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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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One Night Special Events in May:

 

These events are Egyptian Theatre exclusives!

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Wednesday, May 5 – 7:30 PM

Co-presented by the Pump Station & Nurtury: Sneak Preview! BABIES, 2009, Focus Features, 79 min. In this joyful documentary, director Thomas Balmès follows four international babies from birth through first steps. The children come from locales as diverse as Namibia, Japan, Mongolia and the United States, and yet their journeys of development have a transcendent universality. Enter the drawing for a chance to win a gift bag courtesy of the Pump Station & Nurtury. Trailer | Website | Buy Tickets

 

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Thursday, May 6 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: EFFECTS, 1980, John Harrison, 84 min. Dir. Dusty Nelson. Cameraman Dominic (Joe Pilato from DAY OF THE DEAD) starts to wonder if his sleazy director (John Harrison) is making a horror film or a snuff film. This mind-bending meditation on the very nature of film and reality features great support work from Tom Savini, Charles Hoyes and Bernard McKenna. Too much gore to be an art film and not enough to be a horror film, what your left with plays like a great lost Cronenberg film or a Jon Jost/John Cassavetes slasher movie, and one of the most genuinely CREEPY films ever made.

TEENAGER, 1974, Jack H. Harris, 87 min. Dir. Gerald Seth Sindell. A deranged filmmaker arrives in a small town to shoot a biker movie and encourages his actors to fully live out their parts. Unfortunately, they take method acting to an extreme, turning the production into a snuff film! Great performances by Joe Warfield and Sue Bernard (FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!). NOT ON DVD. Discussion between films with Dusty Nelson, John Harrison, Joseph Pilato, Pasquale Buba, Charles Hoyes, Gerald Sindell, and Sue Bernard! Oscar nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence), will he hosting the event and moderating the Q&A.
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Friday, May 7 – 7:30 PM

[Spielberg Theatre]

IT CAME FROM KUCHAR, 2009, Tigerlilly Pictures, 86 min. Long before YouTube, there were the outrageous, no-budget movies of underground filmmaking twins George and Mike Kuchar. This hilarious and moving documentary interweaves the brothers' lives, their admirers, a history of underground film and a "greatest hits" of Kuchar clips into a mesmerizing stream of consciousness tale affectionately directed by one of George's former students, Jennifer M. Kroot. An official selection of SXSW 2010. In-person appearances by director Jennifer Kroot and writer-actor Buck Henry. Trailer | Website | Buy Tickets

 

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Friday, May 7 – 7:30 PM

AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE BLOWS UP THE INTERNET with Tubefilter's BEST OF THE INTERNET: Where do you go for the latest insider news about the online entertainment industry? Tubefilter - where else? Since it's launch in 2007, Tubefilter has become the authority on episodic web television and web series, creating both the Streamy Awards and the International Academy of Web Television. From Felicia Day to Dramatic Hamster or LonelyGirl to the Bannen Way – Tubefilter has everything you need. StrikeTV, funnyordie.com, "Easy to Assemble," Crackle.com, Fearnet, Atom.com will be represented as part of the event. Join us for a very special night with Tubefilter as we screen the BEST OF THE INTERNET, showing clips and episodes selected from the nominees and winners of 2010 Streamy Awards with discussions and celebrity appearances by the biggest and brightest stars on the web. Read more on Tubefilter's website. Host and very special guests including Illeana Douglas, Kevin Pollack, Bud Bundy from Married With Children), Robert Hall (director FEAR CLINIC and Special Effects Make-up Designer), Mark Johnson (producer FEAR CLINIC), Matt Enlow (producer MOUNTAIN MAN), Matthew Mangs (writer/director MOUNTAIN MAN), Zoe Bell (Stuntwoman). Buy Tickets

 

 

Saturday, May 8

Historic Tour & 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. Buy Tickets

 

 

Saturday, May 8 – 7:30 PM

[Spielberg Theatre]

Double Feature: IT CAME FROM KUCHAR, 2009, Tigerlilly Pictures, 86 min. [see description 5/7]

Followed by: Kuchar Shorts Program: Join us for a selection of shorts by twin brother filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar. Program includes "Hairy Horror" (2009, 10 min), about a student's encounter with an enigmatic Big Foot; the visual weather journal "Centennial" (2007, 14 min); "Dumped!" (2009, 10 min), about the end of a relationship; "Obsession" (2009, 10 min), about the literal nightmares that can come from erotic fixation; and "Animal" (2009, 20 min) about masked men lurking in bushes. Buy Tickets

 

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Saturday, May 8 – 7:30 PM

FUNNY GIRL, 1968, Sony Repertory, 155 min. Dir. William Wyler. In her Academy-Award winning film debut, Barbra Streisand re-creates her legendary Broadway role as renowned comedienne Fanny Brice, who made the world laugh even as her own world was crumbling. Premiered in 1968 at the Egyptian Theatre! Introduction by "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy, executive producer Dante Di Loreto and series cast member Lea Michele. Buy Tickets

 

 


Sunday, May 9

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour

11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

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. Buy Tickets

 

 

 

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Sunday, May 9 – 4:00 PM

Mother Day’s Tea Party: MARY POPPINS, 1964, Walt Disney Co., 140 min. Dir. Robert Stevenson. When nanny Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) comes to work for the Banks family in their turn-of-the-20th-century London household, she uplifts everyone’s spirits and brings magic to their lives. Dick Van Dyke is Bert, the good-natured chimney sweep, while the great Jane Darwell, in her last screen appearance, plays the bird lady. Features the classic musical numbers "Chim Chim Chimeree," "A Spoonful of Sugar," "Feed the Birds" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." Join us for a tea party in the courtyard of the Egyptian Theatre at 3:00 PM prior to the film. The film will begin at 4:00 PM. Film + Tea Party tickets will be sold at the box office first come, first served. Special ticket price includes tea and film. General $15, Student/Senior $12, Cinematheque Member $10. Regular prices apply for film only. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

Sunday, May 9 – 5:00 PM

[Spielberg Theatre] IT CAME FROM KUCHAR, 2009, Tigerlilly Pictures, 86 min. [see description 5/7] Buy Tickets

 

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Wednesday, May 12 – 7:30 PM

VISUAL ACOUSTICS, 2008, 84 min. Dir. Eric Bricker. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, this unique film celebrates the life and career of photographer Julius Shulman. Shulman, who died in 2009, captured the work of nearly every major modern and progressive architect since the 1930s, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. Both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images. Discussion after the film with director Eric Bricker, plus a VISUAL ACOUSTICS DVD raffle! Trailer | Website | Buy Tickets

 

 

Saturday, May 15 - 6:00 - 9:00 PM

Private Cocktail Party & Tour at Julius Shulman Home Sold Out!

Join the American Cinematheque and the Modern Committee of the Los Angeles Conservancy for an evening at the former home and studio of master photographer Julius Shulman, in conjunction with the screening of the movie Visual Acoustics, the Modernism of Julius Shulman. Ride in a luxury motor coach through the Hollywood Hills with ModCom experts and visit the completely intact and unique residence. Enjoy cocktails and heavy Hors d'œuvres at sunset in the steel and glass house designed by Raphael Soriano in 1950 and in the extensive gardens by visionary mid-century landscape designer Garrett Eckbo. The benefit program will also include a silent auction, guest speakers and a brief visit to the Stahl Home also featured in the film.

The Stah House:
Architect -Pierre Koenig
Case Study House #22, built in 1959

Case Study House #22, aka Stahl House, is a modernist styled house in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, California that was designed by Pierre Koenig. Photographic and anecdotal evidence suggests that the architect's client, Buck Stahl, may have provided an inspiration for the overall cantilevered structure. Built in 1959 and part of the Case Study Houses program, the house is considered an iconic representation of modern architecture in Los Angeles during the 20th century. It was made famous by a photograph by Julius Shulman showing two women leisurely sitting at a corner of the house with a panoramic view of the city through the floor to ceiling glass walls at night

The coach will leave from the Egyptian promptly at 6 pm, and arrive back to the Egyptian at 9:30 pm.

Your $125.00 ticket includes admission to the documentary VISUAL ACCOUSTICS (detailed above) on May 12th and a tour and cocktail party with hors d'ouevres at the Soriano designed home of Julius Shulman in Laurel Canyon on Saturday, May 15th from 6-9 PM. After you purchase your ticket, please contact andrew@americancinematheque.com to get further information about the location.

Buy Julius Shulman Reception Ticket via Paypal ($125)

Paypal will add $5 to this sale. Click the button that says Dual Membership to purchase through Paypal. After you purchase a ticket please e-mail Andrew Crane for more information and be sure to include your first and last name.
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Thursday, May 20 – 7:30 PM [Spielberg]

 

NOT JUST FOR DECORATION: COLOR AND DESIGN IN CINEMA
Learning how to define character and enhance story through an effective embrace of the design elements of cinema (art direction, color, sound, costume etc) is critical to establishing yourself in a crowded filmmaker arena. This inspiring seminar on the functionality of the primary design components in film opens your creative eye toward achieving "total cinematic" vision. NOT JUST FOR DECORATION: ART DIRECTION, COLOR AND DESIGN IN CINEMA Approx. 180 min. Learning how to define character and enhance story through an effective embrace of the design elements of cinema (art direction, color, costume, make-up etc) is critical to establishing yourself in a crowded filmmaker arena. This inspiring seminar on the functionality of the primary design components in film opens your creative eye toward achieving "total cinematic" vision.

Why is the color GREEN so important to Alfred Hitchcock's films and why is it used so specifically and sparingly in his films?

Why is the production design in Vincente Minnelli's melodramas so much more detailed and creative than his famed musicals?

Why isn't "sound design" more regularly appreciated for its great artistic potential? Why is sound design regulated to such a "practical" and realistic place in the construction of contemporary cinema?

How does the detailed orchestration of sound design in Brian DePalma's early work heavily influence Quentin Tarantino¹s cinema today?

How has the creative employment of the design elements of cinema enhanced and even singled out the magnificence of the contemporary and diverse cinemas of David Fincher, David Cronenberg, Baz Luhrmann, the Coen Brothers, Sophia Coppola, Ang Lee, Roman Polanski, Zhang Yimou and Wong Kar-wai?

If cinema constructs meaning primarily through visual and aural signification, why do most emerging, independent filmmakers regulate the artistic influence of the design categories to the sidelines?

For our May seminar, we turn our attention back to film aesthetics and take a close look at how great filmmakers creatively use the design elements of cinema (color orchestration, sound design, production design, costume design, make-up design etc) to define character and to enrich their story's meanings. Learning how to effectively and creatively employ the primary design elements in your film is an essential (and even critical) ingredient to establishing yourself in the crowded independent film arena.

So before you make that next film or even write that next script, take this inspiring, one of a kind seminar in film aesthetics which will help you think more deeply about your images and create an indelible cinema that will certainly help in the advancement of your film career.  Film Consultant Thomas Ethan Harris instructs. Film clips will be used to inspire an open dialogue with the audience. Filmmakers and film lovers welcome! $12 Cinematheque Members, $15 Students and Seniors, $20 General
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Saturday, May 22 – 10:00 AM

Co-produced by the Producers Guild of America/ New Media Council as part of the Saturday 2.0 series:

JIM HENSON FAMILY DAY: One of the world's most visionary puppetry artists, Jim Henson brought an original combination of playful fun and artful sophistication to his groundbreaking film and television works that widely appeal to children and adults alike. Henson gave us such icons as Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and a host of other memorable Muppets, not to mention the Fraggles and various Sesame Street characters. Join us for a special program of shorts from The Jim Henson Legacy and some new material from The Henson Company:

A BETTER WORLD: LIVING IN HARMONY from world-touring series Muppets™, Music & Magic: Jim Henson's Legacy (90 min). Included in this wonderful, environmentally-oriented program of shorts from the beloved Henson studio is a 1983 rare episode from the "Fraggle Rock" TV show that contrasts three different communities (the musical Fraggles, the industrious Doozers and the giant Gorgs!) living in harmony in a carefully balanced underground world far below those mysterious silly creatures (the humans) who live above ground, and the short "The Song of the Cloud Forest," (1989) a beautifully colorful evocation of the rain forest and the adventures of a lovable golden toad, directed by Jim Henson. It features a blend of music, puppetry and animation resulting in a vibrant landscape of color that echoes the natural beauty found in the real world's rain forest. Starring a brightly colored cast of puppet animals, the show celebrates the beauty of this natural environment while educating the audience of the real dangers threatening the survival of both the rain forest and its inhabitants.  (c) The Muppets Studio, LLC 2010, (c)The Jim Henson Company, 2010. After the shorts program, the Henson Company will showcase exciting sneak peeks in the Rigler Theatre, and host lots of fun activities in the Egyptian courtyard until 2:30 PM. Free for ticket-holders!

JIM HENSON FAMILY DAY has been scaled down but still lots of fun!
In attendance will be Buddy the T-rex from "Dinosaur Train," the new hit series on PBS KIDS®. and Sid the Science Kid. Giveaways: Dinosaur Train bookmark/stickers, Sid stickers, activity sheets and a limited number of a special combo CD with Sid the Science Kid and Dinosaur Train songs and the Fraggle Rock comic books.

We will be showing: an episode of "Fraggle Rock" TV show, the short "The Song of the Cloud Forest," (1989), the Premiere of "Sid the Science Kid: The No School Singalong Special!" and the Premiere of "Dinosaur Train: Pteranodon Family World Tour," and "Gilbert the Conductor".

Plus "The Possibility Shop:" Creative Guru Courtney Watkins demonstrates how to turn ordinary afternoons into extraordinary creative adventures for the whole family.

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Saturday, May 22 – 7:30 PM

On the occasion of the AMGEN Tour of California 2010: Los Angeles Premiere! CHASING LEGENDS, 2010, Gripped Films, 90 min. Director Jason Berry's documentary touches on the rich history, passion and true grit of the Tour de France bicycle race as seen through the eyes of Team HTC Columbia along with commentary from Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen, Eddy Merckx and Lance Armstrong. Discussion following with director Jason Berry and producer Ken Bell. Check website for update on guests. Trailer | Website Sponsored by Bicycling Magazine. For information about the Tour of California, go to www.amgentourofcalifornia.com. Buy Tickets

 

 

 

 

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Sunday, May 23 – 3:00 PM

Co-presented by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles

Pre-Code Birthday Bash Screening & Illustrated Talk: BLONDE VENUS, 1932, Universal, 93 min. Dir. Josef Von Sternberg. Marlene Dietrich is Helen, a former nightclub entertainer married to scientist Herbert Marshall. Their idyllic family life is shattered when he becomes disabled and she must return to the stage to support him and their son (Dickie Moore). Enter millionaire Cary Grant. Dietrich is luminously hypnotic here. One of the best of the Von Sternberg/Dietrich collaborations, milking every bit of charisma from its two gorgeous stars and miraculously steering the high-voltage melodramatics into poignant revelation by the last frame. In honor of the birthdays of Herbert Marshall (May 23, 1890) and Josef von Sternberg (May 29, 1895), Mark A. Vieira presents an entertaining illustrated talk at 3:00 PM preceding a screening of the film (4:00 PM), plus, a book-signing of his new book Marlene Dietrich Portraits at 3:30 PM in the lobby. Buy Tickets

 

 

 

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Wednesday, May 26 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: BOBBIE JO AND THE OUTLAW, 1976, MGM Repertory, 89 min. Dir. Mark L. Lester. Bored carhop Lynda Carter goes on the lam with outlaw Marjoe Gortner, Slick (Jesse Vint), her stripper sister (Merrie Lynn Ross) and best friend Essie (Belinda Balaski from PIRANHA and THE HOWLING). NOT ON DVD Trailer

TRUCK STOP WOMEN, 1974, American World Pictures, 88 min. Dir. Mark L. Lester. Claudia Jennings brings her Playboy playmate good looks and in-your-face spirit to this feminist (?!) drive-in exploitation gem. The Mafia tries to move in on the thriving truck stop brothel/smuggling operation run by Claudia and her mom - big mistake. NOT ON DVD. Discussion between films with Mark Lester, Belinda Balaski, Merrie Lynn Ross and Peggy Stewart. Academy Award nominated screenwriter Josh Olson will moderate the discussion. Buy Tickets

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, May 27 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: POPATOPOLIS, 2009, Imaginaut Entertainment, 75 min. This hilarious and compelling documentary follows low-budget auteur Jim Wynorski as he attempts to shoot a feature film in three days. As the frustrations and obstacles pile up, documentary director Clay Westervelt chronicles Wynorski's passion in the face of extreme financial limitations. Trailer

THE RETURN OF SWAMP THING, 1989, Light Year Entertainment, 88 min. Wynorski’s cult classic has Swamp Thing back and ready to battle Doctor Arcane, the nefarious and insane chemist who oversees a lab full of genetically mutated creatures. Trailer Discussion between films with Jim Wynorski, Monique Parent, Clay Westervelt, Brooks Larson, and Lee Sanders. Buy Tickets

 

 

 

Friday, May 28 – 7:30 PM

Robert Aldrich Double Feature: THE DIRTY DOZEN, 1967, Warner Bros., 149 min. Dir. Robert Aldrich. Lee Marvin whips a group of unruly criminals (including John Cassavetes and Charles Bronson) into shape for a WWII suicide mission in this massively entertaining action epic. Trailer

ATTACK, 1956, MGM Repertory, 107 min. Dir. Robert Aldrich. Cowardly captain Eddie Albert is in charge of a group of American soldiers that includes Jack Palance as the tough lieutenant who challenges Albert's "leadership." Lee Marvin costars in this riveting depiction of the Battle of the Bulge. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

 

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Saturday, May 29 – 7:30 PM

Reconstructed Print! Sam Fuller Double Feature: THE BIG RED ONE: THE RECONSTRUCTION, 1980, Warner Bros., 163 min. Sam Fuller's war classic stars Lee Marvin as a WWI vet in the throes of WWII with a four-man group of surviving soldiers. The group grimly watches as new recruits come and go, always meeting the same tragic end. Trailer

THE STEEL HELMET, 1951, Kit Parker Films, 85 min. Director Sam Fuller follows a motley crew of American stragglers fighting the better-equipped and better-organized Communist troops in a desolate Buddhist temple during the Korean War. Trailer | Buy Tickets

 

 

 

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Sunday, May 30 – 5:00 PM

Digitally Restored! THE WIZARD OF OZ, 1939, Warner Bros., 101 min. Dir. Victor Fleming. Judy Garland is Dorothy in this sublime, candy-colored adaptation of L. Frank Baum's children's favorite, one of the most beloved film classics of all time. Take a surreal stroll down the yellow brick road with Dorothy as she encounters the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West. Trailer | Buy Tickets