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The American Cinematheque is a member-donor-volunteer supported 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization whose mission is to celebrate the experience of cinema.
37 years of American Cinematheque film programming….and counting. Dive into the AC Vault to discover past Q&As and clips from our vast and newly digitized archives, old calendars and programs, new podcasts, conversations and much more.
Since it began screening films to the public in 1985, the American Cinematheque has provided diverse film programming and immersive in-person discussions and events with thousands of filmmakers and luminaries, presenting new and repertory cinema to Los Angeles.
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Los Feliz 3 | Los Angeles Premiere of New Restoration!
‘The Twilight Worlds of Werner Herzog: A Retrospective’
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Even adventurous viewers who’ve seen Tod Browning’s classic FREAKS won’t be completely prepared for Werner Herzog’s bizarre mini-opus. The film is set in a dismal mental institution, wherein dwell several midgets and dwarves. Sick of being tormented and exploited by the so-called “normal people” of the world, the inmates stage a coup, taking over the asylum and utterly reversing the status quo (possibly Herzog’s attempt to draw parallels between the events on screen and such real-life upheavals as Vietnam). As in his other films, the director imbues his unique characters with a sort of regal grandeur, as if to purge the German wartime atrocities against “underdesirables.” Herzog also produced, wrote and provided the musical arrangements for the film, removing it even further from the constraints of the world we know.
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