FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Margot Gerber

Tel.: 213/466-FILM ext. 115

Date: May 30, 1997

 

THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS SUMMER SERIES "THE SWINGERS’ HANDBOOK" – COOL, 50’s & 60’s RAT PACK, LOUNGE LIZARD & SUPER-SPY PICS

 

SERIES KICKS-OFF JULY 19th WITH GUIDE FOR THE MARRIED MAN

FOLLOWED BY A SWANKY LOUNGE-STYLE COCKTAIL PARTY

 

Party Co-presented by Lounge Magazine. Sponsored by Stoli Vodka and Bombay Sapphire Gin

 

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque presents THE SWINGERS’ HANDBOOK, a Summer series of pop culture (completely politically incorrect by ‘90s standards) gems from the ‘50s and ‘60s, featuring stars like Tony Curtis, Angie Dickinson, Dean Martin, Ann-Margret, Frank Sinatra and other hi-ball sipping, sharkskin suit and fez sporting hipsters of the day. This romp through bachelor pads, lounges and casinos kicks off on Thursday, June 19th with a 7:15 PM screening of A GUIDE FOR THE MARRIED MAN (1967, Fox, 91 min.) starring Walter Matthau as a bored husband who enlists the help of a friend to teach him the steps to committing undetected adultery. Following the screening, in the Raleigh Studios Café is a swanky lounge-style cocktail party where guests can practice pick-up lines from the movie while sipping Stoli & Bombay Gin martinis to tunes spun by Los Angeles Lounge DJ extraordinaire, Señor Amor. Time After Time Vintage clothing store will present an informal fashion show. The series continues on Thursday, July 10th with a screening of a rare 35mm Cinemascope print of the definitive Rat Pack film, OCEAN’S ELEVEN (1960, Warners, 128 min.) starring Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dino as buddies on a caper in Vegas. "THE SWINGERS’ HANDBOOK" continues on alternate Thursdays, through the end of Summer with THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR (1968) with Steve McQueen; THE NUTTY PROFESSOR (1963) with Jerry Lewis; a super-spy double-feature of THE SILENCERS (1966) with Dean Martin teamed with OUR MAN FLINT (1966) starring James Coburn and much more… so watch out AUSTIN POWERS – here come the originals. All screenings are at the Raleigh Studios Charlie Chaplin Theater (5300 Melrose Avenue between Bronson & Van Ness) in Hollywood.

American Cinematheque

Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, 7000 Hollywood Boulevard., 3rd Floor, Hollywood, CA 90028

(tel) 213.461.9737 u (fax) 213.461.9737 T Now on the web!!! http://www.americancinematheque.com

 

 

 

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WEEK 1: June 19th

"THE SWINGERS’ HANDBOOK" kicks off with a 7:15 PM screening of A GUIDE FOR THE MARRIED MAN (1967, Fox, 91 min.) starring Walter Matthau as an adulterous husband bored with his 12-year marriage to gorgeous Inger Stevens. Comedy results from gap-toothed Robert Morse’s "guide to cheating." Shot on location in Los Angeles (principally in Culver City), the film features an ultra-swinging theme song by THE TURTLES and an amazing line-up of guest appearances including cameos by Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Art Carney, Sid Caesar, Phil Silvers, Jayne Mansfield and Carl Reiner. Directed by Gene Kelly. The screening is followed by a cocktail party (approximately 9:00 PM) catered by Classic Cuisine. Tickets to the June 19th screening include admission to the party and are $7 for Cinematheque members and $10 for the general public. Tickets to the party only are $5. Guests are encouraged to wear period cocktail attire.

 

WEEK 2: July 10th

The Thursday, July 10th program is a 9:30 PM screening of an archival 35mm Cinemascope Print of OCEAN’S ELEVEN (1960, Warners, 128 min.), singled out by James Wolcott, in a recent Vanity Fair article, as "the definitive photo album of the Rat Pack phenomenon… this is the one with the essence de rat." Made during the prime of Rat Pack popularity, OCEAN’S ELEVEN pretty much mirrors the male bravado and emphasis on money and power inherent in the real lives of its wealthy, well-manicured, playboy stars, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Dean Martin. Here they play ex-Army buddies who plot to rob five Las Vegas casinos on New Year’s Eve. Along the way the boys sing a few songs (courtesy of Sammy Cahn and Jimmy van Heusen) and do some serious gambling, boozing, cigar smoking and womanizing. Perhaps the smartest, smuggest and slickest of the Rat Pack films. Directed by Lewis Milestone.

*Note, the term "Rat Pack" was originally coined by Humphrey Bogart and friends to refer to their chic Hollywood clique. After Bogart’s death, Frank Sinatra became the leader of the elite pack of millionaires who "played" together, as well as with certain politicians and mobsters.

Additional titles, dates and times of SWINGERS HANDBOOK screenings will be announced as they are confirmed.

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

BLACK & WHITE PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

Admission for the general public is $7 and $4 for American Cinematheque Members with the exception of the June 19th program which includes a post-screening party. Separate admission for each screening.

Please note that tickets to our programs can be purchased through THEATIX (213) 466-1767. Our number (213) 466-FILM should be listed for further information only!

 

PRESS SCREENINGS

 

ADVANCE THEATRICAL PRESS SCREENINGS MAY BE ARRANGED FOR CERTAIN TITLES.

MOST FILMS IN THE SERIES WILL BE AVAILABLE TO RENT COMMERCIALLY ON VIDEO TAPE. WE SUGGEST ROCKET VIDEO ON LA BREA OR VIDIOTS ON PICO IN SANTA MONICA.

 

PRESS PASSES ARE NOT LIKELY TO BE AVAILABLE DURING THE FESTIVAL AS MOST SCREENINGS WILL BE SOLD OUT. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS.

 

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 weekly film and video programming which ranges from the classics and world cinemas to the outer frontiers of the art form at the Raleigh Studios Charlie Chaplin Theater and other Los Angeles venues. 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 is currently renovating the historic Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, which, when open in 1998, will become the American Cinematheque's permanent home and offer daily, year-round programming.

For information about this film program call 213/466-FILM. THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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