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Thursday, November 5 - 7:30 PM , 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
THE TELEPHONE BOOK
Thursday, November 5 - 7:30 PM
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.
[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?
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
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
| 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
Saturday, November 21
& 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.
Saturday, November 21- 7:30 PM (11 min), 24 Dollar Island (13mins) & Skyscraper Symphony
[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
Sunday, November 22
Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour
11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
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 Earthmost 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 Thalbergs 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
todays 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 Academys 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
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 Vieiras 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
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
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
-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
-Alexis L. Loinaz, METROMIX
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
Take home GONE WITH THE WIND!
Enter the drawing at the screening for a
70th Anniversary DVD or Blue-Ray boxed set, courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Video.
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.
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