|Special Events in February:Please check this page
before coming to the theatre to make sure that scheduled events will take place as
planned. Tickets are only available at the door, the day of an event. Some events will
repeat at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
Thursday, February 24 7:30 PM
VALMONT, 1989, MGM/UA, 137 min.
Director Milos Formans stingingly sharp and tragically poignant adaptation of
the 18th century classic novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Annette
Bening is a standout as the too-cynical and-coldhearted-for-her-own-good Marquise de
Merteuil and Colin Firth superb as the Vicomte de Valmont, a worldly decadent
shattered when he realizes he actually has a heart capable of breaking. Meg Tilly is
touchingly memorable as vulnerable Madame de Tourvel, the young woman they inadvertently
Due to unforeseen technical difficulties, the Cinematheque was
not able to show the full version of VALMONT on January 9 -- This is the promised
re-scheduled screening. An Aero Theatre Exclusive!
Friday, February 25 7:30 PM
Double Feature -- Françoises Screen
Revered French film critic Francoise Audé tragically passed away in
early January in France. In film journal Positif, pertaining to her passion for
cinema, Françoise wrote about her fixation on two images of women at opposite ends of the
spectrum: Emmanelle Riva in HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, representing the dignity of the
intellectual, an exemplary prototype of an autonomous woman fully emerged in the
collective adventure; and Brigitte Bardot in ...AND GOD CREATED WOMAN, representing the
insolence of individual conduct prone to self-destructive provocation. She also mentioned
her devotion to Louise Brooks, the person and the myth. An occasion to revisit powerful
images of women on screen, these screenings are dedicated to my friend and teacher, a
salute to an amazing woman. Gwen Deglise
HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR, 1959,
New Yorker Films, 91 min. A one-night stand between a young French actress (Emmanuelle
Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) brings back the memory of Riva's
first impossible love in wartime France, her intense pain at the death of her German
lover, and her punishment for sexual collaboration with the enemy. Brilliantly written by Marguerite
Duras, Resnais first feature remains a high point in French cinema of the
1950s, and one of the most devastating love stories ever put on film. "Once
you've seen HIROSHIMA it becomes impossible to make movies the way you used to"
-- Francois Truffaut.
...AND GOD CREATED WOMAN (ET
DIEU...CRÉA LA FEMME), 1956, 95 min. French director Roger Vadims
audaciously sexy feature film debut not only puts him on the map here in America, but the
saucy young starlet Brigitte Bardot as well. Bardot is Juliette, an earthy
neerdowell involved with two brothers (Jean-Louis Trintignant, Christian
Marquand) and, for good measure, older Curt Jurgens, something that causes escalating
dissension and chaos. An Aero Theatre Exclusive!