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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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Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.

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Tickets are $10 general admission unless noted otherwise.
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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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<< November 30 - December 2, 2007 >>>

Legendary Performer: Lauren Bacall In-Person Retrospective


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This series is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!


This event is made possible with a grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

From her stunning debut opposite Humphrey Bogart in Howard Hawks’s TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT to her collaborations with Vincente Minnelli, Sidney Lumet, Douglas Sirk and now Paul Schrader, Lauren Bacall has amassed a body of work whose excellence is exceeded only by its breadth. Her combination of classical Hollywood glamour with modern wit and sex appeal has made films like KEY LARGO and THE BIG SLEEP enduring classics, and her talent continues to resonate in important contemporary films like DOGVILLE and MANDERLAY. The Aero will celebrate Bacall with an in-person appearance and a sneak preview of her latest release, THE WALKER, as well as screenings of masterpieces including THE BIG SLEEP and MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.



Friday, November 30 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, 1944, Warner Bros., 100 min. Dir. Howard Hawks. Lauren Bacall’s screen debut opposite Humphrey Bogart is one of the wittiest romances ever made, as well as a rousing Hawks adventure film. Bogie is a cynical fisherman in a French colonial port who tries to keep his nose out of WWII until Bacall wins his heart and awakens his idealism. Co-starring Walter Brennan as Bogie’s rum-soaked sidekick.

THE BIG SLEEP, 1946, Warner Bros., 114 min. Dir. Howard Hawks. The second of the Bacall-Bogart-Hawks collaborations turns Raymond Chandler’s acidic novel into a surprisingly exuberant piece of escapist entertainment. Packed with quotable lines (courtesy not only of Chandler but screenwriters William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, and Jules Furthman) and colorful supporting players (including Dorothy Malone and Elisha Cook Jr.), it’s both an elaborately plotted detective story and a breezy (and hilarious) romantic comedy. Bogart is sardonic private eye Philip Marlowe and Bacall is the fast, funny, and very sexy daughter of his wealthy and mysterious client.



Saturday, December 1 – 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview:

THE WALKER, 2007, THINKFilm, 108 min. Dir. Paul Schrader. A contemporary drama set in Washington, D.C., THE WALKER centers around Carter Page (Woody Harrelson), a well-heeled and popular socialite who serves as confidant, companion, and card partner to some of the capitol’s leading ladies, including Lauren Bacall, Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily Tomlin. These pampered women are married to the most powerful men in America, and when their husbands are too busy running the country to attend to their wives, they turn to their "gay best friend," Carter, for warmth, wit, and wisdom. Carter’s loyalty is tested when his dearest friend (Scott Thomas) finds herself on the brink of a scandal that could destroy her reputation and her husband’s career. Offering to cover for her, Carter suppresses incriminating evidence, only to find himself the chief suspect in a criminal investigation. Suddenly, this well-connected man-about-town is a pariah, hounded by the police and forced to find the true culprit to clear his name. More importantly, he must re-examine whether it is important to be accepted by a society based on betrayal, hypocrisy, and corruption. A tale of moral redemption that takes the form of a mystery-thriller, THE WALKER is the third part of Schrader’s "lonely man" trilogy that began with AMERICAN GIGOLO (1980) and also includes LIGHT SLEEPER (1992). Actress Lauren Bacall will not be able to appear in person as was previously announced. She will be sending commentary in the form of a taped interview (created especially for this event) that will be shown at the screenings.



Sunday, December 2 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

KEY LARGO, 1948, Warner Bros., 101 min. Dir. John Huston. Humphrey Bogart is Frank McCloud, a down-on-his-luck veteran visiting the father (Lionel Barrymore) and sister (Lauren Bacall) of his dead WWII buddy at their Florida Keys hotel just as a hurricane is about to hit. To make matters worse, on-the-run mobster Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) has decided to lay low there with his moll (Claire Trevor) and henchmen (among them, evil Thomas Gomez) while waiting to abscond to Cuba. One of Huston’s finest films, based on Maxwell Anderson’s stage play.

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, 1974, Paramount, 128 min. Dir. Sidney Lumet. Lauren Bacall joins one of the most astonishing casts in film history -- a cast that includes Ingrid Bergman, Albert Finney, Sean Connery and Richard Widmark, among many others -- for this delightful Agatha Christie adaptation. The meticulous and intricate story, which follows Hercule Poirot’s (Finney) investigation of the title crime aboard a luxury train, is a pretext for director Lumet to offer up a glorious tribute to old-fashioned Hollywood glamour. Actress Lauren Bacall will not be able to appear in person as was previously announced. She will be sending commentary on the films in the series, in the form of a taped interview (created especially for this event) that will be shown at the screenings.