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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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Compiled by: Gwen Deglise with the assistance of Grant Moninger. Some program notes by Jimmy Hemphill.

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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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<< August 9 - 12, 2007 >>>

Fantasy, Horror & Sci Fi Weekend


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Screenings in this series also take place at the Egyptian Theatre, August 2 - 26!


Shake the summer heat with this fascinating weekend of sci-fi and fantasy genre favorites (including the original PLANET OF THE APES, its sequel, BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES and a Richard Donner double bill of LADYHAWKE and THE GOONIES) and new films (Jim Hemphill’s BAD REPUTATION, Takashi Okazaki’s AFRO SAMURAI and Erik Nelson’s documentary-work-in-progress, DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH about legendary sci-fi scribe Harlan Ellison).



Thursday, August 9 – 7:30 PM

An Evening with Harlan Ellison (Screening of a work in progress.):

DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH, 2007, 95 min. Harlan Ellison may be the greatest "unknown" writer of our times. Like Ray Bradbury and Kurt Vonnegut, Ellison’s work was originally shunted into the literary ghetto of "sci-fi," but Ellison and his work now defines his own genre, which is as unique as its creator. Twenty-five years in the making, DREAMS WITH SHARP TEETH is a literary documentary that brings Harlan Ellison, his magnetic personality and amazing work to life, with appearances from Robin Williams and author Neil Gaiman. Directed by the producer of GRIZZLY MAN, Erik Nelson, it features an original score composed and performed by Richard Thompson. Discussion following with author Harlan Ellison, moderated by director Erik Nelson.



Friday, August 10 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

PLANET OF THE APES, 1968, 20th Century Fox, 119 min. Dir. Franklin Schaffner. One of the greatest modern sci-fi films, a combination of apocalyptic action and evolutionary parable. Astronaut Taylor (Charlton Heston) finds himself stranded on a strangely-familiar world; dominated by a race of highly-intelligent gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans. Featuring amazingly-realistic monkey make-up by John Chambers, and a superb script by Rod Serling and Michael Wilson, based on Pierre Boulle’s acclaimed novel. Co-starring Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans.

BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES, 1970, 20th Century Fox, 94 min. Three years before he directed the most somber of the DIRTY HARRY sequels MAGNUM FORCE, reliable craftsman Ted Post took a similar approach to the second -- and scariest -- entry in the PLANET OF THE APES franchise. Astronaut Brent (James Franciscus), on a rescue mission looking for Taylor (Charlton Heston), finds himself caught between apes determined to wipe out humanity and a subterranean cult of H bomb-worshipping mutants. It’s a premise that leaves little room for hope, but Post energizes the material with riveting action sequences. The result is an underrated combination of stylish adventure and bleak philosophy that seems timelier than ever in its examination of man’s terrifying potential for self-annihilation. Co-starring Kim Hunter, Linda Harrison, Maurice Evans.



Saturday, August 11 – 7:30 PM

Director Richard Donner In-Person - Double Feature:

THE GOONIES, 1985, Warner Bros., 114 min. Dir. Richard Donner. In a desperate attempt to save their homes from greedy real estate developers, a group of young misfits (LORD OF THE RINGS’ Sean Astin, Ke Huy Quan of INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM, Martha Plimpton and Corey Feldman) embark upon a daring adventure that somehow weaves dirt bikes, bank robbers, pirate maps, James Bond-esque gadgetry, Joe Pantoliano, and super-powered mutant named Sloth into a fantastically fast paced movie that will make you miss the '80's! Also featuring Josh Brolin (GRINDHOUSE) and former L.A. Raider John Matuszak. A classic story by Steven Spielberg and screenplay by Chris Columbus (GREMLINS) that does not talk down to kids. With great use of the timeless Max Steiner score from THE ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN.

LADYHAWKE, 1985, Warner Bros., 121 min. Dir. Richard Donner. Rutger Hauer is perfectly cast as dashing knight Etienne Navarre and Michelle Pfeiffer as his beautiful true love Lady Isabeau. Navarre is cursed to take the form of a hawk by day. When Navarre rescues a young thief named Mouse (Matthew Broderick), events are set in motion that will bring justice to the wicked and reunite the cursed lovers in this enthralling medieval epic. Great supporting work by veteran actor Leo McKern as Father Imperius the Monk, and a very young Alfred Molina. Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro makes stunning use of the Italian locations and The Alan Parsons Project-produced rock score, some thought dated at the time, actually ages quite nicely. Discussion in between films with director Richard Donner (schedule permitting).



Sunday, August 12 – 4:30 PM

BAD REPUTATION, 2007, Winning Edge Partners, 90 min. When shy high school student Michelle Rosen (Angelique Hennessy in an award-winning performance) catches the eye of popular jock Aaron (Jerad Anderson), she thinks her life is about to change. She’s right - but not in the way she had hoped. After Aaron and his friends make Michelle’s life a living hell and brand her as the "school slut," she decides to use her bad reputation to her advantage and turns the tables on her tormentors. Writer-director Jim Hemphill’s horror film is a love letter to both 1970’s revenge flicks and 1980’s John Hughes teen movies, as well as a darkly comic satire on sexual politics. Discussion following with writer/director Jim Hemphill, producers Christopher Landers and T.W. Porrill, actors Angelique Hennessy, Jerad Anderson and Danielle Noble, and other guests.



Sunday, August 12 – 7:30 PM

Los Angeles Premiere!

AFRO SAMURAI, 2006, Takashi OKazaki, Gonzo/Samurai Project/FUNimation, 125 min (5 episodes). This classic samurai story, with a revolutionary animation style and hip-hop flavor, tells the tale of a black swordman set in a futuristic, yet feudal, Japan who is on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father. Samuel L. Jackson voices the title role of "Afro," a mysterious warrior who travels a solitary path encountering a myriad of enemies, friends and challenges beyond imagination. Renowned rap artist & producer RZA provides the original soundtrack for the series. The cast also includes Ron Perlman as "Justice," a lightning quick gunfighter, responsible for the death of Afro’s father and Kelly Hu as "Okiku," a seductively beautiful girl and healing arts expert. The concept was created by graphic designer/illustrator Takashi "Bob" Okazaki, and the series is a creative collaboration between Jackson (executive producer), Okazaki, and Japanese animation company Gonzo. Discussion following with producer Eric Calderon.