Monty Python at the Egyptian!
Tired and dazed from all the July 4th festivities and
televised sports events? Join us for this rejuvenating spate of effervescent comedies
guaranteed to re-energize and lift your spirits out of the midsummer doldrums. Well
be screening ROXANNE, THE PRINCESS BRIDE, MONTY PYTHONS THE LIFE OF BRIAN, DR.
STRANGELOVE, THE LOVED ONE, SLAP SHOT and more!
Thursday, July 2 7:30 PM
New 35mm Print! New Restoration!
DR. STRANGELOVE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP
WORRYING AND LOVE THE BOMB, 1964, Sony Repertory, 93 min. Dir. Stanley Kubrick.
Berserk military honcho Jack D. Ripper (Sterling Hayden) sends off the code to
Strategic Air Command bombers to start WWIII. Against a gallery of unforgettable comic
grotesques, including Haydens fluoride-hating general and George C. Scotts
oversexed Commie killer, Peter Sellers stands out in arguably his greatest role(s)
as the befuddled U.S. president, the veddy British commander Mandrake and the
maniacal Dr. Strangelove. (Interestingly, Sellers was supposed to play a fourth role
Slim Pickens B-52 pilot before illness forced him to drop out!)
THE LOVED ONE, 1965, Warner
Bros., 121 min. The movie with something to offend everyone! Judged unfilmable for over a
decade (Luis Bu˝uel was trying to set it up for years), writer Evelyn Waughs
spot-on satire of Southern California -- specifically the funeral business was
finally brought to the screen in the mid-sixties by director Tony Richardson (TOM
JONES) with a screenplay by Terry Southern (CANDY, EASY RIDER) and Christopher Isherwood
(!). Robert Morse, a British youth visiting his uncle (John Gielgud) in Los
Angeles encounters the weird world of tinseltowns mortuary subculture, embodied by
twins Henry and Reverend Wilbur Glenworthy (Jonathan Winters in a dual role),
embalmer Mr. Joyboy (Rod Steiger) and his beautiful apprentice, Aimee Thanatogenous
(Anjanette Comer). Marketed as "the motion picture with something to offend
everyone!" this is an achingly funny, pitch-black comedy that could only have
been released in the anything-goes era of the 1960s. With Liberace, Paul Williams, Dana
Friday, July 3 7:30 PM
THE STING, 1973, Universal, 129 min.
Dir. George Roy Hill. Circa 1936, con artist Robert Redford goes to his
mentor Paul Newman for help when their mutual friend is whacked by the henchmen of
numbers racketeer Robert Shaw. Newman decides to get a gang together that will put
a complex scheme in play to fleece homicidal high-roller Shaw of a small fortune. The
sterling cast includes Charles Durning, Ray Walston and Eileen Brennan. The
epitome of the 1970s buddy film, THE STING won seven Academy Awards, including Best
Picture, Screenplay (by David S. Ward), Costume Design, Art Direction and Music (Marvin
Hamlisch, adapted from Scott Joplins ragtime tunes). Trailer
SLAP SHOT, 1977, Universal, 122 min.
Director George Roy Hill (BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID) and writer Nancy Dowd
(Best Screenplay winner for COMING HOME) bring to the screen this incredibly funny and
foul-mouthed saga of a has-been hockey team from a dying-on-the-vine Pennsylvania town. Paul
Newman is both the teams coach and a player who strives for a winning strategy.
When an atypical fit of violence erupts in the rink, it creates a surprising spike in the
teams popularity, and Newman suddenly has a guaranteed approach to bring in the
fans. Co-starring Michael Ontkean as a fish-out-of-water Ivy League player
disgruntled by the bad sportsmanship, Strother Martin as the teams manager
and Jennifer Warren as Newmans long-suffering beautician wife. Reportedly
Newmans favorite of his films."Easily the greatest hockey film ever
Paul Newman stars as the coach/player for a second-rate team who can't win and
can't even get arrested until they hire three brothers with Coke-bottle glasses named the
Hansons. These three violent goons begin beating other players to a pulp in every game,
not only drawing attention to the team, but beginning a winning streak
very funny." Jeffrey M. Anderson, combustiblecelluloid.com Trailer
Saturday, July 4 7:30 PM
MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL,
1975, Rainbow Releasing, 91 min. Dirs. Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones. Python's
$250,000 epic features Graham Chapman as King Arthur, John Cleese as Sir
Lancelot the Brave and Eric Idle as Sir Robin The-Not-Quite-So-Brave. From the
limb-impaired Black Knight, the immortal Knights who say Ni, killer rabbits, the Black
Beast of Aarrgghh and the extremely rude Frenchman, HOLY GRAIL is one of the most beloved
and quoted cult classics. Revisit this groundbreaking comedy before seeing the stage
musical version, "Spamalot" at the Ahmanson theater this summer! Trailer
See the musical that is (lovingly) ripped off from the movie, "Spamalot!"
at the Ahmanson Theatre July 7 September 6, 2009.
LIFE OF BRIAN, 1979, Rainbow
Releasing, 94 min. Directed by Monty Pythons naked piano player Terry Jones
on the remains of the sets from Zeffirelli's JESUS OF NAZARETH. Graham Chapman
stars as Brian, Jesus' next-door neighbor, in one of the most hilariously dangerous
comedies ever. A combination of Mel Brooks, the Marx Brothers and Thomas Paine's The
Age of Reason. Blessed are the Cheesemakers? Trailer
Sunday, July 5 7:30 PM
THE PRINCESS BRIDE, 1987, 20th
Century Fox, 98 min. Dir. Rob Reiner. This adaptation of William Goldmans
wonderful, tongue-in-cheek fairy tale stars Cary Elwes as the dashing Westley, who
is forced to fight off the villainous Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) and Count
Tyron (Christopher Guest, from THIS IS SPINAL TAP) to save his beloved princess,
Buttercup (Robin Wright). A sheer delight from beginning to end, featuring
marvelous sets (courtesy of production designer Norman Garwood) and high-spirited
supporting performances by Billy Crystal (as Miracle Max), Carol Kane, Peter
Falk and Andre the Giant. Trailer
ROXANNE, 1987, Sony Repertory, 107 min.
Screenwriter and star Steve Martin updates CYRANO DE BERGERAC, casting himself as a
large-nosed fireman who courts the woman (Darryl Hannah) he desires by putting his
words in the mouth of a better-looking young stud via some lovingly composed letters.
Director Fred Schepisi channels Frank Capra and Preston Sturges in his handsomely
mounted, whimsical production that's romantic and hilarious in equal measures. Trailer
Wednesday, July 15 7:30 PM
Sneak Preview! IN THE LOOP, 2008, IFC Films, 106 min. This event was cancelled. If you bought a ticket on Fandango,
please bring your credit card to the box office any time for a refund.