|Special Events in December:
Thursday, December 6 7:30 PM
Special Library of Congress Preservation Screening German
Expressonist Double Feature:
VARIETY (VARIETÉ), 1925, Paramount, 72 min. Dir. E.A.
Dupont. Emil Jannings (THE BLUE ANGEL), considered one of the great actors of the silent
era, stars as Boss Huller a former trapeze artist who abandons his wife and child for a
young vamp. He ends up behind bars telling his sad story to a prison warden after he
murders his mistress latest conquest. The original American release received a
number of censorship cuts that reduced the running time by half, but here the uncensored
version will be shown. VARIETY was skillfully shot by famed cinematographer Karl Freund,
whose career spanned filming features in Germany in the teens and twenties to American
television shows ("I Love Lucy" and "Our Miss Brooks") in the
fifties. Cinematographer Freund also went on to become a director himself, helming the
original THE MUMMY and MAD LOVE starring Peter Lorre. With English intertitles.
ASPHALT, 1929, 90 min. Dir. Joe May (THE INDIAN TOMB). A
beautiful jewel thief seduces the honest policeman who arrests her after a robbery. Betty
Amann and Gustav Frohlich (Freder in Fritz Langs METROPOLIS) star in what is
considered one of the last German Expressionist films of the era. The visual style
combined with the pulp narrative gives ASPHALT the feel of a film noir, the
Hollywood-created genre that became popular in the 1940s and was influenced by
German cinema of the 1920s. With English intertitles. Both
films will be presented with live piano accompaniment provided by Daniel Redfield. The new
book Silent Movies: The Birth Of Film And The Triumph Of Movie Culture by Peter
Kobel, with a foreword by Kevin Brownlow and a preface by Martin Scorsese, will be on sale
in the lobby. Christel Schmidt from the Library of Congress will be doing a live
introduction before the screening.
Sunday, December 9 2:00 PM
Memorial Tribute to Bob Clark
This screening made possible with a grant from the
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce & Iron Mountain Film and Sound Archive. With the support
of Hollywood & Highland
Join us for complimentary Hot Chocolate &
Music from the Justin Apergis Jazz Quartet in the Courtyard prior to the film!
A CHRISTMAS STORY, 1983,
Warner Bros, 94 min. Dir. Bob Clark. "A Tribute to the Original, Traditional,
One-Hundred-Percent, Red-Blooded, Two-Fisted, All-American Christmas..".
This nostalgic cult Christmas comedy, told from the perspective of
Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), focuses on his overwhelming desire to get "an
official Red Ryder, carbine-action, 200 shot range model air rifle", despite the fact
that all the adults around him tell him that it will "put his eye out!" He sets
out to convince everyone, especially his parents (Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon) that
this is the perfect Christmas gift. Not surprisingly, he runs into opposition. Features
the famous leg lamp and tongue-getting-stuck-on-the-pole scenes. With Scott Schwartz, Zack
Ward, Ian Petrella, R.D. Robb. Discussion following with music supervisor Carl Zittrer and production designer Reuben Freed. Zack Ward is
not able to attend as was previously announced. FREE ADMISSION!
First come, first served. Tickets on day
of event only. See more Holiday Movies at the Aero
& Egyptian this month!
Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December
Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour
11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
Hollywood history comes alive with our docent tours of the legendary 1922 Egyptian
theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Sid Grauman stage show with a visit
to the old dressing rooms and singers boxes, plus an exhibit of original furniture created
for the theatre. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth, discover the painstaking
restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood
history - and more! Tours are approximately one hour long and involve a fair amount of
walking. There are plenty of places to sit along the way and the main part of the theatre
is handicap accessible. Group Tours can
also be arranged.
Tuesday, December 11 7:30 PM
THE PIXAR STORY, (2007,
Pixar/Disney, 87 min.) Dir. Leslie Iwerks. Starting in the mid 1980s, an exceptional
and inspiring trio of innovators, John Lasseter, Ed Catmull and Steve Jobs, combined their
gifts in art, science and business to launch a whole new approach to making 3-D animated
films and ended up reshaping the face of filmmaking forever. In the new documentary film
THE PIXAR STORY, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Leslie Iwerks (director of THE HAND BEHIND THE
MOUSE-THE UB IWERKS STORY) takes viewers on a dramatic journey filled with personal
sacrifice and fueled by passionate belief in the possibilities of a new medium
illustrating how Pixar Animation Studios was born. The first in-depth look at the most
influential animation studio of its time, THE PIXAR STORY goes behind the scenes of
the groundbreaking company that pioneered a new generation of animated feature films.
Iwerks uses never-before-seen footage from the Pixar library, along with historic archival
animation and first hand accounts by animators, studio executives, directors, producers
and voice performers to chronicle the remarkable company that revolutionized an industry.
Includes exclusive interviews with some of the key players in the Pixar story including
John Lasseter, Ed Catmull, Steve Jobs, George Lucas, Michael Eisner, Bob Iger, Tom Hanks,
Billy Crystal, Tim Allen, Brad Bird and more. "
incisive and often inspiring story of a group of super talents for whom failure was not an
option." Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter Discussion following the screening with director Leslie Iwerks and Roy
Disney Jr. Moderated by animation critic Charles Solomon.
Thursday, December 13 8:00 PM
Egyptian Theatre 85th Anniversary
PAL JOEY, 1957, Columbia, 111 min. Dir. George Sidney.
Celebrating yet another film that played at the Egyptian on its initial release (50 years
ago!) Kim Novak stars alongside Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth in
this musical tale of showbiz romance. When "mousy" chorus girl Linda English
(Novak) holds out against the advances of womanizing crooner Joey Evans (Sinatra), his
interest in her increases ten-fold. Wealthy widow and financier Vera Simpson (Hayworth)
meets Joey and agrees to underwrite his private nightclub venture, but has a jealous
change of heart when she learns of his affections for the young Linda. A Kinoscope transfer of
KABC's 6 minute press preview coverage of the premiere of PAL JOEY will be shown prior to
the film. Featuring Frank Sinatra, Betty White, Harry Cohn & High O'Brien.