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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 magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Randall Michelson. Detail of Egyptian Theatre Ceiling. Aero Theatre: Barry King.

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Special Events in March:




Join us for this special limited weekend-long engagement of maestro Stanley Kubrick’s mind-expanding 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, a senses-melting excursion into the far reaches of the universe and the unfathomable mysteries of time and space, in glorious 70mm.

Friday, March 7 – Sunday, March 9


2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, 1968, Warner Bros. Classics, 139 min. "I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that," murmurs supercomputer HAL 9000 as it attempts to eliminate bothersome human astronaut Keir Dullea in master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick’s mind-blowing meditation on the inherent dangers (and wonders) of technology, the limitless vistas of space, and the future of the human race itself. Based on a 1948 short story "The Sentinel" by Arthur C. Clarke, "2001" was reconceived by Kubrick himself, working with author Clarke to create the ultimate Journey Into the Unknown. But if you think you’ve seen "2001," think again – until a few years ago, the film was available only in a 35 mm version that reduced Kubrick’s legendary visuals (and the spectacular 6-track stereo sound) to a pale shadow of their true glory. Before his death, Kubrick oversaw a painstaking, frame-by-frame restoration of the film in 70mm, resulting in a version that looks and sounds as good as (if not better than) the original 1968 release! With Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester.

Friday, March 7 – 7:30 PM

Sat., March 8 – 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 9 –7:30 PM





Saturday, March 8 & Sunday, March 9

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour

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.




Monday, March 17 – 7:30 PM

Advance tickets for the 7:30 PM show are sold-out. There will be some tickets at the box office the night of the show. A 10:30 show has been added and tickets are available now on fandango.

Mods & Rockers Special! Rutles 30th Anniversary Official Celebration:

Rutles Eric Idle, Neil Innes & Ricky Fataar In-Person!

The Original Film Plus Rarities Of The Pre-Fab Four!

ALL YOU NEED IS CASH, 1978, Broadway Video, 70 min. Eric Idle and Neil Innes created their dead-on, affectionate spoof of the Beatles' story a full 17 years before the real Fabs made their "Anthology". The project grew out of a 1975 skit on Idle’s BBC TV series "Rutland Weekend TV" for which Innes provided the music. Idle screened the segment on "Saturday Night Live" in 1976 when he was hosting the show, and producer Lorne Michaels proposed expanding the idea into a film. Idle wrote the script and co-directed with SNL's Gary Weis while Innes created the 20-tune soundtrack of what the L.A. Times described as "Beatles songs from a parallel universe". Ex-Beatle George Harrison – a big fan of Monty Python and Innes’ former group the Bonzo Dog Band – was cheerleader for the film – providing rare footage from the Beatles’ vault that was skillfully interwoven to provide greater authenticity to the Rutles shoestring production. The film featured cast members from both SNL & Python and cameos from rock stars Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, Paul Simon and of course the Rutles' biggest fan - George Harrison. The Grammy-nominated soundtrack and the film’s subsequent video release enhanced its cult following and inspired other spoofs such as "This Is Spinal Tap." The anniversary screening will be preceded by Archaeological rarities from the Rutles vaults including the original BBC skit, Rutles segments from SNL and highlights of the 2003 sequel "Can’t Buy Me Lunch." There may also be some musical surprises! Discussion following with Rutles Eric Idle, Neil Innes & Ricky Fataar moderated by Rutles/"Archaeology" producer Martin Lewis.

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Monday, March 17 – 10:30 PM SECOND SHOW ADDED – at 10:30pm

• Due to popular demand - there will be a second show at 10:30pm

• The 10:30pm program includes the film and the Rutles rarities

• There will be an in-person introduction by The Rutles – but not a full Q&A



Wednesday, March 19 – 7:30 PM

Co-presented by Dance Camera West & DIVA

Los Angeles Premiere!

Drawing for DVD's!

HOLLYWOOD SINGING AND DANCING, 2008, 111 min. Director Mark McLaughlin's documentary is a very entertaining and comprehensive look at the Hollywood movie musical. This celebration of song and dance begins with Busby Berkeley's exquisite black-and-white choreographed extravaganzas that lightened the dark days of the Depression andcontinues through the rousing patriotic World War II musicals into the heyday of the great MGM spectaculars and finishes with the genre's recent resurgence and multi-generational embrace. This wonderfully entertaining historical document is illustrated by extraordinary clips and fabulous new interviews with, among others, Liza Minnelli, Shirley MacLaine, Mickey Rooney, Rita Moreno, Shirley Jones, Debbie Reynolds, Leslie Caron, Jane Russell, Tommy Tune, Joel Grey, Bill Condon, Rob Marshall and more. Director McLaughlin makes good use of an incredible amount of archival footage of luminaries like Judy Garland, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Fosse and many, many more who made the pictures sing and dance. Discussion following with actress Shirley Jones and director Mark McLaughlin. View Trailer

More Musicals at the Aero March 26 - 30!



Wednesday, March 19 – 7:30 PM [Spielberg Theatre]

Because you have to know what’s on cinema’s horizon…


All New Session! An Interactive Cinematic Forum. Ever wonder what’s in the immediate future for a next generation of film artists? Ever wonder if you are on the right track to finding your way as a creative filmmaker? Ever wonder if something lies beyond the independent filmmaking world and its 25-year-old genres and formulas? Still chasing that elusive dream? It is time to get you back in touch with your creative instincts and discover a way to really move your film career forward.

While technology is in your favor, making filmmaking more accessible, do you really understand how to create complex and indelible images that will help bring attention to your new film? What sets Almodovar, Antonioni, Bergman, Coppola, Fellini, Hitchcock, Scorsese and Tarantino’s ability to visualize apart from yours? Believe us when we say it’s not money! Before you finish that script…before you shoot that film…take this one-of-a-kind, extremely motivating film aesthetics seminar that is designed to empower you with greater artistic knowledge of how to achieve the visual and aural potential of cinema. Film festival programmer and film consultant Thomas Ethan Harris addresses why it is important for new filmmakers to think more deeply and more creatively about the construction of their images and the necessity of creating a more intricate, complex and personally realized cinema. Moving beyond the most basic forms of cinematic language is essential to having the film career you want. Learning how to effectively embrace and understand the functionality of the primary "visualizing components" of great cinematic construction (the close-up, the long take, mise-en scene, color schemes, film editing styles, sound design, production design…) is critical to establishing yourself in the United States’ crowded film arena. The experience of watching over 16,000 independent feature films from emerging filmmakers (and even more shorts!) has given Mr. Harris unique insight into the contemporary world of independent filmmaking and the reasons why you must transcend it! Film clips will be used to inspire an open dialogue with the audience. Tickets: $20 General Admission; $15 Student/Senior; $12 Cinematheque Members.




Saturday, March 22 – 2:00 PM

Co-Presented with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles


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Join us for this Art Deco Society of Los Angeles lecture by David Pacheco, Walt Disney Art Classics creative art director, who will detail the history of Art Deco design in the art of film animation using original production art and film clips from the archives of the Walt Disney Studios, Fleischer Studios and others. A special focus of the presentation is on the deco stylization of Walt Disney's FANTASIA (1940), along with examples of animation from various Max Fleischer short cartoons including Betty Boop and Superman. Tickets: Cinematheque and Art Deco Society members $5; Student/Senior $8; General admission $10.

David Pacheco - As a Disney artist/animator since 1980, he has contributed to such films as "The Fox and the Hound," "Mickey's Christmas Carol," "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," and "The Little Mermaid." He has also served as art director for Disney Publishing, overseeing all domestic and international publications. He is currently the Walt Disney Art Classics creative art director, where his extensive knowledge of Disney animation has helped translate beloved Disney characters from two-dimensional drawings into gallery-quality artwork and three-dimensional porcelain sculptures. 



Friday, March 28 – 7:30 PM

Brad Renfro Memorial Tribute – Larry Clark In-Person:

BULLY, 2001, Lions Gate, 113 min. Director Larry Clark’s blistering look at an insulated pack of hedonistic, middle-class teenagers (Brad Renfro, Michael Pitt, Rachel Miner, Bijou Phillips, et. al.) and their self-destructive decision to get rid of one of their own, the bullying Bobby (Nick Stahl). Based on a true story that occurred in 1993, the film has an unerring knack to make its audience squirm, and the exceptional performances from the young cast, particularly those of Renfro, Pitt and Stahl, go a long way to making it as real as a true-life "fiction" film can get. "…calls the bluff of movies that pretend to be about murder but are really about entertainment. His film has all the sadness and shabbiness, all the mess and cruelty and thoughtless stupidity of the real thing…But this is not about the evil sadist and the release of revenge; it's about how a group of kids will do something no single member is capable of. And about the moral void these kids inhabit." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Discussion following with director Larry Clark and actors Michael Pitt and Daniel Franzese. Nick Stahl schedule permitting.



Saturday, March 29 – 7:30 PM

10th Anniversary Screening!

THE BIG LEWBOWSKI, 1998, Universal, 117 min. Dir. Joel Coen. The Coen Brothers’ (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN) paean to transcendent slackerdom is personified by Jeff Bridges as The Dude, aka Jeffrey Lebowski, who is victimized by thugs in a case of mistaken identity. When The Dude goes to his wealthy namesake (David Huddleston) to get restitution for a vandalized, urine-soaked rug, he is sucked into acting as paid liaison for the millionaire Lebowski and gangland mogul Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara). After confiding in his bowling buddies Walter (John Goodman) and Theodore (Steve Buscemi), the two join him on a strange mission that takes them into uncharted territory – ransom money drops, beautiful, dangerous women (Julianne Moore, Tara Reid) and a crazy gang of German techno "Nihilists" (Peter Stormare, Flea, Torsten Voges). Look for John Turturro as JÚsus, Bridges’ pederast bowling champion nemesis. An astounding cult of fans (spawning conventions and bowling festivals!) has developed around this bizarre and warmly funny spoof of Los Angeles detective sagas, updated to the 1990s. Come join us in celebrating the film’s 10th anniversary!



Sunday, March 30 – 5:30 PM

Art Directors Society Screening – Tribute to Production Designer Stephen B. Grimes

Production designer and art director Stephen B. Grimes was born in 1927 in Surrey, England. One of his first jobs in the film industry was in the special effects unit for ATTILA (1954), an international co-production directed by Italian filmmaker Pietro Francisci and starring Anthony Quinn and Sophia Loren. He also worked in the art department for John Huston’s version of MOBY DICK (1956). He started as a full-fledged art director on Huston’s HEAVEN KNOWS, MR. ALLISON (1957) and continued working as art director exclusively on Huston’s films, including THE MISFITS and THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, until 1966. In 1967, he began working as a production designer on Sydney Pollack’s THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED. Mr. Grimes died in Positano, Italy in 1988, but he had amassed an astounding body of work, including REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE, RYAN’S DAUGHTER, THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, STRAIGHT TIME, URBAN COWBOY, TRUE CONFESSIONS and OUT OF AFRICA (for which he won an Academy Award).

THE YAKUZA, 1975, Warner Bros., 112 min. Sydney Pollack directs this potent, poignant thriller that blends American neo-noir and the then-peaking Japanese yakuza film genre. Robert Mitchum is a world-weary private eye who joins up with a taciturn kendo instructor (yakuza movie icon Ken Takakura), who has a wartime obligation to Mitchum. Likewise, Mitchum owes past wartime comrade, Tanner (Brian Keith) a favor as well, and it’s a humdinger: rescue Tanner’s kidnapped daughter in Japan. A labyrinthine plot is set in motion and soon Mitchum and Takakura become embroiled in a horrifying series of double-crosses and mixed signals that result in a trail of bloody retribution. Adapting the story by Leonard Schrader, Paul Schrader and Robert Towne wrote the moody screenplay. Co-starring Richard Jordan (THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE), Keiko Kishi, Herb Edelman, Eiji Okada. The sleek production design by Stephen B. Grimes not only evokes the Spartan Japanese lifestyle, but also amply reflects an atmosphere where cold, serpentine violence can strike from the darkness like a coiled viper. "Mitchum is at his laconic leaden-eyed best as the private eye who is forced to team up with a reformed criminal played by Takakura, an icon of the Japanese gangster genre…there are enough double-crosses to satisfy the most jaded fans of the genre."Channel 4 Film (UK) Discussion following the film on the work of Stephen B. Grimes. Speakers to include production designers Terry Marsh (GREEN MILE, SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, BASIC INSTINCT, HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER, A BRIDGE TOO FAR) and Ida Random (production designer of SILERADO, HOFFA, WAR OF THE ROSES, RAIN MAN, BODY DOUBLE, THE BIG CHILL) who was mentored by Grimes. Moderated by production designer John Muto (RIVERS EDGE, TERMINATOR 2-3D, SPECIES, HOME ALONE).