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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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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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<<< January & February 2008 >>>

Special One Night Events & Limited Engagements in January & February:


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Sunday, January 13 – 4:00 PM

Family Matinee Double Feature:

TARZAN’S GREATEST ADVENTURE, 1959, Warner Bros., 88 min. John Guillermin (THE BLUE MAX; THE TOWERING INFERNO) directed what is commonly acknowledged by Tarzan fans as the all-time best Tarzan picture. Producer Sy Weintraub was intent on depicting a more literate, intelligent King of the Jungle (as depicted in Edgar Rice Burroughs’s many novels) and found the perfect match in actor Gordon Scott. Shot entirely on location, the non-stop thrills start when psychotic Anthony Quayle and his band of career criminals (including Sean Connery and Nial MacGinnis) go on the rampage in preparation for a diamond robbery. Saddled with a stranded female pilot (Sara Shane), Scott’s Tarzan tracks Quayle – a former nemesis – and his cronies through the jungle till the bitter, savage end. "A superior action yarn shot on location in Africa, more adult than most of its predecessors…" – Leonard Maltin NOT ON DVD

TARZAN ESCAPES, 1936, Warner Bros., 89 min. Dir. Richard Thorpe. Many regard this as one of the best of the Johnny Wesimuller Tarzan films. One of the most riproaring of the early part of the series, it was also regarded as exceedingly violent for the time period. Indeed, just like KING KONG, some scenes were cut before release (reportedly there was a giant vampire bat sequence!), judged as just too intense for audiences. Jane’s cousins, intent on trying to untangle red tape with Jane’s inherited fortune, enlist the help of nefarious hunter and animal trapper, Captain Fry. Fry has his own agenda – he sees dollar signs if he can bring Tarzan back alive to exhibit in England. But, as we all know, capturing Tarzan will not be easy. With Maureen O’Sullivan.

Thursday, January 31 -7:30 PM

Los Angeles Premiere!

THE REFLECTING POOL, 2007, 110 min. Dir. Jarek Kupsc. An investigation of the 9/11 events by a Russian-American journalist and a father of a 9/11 victim implicates the US government in the attacks. Alex Prokop (JK Baltazar), a successful journalist and Paul Cooper (Joseph Culp), a driven researcher, whose daughter died on 9/11, travel to New York and Washington DC, where they uncover suppressed information about the attacks and their aftermath. As Cooper introduces Prokop to key eye-witnesses, the face of the "official story" begins to crumble. Drawn from established sources and based on verifiable facts, THE REFLECTING POOL is a thought-provoking study of a search for truth and the profound consequences of not looking for it any further than the nightly news. This is the first narrative feature film to challenge the official story of 9/11. Discussion following with writer/director Jarek Kupsc and actor/producer Joseph Culp.




Sunday, February 3 – 7:30 PM

Julie Christie Double Feature:

DARLING, 1965, Avco-Embassy & Stuart Lisell Films, 128 min. Dir. John Schlesinger. Julie Christie sets off fireworks in her Academy Award-winning performance as a common girl in swinging London who achieves supermodel stardom while breaking the hearts of intellectual writer, Dirk Bogarde and decadent cad, Laurence Harvey. Finally, Christie seems destined for a fairy tale ending when she weds Italian nobility -- but sometimes fairy tales aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. The costume design and Frederic Raphael’s incisive script also won Oscars. "…a slashing social satire and also a devastating spoof of the synthetic, stomach-turning output of the television-advertising age -- it is loaded with startling expositions and lacerating wit."-- Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

SHAMPOO, 1975, Sony Repertory, 109 min. Director Hal Ashby’s classic mid-seventies comedy is a harsh and funny time capsule stuffed full of great performances. Warren Beatty excels in perhaps his best role, as an amorous hairdresser sleeping with every woman in sight, from the wife (Best Supportng Actress Oscar winner, Lee Grant) of his business advisor Jack Warden (THE VERDICT; BEING THERE) to Warden’s mistress (Julie Christie) and teenage daughter (Carrie Fisher in her first role.) Screenwriters Beatty and Robert Towne provide the brave and challenging, Oscar-nominated script that has stood the test of time. With a great soundtrack by Paul Simon, welcome use of incidental music (including tunes by The Beatles, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield, The Beach Boys and Jimi Hendrix) and fine camera work by Laszlo Kovacs.



Wednesday, February 13 – 7:30 PM

Kevin Thomas’ Favorites!

CHINATOWN, 1974, Paramount, 131 min. Dir. Roman Polanski. Jack Nicholson gives his greatest performance as 1930’s private eye J.J. Gittes, maneuvering through a nightmarish L.A. netherworld of cheating husbands, stolen water rights, incest and murder, as he desperately tries to save beautiful Faye Dunaway from her raptor-like father John Huston. Writer Robert Towne’s magnificent, labyrinthine portrait of Los Angeles has been widely hailed as the best script of its era. Film critic Kevin Thomas will introduce the screening.



Thursday, February 14 – 7:30 PM

Performance Art by Louise Lawler In Person!

West of Rome and "Women in the City" presents Louise Lawler’s, "A Movie Without the Picture," first exhibited at the Aero Theater in 1979, as one part of a public art exhibition that takes place in multiple venues. To coincide with the opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum (BCAM) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, "Women in the City" has selected to exhibit four prominent contemporary artists: Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer and Louise Lawler. The temporary project is staged in unpredictable venues and locations throughout Los Angeles – occupying billboards, storefronts, and many other highly visible sites throughout the city. "A Movie Without the Picture" is a gesture of appropriation. The artist's intention is for the viewer to respond foremost to a group experience, rather than a solely visual experience. The project aims to engage a wide audience, initiate a dynamic public dialogue about contemporary art in an atypical context, and provide an unexpected encounter that will capture the imagination of curious theater-goers, and create a lasting impression. Louise Lawler has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally since the 1970s, and has been recognized as one of the most important female artists working today. Her work, oftentimes humorous, and always engaging, concerns the development of new theories of representation, and the development of meaning in a constantly changing context. For more information visit and Louise Lawler will introduce the performance.



Friday, February 15 – 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview!

CHARLIE BARTLETT, 2007, MGM, 96 min. ALPHA DOG’s Anton Yelchin plays the title role in this provocative teen comedy, the directorial debut of acclaimed editor Jon Poll. Charlie is a wealthy, rebellious teen who gains stature by positioning himself as his private school’s unofficial psychiatrist. Unfortunately, when he falls for the daughter of his disenchanted principal (Robert Downey, Jr.), Charlie’s world and amateur psychiatric practice begin to unravel in unexpected and entertaining ways. Discussion following with screenwriter Gustin Nash and Producer Jay Roach (AUSTIN POWERS director).


Thursday, February 21 – 7:30 PM

Special Crossroads' Student Activists Evening!

TRADE, 2007, Roadside Attraction, 119 min. Dir. Marco Kreuzpainter. When 13-year-old Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) is kidnapped by sex traffickers in Mexico City, her 17-year-old brother, Jorge (Cesar Ramos), sets off on a desperate mission to save her. Trapped by an underground network of international thugs who earn millions exploiting their human cargo, Adriana's only friend throughout her ordeal is Veronica (Alicja Bachleda-Curus), a young Polish woman captured by the same criminal gang. As Jorge dodges overwhelming obstacles to track the girl's abductors, he meets Ray (Kevin Kline), a Texas cop whose own family loss leads him to become an ally. From the barrios of Mexico City and the treacherous Rio Grande border, to a secret internet sex slave auction and a tense confrontation at a stash house in suburban New Jersey, Ray and Jorge forge a close bond as they frantically pursue Adriana's kidnappers before she is sold and disappears into a brutal underworld from which few victims ever return. Inspired by Peter Landesman's chilling New York Times Magazine story on the U.S. sex trade, "The Girls Next Door," TRADE is a thrilling story of courage and a devastating exposÚ of one of the world's most heinous crimes. Discussion following with producer Rosilyn Heller and other guests to be announced. Presented in association with Crossroads' Student Activists Group.





Tuesday, February 26 – 7:30 PM


Approx. 150 min. Whether the renewed vitality of the short film is in part based on the rise of consumer "pod casts", the content crazed appetite of the internet or the appearance of the world's first short film television network, there's no denying it's a BIG world out there for such little movies. Uncover a wealth of information on short filmmaking trends, channels of distribution and the future of short film exposure from the leaders of North Americas major short film distribution companies.

Whether the recent renewed vitality of the short film is in part based on the rise of short form digital media, such as consumer "pod casts," the content crazed appetite of the internet or the appearance of the world's first short film television network, there's no denying it's a BIG world out there for "little movies." Uncover a wealth of information on short filmmaking trends, current channels of distribution and the future of short film exposure from the leaders of North America╣s major short film distribution companies.

The world of the short film is changing quickly. In fact, not since the "dot com era" of the 1990s, have we seen such re-imagining of how the short film figures into the overall landscape of the entertainment industry. Today there are literally thousands more film festivals for you to consider as you move your short film out to festival audiences. Today, besides cable television play to help your film find an even larger audience as well as to help extend your short film's place in the world, you have to contend with the options of Video-On-Demand, DVD collections, pod casts, airline broadcast and the prospects of a 24-hour a day Short Film cable television network that reaches an estimated 9 million people.

But don't stop there! What about those 1000s of internet sites available to you to post your film on, some of which are willing to pay to license your film? And what about the advantages of showing your film on your own web site or your favorite social networking site (FACEBOOK, MYSPACE, etc) to help people discover you and advance your career?

Now consider this: With the incredible expansion of the methods of distribution and exhibition open to your short film, there has EVEN been a revolution in the very definition of what artistically comprises a short film.

What is a "festival" short? What is the difference between a Sundance short, a Cannes short and a Short Film Festival short? What is the design of an "internet" short? What does the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences look for in a short film?. What is the definition of the most desirable form of short for a short film distributor?

For our February seminar, BIG WORLD FOR LITTLE MOVIES: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE SHORT FILM, we turn our total attention to unraveling the whole, overwhelming and complex world that today's short filmmaker must deal with to take good care of their work. THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE SHORT FILM begins with a focus on issues surrounding film festivals, film festival release strategies for short films, a list of the World's Best Short Film Festivals (and some not very good ones!) and establishing some definitions for the various forms or identities the short film embodies today.

Respected Film Consultant and former Director of Programming of both the LA Film Festival and the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, Thomas Ethan Harris will lend his expert advice and creative approach to helping you make the right choices for your film's festival debut, as well as offer insider tips on how to extend your film's play in the film festival world.

The second part of our evening's seminar will be dedicated to an in depth discussion of SHORT FILM DISTRIBUTION AND EXHIBITION with leaders of the major short film distribution and internet companies. Not only will we open the door to a greater understanding of overall design of the content favored by distributors, but we will examine rights and clearances issues AND help to sort out the various individual approaches to short film distribution that our panelists' companies take so that you can more clearly identify the right distributor for your short film.

Confirmed Panelists Include:

Carol Crowe, President, APOLLO CINEMA

Linda Olszewski, Acquisitions, SHORTS INTERNATIONAL

Ric Stewart, Vice President of Marketing, MINI MOVIE CHANNEL

David Russell, President, BIG FILM SHORTS

Saskia Wilson-Brown, Manager of V2C Content, CURRENT TV

And a Representative of Toronto's QUAT MEDIA.

Thomas Ethan Harris has served as the Director of Programming for numerous organizations and non-profits including the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films and the Palm Springs Cultural Center where he currently serves as Artistic Director. The experience of overseeing these selection committees has given Harris a unique insight into the contemporary world of film festivals. Whether you are currently submitting your film to festivals or whether you are in production on your film or even if you are just prepping your first film, EVERYONE is encourage to attend this insightful, stimulating and empowering discussion of film festivals and film festival release strategizing. Tickets: $20 General Admission; $15 Student/Senior and $12 Cinematheque Members.

Panel moderated by Independent Film Consultant Thomas Ethan Harris.