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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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Tickets are $9 general admission unless noted otherwise.
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24-Hour Information: 323.466.FILM
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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 22 - 23, 2008 >>>

The Glorious World of Baz Luhrmann


This is an Aero Theatre exclusive!

Few directors have as immediately recognizable a style as Australian auteur Baz Luhrmann, who with only four films has established himself as one of the world’s premier visual stylists. After beginning in the theater, Luhrmann delighted audiences with the charming 1992 musical STRICTLY BALLROOM, a film whose success gave its director the resources for a much larger canvas on his subsequent project. That movie, Luhrmann’s 1996 ROMEO + JULIET, was a deliriously romantic and densely detailed love letter to the cinema, an explosion of light, color, editing and sound that found the perfect filmic language to convey the passion of teen romance. Luhrmann would take its experiments even further with MOULIN ROUGE in 2001, creating a musical unlike any other (and a Best Picture Oscar nominee). With its unconventional hybrid of musical styles and its giddy celebration of performance (exemplified in the dazzling portrayals by leads Nicole Kidman and Ewan Macgregor), MOULIN ROUGE redefined the modern Hollywood musical, bridging the classical periods of Busby Berkeley and Vincente Minnelli with the MTV era. Luhrmann’s latest, the epic AUSTRALIA, re-teams him with Kidman for what is sure to be another eye-popping, gloriously romantic vision. We’re thrilled to welcome director Baz Lurhmann at Aero Theatre for the a sneak preview of this film along with past Luhrmann favorites the way they were meant to be seen, on the big screen!



Saturday, November 22 – 7:30 PM SOLD OUT

Sneak Preview! AUSTRALIA, 2008, 20th Century Fox, TBD min. With his new film, set in the continent down under on the explosive brink of World War II, director Baz Luhrmann creates a cinematic experience that brings together romance, drama, adventure and spectacle. An English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) travels to the faraway country, where she meets a rough-hewn local (Hugh Jackman) and reluctantly agrees to join forces with him to save the land she inherited. Together, they embark upon a transforming journey across hundreds of miles of the world’s most beautiful yet unforgiving terrain, only to  face the bombing of the city of Darwin by the Japanese forces that attacked Pearl Harbor. Official Website Discussion following with Baz Luhrmann. American Cinematheque Members and those who join now at the Friend Level ($150.00) are eligible to buy tickets before the general public has the chance to for THE SOLOIST on Thursday, November 20th & AUSTRALIA on November 22nd, both at the Aero Theatre. You have until Oct 24th before we open ticket sales to the public. You may buy these tickets either in person at the Aero Theatre during box office hours or through our Members-Only phone line for Aero programs at 323.634-4878




Sunday, November 23 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

MOULIN ROUGE, 2001, 20th Century Fox, 127 min. Director Baz Luhrmann’s phantasmagorical musical has been hailed as one of the most visually inventive and wildly kinetic films in recent memory for its mixture of turn-of-the-century Parisian nightlife, late 20th century pop music (beautifully performed in the film by star-crossed lovers Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor) and astonishingly ornate production and costume design, courtesy of Catherine Martin. Trailer | Ebert Review

ROMEO + JULIET, 1996, 20th Century Fox, 120 min. Writer/director/producer Baz Luhrmann re-envisions the bard’s star-crossed lovers as Gen X gangsters, played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. The film’s retro-futuristic look with guns standing in for swords and Veracruz for the mythical Verona Beach, earned an Oscar nomination for production designers Catherine Martin and Brigitte Boch. Co-written by Craig Pearce, co-starring John Leguizamo, Paul Sorvino and Brian Dennehy, with original music by Radiohead and others. Trailer | Official Website