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January 10, 2000

 

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS

THREE SPECIAL ONE NIGHT FILM PROGRAMS IN JANUARY & FEBRUARY

 

A Night at the Egyptian With CARROLL BAKER Star of ELIA KAZAN’S "BABY DOLL" (Jan. 23)

AMAZING VISIONS, a Program of Eye-Popping Short Films (Feb. 16)

20th Anniversary Screening of "THE STUNT MAN" plus the World Premiere of "The Sinister Saga of Making THE STUNT MAN" With Director RICHARD RUSH In-Person (Feb. 18)

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian will present three special one night events in January and February. On Sunday, January 23rd at 5:00 PM is "A Night At the Egyptian With Actress Carroll Baker In-Person." Baker, the star of Elia Kazan’s BABY DOLL (1956, 114 min.) will join us for an in-depth discussion following the screening. On Wednesday, February 16th at 7:30 PM is AMAZING VISIONS, a program of international short films that are especially rich visually. On Friday, February 18th at 7:00 PM is a 20th Anniversary Screening of THE STUNT MAN (1980, 129 min.), plus the World Premiere of THE SINISTER SAGA OF MAKING THE STUNT MAN (1999, 113 min.) with director Richard Rush in-person. 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.

BABY DOLL: Sunday, January 23, 2000

At 5:00 PM is a screening of Elia Kazan’s controversial 1956 film BABY DOLL starring Carroll Baker in a ground-breaking performance as a thumb-sucking, child bride in the deep south. Karl Malden stars as Archie Lee Meighan, her middle-aged husband, a cotton gin owner who eagerly awaits his bride’s 20th birthday when they will finally consummate their marriage. But rival cotton business man Silva Vaccaro (Eli Wallach in his film debut) suspects Archie of burning down his gin and takes an erotic form of Sicilian vengeance in this gothic tale of pride and perversity. Based on a Tennessee Williams’ play, BABY DOLL garnered Oscar nominations for Carroll Baker (Best Actress); for Boris Kaufman (Best Cinematography Black & White); Mildred Dunnock (Best Supporting Actress) for and Tennessee Williams (Best Writing, Best Screenplay adapted for script). BABY DOLL was condemned by the Legion of Decency upon its release. Rip Torn also makes his film debut in an uncredited role. Carroll Baker (GIANT, THE CARPETBAGGERS, HARLOW) will appear in-person for an in-depth discussion following the screening.

AMAZING VISIONS: Wednesday, February 16, 2000

Although the film medium has always married the visual arts with the novel and short story, the visual side of film has sometimes suffered from more attention paid to stars, stories & strict narrative. Not so these jewel-like films from several different countries. Each of these films tells its own story using eye-popping, original visuals in multiple formats (8mm, 16mm, video, digital, 35mm & animation), to create a visual feast for the eye….and the soul. The films in this program will not necessarily screen in the order listed below. The program will begin at 7:30 PM. Eric Breuer’s "Ciro Norte" (19 min.) This Winner of "Best Experimental Film" at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival is a completely original combination of live action and animation with echoes of BEING JOHN MALKOVICH. Here, a visionary scientist manages, through mathematical equations, to find the key to another dimension. Zoltan Horvath’s, "Shellfish" (15 min.) This audience pleaser is a funny, animated look at gluttonous diners consuming their last meal in a large Titanic-like ship. Karl Nussbaum’s "Raw Images From The Optic Cross" (25 min.) A visually complex, multi-layered, personal journey in which a son attempts to uncover the hidden secrets of the unspoken horror of his family’s demise in Nazi German. Hamid Rahmanian’s "An I Within" (19 min.) This 1999 winner of the Kodak Cinematography Award seamlessly blends live-action & animation into a vivid dreamscape of images. Influenced by experimental film, Fellini & the Arabian Nights. Come into this strange, beguiling world. Jan Kounen’s "La Dernier Chaperon Rouge" (26 min.) French fantastique! Shown everywhere from Sundance to Clermont-Ferrond to Tampere in the top tier of short film festivals this beautiful, yet intensely disturbing re-telling of "Little Red Riding Hood" stars Emmanuelle Beart. This jaw-dropper got an overwhelming response when it screened within our 1999 "Young French Actress" series. A big-budget, intensely creative mix of music video, opera & fantasy with a postmodern, original score. Filmmaker Hamid Rahmanian ("An I Within") will appear for discussion following the program. Other guests will be announced as they are confirmed.

THE STUNT MAN & THE MAKING OF THE STUNT MAN: Friday, February 18, 2000

At 7:00 PM is a 20th Anniversary Screening of director Richard Rush’s critically acclaimed 1980 film THE STUNT MAN starring Steve Railsback as an escaped convict who stumbles onto a film set and accidentally causes the death of their ace stunt man. Peter O’Toole stars as the enigmatic, god-like director who offers to hide him from the police if he will help him finish the film as the stunt man. This outrageous black comedy blurs the line between reality and make-believe and viewers are reminded to watch closely because there is a lot of dizzying sleight-of-hand, not to mention, sly wit and first-rate action.

Critics adored the film and when Francois Truffaut was asked to name his favorite director at the 1980 San Francisco Film Festival, he replied, "I don’t know his name, but I just saw his picture last night. Its called THE STUNT MAN." "Dazzlingly scripted (by Lawrence B. Marcus and Richard Rush from Paul Brodeur's novel) and directed; amusing score by Dominic Frontiere." – Leonard Maltin. "One of the best films ever made about the world of film itself…" – Rex Reed. THE STUNT MAN garnered Academy Award nominations for Best Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay; six Golden Globes, The DGA Award; The WGA Award and it was named Best Picture by The National Board of Review and The Montreal World Film Festival. For more information see www.thestuntman.com.

Told with the same wit and quicksilver style in which he made THE STUNT MAN, this chronicle of the making of THE STUNT MAN features interviews with O’Toole, Railsback and Barbara Hershey, plus never-before-seen footage from the film. "The doc itself is masterful – the CITIZEN KANE of backstage dramas," wrote Jeffrey Wells in his "Hollywood Confidential column on Reel.com. Rush plans to release the doc on DVD later this year. Richard Rush, Steve Railsback and Barbara Hershey will appear in-person to talk about THE STUNT MAN and to present the new documentary THE SINISTER SAGA OF MAKING THE STUNT MAN following both screenings.

LA-based filmmaker Richard Rush (THE COLOR OF NIGHT, PSYCH-OUT) is available for interview. Call to schedule. Journalists wishing to cover arrivals at this screening or to interview Rush, Steve Railsback or Barbara Hershey at the Egyptian at the event should plan to do so between 6:30 and 7:00 PM. Requests to cover must be in writing. See below for details.

A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.

PHOTOS FROM THE STUNT MAN (Color/B&W), BABY DOLL (B&W) and "AMAZING VISIONS" (B&W/Color) ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST, AS WELL AS PRESS KITS FOR THE STUNT MAN AND "AMAZING VISIONS".

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

REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS MUST BE IN WRITING AND SHOULD BE FAXED TO 323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. JOURNALISTS WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST.

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Films included in the AMAZING VISIONS program and *THE SINISTER SAGA OF MAKING THE STUNT MAN can be viewed on video tape at the offices of the American Cinematheque, 1800 N. Highland Avenue, Suite 717 in Hollywood. Please call 323.461.2020, ext. 115 or 116 to schedule an appointment to press screen these films on tape.

* There may be a theatrical press screening. Let us know if you are interested in being notified of the date & time.

 

THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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Recent Spanish Cinema 2000 (Featuring a Retrospective Tribute to Director Pedro Almodovar)

Tony Curtis Tribute - New Hollywood of the 60’s & 70’s

*Please note that Pola X (scheduled for March 29th) will be postponed.

Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD is now open. The film is a celebration of the history of Hollywood as told by some of today’s biggest stars. For press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115.

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