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Date:January15,1999

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JAMES CAMERON TO APPEAR IN-PERSON WITH "THE ABYSS" {SPECIAL EDITION} ON OPENING NIGHT OF HIS RETROSPECTIVE AT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE’S

LLOYD E. RIGLER THEATRE AT THE EGYPTIAN

 

James Cameron Retrospective (February 3-6, 1999) Kicks-Off Cinematheque’s Full-time Programming at its new home at the Egyptian Theatre

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre opens its doors full-time to the public with COSMIC FURY: THE SPECTACULAR CINEMA OF JAMES CAMERON (February 3-6, 1999), a tribute to one of Hollywood's most successful directors, James Cameron. Cameron will appear in-person on Wednesday, February 3rd, the Opening Night of the retrospective in connection with a screening of THE ABYSS [Special Edition]. "We are very pleased to welcome James Cameron to the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian Theatre as our first guest," says Cinematheque Director Barbara Smith. "We opened the theatre last month with a vintage premiere of the 1923 version of THE TEN COMMANDMENTS accompanied by an orchestral performance of the score. This showcased the historic theatre’s original acoustics. In contrast, we are looking forward to treating audiences to experiencing James Cameron’s visually dazzling images and hearing his elaborately designed sound, projected with brand new state-of-the-art audio and projection." All screenings are at the newly restored historic Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

Highlights of the retrospective include: an in-person screening of THE ABYSS [Special Edition]; a new 35 mm print of THE TERMINATOR; and eye-popping 70 mm prints of TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, ALIENS, TRUE LIES and TITANIC. In addition to James Cameron, guests for the series include producer Gale Anne Hurd), actress Gloria Stuart (TITANIC), cinematographer Adam Greenberg (TERMINATOR, ALIENS) and visual effects expert, Gene Warren (TERMINATOR, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY), subject to their availability.

From the apocalyptic action of THE TERMINATOR to the awesome breadth and spectacle of TITANIC, director James Cameron has redefined the scope and speed of American filmmaking. His movies combine

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visionary (and often terrifying) high-tech sophistication with an unrefined and visceral gallery of Marine grunts and tough-as-nails women played by Linda Hamilton, Sigourney Weaver, and Jamie Lee Curtis. For all the technical wizardry of Cameron's films, there's something purely elemental about the cosmic fury he unleashes on-screen -- the molten fire of TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, the bottomless pit of THE ABYSS, the iceberg in TITANIC are primal terrors delivered with the awe and wonder of Griffith and DeMille.

A native of Ontario, Canada, James Cameron moved to Los Angeles at the age of 17; he taught himself filmmaking by trial and error, before being hired by Roger Corman to do visual effects on BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS and GALAXY OF TERROR. Cameron's early work in F/X and production design give films like ALIENS and THE ABYSS an intensely lived-in feel -- a kind of wrap-around, total cinematic experience where machines (and people) often break down. In addition to his skills as director and screenwriter, Cameron has gained a well-earned reputation as a cinematic innovator inventing much of the equipment and techniques that he would use in films such as TITANIC and THE ABYSS. Inspired by everything from Marvel comic books to Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, Cameron uses the modern action movie to play with -- and re-imagine -- the way we live right now.

"I think of myself as an optimistic paranoid. I'm very optimistic about the human animal and our potential, and I'm paranoid about some of the darker potential inherent in our technologies." -- James Cameron

Wednesday, February 3, 1999

The Wednesday, February 3rd program begins at 7:00 PM with an opening night screening of THE ABYSS [Special Edition] (1993, 20th Century Fox, 172 min.) Deep-water expert Ed Harris and soon-to-be ex-wife Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio square off against Navy SEAL Michael Biehn and a crew of N.T.I.'s (Non-Terrestrial Intelligences), in Cameron’s gripping undersea epic. The stunning underwater scenes -- shot in a flooded nuclear cooling tower, with camera and diving gear developed by Cameron – soon became the stuff of Hollywood legend; but the film’s real power comes from its brilliant ensemble work, and Cameron’s claustrophobic sense of suspense. Discussion following the screening with director James Cameron.

 

Thursday, February 4, 1999

The Thursday, February 4th program begins at 7:00 PM with THE TERMINATOR (1984, Orion (MGM/UA), 108 min.) "I’ll be back," growls metal-machine Arnold Schwarzenegger -- and Cameron’s career kicked into overdrive with this story of a cyborg killer from the future tracking down human prey Linda Hamilton. Shot on a very-lean budget of $6.5 million, with excellent F/X by Stan Winston (and Fantasy II,) THE TERMINATOR is pulp sci-fi at its very best. "I don’t think we were trying to set the world on fire ... I just came up with a way of juxtaposing futuristic elements with a kind of everyday reality." -- Cameron. Discussion following the screening with producer Gale Anne Hurd, cinematographer Adam Greenberg and visual F/X artist Gene Warren Jr. Following at 9:45 PM, is an eye-popping 70 mm. print of TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991, TriStar, 136 min.) "A violent movie about world peace" is how Cameron described this high-octane sequel to the original TERMINATOR. Like his earlier ALIENS, T-2 is less a remake than a re-imagining of the first film -- here, Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger (in a muscular, understated performance) is an obsolete killer, sent back as guardian to Linda Hamilton and her teenage son Edward Furlong. The strangely-elegant morphing effects of the T-1000 are dazzling -- but it’s Cameron’s uncanny blend of pop humor and visionary sci-fi that make TERMINATOR 2 the ultimate in Future Shock. Plus, a short behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming TERMINATOR 2 3-D Attraction (courtesy of Universal Studios, Hollywood.) Producer Gale Anne Hurd, cinematographer Adam Greenberg and visual F/X artist, Gene Warren Jr. are scheduled to introduce the screening.

 

Friday, February 5, 1999

The Friday, February 5th program begins at 7:00 PM with another eye-popping 70 mm. print of the smash hit ALIENS (1986, 20th Century Fox, 137 min.) with Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, and Paul Reiser. Seven years after Ridley Scott’s original ALIEN, Cameron returned with this sinister, explosive WWII-movie-in-space, about a platoon of U.S. Marines stranded on planet LV-426. Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley is darker and richer here -- haunted by alien nightmares, going face-to-face with her deepest fears. Watch for Cameron’s flawless feel for detail and pacing in ALIENS, the way he builds suspense scene-by-scene (the creatures don’t even appear until almost 50 minutes into the movie!) For added realism, Cameron hired Marine Corps vet Al Matthews as platoon sergeant -- "If one of the actors dropped their rifle, he’d run over and scream in their face ‘Your rifle is your life, soldier! Give me fifty!" -- Cameron. Plus, Cameron’s rarely-seen music video (in 35 mm.!) for Bill Paxton’s band Martini Ranch - ! Discussion following the screening with producer Gale Anne Hurd. Following at 10:00 PM is a screening of TRUE LIES (1994, 20th Century Fox, 141 min.). Loosely adapted from the 1991 French comedy LA TOTALE (in which a bored librarian learns that her apparently dull husband is actually a secret agent), TRUE LIES is Cameron’s sly (and surprisingly sexy) take on his own brand of all-out action movie -- where buff secret-agent Arnold Schwarzenegger finds himself back-pedaling to save his marriage to wife Jamie Lee Curtis. Schwarzenegger’s performance here may be his best, riffing on his own jaw-clenching, muscle-popping image -- it’s hard to imagine a 70 mm. comedy with rocket-launchers, but TRUE LIES is it! Discussion before screening with producer Stephanie Austin.

 

Saturday, February 6th, 1999

The Saturday, February 6th program begins at 7:00 PM with a screening of a gorgeous 70 mm. print of TITANIC (1997, Paramount, 194 min.) with Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Gloria Stuart, Kathy Bates, and Billy Zane. "I thought I wanted to be the next Jacques Cousteau," Cameron once remarked -- here, he goes one better by resurrecting the doomed R.M.S. Titanic as a shimmering spectacle of polished brass and lost love. First the most-expensive (and later the most-successful) movie in Hollywood history, TITANIC was in reality a labor of love and craft for Cameron and crew -- from cinematographer Russell Carpenter’s luminous ocean images to production designer Peter Lamont’s meticulous reconstructions of the Titanic interiors. If you’ve seen TITANIC once, twice, three times -- come see it again! Discussion following the screening with actress Gloria Stuart.

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

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Tickets can be purchased in person at the Egyptian Theatre Box Office (6712 Hollywood Blvd. Between McCadden Place and Las Palmas Avenue) beginning 2/3. The Box Office opens 2 hours prior to the first show of the evening and closes 30 minutes after the second show begins. Advance Tickets may also be purchased via MovieFone (777-FILM) or on the website www.movielink.com. ,

Information: 323.466.3456, ext. 2. www.egyptiantheatre.com or www.americancinematheque.com for program information! Both web addresses go to The Egyptian is handicap accessible. There is parking in area lots on McCadden and Las Palmas north and south of Hollywood Boulevard. On Cherokee, (1 block east of the theatre and 1 block North of Hollywood Boulevard) there is a Municipal lot that is FREE for TWO HOURS and $1 for each additional hour.

Established in 1984, the American Cinematheque, is a non-profit, viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all its forms. The Cinematheque presents film and video programming which ranges from the classics and world cinemas to the outer frontiers of the art form at the Egyptian Theatre. Exhibition of rare works, special prints within our series, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences.

The American Cinematheque renovated and re-opened the historic 1922 Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard as a permanent home. The theatre, which re-opened December 4, 1998, is a state-of-the-art 618-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman’s first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. Please call for photos or press kits. To learn how to learn how you can help preserve this historic landmark by contributing to the capital campaign, please call 323.466.3456, ext. 111.

For information about this film program call 323/466-FILM. THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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