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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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Click to print Page 1 or Page 2 or Full Text of a April 2009 Calendar!
Series compiled by:Chris D. (Egyptian) and Gwen Deglise & Grant Moninger (Aero)

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Special Thanks to: Jeremy Walker; Harry Guerro; Quentin Tarantino; UCLA FILM AND TELEVISION ARCHIVE; Emily Horn & Barry Allen/PARAMOUNT; Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS.; Mary Tallungan/DISNEY; Brian Block/20TH CENTURY FOX-CRITERION; Paul Ginsburg/UNIVERSAL; Jared Sapolin & Helena Brissenden/SONY REPERTORY; MPA

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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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<<< August 13 - 16, 2009 >>>

The 9th Annual Festival of Fantasy, Horror and Science-Fiction

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More Films in this series August 20 - 30 at the Egyptian Theatre

At the Aero, fantasy is king with Ridley Scott’s LEGEND (the U.S. version) starring Tom Cruise and Tim Curry, DRAGONSLAYER, LABYRINTH, a sword-and-sorcery double feature based on Robert E. Howard’s stories (CONAN THE BARBARIAN and RED SONJA), ERIK THE VIKING, Terry Gilliam’s JABBERWOCKY and more!

Join us for more horror, sci-fi and fantasy on the big Egyptian screen, opening with a 10th Anniversary showing of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (with in-person guests). If you missed the INDIANA JONES Marathon at the Aero, you’ve got another chance here at the Egyptian. Plus there’ll be a Euro thriller triple feature (WEREWOLF IN A GIRLS’ DORMITORY and rare 35mm prints of TERROR CREATURES FROM THE GRAVE starring Barbara Steele and RETURN OF DR. MABUSE), a double feature of some of the earliest STAR TREK features (including THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY and a 25th Anniversary screening of THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK), a John Carpenter double bill (THE THING and THEY LIVE), medieval shockers (Ken Russell’s THE DEVILS and Lucio Fulci’s BEATRICE CENCI), William Castle’s lurid suspense thriller STRAIT-JACKET (with actress Diane Baker in-person), a double bill of ghostly love stories (PORTRAIT OF JENNIE and THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR) and closing night with BLAIR WITCH director Eduardo Sanchez’s new chiller SEVENTH MOON (with in-person guests)!



Thursday, August 13– 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

DRAGONSLAYER, 1981, Paramount, 109 min. Dir. Matthew Robbins. The medieval kingdom of Urland is terrorized by a dragon. Its feckless king’s answer is an annual virgin sacrifice, until young wizard Galen (Peter MacNicol) becomes determined to destroy the winged serpent and seeks the sage advice of elder sorcerer Ralph Richardson. With jaw-dropping Oscar-nominated live action SFX by ILM.

LEGEND, 1985, Universal, 89 min. Dir. Ridley Scott. Tom Cruise stars as the mischievous, pure-of-heart boy bent on rescuing ethereal heartthrob Mia Sara from the sensual snares of demon Tim Curry and his goblin horde. A master of the otherworldly, Scott creates one of his most intoxicating fantasy realms in LEGEND, aided by superb production design from Assheton Gorton and wonderfully grotesque make-up from Rob Bottin. "A fairy tale produced on a grand scale, a classic tale of the struggle between darkness and light" – Variety. This is the U.S. release version of LEGEND with a score by Tangerine Dream. Trailer



Friday, August 14 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

JABBERWOCKY, 1977, MPA, 105 min. Dir. Terry Gilliam. Michael Palin stars in this fractured fairy tale as Dennis Cooper, a woodworker, who, following the death of his father, must face a series of challenges, which include nothing less than slaying the dreaded eponymous dragon. Gilliam’s outrageous first solo feature incorporates his unique brand of medieval madness, adapted from Lewis Carroll’s nonsensical poem. Trailer

ERIK THE VIKING, 1989, MGM Repertory, 107 min. Dir. Terry Jones. Told by village wise woman Freya (Eartha Kitt) that Fenrir the wolf has swallowed the sun and plunged the world into the dark age of Ragnarok, Erik (Tim Robbins) gathers warriors from his village to petition the gods to end the darkness. This film has been described as a "Python-esque satire of Viking life," and also stars Mickey Rooney as Erik’s grandfather. As a favor to his friend and director Jones, John Cleese agreed to replace Jack Lemmon as Hafdan the Black on short notice. "Be there…or beheaded!" Trailer



Saturday, August 15 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

CONAN THE BARBARIAN, 1982, Universal, 129 min. Dir. John Milius. Before he was the Terminator, before he was the Governor, he was the Barbarian, seeking vengeance aganst the sorcerer who massacred his village. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in the film adaptation of the Robert E. Howard novels. Writer/director John Milius’ intelligent and visceral sword and sorcery film features Ron Cobb’s and William Stoudt’s beautiful production design and an inspiring score by Basil Poledouris. Co-starring James Earl Jones and Max Von Sydow. Trailer

RED SONJA, 1985, Warner Bros., 89 min. Director Richard Fleischer (CONAN THE DESTROYER) reprises his vision of the fantastic realms of Robert E. Howard’s novels, unleashing the Amazon warrior princess, Red Sonja, in the form of 6’11" Brigitte Nielsen. Red Sonja is unwavering in her quest to avenge the murder of her family and wrestle an all-powerful, sacred talisman from the evil Queen Gedren, played by Sandahl Bergman. Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to join in the swordplay as Kalidor. Trailer



Sunday, August 16 – 5:00 PM

Double Feature:

LABYRINTH, 1986, Sony Repertory, 101 min. Dir. Jim Henson. David Bowie and a young Jennifer Connelly star in this tour de force of live action puppetry.15-year-old Sarah (Connelly), angry with her little brother, wishes him to the imaginary land of the Goblin King from her favorite book. Her musings take physical form and she is granted 13 hours to rescue him from the phantasmagoric realm of her own creation lest the boy become a goblin forever. Trailer

THE DARK CRYSTAL, 1982, Universal, 93 min. Dir. Jim Henson, Frank Oz. Legendary Muppets creator Jim Henson was initially inspired by a Lewis Carroll poem to create his own fairy tale about Jen, the last-surviving Gelfling, who is sent by his dying master on an epic quest to fulfill his destiny to heal the fractured Dark Crystal. After three years of brainstorming with a team that included renowned fantasy artist Brian Froud and screenwriter David Odell, Henson wove the ideas into a story that was then fleshed out by Odell, and the task shifted to bringing those words and images to life in this charming film which used state-of-the-art technology to create a groundbreaking alchemy of puppetry and electronics on a scale never before attempted. Trailer