MON OCT 17, 2022 7:30 PM


$8.00 (member) ; $13.00 (general admission)

Aero Theatre | Happy Birthday, Rita Hayworth!  

Join the American Cinematheque for a special event celebrating the life of classic Hollywood movie star, Rita Hayworth. Enjoy an exclusive theatrical screening of the German documentary RITA HAYWORTH: TOO MUCH OF LIFE from directors Katja Runge and Henning van Lil. There will then be a Q&A with Budd Burton Moss, Constance Towers, and France Nuyen. Moderated by Foster Hirsch., followed by a screening of THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1947). 

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RITA HAYWORTH: TOO MUCH OF LIFE, 2022, Germany, 52 min. Dir. Katja Runge and Henning van Lil 

In front of the camera, Rita Hayworth was the prototype of the ideal of American beauty, twirling alongside Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly. In her private life, shy and plagued by an inferiority complex, the actress multiplied the unhappy marriages. At 19, she married a businessman to escape an incestuous father. In 1943, she married the brilliant Orson Welles, who gave her a daughter and a misunderstood role in “The Lady of Shanghai”. Prince Ali Khan and the singer Dick Haymes followed. Marked by the trials and years, then by the onslaught of Alzheimer’s disease, Rita Hayworth assumes to age on the screen, revealing the depth of his game in films such as “Separate Tables” or “Those of Cordura”.

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI, 1947, Sony Repertory, USA, 88 min. Dir. Orson Welles

Baffling murders, fascinating plot twists and remarkable camera work all contribute to this spellbinding, time-honored film noir written, directed by and starring Orson Welles. Hired to work on a yacht belonging to the disabled husband of femme fatale Rita Hayworth, Welles plays an innocent man drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue and murder. The subject of great controversy and scandal upon its initial release, THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI shocked 1948 audiences by presenting Hayworth with her flaming red hair cut short and dyed champagne blonde. Fifty years later, THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI is considered vintage Welles, his famous hall of mirrors climax hailed as one of the greatest scenes in cinematic history.

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