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Series compiled by Grant Moninger & Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Beth Hanna.
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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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Holiday Films, Musicals, Family Fare, Vintage Comedies

 

More Holiday Films, Screwball Comedies and Family Films at the Aero Theatre!

 

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Saturday, December 11 – 5:00 PM

One of the modern masters of Disney animation, Glen Keane has given the screen some of its most enduring illustrated heroes and heroines during his more than three decades with the studio. After serving as an apprentice to several of Disney's "Nine Old Men" on THE RESCUERS (1977), Keane went on to make his mark with the incredible bear fight finale in THE FOX AND THE HOUND (1981). From there, he designed and supervised the animation of the title characters in many of the films from Disney's second animation renaissance: THE LITTLE MERMAID, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ALADDIN, POCAHONTAS and TARZAN. Keane's magic can be seen in the studio's upcoming release TANGLED, Disney's 50th full-length animated feature, on which he served as animation supervisor (along with Clay Kaytis and John Kahrs). For that film, Keane helped to raise the bar for human animation in CG by bringing the expressiveness and nuance of hand-drawn animation to the process.

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THE LITTLE MERMAID, 1989, Walt Disney Pictures, 83 min. Dirs. Ron Clements, John Musker. Headstrong young mermaid Ariel (beautifully designed by animating legend Glen Keane) can't contain her interest in the mortal world above the waves, or her boredom with her everyday life under the sea. Entering into a risky bargain with Ursula the Sea Witch (who rivals SLEEPING BEAUTY's Maleficent as the ultimate female Disney villain), Ariel trades her lovely voice for a pair of legs in the hopes of nabbing her land-bound love, Prince Eric. With original score by Alan Menken including the classic songs "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Poor Unfortunate Souls." [35mm] Following the flm, animation historian/critic Charles Solomon (Tale as Old as Time: The Art and Making of Beauty and the Beast; The Art of Toy Story 3) will lead Keane in a discussion of his career accompanied by a visual tribute to his 35 years of creativity and artistic milestones. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

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Wednesday, December 15 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS, 1941, Universal, 90 min. Director Preston Sturges’ most acclaimed comedy is something like a social-realist movie with a wicked sense of humor. Successful Hollywood director Joel McCrea grows weary of making "entertainment pictures" and decides to hit the road disguised as a hobo to research his first "serious" film. A roller-coaster of mishaps and coincidences lands him on a chain gang, as well as in the arms of lovely Veronica Lake, before he learns what audiences crave the most. [35mm] Clip | Buy Tickets

THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK, 1944, Paramount, 98 min. Betty Hutton plays a World War II-era party girl who has a little too much fun while out with a soldier one night; when morning comes, she’s pregnant with only a vague memory of what happened. Writer-director Preston Sturges’ cheerfully eccentric riff on the Nativity story is as hilarious and inventive as anything he ever did, and astonishingly risqué for a Production Code-era film. Sturges regulars Eddie Bracken and William Demarest join Hutton in this comedy classic. [35mm] Trailer

 

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Thursday, December 16 – 7:30 PM

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 1920s, 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. [35mm] Pre-screening reception at 6:00 PM, sponsored by Absolut Vodka. Trailer | Buy Tickets

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Saturday, December 18 – 7:30 PM

French actress and dancer Leslie Caron began her career as a ballerina before Gene Kelly discovered her and cast her to dance opposite him in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in 1951. She followed that auspicious debut with a series of beloved musicals that include DADDY LONG LEGS, LILI and GIGI, and tackled more serious roles in films such as THE L-SHAPED ROOM, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. In the decades following her stint as an MGM leading lady, Caron has never ceased working, giving stellar turns in European art house films (DAMAGE, VALENTINO) and contemporary comedies like FUNNY BONES and LE DIVORCE. In 2007, continuing her string of acclaimed performances, she received an Emmy for her guest appearance on LAW AND ORDER: SVU.

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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 choose his fate. Also received Academy Awards for Screenplay, Score, Cinematography and Art Direction. [35mm] Discussion following the film with Leslie Caron, with a book signing of Thank Heaven: A Memoir at 6:30 PM in the lobby of the theatre. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

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Thursday, December 23 – 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 - until helpful, elderly angel Clarence (Henry Travers) shows him how his death would affect 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! [DCP] Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

Sunday, December 26 – 7:30 PM

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, 1952, Warner Bros., 103 min. Dirs. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. Co-director Kelly stars 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 players Donald O’Connor and Cyd Charisse shine in brilliantly-choreographed musical numbers, with Charisse’s "Broadway Melody" ballet with Kelly nearly stealing the show. [35mm] Patricia Kelly, widow of Gene Kelly, will introduce the screening. Trailer | Buy Tickets