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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street in Santa Monica

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Series compiled by: Gwen Deglise with the assistance of Grant Moninger and Pauline Pallier.

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Special Thanks to:  Amy Lewin/MGM REPERTORY, Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS; Paul Ginsburg/UNIVERSAL; Emily Horn/PARAMOUNT; Sarah Finklea/ JANUS FILMS; Marie Bonnel; Martine Boutrolle; Janine Dneuf/MAE.


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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 newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Barry Gerber. Aero Theatre (c) 2004.

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<< September 20 - 24, 2006 >>>

Teens on Screen


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This series is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!


Ah, teenagers! We all remember with varying degrees of nostalgia and dread what it was like in those oh-so-formative years, that awkward, sometimes fun, sometimes alienating age when we stressed over dawning sexuality, driving our parents’ car, school, individuality, and shamelessly reveled in rebellion for its own sake. Herewith is a cinematic catalogue of just a few vastly divergent portholes into the world of the teenager – the tragic rites of passage of REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, the struggle against peer pressure of THE RIVER’S EDGE and THE CHOCOLATE WAR, the carefree, yet bittersweet exhilaration of George Lucas’ AMERICAN GRAFFITI and John Hughes’ FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF and THE BREAKFAST CLUB and the transition from childhood to adolescence in Francois Truffaut’s THE 400 BLOWS and SMALL CHANGE.



Wednesday, September 20 – 7:30 PM

REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, 1955, Warner Bros., 111 min. Director Nicholas Ray’s awesome, mythic saga of teen disobedience and alienation in 1950’s America made James Dean and co-star Natalie Wood instant cultural icons. Ray’s use of color and the Cinemascope screen remains groundbreaking to this day, rivaling Hitchcock for striking frame compositions and audacious symbolism. "I had a big crush on James Dean ... I remember going with my schoolgirl friends to see EAST OF EDEN like 15 times!" - Natalie Wood.



Thursday, September 21 – 7:30 PM

RIVER'S EDGE, 1986, MGM Repertory, 99 min. Director Tim Hunter and writer Neal Jimenez' tale of disaffected teens who are tainted by either knowledge or complicity in a young girl’s murder, hits as hard today as it did 20 years ago. A smart, literate, fearless movie chock- full of amazing performances, from conscience-stricken Keanu Reeves, to visably damaged psychotic adult Dennis Hopper, to crazed and mesmerizing Crispin Glover, to the heart of the picture, a dull-eyed, empty-headed "Samson" of a man played by Daniel Roebuck.

THE CHOCOLATE WAR, 1988, MGM Repertory, 100 min. A triumphant return of one of the most criminally overlooked movies of the 1980's! This dazzling directorial debut by actor Keith Gordon (MOTHER NIGHT, SINGING DETECTIVE), is based on the book by Robert Cormier and compares favorably with J.D. Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye and Lindsay Anderson’s IF… for depicting the often surreal absurdity of boarding school life. Ilan Mitchell-Smith is a student who resists headmaster Brother John’s (John Glover) orders to participate in a school-wide chocolate-selling fundraiser. He consequently incurs the wrath of the students’ fascist secret society run by Wallace Langham and Adam Baldwin who go to ridiculous lengths to break his will. Yaz and Peter Gabriel combine for one of the most haunting soundtracks of all time. Discussion in between films with producers Sarah Pillsbury and Midge Sanford (RIVER’S EDGE), actor Daniel Roebuck and director Keith Gordon (CHOCOLATE WAR).



Friday, September 22 – 7:30 PM

AMERICAN GRAFFITI, 1973, Universal, 110 min. In the middle of the Vietnam and Nixon-obsessed days of the early 70’s, director George Lucas and producer Francis Ford Coppola switched gears radically with this tender, nostalgic look at drive-ins, drag-races and the death of doo-wop in a northern California town in 1962. Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul LeMat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, MacKenzie Phillips and Harrison Ford head a cast of almost complete newcomers, in one of the most purely personal (and phenomenally successful) films of the entire New Hollywood.




Saturday, September 23 – 7:30 PM

20th Anniversary! Brand New Print!

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF,1986, Paramount, 102 min. Dir. John Hughes. The most hectic day-in-the-life ever! A template for faking illness, resurrecting your neurotic best friend (Alan Ruck), extracting your girlfriend from school (Mia Sara), computer-hacking, pre-recorded doorbell messages, sleeping-in-bed body doubles and much more! Not just the story of a kid skipping school, but a hymn to transcending mundane reality as Ferris Bueller seeks and reaches happiness outside the obsessively restrictive world of adults (embodied in the hilarious Jeffrey Jones). Matthew Broderick reigns as the king of slacker cool in Hughes’most blatantly teen comedy.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB, 1985, Universal, 97 min. Director John Hughes’ 1980’s string of teenage comedy-dramas reached its apex with this study of five misfit kids (Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall) meeting and talking about themselves as they undergo a daylong Saturday detention. With the Simple Minds’ big hit, "Don’t You Forget About Me." Discussion in between films with actors Jeffrey Jones and Alan Ruck (FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF) Schedule permitting.




Sunday, September 24 – 6:30 PM

Double Feature:

400 BLOWS (LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS), 1959, Janus Films, 99 min. Simple and visually powerful, the first story of Antoine Doinel is also François Truffaut’s autobiography. It marked the beginning of a prolific collaboration with young actor, Jean-Pierre Leaud. One of the most beautiful movies ever made showcases the loneliness of youth with rare authenticity. Coming a year before Jean-Luc Godard’s BREATHLESS, it was an auspicious debut for French cinema’s burgeoning Nouvelle Vague, or New Wave.

SMALL CHANGE, (L’ARGENT DE POCHE), 1976, 104 min. Patrick befriends Julien, Sylvie rebels against her parents, a toddler falls from a window. There’s no real plot in this comedy drama that explores childhood in director François Truffaut’s signature, purely humanistic style. Filmed in a small town in the South of France with a non-professional cast, each vignette is seen from the point of view of a child. The story unfolds like a poem and slowly but sharply draws the line between children who come from loving families and children who don’t. Truffaut claims again "Life is hard, but it’s wonderful."