurious velvet keepsake box filled with dazzling collectibles that celebrate the iconic film, including a hardcover book with photos and production notes, frame worthy art prints, and a CD soundtrack sampler.

 

 

 

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Sunday, November 29 - 7:30 PM
Back by Popular Demand! 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! See it now on the big screen. It will never be on DVD! Please note that the Hollywood Christmas Parade will be starting at 6 PM today. Please allow time to work around street closures. We recommend approaching the Egyptian from the South.