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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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<<< April 2010 >>>

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




Thursday, April 1 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: DONNIE DARKO, 2001, 20th Century Fox, 113 min. Dir. Richard Kelly. October 2, 1988: just another ordinary day in teenage Donnie Darko's (Jake Gyllenhaal) existence. Suddenly, an outrageous accident occurs, which just misses claiming Donnie's life. As Donnie begins to explore what it means to still be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him the tempting power to alter time and destiny. With scenes shot at our very own Aero Theatre! Trailer

SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE, 1972, Universal, 104 min. Director George Roy Hill and screenwriter Stephen Geller (TV’s "Mission: Impossible") adapt Kurt Vonnegut’s sardonic exploration of the timeless madness of human existence, from wartime atrocity to middle-class mediocrity to interplanetary euphoria. Middle-aged optometrist Billy Pilgrim (Michael Sacks) simultaneously exists in the past as a young POW in a German prison camp and in the far future as an elderly resident in a zoo on the planet Tralfamadore (where he is memorably pampered by Valerie Perrine as the libidinous starlet, Montana Wildhack). Trailer See more time travel films at the Egyptian this month!




Saturday, April 3 – 4:00 PM

Family Matinee: Bugs Bunny cartoons and egg hunt! 75 min. It’s Rabbit Season! Celebrate spring with a thoroughly rabbit-filled Family Matinee of classic Warner Bros. shorts starring the one, the only... Bugs Bunny! Program includes "Duck! Rabbit! Duck!," "Devil May Hare," "Rabbit of Seville," "Operation: Rabbit," "Bedevilled Rabbit," "Rabbit Hood," "Duck Dodgers," "My Bunny Lies Over the Sea," "Bugsy and Mugsy," "Really Scent," "Forward March Hare" and "Hare Lift"! These cartoons have never looked better than in 35mm! The easter egg hunt is on-going in the lobby from 3 PM - 3:45 PM. Bring your own basket. Buy Tickets


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Thursday, April 8 – 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview! PHYLLIS AND HAROLD, 2008, 85 min. Director Cindy Kleine weaves together home movies, interviews, reportage and retro animation by Lisa Crafts to tell the difficult story of her parents' disastrous marriage of 59 years, a story that she was unable to tell until after her father's death. Between a narcissistic and neglectful mother, the return of a long-lost lover and a housekeeper who becomes Kleine's maternal figure, the documentary is a vivid portrait of a painfully dysfunctional American family. Discussion following with director Cindy Kleine and executive producer Andre Gregory. Join the filmmakers following the discussion, for a champagne and cookies reception in the lobby. Official Website | Buy Tickets


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Wednesday, April 14 – 7:30 PM

75th Anniversary! Double Feature: DAVID COPPERFIELD, 1935, Warner Bros., 132 min. Dir. George Cukor. The first of producer David O. Selznick's marvelous Dickens films for MGM is like a 19th-century lithograph brought to life, with Freddie Bartholomew as the young David trying to escape the brutal clutches of stepfather Basil Rathbone. Wonderful, irascible performances by Edna May Oliver as David's spinster aunt and W.C. Fields as the ruddy-faced, loquacious Micawber.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES, 1935, Warner Bros., 128 min. Dir. Jack Conway. Producer David O. Selznick's stunning adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel stars Ronald Colman as Sydney Carton, the drunken cynic who finds redemption during the French Revolution's unholy Reign of Terror. Buy Tickets



Thursday, April 15 – 7:30 PM

Tax Day 70mm Print! THE UNTOUCHABLES, 1987, Paramount, 119 min. Director Brian De Palma and screenwriter David Mamet turn the raw material of 1960s television and American crime history into the stuff of glorious cinematic mythology in this literate, visually arresting gangster epic. Kevin Costner is treasury agent Eliot Ness, Robert De Niro is his nemesis Al Capone, and Sean Connery is the grizzled cop who does things "the Chicago way." Discussion with screenwriter David Mamet. Trailer | Buy Tickets



Friday, April 16 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, 1969, 20th Century Fox, 110 min. Dir. George Roy Hill. "Think ya used enough dynamite there, Butch?" drawls blue-eyed, laid-back train robber Robert Redford to his equally charming partner-in-crime Paul Newman. Hill’s hilarious and wildly romantic look at the infamous Hole in the Wall gang is brilliantly scripted by William Goldman. Co-starring a lovely Katharine Ross (winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Actress) as the woman who joins Butch and Sundance on their  adventure. Trailer

TELL THEM WILLIE BOY IS HERE, 1969, Universal, 98 min. Blacklisted filmmaker Abraham Polonsky returned to the director's chair for the first time in 21 years for this tale of a Native American man (Robert Blake) on the run from the law after he kills his lover's father in self-defense. Robert Redford is the sheriff leading the posse, and Katharine Ross plays Willie Boy's girlfriend Lola. Discussion in between films with actress Katharine Ross. Buy Tickets


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Saturday, April 17 – 7:30 PM

THE EMERALD FOREST, 1985, Embassy Pictures, 114 min. When the young son of engineer Bill Markham (Powers Boothe) is kidnapped into the wilds of the rainforest by an aboriginal tribe, Markham dedicates the next 10 years of his life to finding the boy. As in DELIVERANCE, director John Boorman proves his expert eye for the simultaneous awe and horror of nature untamed. Trailer

TOMBSTONE, 1993, Buena Vista Pictures, 130 min. Dir. George P. Cosmatos. Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton and Powers Boothe all pack a wallop in this star-laced revisionist Western. Lawman Wyatt Earp (Russell) is under the mistaken impression that retirement in Tombstone, Arizona, will mean a rest from his successful but exhausting career of chasing and eliminating outlaws. Instead, the town is plagued by an array of nasty villains, and Earp must get back into full-throttle butt-whoopin' mode one last time. Trailer Discussion between films with actor Powers Boothe. Prior to the screening, we’ll present a Powers Boothe clip show from the soon-to-be-released MACGRUBER (based on the "Saturday Night Live" sketch) provided by Universal Pictures. Buy Tickets


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Sunday, April 18 – 5:00 PM

Double Feature: ALICE IN WONDERLAND, 1933, Paramount, 76 min. Dir. Norman Z. McCleod. This classic story features a terrific cast: Charlotte Henry as Alice, W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty, Cary Grant as the Mock Turtle and Gary Cooper as the White Knight! Clip

ALICE, (NECO Z ALENKY), 1988, First Run, 84 min. Director Jan Svankmajer’s first feature uses Lewis Carroll’s famous story as a framework for a nightmarish journey into a world of childhood terrors, populated with stuffed rabbits, sock worms, Victorian dollhouses and more. In Czech with English subtitles. Clip Special Mad Hatter "Tea Party" snacks available for purchase in the Aero lobby. Join us at Every Picture Tells A Story at 4 PM for an Alice in Wonderland Story Hour and an exhibit of Alice artwork from some of the greatest illustrators of children's books. Buy Tickets


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Thursday, April 22 – 7:30 PM

Earth Day 70mm Print! BARAKA, 1992, Magidson Films, 96 min. Inspired by the Sufi word meaning "breath of life," BARAKA is a mind-expanding, spiritual journey around the globe -- shot in 24 countries on five 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 70mm images, BARAKA is quite simply breathtaking. Trailer  Discussion following with producer Mark Magidson and director Ron Fricke (schedule permitting). Buy Tickets


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Friday, April 23 – 7:30 PM

In the mid-1970s, composer Richard Baskin lent his talents to a trio of groundbreaking films from Robert Altman's production company: NASHVILLE, BUFFALO BILL AND THE INDIANS, and WELCOME TO L.A. He would go on to write music for "Saturday Night Live" and the Willie Nelson vehicle HONEYSUCKLE ROSE. The soundtrack he produced for NASHVILLE, which incorporated the contributions of many of the film's actors, is a flat-out classic.

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Larry Karaszewski Presents: Double Feature - Richard Baskin in Person! WELCOME TO L.A., 1976, MGM Repertory, 106 min. Dir. Alan Rudolph. Robert Altman produced this delightful ensemble film from his protege Alan Rudolph, who uses the title city as a backdrop for several stories exploring love and loneliness. Keith Carradine anchors the film as Carroll Barber, a womanizing songwriter who has affairs with a real estate agent (Sally Kellerman), his father's mistress (Lauren Hutton) and the wife (Geraldine Chaplin) of one of his father's chief executives (Harvey Keitel).

NASHVILLE, 1975, Paramount, 159 min. One of Robert Altman’s greatest pictures is a sprawling, nearly-out-of-control mosaic of a movie, a loosely linked series of sagas following numerous colorful characters in Nashville on the occasion of a political convention and music festival. The cast includes Karen Black, Ronee Blakely, Lily Tomlin, Shelley Duvall, Keith Carradine and many, many more. Discussion between films with Richard Baskin. Richard Baskin will be giving away free copies of his new music CD to every ticket buyer. Buy Tickets



Saturday, April 24 - 7:30 PM

Restored Version! THE GODFATHER, 1972, Paramount, 175 min. Director Francis Ford Coppola transformed author Mario Puzo’s Mafia saga into the Great American Movie of the 1970s. Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire and Robert Duvall head one of the best casts assembled since CITIZEN KANE with Marlon Brando delivering a career-reviving performance as Don Vito Corleone. When a mob war erupts after WWII and Don Vito is seriously wounded, returning veteran son Michael (Pacino), previously uninvolved in the family "business," is the only one cool-headed enough to contain the situation. Trailer | Buy Tickets



Sunday, April 25 – 7:30 PM

THE GODFATHER, PART II, 1974, Paramount, 200 min. Francis Coppola expands upon and deepens the themes of THE GODFATHER with this ambitious sequel. The film follows two stories of gangsters rising to power: a young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro) and, decades later, his son Michael (Al Pacino). Trailer | Buy Tickets



Wednesday, April 28 – 7:30 PM

A Cinematheque Favorite! TALES FROM THE SCRIPT, 2009, First Run Features, 105 min. Dir. Peter Hanson. Screenwriters Shane Black, John Carpenter, Frank Darabont, William Goldman, Paul Schrader and dozens more share insights and background stories in this screenwriting documentary. TALES books and DVDs will be available for purchase. All ticket buyers may enter a drawing for a chance to win the TALES FROM THE SCRIPT book and DVD! Trailer | Website Discussion following with director Peter Hanson and screenwriters Steven E. de Souza (DIE HARD), Peter Hyams (2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT), and Bruce Joel Rubin (GHOST), schedules permitting. Other guests to be announced! Buy Tickets


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Thursday, April 29 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: AT CLOSE RANGE, 1986, MGM Repertory, 111 min. Director James Foley paints an achingly beautiful mural of an outlaw family unraveling under the weight of sociopathic dad Christopher Walken's drug-addled psychosis. Half-brothers Sean and Christopher Penn get sucked into the vortex of the larcenous family business. Kazan’s script is based on a true story. Trailer

DREAM LOVER, 1993, MGM Repertory, 103 min. Dir. Nicholas Kazan. Architect James Spader finds love with a gorgeous, mysterious woman (Madchen Amick), only to find that her enigmatic nature conceals a very complicated past. Trailer Discussion between films with Nicholas Kazan. Buy Tickets



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Sunday, May 2 – 5:00 PM

Norman Corwin's 100th birthday! Emmy, Peabody, and Golden Globe winner Norman Corwin began as a journalist and writer-director of acclaimed radio dramas before moving on to master virtually every kind of writing; essays, screenplays, television, and theater were just a few of the mediums he conquered. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for LUST FOR LIFE, and his many other achievements were chronicled in the Oscar-winning documentary A NOTE OF TRIUMPH: THE GOLDEN AGE OF NORMAN CORWIN.

LUST FOR LIFE, 1956, MGM, 122 min. Director Vincente Minnelli, screenwriter Norman Corwin, and star Kirk Douglas team up for one of the greatest bio-pics ever made in this story of the life and work of Vincent Van Gogh. Using a color scheme based on Van Gogh's own work, the filmmakers create a delirious, deeply subjective portrait of an artist. With Corinne Marrinan and Eric Simonson’s Oscar-winning short "A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin" (40 min). This exploration of the lasting impact of radio broadcasting legend Norman Corwin’s work focuses on his landmark 1945 piece, "On a Note of Triumph," which aired on the evening of VE Day. Trailer Join us for a book signing of Norman Corwin's One World Flight: The Lost Journal of Radio's Greatest Writer at Every Picture Tells a Story across the street at 4:00 PM. Discussion with Norman Corwin moderated by KPCC's Patt Morrison following the film.