|Special Events in November:
Thursday, November 3 7:30 PM
ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT REELS!
This is the fifth annual collaboration between the American
Cinematheque and Flicker presenting 25 filmmakers with 25 new shorts shot on super 8mm
film. These "shoot to show" films are edited in camera and turned in to Flicker.
The night of the screening will be the first time even the filmmakers will get to see
their films. All of the filmmakers will be in attendance. All films are 3 minutes long so
there is literally something for all audiences in this program.
Friday, November 4 Wednesday November 9
Exclusive Re-release Engagement:
WINTER SOLDIER, 1972, 96 min. A
Milliarium Zero re-release. "You were supposed to feel sorry for the American
wounded, but you werent supposed to feel sorry for the enemy wounded or dead. And I
just felt sorry for the whole thing. But I guess that doesnt mean anything, just
feeling sorry about it." "If you killed someone and they said, How do you
know hes a VC?, the general reply was, Hes dead. And that was
sufficient." "The next morning I went and looked at my five friends that were
dead. I pulled the sheet off them and I looked at them real close. And then I said, this
is really real. Someone wants to really kill me." In February 1971, one month
after the revelations of the My Lai massacre, a public inquiry into war crimes committed
by American forces in Vietnam was held at a Howard Johnson motel in Detroit. Vietnam
Veterans Against the War organized this event called the Winter Sodier Investigation with
support from Jane Fonda and Mark Lane. More than 125 veterans spoke of atrocities they had
witnessed and committed. Though the event was attended by press and television news crews
almost nothing was reported to the American public. Yet, this unprecedented forum marked a
turning point in the anti-war movement. It was a pivotal moment in the lives of young vets
from around the country who participated, including the young John Kerry. The Winter
Soldier Investigation changed him and his comrades forever. Their courage in testifying,
their desire to prevent further atrocities and to regain their own humanity, provide a
dramatic intensity that makes the film an unforgettable experience. A collective of
filmmakers - Frederick Aronow, Nancy Baker, Joe Bangert, Rhetta Barron, Robert Fiore,
David Gillis, David Grubin, Jeff Holstein, Barbara Jarvis, Al Kaupas, Barbara Kopple, Mark
Lenix, Michael Lesser, Lee Osborne, Lucy Massie Phenix, Roger Phenix, Benay Rubenstein,
Nancy Miller Saunders and Michael Weil - recorded the event, and produced this
extraordinary documentary. Acclaimed at film festivals around the world, the film was
rejected as too incendiary by U.S. television and played only on New York's local public
television station, WNET. Since then, only a few screenings by the filmmakers have kept
the legacy alive until now. Surely one of the most visceral and powerful films ever
made about the war in Vietnam (the graphic descriptions of combat will be familiar to
anyone whos seen APOCALYPSE NOW or THE DEER HUNTER), WINTER SOLDIER demands to be
seen now, given the current political and military situation the United States is faced
6 Nights Only:
Friday, November 4 7:30 & 9:30 PM
Saturday, November 5 2:00, 7:30 & 9:30 PM
Sunday, November 6 2:00, 5:00 & 7:30 PM
Monday, November 7 7:30 & 9:30 PM [Spielberg theatre]
Tuesday, November 8 7:30 & 9:30 PM
Wednesday, November 9 7:30 & 9:30 PM
Thursday, November 10 7:30 PM
Alternative Screen Independent Film Showcase
Special Presentation of selections from
the Woodstock Film Festival
THE AMERICAN RULING CLASS,
2005, 100 min., USA. Dir. John Kirby. Frustrated with the traditional documentary form,
the filmmakers made the first ever dramatic-documentary-musical satire, turning to the
likes of Robert Altman, Kurt Vonnegut, Barbara Ehrenreich, James A. Baker III and Walter
Cronkite to answer the question, "Who rules America?" Filmmakers
will be present for post-screening Q&A.
JANE RUSSELL IN-PERSON TRIBUTE
This event is co-presented with the Hollywood
Foreign Press Association as part of the ongoing 'Legendary Performers Series'
November 12 at The Egyptian Theatre
November 13 at The Aero Theatre
Born in 1921 in Bemidji, Minnesota, from middle-class origins, Jane
Russell had to give up her initial dreams of becoming a designer to go to work to help
support her family after her fathers death. Occasionally modeling on the side and
managing to attend drama school in her free time, Russell was eventually signed by Howard
Hughes (alhough the rumor is Hughes discovered her at his dentists, working as a
receptionist!). Right from the start, with her scandalous debut as Billy the Kids
voluptuous moll in Hughes THE OUTLAW (a film shot in 1941 but held up for release
until 1946 due to censorship problems), Jane Russell remains one of the most
legendary performers to ever emerge from the 1940s-1950s era of tinseltown. More
indelible celluloid portraits followed in the wake of the racy Hughes western, from
friendly sparring with pals, Robert Mitchum (in noirs like HIS KIND OF WOMAN and MACAO)
and Bob Hope (in comedies like THE PALEFACE and SON OF PALEFACE), through her
spectacular, unforgettable pairing with Marilyn Monroe in Howard Hawks GENTLEMEN
PREFER BLONDES to later pictures such as THE REVOLT OF MAMIE STOVER and THE
FUZZY PINK NIGHTGOWN. Even at the beginning of the new millenium, Jane Russell still
prevails as the epitome of the sexy, tough-talking, independent, but warmly-good-natured
dame. We are very excited to welcome Ms. Russell to this
in-person tribute at the American Cinematheques Egyptian and Aero Theatres!
Please join us for this ongoing series sponsored by
the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a rare opportunity for Los Angeles audiences to
see the finest work by some of the leading performers of international and American
cinema, and to hear these actors and actresses discuss their craft in a relaxed and
Special Thanks: Schawn Belston, Chip Blake & Caitlin
Robertson/20th CENTURY FOX; Cary Haber/CRITERION PICTURES.
Saturday, November 12 7:30 PM
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, 1953,
20th Century Fox, 91 min. Dir. Howard Hawks. Twin bombshells Jane
Russell and Marilyn Monroe wreak havoc on the male libido in this classic Howard
Hawks farce of two nightclub singers set loose onboard a Paris-bound luxury liner.
Jane and Marilyn show their gift for flawless comic timing in every scene and their
musical duets together, including "Two Little Girls From Little Rock" and
"Bye Bye Baby", are simply priceless.
THE REVOLT OF MAMIE STOVER, 1956,
20th Century Fox, 92 min. Dir. Raoul Walsh. Female empowerment,
1950s-style, with Jane Russell shimmying across the cinemascope screen as bad
girl, Mamie Stover. Kicked out of 1941 San Francisco only to arrive in Hawaii shortly
before the bombing at Pearl Harbor, and landing a job at Agnes Mooreheads swanky
dance-hostess hangout, The Bungalow Club, Mamie continues her budding shipboard romance
with writer, Jim Blair (Richard Egan). The couple agree to tie the knot when he returns
from wartime service, but on condition she curtail her free-swinging lifestyle. But
complications ensue when Mamies ambitions get the better of her. Keep your eyes
peeled for Russells sizzling "Keep Your Eyes On The Hands" hula number. Discussion between films with legendary actress Jane Russell.
Sunday, November 13 6:00 PM
On set with French Cinema: Sneak Preview!
HOLY LOLA, 2004, Little Bear, 128 min.
Director Bertrand Taverniers latest follows a French couple (Jacques Gamblin,
Isabelle Carre) who are unable to have children and voyage to Cambodia to adopt a baby.
What they find there challenges their preconceptions about life outside their safe, middle
class existence and gives them an insight into the ills of third world countries. They
encounter corruption and confusion as well as the human wreckage from years under the rule
of the Khmer Rouge, and the consequent legions of orphans left in an exploited
humanitys wake. Discussion following with director
American Cinematheque Members at the Friend ($150.00) level or above
may have 1 or 2 free tickets to this screening while they last. Please call 323/461-2020,
ext 113 to rsvp.
Tuesday, November 15 - 7:00 PM JIM JARMUSCH IN PERSON
In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the American Cinematheques monthly
Independent Film Showcase, The Alternative Screen, we are pleased to honor filmmaker Jim
Jarmusch, whose 1984 film STRANGER THAN PARADISE set the tone for the decade of
independent filmmaking that followed.
BROKEN FLOWERS, 2005, 106 min., Focus Features.
Winner, Grand Prix, 2005 Cannes International Film Festival. In acclaimed writer/director
Jim Jarmuschs latest film, Bill Murray stars as resolutely single Don Johnston. An
anonymous pink letter informing him that he has a 19-year-old son, sends him on a
cross-country trek to seek clues from former flames Frances Conroy, Jessica Lange, Sharon
Stone, and Tilda Swinton.
STRANGER THAN PARADISE, 1984, 89 min. This
deadpan comedy became one of the most influential films of the 1980s "casting a
wide shadow over the new generation of independent American filmmakers to come...its style
is minimalism itself, but the post-beatnik cool of John Lurie, Richard Edson and Eszter
Balint somehow betrays the fact that they care about each other, and a loopy charm and
subtle but potent humor seeps through the film's stark black-and-white images -- Mark
Deming, All Movie Guide Discussion between films
with Writer/Director Jim Jarmusch. Actor Bill Murray will join Jarmusch to discuss BROKEN
FLOWERS and Actor Richard Edson will join Jarmusch to discuss STRANGER THAN PARADISE.
Wednesday, November 16 - 7:30 PM
OF COMEDY (2005, 103 min., USA) offers a raw, behind-the-scenes look at a
group of cutting edge comedians. A crew of documentary filmmakers follow stand-up
veteran Patton Oswalt ("King of Queens," SEE THIS MOVIE) and
fellow comics Brian Posehn ("Just Shoot Me," DEVILS REJECTS,
"Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic"), Zach Galifianakis and Maria
Bamford (BARNYARD (voice)) on The Comedians of Comedy Tour. Rather than tour
conventional comedy clubs, the group tours indie rock venues across America in an effort
to bring alternative comedy to audiences nationwide. Directed by Michael Blieden,
the film offers a mixture of performance clips and behind-the-scenes footage.
The producers of the film are DJ Paul and Ted Sarandos. Executive
Producers are Patton Oswalt and Michael Blieden. Co-Producers are David Rath and Cindy
Holland. The Director of Photography is Brandon Hickman. The editor is Editor is Michael
Blieden. Music is by Michael Penn.
Writer/Actor Michael Blieden starred in and co-wrote Bob "Mr.
Show" Oedenkirks feature directorial debut, MELVIN GOES TO DINNER. Free to
members. RSVP with your name, name of the event and member number to: email@example.com
PLAYTIME: A TRIBUTE TO JACQUES TATI
Thursday, November 17 & Saturday, November 19 at The Aero
Friday, November 25 Sunday, November 27 at The Egyptian
With the support of the French Film & TV Department of the
French Consulate, Los Angeles.
Come join us in recognizing and celebrating one of the greatest
movie comics of the 20th Century.
Special Thanks: Sarah Finklea/JANUS FILMS and the French
Consulate, Los Angeles.
Friday, November 25 Sunday, November 27
With the support of the French Film & TV
Department of the French Consulate, Los Angeles.
3 Nights Only! In Glorious 70 mm.!!
PLAYTIME, 1967, Janus Films, 126 min.
Dir. Jacques Tati. If you missed our previous sold-out screenings, this may
be your last chance to see the fully restored Jacques Tati masterpiece PLAYTIME,
which was conceived originally as a 70mm viewing experience, then lost for over 30 years
(there were only 35mm prints left of a cut version), and finally rescued by Tati's
daughter Sophie Tatischeff and Jerome Deschamps. Monsieur Hulot must contact an American
official in Paris, but he gets lost in a stylish maze of modern architecture filled with
the latest technical gadgets. Caught in a tourist invasion, Hulot roams around Paris with
a group of American tourists, causing chaos in his usual manner. The star of the film: the
city built by Tati and called Tativille/Taticity. From surprise to surprise, its an
exquisite and divine experience! François Truffaut, writing to Jacques Tati about
PLAYTIME, said simply, "A film from another planet."
Friday, November 25 7:00 & 9:30 PM
Saturday, November 26 2:00, 7:00 & 9:30 PM
Sunday, November 27 5:00 & 7:30 PM