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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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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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<<< October 11 & 12, 2008 >>>

In Person Tribute to Actress Leslie Caron


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This series is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!



Presented in association with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and Santa Monica Puppetry Center

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French actress and dancer Leslie Caron began her career as a ballerina before Gene Kelly discovered her and danced opposite her in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS in 1951. Caron followed that auspicious debut with a series of beloved musicals that include DADDY LONG LEGS, LILI, and GIGI, and she tackled more serious roles in films such as THE L-SHAPED ROOM, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. In the decades following her stint as an MGM leading lady, Caron has never ceased working, giving stellar turns in European art house films (DAMAGE, VALENTINO) and contemporary comedies like FUNNY BONES and LE DIVORCE. In 2007, continuing her string of acclaimed performances, she received an Emmy for her guest appearance on LAW AND ORDER: SVU.

The Cinematheque is thrilled to welcome legendary performer Leslie Caron to the Aero Theatre for a special screening of LILI, the 1953 MGM puppet-themed musical. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will present an in-person tribute to Leslie Caron with a special screening of GIGI and Ms. Caron will be the guest of honor at the inaugural Santa Monica Puppetry Festival with "A Celebration of Puppetry," an all-star stage show starring Mallory Lewis with Lambchop.



Saturday, October 11 – 7:30 PM

Live Puppet Show! A CELEBRATION OF PUPPETRY (approx. 90 min) Star Mallory Lewis has continued to give life to hand puppet Lambchop, made popular by her late mother, famed children’s television entertainer Shari Lewis. Mallory will be joined by three marionette legends: Bob Baker, Tony Urbano and Rene Zendejas. Special highlights will include Leslie Caron, star of LILI and an audience sing-along of the Academy Award-winning "Hi Lili, Hi Lo." The original puppets from the film also will be part of this rare evening. The inaugural Santa Monica Puppetry Festival is a weeklong festival including shows for children, a tribute to the late Paul Winchell, a puppet exhibit and performances by ventriloquist Dan Horn and Phillip Huber, the master marionette artist, whose work was featured in the 1999 film BEING JOHN MALKOVICH.  Ticket Prices: General $45, Student/Senior $43, Members $40.



Sunday, October 12 – 7:30 PM

LILI, 1953, Warner Bros., 81 min. Orphan Leslie Caron joins a carnival and falls in love with troubled puppeteer Mel Ferrer in this classic MGM musical, which was nominated for multiple Oscars (including one for Caron) and won for Best Original Score. A charming romance directed with style and heart by musical maestro Charles Walters. More on this film Discussion following with actress Leslie Caron moderated by film historian Leonard Maltin.