American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre Presents...
Making Movie History for 80 Years!

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Series compiled by Dennis Bartok (JIMMY SCOTT & IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD)
Special Thanks to:

MAD, MAD WORLD: Karen & Kat Kramer

HARRYHAUSEN: Seamus Walsh & Marc Caballero



Tickets available 30 days in advance. Tickets are $8 general admission unless noted otherwise.
Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.
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The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Randall Michelson. Detail of Egyptian Theatre Ceiling.

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Special Events & Limited Engagements: December


Tuesday, December 3 – 7:30 PM

Rescheduled Screening -- Jazz Vocal Legend Jimmy Scott & Filmmakers Matthew Buzzell and Brian Gerber In Person!!

JIMMY SCOTT: IF YOU ONLY KNEW, 2002, Celebrity Ashtray Prod., 77 min. Dir. Matthew Buzzell. For over five decades, jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott has amazed music lovers and his peers with his unique phrasing and radiant, almost angelic stage presence. IF YOU ONLY KNEW is a beautiful and affectionate portrait of Scott’s art and life -- from his mother’s tragic early death, his emergence as a major jazz artist in the 1950’s, through Scott’s missing years in the 1970’s, to his triumphant return in the last two decades. The film won the audience award at the Atlanta Film Festival. Jazz legend Jimmy Scott will introduce the screening. Discussion following with director/cinematographer Matthew Buzzell and producer Brian Gerber.

A book sale and author (David Ritz) signing of the new Jimmy Scott biography, Faith In Time: The Life of Jimmy Scott will take place following the screening.

Please note: if you have your ticket stub from the July 16th screening at the Egyptian, you will be admitted without charge to this show (but you must bring your ticket stub for admission!)


Wednesday, December 4 – 7:00 PM SOLD OUT (Any available tickets will be released at the door on a first come, first served basis.)

Special Cast & Crew Reunion -- Brand New 35 mm. Print!!

Stanley Kramer’s IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD, 1963, MGM/UA, 154 min.

Event Sponsored by MGM/UA and Turner Classic Movies.

Legendary producer/director Stanley Kramer’s (GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER, JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG) most beloved film features one of the greatest line-ups of comic talent ever assembled, including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Edie Adams, Spencer Tracy, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Dorothy Provine, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters, Don Knotts, Peter Falk, Terry-Thomas, Carl Reiner, Jerry Lewis and many more, in the story of a group of average, upstanding Americans who are given the key to locating $350,000 in stolen bank loot – and resort to every form of lying, deceit and double-crossing in their manic cross-country chase to retrieve it!! Our enormous thanks to MGM/UA for striking a brand-new 35 mm. print of the film (in stereo!) for this screening. Discussion following with actors Jonathan Winters, Sid Caesar (intro), Peter Falk Mickey Rooney, Edie Adams, Don Knotts, Madlyn Rhue, Marvin Kaplan, Jonathan Winters and Stan Freberg, editor Robert Jones, casting director Lynn Stalmaster, stunt man Loren Janes. Hosted by Karen Sharpe Kramer, wife of Stanley Kramer (schedules permitting). Special Ticket Price of $20.00 General, $18.00 Students/Seniors and $15.00 Cinematheque Members for this event.


Thursday, December 5 – 7:00 PM

"A One-Night Tribute To Ray Harryhausen!"
Please join us for a special in-person Tribute to one of the most acclaimed and admired visual effects artists in cinema history, Ray Harryhausen, whose work includes such fantasy classics as THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, JASON & THE ARGONAUTS, FIRST MEN IN THE MOON, THE VALLEY OF THE GWANGI and ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. First, Harryhausen will present the World Premiere of the short "The Tortoise And The Hare" (10 min.), a lovely, stop-motion animated fairytale for children which he began in 1952 -- and finished 50 years later with the help of two local animators, Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh!! Followed by a double-feature of two rarely-seen Harryhausen features, in newly restored 35 mm. prints courtesy of Columbia Pictures:
THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, 1974, Columbia, 104 min. Dir. Gordon Hessler. A rousing sequel to the classic 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD, GOLDEN VOYAGE follows our resourceful hero (played by John Phillip Law, from DANGER: DIABOLIK) as
he tries to solve the riddle of a mysterious occult map with the help of
heavenly Caroline Munro. Features some of Harryhausen's most imaginative "Dynamation" creations, highlighted by an astounding sword battle with a six-armed living statue.
THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, 1961, Columbia, 101 min. Based on Jules Verne's sequel to "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea," MYSTERIOUS ISLAND follows a group of Confederate prisoners during the Civil War who escape using an enemy balloon, only to find themselves blown off course to a remote island, populated by monstrous creatures and the enigmatic Captain Nemo (Herbert Lom) himself! Directed by Cy Endfield (ZULU, TRY AND GET ME) in a rare fantasy outing, with a superb score by maestro Bernard Herrmann. With Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan, Gary Merrill. Discussion between features with visual effects artist Ray Harryhausen and "The Tortoise & The Hare" animators Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh (schedules permitting).

There will also be an exhibit in the lobby of puppets, sets and glass slides used to make "The Tortoise and the Hare"


Tuesday, December 10 – 7:30 PM

25th Anniversary Celebration for Hollywood Book & Poster Company! New 35 mm. Print!!

Director John Flynn in-Person!

ROLLING THUNDER, 1977, MGM/UA, 99 min. Come help us celebrate the 25th Anniversary of a true Tinseltown institution, Hollywood Book & Poster Company, along with its much-loved staff of film fanatics headed by Eric Caidin and John Kantas - !! One of Paul Schrader’s earliest, most blistering scripts was faithfully realized by director John Flynn with this scorching revenge thriller (which later lent its name to Quentin Tarantino’s distribution company!) Vietnam War POW, Major Charles Rane (William Devane) returns to his Texas hometown to much acclaim -- but below the surface the cracks in his domestic life are showing. To make matters much worse, bandit killers steal his honorarium from the city, murder his family and leave him with one arm. Clawing his way back from near death, Devane grabs a gun, enlists the help of barely-sane army comrade Johnny (Tommy Lee Jones) and free spirit drifter Linda Haynes, to relentlessly track the murderers south of the border. A perfect blend of existential angst and pulse-pounding action movie. Plus, a classic 3 Stooges Comedy Short, courtesy of Columbia Pictures Repertory! Discussion following with director John Flynn and producer Larry Gordon.



Wednesday, December 11 -- 7:30 pm

Co-presented with the IDA.

Darren McInerney’s "Swell Life" (23 min, Beta). As the debate about public access to the California coastline rages on, we have this funny, fascinating documentary on the Southern California phenomenon of "locals only" surfing areas. Rick Castro’s "Plushies & Furries" (22 min, Beta). Incredible account of the subculture profiled in Vanity Fair last year about those who get off on wearing animal costumes and those who "love" their stuffed animals. Pamela Ezell’s "TV Dream Homes: The Drawings of Mark Bennett" (15 min, Beta). Moving film about artist Mark Bennett, who, beginning at the age of 11, drew intricate blueprints of the homes of some of the stalwart families we came to love as our own; The Nelson’s, The Ricardo’s, The Brady’s, The Munster’s, amongst many others. Bill Brown’s "Buffalo Common" (23 min, 16mm). As the director of one our favorite shorts, "Roswell", we are thriled to present his latest film; A hauntingly beautiful look at North Dakota as it empties of both humans and missile silos.

Darren McInerney ("Swell Life"), Rick Castro ("Plushies & Furries") and Pamela Ezell & Mark Bennett ("TV Dream Homes…") will appear for a post-screening Q & A.

A photo exhibit from "Plushies & Furries" will be on exhibit in the lobby.

IDA members receive the American Cinematheque member discount when a valid member card is shown at box office or on fax order. Program compiled by Andrew P. Crane.


Wednesday, December 18 - 7:00 PM

A Night At the Egyptian with Ray Liotta In-Person!

From his performance as a murderous ex-husband in SOMETHING WILD to his standout work as a rising young mobster in GOODFELLAS, to his stunning performance in the upcoming crime drama NARC, actor Ray Liotta has created a memorable gallery of intense, incendiary characters. Please join us for a special One-Night Tribute to Liotta, beginning with a Sneak Preview of his latest film as actor and producer:

NARC (2002, Paramount)  In homage to such classic films as THE FRENCH CONNECTION and SERPICO, writer/director Joe Carnahan's NARC explores the dark underbelly of the drug world with a compelling drama about the intense psyche behind those individuals called "narcs," undercover officers who put themselves on the front lines of the war against drugs. NARC tells the story of suspended undercover officer Nick Tellis (Jason Patric), who is reluctantly drawn back onto the force to find the truth behind the murder of a young police officer killed in the line of duty. He is teamed with Henry Oak (Ray Liotta), the slain officer's partner, a rogue cop who will stop at nothing to avenge his friend's death. Nominated for the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and winner of the Special Prize Policier Award at the Cognac Film Festival in France. Followed by a screening of:

DOMINICK AND EUGENE, 1988, MGM/UA, 111 min. Director Robert M. Young's poignant, much underrated drama stars Ray Liotta and Tom Hulce (AMADEUS) in a pair of equally wonderful performances as twin brothers in a working class Pittsburgh neighborhood, who find their close friendship tested when Liotta has to pursue medical training in another city, leaving his supportive, mentally-handicapped brother Hulce behind. With Jamie Lee Curtis.

Discussion between films with actor and producer Ray Liotta (schedule permitting).


December 19 - 25, 2002

Special 50th Anniversary Re-release! Digitally Restored Picture & Sound!!

Special Offer: Join the Cinematheque during the run of SINGIN' IN THE RAIN at the Dual Member level and get a 50th anniversary commemorative SINGIN' IN THE RAIN umbrella and poster! You must join in person. (Offer good while supply lasts)

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, 1952, MGM (Warner Bros. Classics), 102 min. Dirs. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. On a short list of the greatest screen musicals ever made, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN began with  legendary MGM producer Arthur Freed giving screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green a stack of songs he'd written early in his career (with partner Nacio Herb Brown) -- including "Broadway Melody", "You Are My Lucky Star," and the title song - and saying simply, weave a story around these. What emerged was a sublime marriage of song and dance, innocence and nostalgia, heart-tugging romanceand surreal comedy (especially in co-star Donald O'Connor's show-stopping "Make 'Em Laugh" routine.) Co-director Kelly shines as silent movie idol Don Lockwood, whose career (and leading lady, hilariously played by Jean Hagen) are imperiled by the coming of sound - until he hooks up with lovely ingenue Debbie Reynolds. The brilliant supporting cast includes Millard Mitchell, Douglas Fowley and the great Cyd Charisse, whose long-legged "Broadway Melody" ballet with Kelly nearly steals the show! For the 50th Anniversary of the film, Warner Bros. Classics has digitally restored the sound and picture of the film - resulting in arguably the most astonishingly beautiful SINGIN' ever seen!!

Barbara Freed Saltzman, daughter of MGM producer Arthur Freed will introduce the Thursday, December 19th show.

Thursday, December 19th - 7:15 PM and 9:30 PM

Friday, December 20th - 7:15 PM and 9:30 PM

Saturday, December 21st - 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 6:00 PM & 8:30 PM

Sunday, December 22nd -- 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 6:00 PM & 8:30 PM

Monday, December 23rd - 7:15 PM and 9:30 PM

Tuesday, December 24th - 5:00 PM and 7:30 PM

Wednesday, December 25th -- 3:30 PM, 6:00 PM & 8:30 PM


December 26, 2002 - Wednesday, January 1, 2003

Special One-Week Re-release!
Brand New 35 mm. Print!

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, 1981, Paramount, 115 min. Archaeologist Harrison Ford battles occult-obsessed Nazis and former girlfriend Karen Allen as he attempts to wrest the Ark of the Covenant from the lost Egyptian city of Tanis. Brilliant, non-stop adventure from director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas that mixes 1930's-style matinee thrills with the ominous threat of Hitler's henchmen controlling one of history's most powerful objects. With terrific support from Paul Freeman as Indy's suave nemesis Belloq, Ronald Lacey as the sinister Nazi officer Toht, and John Rhys-Davies as Indy's right-hand man Sallah. Imaginatively written by Lawrence Kasdan (based on Lucas and Philip Kaufman's original story), aided by a typically stirring John Williams score, one of his very best. Even if you've seen RAIDERS a dozen times - come back and see it again, in a gorgeous new 35 mm. print courtesy of Paramount Pictures!!

Thursday, December 26 - 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM

Friday, December 27 - 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM

Saturday, December 28 - 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM

Sunday, December 29 -- 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 6:00 PM & 8:30 PM

Monday, December 30 - 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM

Tuesday, December 31 - 7:30 PM

Wednesday, January 1, 2003 - 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM