FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 2, 1999

For more information contact:

Margot Gerber

Tel.: 323/466-FILM ext. 115

BRITISH FILMMAKER MIKE HODGES TO APPEAR IN-PERSON AT

AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE FILM SERIES

SHOOT TO KILL: THE COOL CRIMES OF MIKE HODGES (MARCH 26-31)

FEATURING THE US PREMIERE OF HODGES’ LATEST FILM CROUPIER

Presented in collaboration with The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Los Angeles

HOLLYWOOD – British filmmaker Mike Hodges, will appear in-person for the entire American Cinematheque film series SHOOT TO KILL: THE COOL CRIMES OF MIKE HODGES, March 26 - 31, 1999. This is the first-ever Los Angeles retrospective tribute to the acclaimed British director who is perhaps best-known in the United States for his classic Brit-Noir thriller GET CARTER starring Michael Caine. This 1971 film was recently hailed as "the best British gangster movie ever" by The Independent, London. The series is highlighted by the US Premiere of Hodges' latest film, CROUPIER, a moody, intricate casino mystery set in the London underworld; and a new 35 mm print of his classic sci-fi thriller, THE TERMINAL MAN. American Cinematheque Programmer Dennis Bartok says, "There’s an elegant mask in front of Hodges’ characters that separates them from us: the lethal coolness of Michael Caine in GET CARTER; the impassive gaze of Clive Owen in CROUPIER; George Segal’s I’m-about-to-kill stare in THE TERMINAL MAN. It’s the same cool, ironic distance that Hodges brilliantly maintains as director -- a kind of Stanley Kubrick meets Jean-Pierre Melville tone that’s both seductive and unnerving." All screenings will be held in the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard (between McCadden and Las Palmas).

Friday, March 26, 1999

The Friday, March 26th program begins at 7:00 PM with a screening of GET CARTER (1971, Warner Bros. Classics, 112 min.) "You’re a big man -- but you’re in bad shape. With me it’s a full-time job," snarls elegant hit-man Michael Caine just before he smacks the hell out of a Newcastle mobster, in director Mike Hodges’ ultra-violent, gun-metal grey masterpiece. On a short list with LE SAMOURAĻ, DIRTY HARRY, POINT BLANK and TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI as one of the greatest crime-films ever made, GET CARTER follows the steel-hard Caine as he heads north for his brother’s and slams into a viper’s-nest of pornographers and thugs, lorded over by the fey, venomous John Osborne (author of LOOK BACK IN ANGER - !) Everything about GET CARTER is just right -- from composer Roy Budd’s amazing synth/funk/jazz score, to the bleak, ghost-town locales of Newcastle, to Hodges’ brilliant minimalist script and direction. If there’s a crime-film heaven -- GET CARTER is it. "The best British gangster movie ever" -- The Independent, London. Director Mike Hodges to appear for discussion following the screening. Following at 9:45 PM is the US Premiere of Hodges' latest film, CROUPIER (1998, Film Four, 89 min.). Hodges is back in top form with this sly, sinuous crime film about a would-be writer, Clive Owen (CLOSE MY EYES, BENT) who gets sucked back into the underworld of the London casinos. With script by Paul Mayersberg (who wrote THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH and MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE), CROUPIER draws you into the airless, twilight rooms of the casinos, where Owen’s impassive dealer watches and waits. Alex Kingston (E.R.) co-stars as the desperate gambler who tries to con Owen into helping her rob the casino -- a set-up as brilliant in its way as THE ASPHALT JUNGLE or BOB LE FLAMBEUR. Director Mike Hodges to appear for discussion following the screening.

Saturday, March 27, 1999

The Saturday, March 27th program begins at 7:00 PM with a repeat screening of Hodges' latest film, CROUPIER. See the Friday, March 26th program at 9:45 PM for details. Following at 9:45 PM is a second screening of the classic GET CARTER. See Friday, March 26th program at 7:00 PM for details. Director Mike Hodges to appear for discussion following both screenings.

Tuesday, March 30, 1999

The Tuesday, March 30th program begins at 7:00 PM with a screening of PULP (1972, MGM/UA, 95 min.). "I wondered who he was, the poor dead bastard," muses hack-writer Michael Caine (author of classics like The Organ-Grinder and My Gun Is Long), in Hodges’ wonderfully eccentric comedy -- his follow-up to GET CARTER (and about as different as two films can be). Caine stars as Chester King a.k.a. Guy Strange, a pulp writer happily stranded in Italy -- until he’s hired by ex-Hollywood mobster Mickey Rooney to ghostwrite his autobiography. Littered with sight gags and random corpses (and co-starring the legendary Lizabeth Scott in her last screen appearance to date!), PULP is a rare and strange pleasure -- sip it like a dry martini. Discussion following with director Mike Hodges. Following at 9:30 PM is a never-before-seen-in-the-U.S. double feature of two early Mike Hodges films beginning with SUSPECT (1968, Pearson Television, 72 min.) Hodges’ early career in documentaries shows in this bleak little mystery about a police investigation into an 11-year old girl’s disappearance. Pieced out in fragments, like an odd, off-center puzzle, SUSPECT slowly builds into a terrifying, matter-of-fact portrait of a sexual predator set loose in the English countryside. Made originally for British television, the films stars Rachel Kempson and Bryan Marshall. Next, on the same bill is, RUMOUR (1969, Pearson Television, 80 min.) also made for British television. A direct forerunner of GET CARTER (in Hodges’ words), RUMOUR follows a muckraking Fleet Street journalist (Michael Coles) who gets drawn into the murder of a young hooker with political connections. An ambitious mix of 40’s noir and late 60’s psychedelia, RUMOUR paints a vivid picture of the London underworld Hodges would revisit decades later in CROUPIER. Mike Hodges to introduce the screenings. [Admission is "suggested donation" for this program only].

Wednesday, March 31, 1999

The Wednesday, March 31st program begins at 7:00 PM with a screening of a brand new 35mm print of THE TERMINAL MAN (1974, Warner Bros., 107 min.), a cool, methodical sci-fi thriller about ticking time-bomb George Segal, implanted with a "Lympic Brain-Pacing Device" to control his violent seizures. When the device malfunctions, Segal is transformed into a pitiful, rampaging monster -- a modern-day Frankenstein set loose in 70’s L.A. Based on the novel by Michael Crichton (JURASSIC PARK), with eerie, insistent music by pianist Glenn Gould, TERMINAL MAN is a mesmerizing piece of work -- we’ll match the second half of the film with any later Hitchcock for pure, unnerving suspense. Discussion following with director Mike Hodges. Following at 9:45 PM is the Los Angeles Premiere of BLACK RAINBOW (1989, Goldcrest, 100 min.) which was never theatrically released in the U.S. BLACK RAINBOW is a startling supernatural thriller with Rosanna Arquette as a fake psychic who suddenly starts receiving sinister messages from the other side. Photographed with the quiet, mysterious textures of an Edward Hopper painting, BLACK RAINBOW is an occult treat from the master, Mike Hodges. The film also stars Tom Hulce and Jason Robards. "Superbly understated performances -- Hodges’ best film since GET CARTER, a psychological thriller with a brain and a heart" -- Dominic Wells, Time Out.

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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 you can help preserve this historic landmark by contributing to the capital campaign, please call 323.466.3456, ext. 111.

 

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