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Jul 14, 2012

Screening at the American Cinematheque - July 16 - 22, 2012



I may be nerding out at the San Diego Comic-con, but that doesn't mean the Cinematheque programming comes to a halt.

This week has some big Hollywood classics - 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, LAURA, CITIZEN KANE, THE AFRICAN QUEEN, CASABLANCA, CAPTAIN BLOOD and SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS.  And for all those still coming down from the Comic-con buzz there is SPACEBALLS to keep the inner nerd fed.

THE EGYPTIAN - 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA  90028





Friday, July 20th - Thursday, July 26th - 7:00pm & 9:00pm - Spielberg Theater


The Cinematheque is the place for the exclusive Los Angeles premiere engagement of the latest film by Director Martin Donovan (a frequent Hal Hartley collaborator).

Screening in the Spielberg theater, there are several chances to catch the movie.  Cast and Crew will be on hand for the first one.

From the Cinematheque website.

COLLABORATOR (2011, Tribeca Films; Directed by: Martin Donovan)





Dramatist Robert Longfellow (Martin Donovan, here also directing) returns to his native Los Angeles to escape the scathing reviews of his latest Broadway play, spend time with his mother, consider a second career as a script doctor and re-connect with actress and former flame Emma (Olivia Williams). But when Robert’s bonkers neighbor (David Morse) holds him hostage at gunpoint and the situation becomes a media frenzy, the two childhood acquaintances spend a booze and pot-fueled night verbally sparring about the American Left, the American Right and all things in between.


THE TRAILER:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.


Friday, July 20th - 7:30pm

SPACEBALLS (1987, MGM; Directed by: Mel Brooks)





SPACEBALLS the flame thrower!  This send up of STAR WARS is spot on, and how would you expect anything less with Mel Brooks at the helm.

Rick Moranis in one of his best roles as Dark Helmet, John Candy as Barf (half man, half dog, he's his own best friend) and some great classic lines.  May the Schwartz be with you!


THE TRAILER:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, July 21st - 2:00pm

Author Christopher Nickens will be on hand to sign his book MARILYN IN FASHION: THE ENDURING INFLUENCE OF MARILYN MONROE.

DON'T BOTHER TO KNOCK (1952, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: Roy Ward Baker)




Marilyn Monroe is a babysitter with a few issues.  A great early Marilyn movie.


THE TRAILER:





Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, July 21st - 7:30pm

Director Damon Packard and cast in person!

From the Cinematheque website:

FOXFUR (2012; Directed by: Damon Packard)





This long-awaited film by mad underground auteur Damon Packard (REFLECTIONS OF EVIL) features a sweet but mentally unbalanced young woman obsessed with crystals, dolphins, Pleiadians, David Icke and Richard C. Hoagland. Soon she becomes increasingly disillusioned with New Age philosophy, in particular with the Billy Meier Pleiadian contacts, and is evicted from her room, forced into the insane outside world subject to the effects of "The Dead Zone,” where everything turns in circles and the true original experience of life no longer exists.


Followed by...

SPACEDISCO ONE (2007; Directed by: Damon Packard)





In this sequel of sorts to both LOGAN’S RUN and 1984, George Orwell's Winston Smith runs into the daughters of Logan 5 and Francis 7 as they're busy running amok in a park, shooting laser beams at one another. A roller-skating rink in space, “Battlestar Galactica” references and a Ministry of Truth (also known as Universal CityWalk) are all part of this psychedelic sci-fi odyssey.


Followed by the short...

LOST IN THE THINKING (2005; Directed by: Damon Packard)





In this HEARTS OF DARKNESS-style documentary, director Damon Packard, along with an art professor, an art therapist and a performance artist, brainstorm what their next project should be. Packard’s suggestion: HALLOWEEN 3 1/2.




THE TRAILER for FOXFUR:




THE TRAILER for SPACEDISCO ONE:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Sunday, July 22nd - 5:30pm

75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ART DIRECTOR'S GUILD

CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Michael Curtiz)




Errol Flynn, the most famous swashbuckler ever, in one of his best movies.  Both Flynn and Olivia De Havilland have this movie to thank for becoming full fledged movie stars.

THE TRAILER:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.


THE AERO - 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA  90403





Wednesday, July 18th - 7:30pm

The Cinematheque's series GRIT AND WHIMSY III: THE BEST OF RECENT BELGIAN CINEMA continues.

From the Cinematheque website:

LA FOLIE ALMAYER (2011; Directed by: Chantal Akerman)






Freely adapted from Joseph Conrad's first novel, Chantal Akerman's hypnotic drama follows a European trader's faded dreams of finding fortune in Malaysia, and his broken relationship with his half-Malay daughter. Gorgeously shot in the dense, lush jungle, the film showcases Akerman's aesthetic tendencies for long takes and docudrama-style spontaneity. Official selection of the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.


THE TRAILER:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Thursday, July 19th - 7:30pm

IN SPECTACULAR DIGITAL CINEMA: CLASSICS AND RESTORATIONS ON THE BIG SCREEN

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968, MGM; Directed by: Stanley Kubrick)




The Cinematheque is presenting a series of some of the biggest movies to ever come out of Hollywood.  These are movies that have defined cinema, and here we have one of the best - Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.

This is a movie you don't just see - you experience it.

THE TRAILER:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Friday, July 20 - 7:30pm

IN SPECTACULAR DIGITAL CINEMA: CLASSICS AND RESTORATIONS ON THE BIG SCREEN


CASABLANCA (1942, Warner Bros.; Directed by: Michael Curtiz)




The Hollywood classics continue with a movie that when being made was thought to be a throw away B movie, but came to define a studio and take its place among the list of most loved movies ever made.

If you've seen it before...well...Watch it Again Sam!

Followed by...

THE AFRICAN QUEEN (1951, Paramount; Directed by: John Huston)




Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn take on a Nazi gunboat with a rundown tub of a boat, and Bogart wins a Best Actor Academy Award.

Another beloved movie that should be viewed several times over.


THE TRAILER for CASABLANCA:




THE TRAILER for THE AFRICAN QUEEN:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Saturday, July 21st - 7:30pm

IN SPECTACULAR DIGITAL CINEMA: CLASSICS AND RESTORATIONS ON THE BIG SCREEN


CITIZEN KANE (1941, RKO Radio Pictures; Directed by: Orson Welles)




What can I possibly say about CITIZEN KANE that hasn't already been said?  It's cinema in its purest form.  There is a reason why this is cited as the best film ever made.  Go see it on the big screen and see why.


THE TRAILER:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.

Sunday, July 22nd - 4:00pm

IN SPECTACULAR DIGITAL CINEMA: CLASSICS AND RESTORATIONS ON THE BIG SCREEN


SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937, Walt Disney/RKO; Directed by: William Cottrell; David Hand; Wilfred Jackson; Larry Morey; Perce Pearce; Ben Sharpsteen)




The Walt Disney animated legacy began with this classic and revolutionary movie that like many of the other films listed above, defined a studio, a legacy and a genre.

The Blu-ray for this film is gorgeous, but I can't imagine how great this will look on the big screen.

A Link to THE TRAILER HERE.

Sunday, July 22nd - 7:30pm

IN SPECTACULAR DIGITAL CINEMA: CLASSICS AND RESTORATIONS ON THE BIG SCREEN


LAURA (1944, 20th Century Fox; Directed by: Otto Preminger)





A movie that is easily one of the most famous Film Noirs ever made, and a musical score that become legendary.  Otto Preminger's suspense of lust and murder is still as riveting today as it ever was.

Followed by...

BONJOUR TRISTESSE (1958, Columbia; Directed by: Otto Preminger)




This brand new restoration of another Otto Preminger classic gets its debut on the Cinematheque screen.  Partly in color, partly in black-and-white and all in Cinema-scope, this film about a teen (Jean Seberg) whose wealthy father (David Niven) decides to settle down with a repressed Deborah Kerr.


THE TRAILER for LAURA:




A CLIP from BONJOUR TRISTESSE:




Link to Information and Tickets HERE.