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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 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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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector


This is an Egyptian Theatre Exclusive! This film will not play anywhere else in LA!


October 7 - 10: Limited Engagement!

Thursday, October 7 – 7:30 PM

[Spielberg Theatre] THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF PHIL SPECTOR, Director Vikram Jayanti In Person!

Additional screenings in the Spielberg Theatre:

Friday, October 8 – 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM [ST]

Saturday, October 9 – 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM [ST]

Sunday, October 10 – 4:30 PM [ST]

"In those days I was so brazen, I could strut sitting down." - Phil Spector

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August 19 - 25: Limited Engagement

Thursday, August 19 - 7:30 PM
"Not only a hell of an exclusive but a work of art itself, a synthesis of a psychological profile, a critical history and a candid, surprising interview. An overwhelming experience." - Andrew Billen, The Times (London)

"A dark, gripping, revelatory and at times hilarious portrait. Spector himself is utterly captivating. Unmissable." - Andrew Male, Mojo (UK)

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"...creepily riveting...," Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"… until this movie, I didn’t fully grasp how much the defining characteristic of his classic songs, most of which he composed himself, isn’t just the Wall of Sound. It’s the Wall of Sadness. It’s the underlying (and overwhelming) melancholy of teen rapture that’s destined, in its pure dense satiny perfection, to be a dream of love, rather than a reality. The Agony and the Ecstasy of Phil Spector pays tribute to that dream, and to the price Phil Spector made himself pay for dreaming it." – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

Listen to an interview on KPCC with director Vikram Jayanti.

LA Weekly article by Karina Longworth

LA Times review by Kenneth Turan

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West Coast Premiere! Exclusive Los Angeles Limited Engagement! THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF PHIL SPECTOR, 2008/2009, BBC Arena/VIXPIX Films, 102 min. Dir. Vikram Jayanti. "The great songwriter and record producer, the sonic auteur of the shoop-shoop era, has seen his vast musical achievements eclipsed, in recent years, by his tabloid tribulations - notably his 2009 conviction on charges of murdering the actress Lana Clarkson. This documentary by Vikram Jayanti has the great virtue of delving deeply into Spector's artistic legacy, through well-chosen video and sound clips, incisive and analytical supertitles by Spector's biographer Mick Brown, and, most of all, by Spector's own recollections. He is featured in a series of in-depth interviews, in which he discusses his classic work in illuminating detail and also insistently reminds viewers, in case they've forgotten, what a great artist he is." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker. Discussion following opening night screening with director Vikram Jayanti. The opening night screening only (8/19) is in the Lloyd E. Rigler (616 seat theatre).


Additional Screenings in the Spielberg Theatre:
Friday, August 20 - **7:30 PM & 9:30 PM **Carol Connors in person for intro! Director Vikram Jayanti In Person for discussion following 8/20 7:30 PM show
Sat., August 21 - 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM
Sun., August 22 - 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Monday, August 23 - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, August 24 - 7:30 PM
Wednesday, August 25 - 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

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Photo courtesy of Carol Connors.

**Introduction to Friday, August 20, 7:30 PM screening by two-time Academy Award nominated songwriter Carol Connors, the voice of The Teddy Bears (Phil's first band when he was in High School and Connors was in Jr. High). She recorded the song "To Know Him is to Love Him" which led to her dating Elvis Presley. She also co-wrote number one hit songs "Hey Little Cobra" recorded by the hot rod band The Ripcords and "With You I'm Born Again," by Billy Preston and Syreeta (recently covered by Mariah Carey & John Legend). She went on to have an illustrious career which is detailed on her website. Meet Carol In Person when she talks about "Before the Wall of Sound."

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