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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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<<< August 2010 >>>

One Night Special Events in August:


These events are Egyptian Theatre exclusives!



Thursday, August 5 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: STAND BY ME, 1986, Sony Repertory, 89 min. One of the most classic and quotable coming-of-age films ever made, Rob Reiner's adaptation of Stephen King's "The Body" is at once hilarious and heartbreaking, and a spot-on time capsule of small-town America in the 1950s. Will Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman and Jerry O'Connell star as four friends on the precipice of junior high school, enjoying a summer of small-fry hijinx. When they go looking for the body of a boy presumed dead from a train accident, they must come to terms with the difficult changes the future holds. Trailer

THE PRINCESS BRIDE, 1987, 20th Century Fox, 98 min. Dir. Rob Reiner. This adaptation of William Goldman’s wonderful, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale stars Cary Elwes as the dashing Westley, who is forced to fight off the villainous Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) and Count Tyrone (Christopher Guest) to save his beloved princess, Buttercup (Robin Wright). This Cult hit features marvelous sets by Norman Garwood and high-spirited supporting performances by Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Peter Falk and Andre the Giant. Discussion between films with director Rob Reiner. Trailer | Buy Tickets


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Friday, August 6 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: THE OBLONG BOX, 1969, MGM Repertory, 91 min. Dir. Gordon Hessler. Loosely adapting an Edgar Allan Poe story aided by the sumptuously atmospheric cinematography of John Coquillon, Hessler spins a tale of the consequences of colonialism. In 1860s England, callous Sir Julian (Vincent Price) hides his disfigured brother, Sir Edward (Alistair Williamson) in the attic after his sibling is victimized by a voodoo curse meant for him. With Christopher Lee, Hilary Dwyer. Trailer

SCREAM AND SCREAM AGAIN, 1970, MGM Repertory, 95 min. Dir. Gordon Hessler. The London police’s investigation of brutal murders by a mod, superhuman vampire (Michael Gothard) leads to the discovery of a vast conspiracy - and mad scientist Vincent Price’s stolen-organs-and-limbs experiments. A moody, fast-paced thriller that delivers, as the movie poster promises, "Triple distilled horror…as powerful as a vat of boiling acid With Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Judy Huxtable. Discussion between films with director Gordon Hessler, moderated by Mick Garris. First 40 audience members receive Shock Cinema Magazine #38. Trailer | Buy Tickets


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Saturday, August 7 – 5:00 PM

tiki.gif (4682 bytes)Luau Dinner: Join us in the Egyptian Courtyard for a Royal Southern California-style Luau with live music from King Kukulele and The Friki Tikis, the Polynesian Paradise Dancers, vendors and a bountiful island-themed dinner. Menu will include, among other delights, teriyaki-glazed chicken, mandarin salad, pineapple grilled sausage bites and fresh-fruit sorbet! Followed by a 7:30 PM screening of…

Los Angeles Premiere! MIGHTY UKE, 2010, 76 min. This unique documentary from director Tony Coleman travels the world to chronicle the amazing comeback of a musical underdog - the ukulele! Born in Hawaii in the 1880s, the ukulele had become the most popular instrument in the American home by the 1920s; later, the rise of the flashy rock n' roll guitar pushed the "uke" into nerdy obscurity. Until now! In this Internet age of Google-search-and-ye-shall-find, the trusty ukulele is making a comeback and a new generation is rediscovering the instrument. Feature film preceded by a Tiki clip show (approx. 60 min.) compiled by Denny Moynahan. Vendors including: Polynesian Paradise, Tikis by Big Mike, Eric October. View Full Menu.

You have three special ticket price options: Movie Program Only (valid for movie at 7:30 PM on Saturday only): General: $11; Seniors/Students: $9; Cinematheque Members: $7. Luau Dinner Only: $20. Movie Program, plus the Luau Dinner: General: $30; Senior/Student: $28; Cinematheque Member: $25. Please see American Cinematheque website for full menu. To guarantee a dinner, order by noon on Friday, August 6. Trailer | Buy Tickets


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Sunday, August 8 – 7:30 PM

70mm Print! 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. Peter O'Toole stars in director David Lean's masterpiece that was made to be seen on the big screen! Winner of 7 Academy Awards out of 10 nominations. Trailer | Buy Tickets


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Thursday, August 12 – 7:30 PM

EMPEROR OF THE NORTH POLE, 1973, 20th Century Fox, 118 min. Ernest Borgnine reunites with his "Dirty Dozen" co-star Lee Marvin and director Robert Aldrich for this Depression-era drama. Borgnine is a sadistic railroad conductor determined to keep hobos off of his train; Marvin is an outcast who strives to become a legend by battling and besting Borgnine. Highlighted by a young Keith Carradine as the rascal Cigaret, and a taut script by Christopher Knopf (A COLD NIGHT’S DEATH). Discussion following with screenwriter Christopher Knopf moderated by screenwriter Josh Olson. Christopher Knopf will be signing his book Will The Real Me Please Stand Up? in the Egyptian lobby at 6:30 PM. Clip | Buy Tickets


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Friday, August 13 – 9:00 PM

[Spielberg Theatre] TOTAL BADASS, 2010, CrashCam Films, 90 min. Bob Ray, director of the sensational roller derby doc HELL ON WHEELS, brings you this outrageous and hilariously seedy journey into the Austin underground. It bravely goes where no documentary film has gone before - following none other than wild man-about-town, musical/stunt performer, sex addict, guinea pig enthusiast, author, father, weed-dealing felon and local maniac Chad Holt! Director Bob Ray and Chad Holt in person. Trailer | Buy Tickets


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Wednesday, August 18 - 7:30 PM

Before his death in November 2009, director Paul Wendkos put his name on over 180 projects, from the teen surf classic GIDGET to a spate of acclaimed made-for-television movies. His stylish and groundbreaking television movie work from 1967-1977 gave birth to nightmares and a whole generation of young directors. From the off-kilter, Dutch-angled and fish-eyed world he created for THE INVADERS to his DGA-nominated masterpiece THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BELL, Wendkos is a true craftsman deserving of rediscovery and reevaluation.

Double Feature: THE MEPHISTO WALTZ, 1971, 20th Century Fox, 109 min. Dir. Paul Wendkos. One of the most stylish horror films ever made. Music journalist Alan Alda finds himself in the clutches of a satanic cult after interviewing an unnaturally gifted concert pianist (Curt Jurgens). Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins and Bradford Dillman co-star in this truly chilling drug-induced nightmare of a movie featuring composer Jerry Goldsmith's frightening adaptation of Liszt’s "Mephisto Waltz." Trailer | Buy Tickets

THE BURGLAR, 1957, Sony Repertory, 90 min. Dir. Paul Wendkos. Writer David Goodis' guilt-laden caper yarn is given a fully-stylized visual workout by whiz-kid director Wendkos in one of the last films of the 1950s to capture the fatalistic feel of classic noir. With Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield, Martha Vickers. Introduction by Paul Wendkos’ son, Jordan Wendkos, plus a short film celebrating the late Paul Wendkos' 50 years in film and television.



Saturday, August 21

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour


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. In Celebration of the Hollywood Walk of Fame's 50th Anniversary, tours will also be held at noon and 3PM on Sunday, July 25 followed by screenings of FOREVER HOLLYWOOD. Buy Tickets



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Saturday, August 21 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: Brand New Digital Cinema Presentation with Quintophonic Soundtrack! TOMMY, 1975, Sony Repertory, 111 min. Having already brought an outlandish, hellzapoppin’ quality to such films as THE DEVILS, director Ken Russell was the perfect choice to helm The Who’s landmark rock opera TOMMY, transforming it into a stream-of-consciousness catalog of wild performances from the likes of Roger Daltrey, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed, Tina Turner, Elton John, Keith Moon, Jack Nicholson and others. Trailer

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LISZTOMANIA, 1975, Warner Bros., 103 min. Director Ken Russell is at his outrageous, surreal best in this biopic of Franz Liszt (played by The Who’s Roger Daltrey), an aural, visual and sexual feast for all the senses. Thrill to the progressive-rock score by Rick Wakeman (of Yes), which somehow incorporates rock, Liszt and Wagner in all their majesty. Pop-culture references abound as Russell equates Liszt with the music superstars of the day - and don’t miss the giant penises! Discussion between films with director Ken Russell. Trailer | More Ken Russell at the Aero



Sunday, August 22 – 3:00 PM

Co-presented with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles:

The 1925 Paris Exposition des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels would give its name to an entire era. Set designers and costumers used Art Deco's bold style to bring cinematic glamour to factory girls, gangsters and socialites alike, and jewelry design was no exception: more than any other period, opulent Deco geometry immediately evokes the elegance of Hollywood in the 20s and 30s. But like any good prop, jewelry needs to say something about character and conflict, and Art Deco, with its infinitely malleable visual idiom, said it with grace, wit and danger. Join jewelry historian Lisa Schoening on a walk through the glittering jewel box of Art Deco Hollywood, and enjoy Joan Crawford and Clark Gable in 1931's POSSESSED, a film about a girl who dreams big, snags the guy and gets to keep the jewelry.

POSSESSED, 1931, Warner Bros., 76 min. Dir. Clarence Brown. Factory worker Joan Crawford becomes high-powered attorney running for political office, Clark Gable's mistress in this pre-Code classic of sex, Depression-era politics and star chemistry. Crawford's role set the tone for her many movies to come in which she would play working girls on the rise. In this, their third film together, Crawford and Gable clicked onscreen with audiences and each other, engaging in a passionate affair that was widely gossiped about on the MGM lot. Buy Tickets



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Sunday, August 29 – 5:30 PM

Tribute to Nitin Chandrakant Desai – Presented by the Art Directors Guild Film Society. Sponsored by Variety: DEVDAS, 2003, Eros Entertainment, 181 min. Dir. Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The first Bollywood musical to screen in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, it won 10 Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, and received a BAFTA nomination for Best Foreign-Language Film. This gloriously tragic love story follows Devdas (Shahrukh Khan), a young man who finds blissful happiness with his childhood sweetheart, Paro (Aishwarya Rai) - until he’s forced by his family to turn his back on her. Unable to bear the agony of a life without Paro, Devdas makes alcohol and a beautiful courtesan his constant companions. Spotlighting the talents of production designer Nitin Chandrakant Desai (SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE), the film is renowned for its elaborate palace sets, covering acres of backlot, surrounding a reflecting lake. Director Nitin Chandrakant Desai in person for discussion following along with dancer/choreographers Sangita Shresthova and Nakul as well as Jack Pajsekar, CEO Fusion Edge Media. A clips show showcasing Desai's career precedes the film.   Clip | Buy Tickets