FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   June 30, 2000
Contact:   Margot Gerber
Tel.: 323/461-2020  ext. 115

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS
A SPECIAL LIMITED RE-RELEASE OF
FRENCH DIRECTOR ALAIN RESNAIS' ACCLAIMED
HIGH-CONCEPT DUO SMOKING/NOSMOKING

August 2 - 8, 2000

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian will present a one-week, Special Limited Run of acclaimed French director Alain Resnais'
1993 films SMOKING and NO SMOKING (1993, USA Films. Pt. I: 135 min. Pt. II: 142 min).  Hot off our recent Alain Resnais retrospective in May, SMOKING/NO SMOKING returns for a special one-week run at the Egyptian.  These films have an amazing history: five César Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, as well as the prestigious Prix Louis Delluc. Variety called the film “just about perfect” – and “SMOKING and NO SMOKING
lights up the screen and revs up the intellect … Joy aplenty.”
    The audacious two-part film slid into mythic obscurity when its North American release was indefinitely postponed (until now).  In “the first
self-regulating interactive movie,” Resnais plays with the notions of destiny, parallel universes, and the pleasures and perils of smoking.
Resnais daringly combined eight plays by British dramatist Alan Ayckbourn, and has two of his favorite actors, Sabine Azéma and Pierre Arditi, play
multiple characters who live in a Yorkshire village – most memorably the Teasdales, an alcoholic school director and his insecure wife.   Depending on
whether a character lights up a cigarette or not, their fates develop in different directions.  The film explores these divergent destinies, always
asking “What if?” about its characters’ lives, turning the film into a kind of philosophical Rubik’s Cube.  Wise, witty and ingenious, SMOKING/NO
SMOKING appears to be Resnais’ culminating statement on his central theme of choice and contingency.
    All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas)
in Hollywood.


 Separate admission to each part I and part 2. The films do not need to be
screened in a particular order. Showtimes are as follows:
Wednesday, August 2 – 8:00 PM  SMOKING
Thursday, August 3 – 8:00 PM  NO SMOKING
Friday, August 4 – 8:00 PM   SMOKING
Saturday, August 5 – 6:00 PM  NO SMOKING
Saturday, August 5 – 9:00 PM  SMOKING
Sunday, August 6 – 5:00 PM  NO SMOKING
Monday, August 7 – 8:00 PM  SMOKING
Tuesday, August 8 – 8:00 PM  NO SMOKING

BLACK & WHITE AND COLOR PHOTOS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

For a complete calendar/flyer listing of these films call 323.461.2020, ext. 7

REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS MUST BE IN WRITING ON THE
LETTERHEAD OF THE MEDIA OUTLET THAT ASSIGNED YOU TO COVER THIS EVENT. FAX TO
323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. FRIDAY AT
NOON IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY SCREENINGS. JOURNALISTS
WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST.

A THEATRICAL PRESS SCREENING WILL BE SET UP FOR THIS FILM. THERE IS NO VIDEO
TAPE. CALL 323.461.2020 ext. 115 or 116 TO SCHEDULE SCREENINGS.

WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS
RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS ON TAPE.

THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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Upcoming at the American Cinematheque:
The Latino International Film Festival will be at the Egyptian July 21-30.
This is not a program of the Cinematheque. Press should call 323.469.9066 or
see www.latinofilm.org for further information.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival (August)
Political Film Series sponsored by the LA Weekly (August)
Cinecon (September)

Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD is now open.   For
press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at
323.461.2020, ext. 115.

 

PRESS SCREENING ALERT

WHEN:  Monday, July 24, 2000 at 9:00 am
SMOKING (135 min.) will screen first followed by a 15 minute break before NO
SMOKING (142 min).

WHERE: Raleigh Studios, Pickford Theatre
  5300 Melrose Avenue (Between Bronson and Van Ness

WHAT: SMOKING & NO SMOKING
Los Angeles Premiere Limited Engagement- August 2-8, 2000, at the American
Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre.

Acclaimed French director Alain Resnais' 1993 films SMOKING and NO SMOKING
(1993, USA Films) come to the Egyptian for a special one-week run.   These
films have an amazing history: five César Awards, including Best Picture,
Best Director and Best Actor, as well as the prestigious Prix Louis Delluc.
Variety called the film “just about perfect” – and “SMOKING and NO SMOKING
lights up the screen and revs up the intellect … Joy aplenty.”
The audacious two-part film slid into mythic obscurity when its North
American release was indefinitely postponed (until now).  In “the first
self-regulating interactive movie,” Resnais plays with the notions of
destiny, parallel universes, and the pleasures and perils of smoking.
Resnais daringly combined eight plays by British dramatist Alan Ayckbourn,
and has two of his favorite actors, Sabine Azéma and Pierre Arditi, play
multiple characters who live in a Yorkshire village – most memorably the
Teasdales, an alcoholic school director and his insecure wife.   Depending on
whether a character lights up a cigarette or not, their fates develop in
different directions.  The film explores these divergent destinies, always
asking “What if?” about its characters’ lives, turning the film into a kind
of philosophical Rubik’s Cube.  Wise, witty and ingenious, SMOKING/NO
SMOKING appears to be Resnais’ culminating statement on his central theme of
choice and contingency.
Please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020 X 115 or Jasmine Ong at x-116 to
RSVP or if you need any additional information. Press info. will be
available at the screening.



 

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