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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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Series compiled by: Gwen Deglise and Grant Moninger. Program notes by Jim Hemphill with additions by Beth Hanna. Special thanks to Shade Rupe.

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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 20 - 22, 2010 >>>

Brave New Worlds: A Tribute to Ken Russell


More Ken Russell at the Egyptian Theatre!


Co-presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts /Los Angeles

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Director Ken Russell has long been one of England's most iconoclastic, provocative and visually (and aurally) stunning directors. He first made a name for himself at the BBC, where he inaugurated a series of unconventional biopics of composers - a form he would continue to explore on the big screen. His breakthrough came in 1969 with the feature film adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's WOMEN IN LOVE, a taboo-shattering classic that garnered Russell an Oscar nomination. From that point on he embarked on one audacious masterpiece after another, including a rock opera with The Who (TOMMY), a science fiction head trip (ALTERED STATES) and more unorthodox treatments of composers' lives (LISZTOMANIA, MAHLER).

Join us at the Cinematheque for these films, as well as the beloved yet controversial horror film THE DEVILS, on the big screen as they were meant to be experienced!

We are thrilled to welcome BAFTA and Academy Award-nominated Ken Russell to the Aero and Egyptian Theatres! Be ready for an unforgettable weekend!


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Friday, August 20 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: THE DEVILS, 1971, Warner Bros., 108 min. Director Ken Russell’s adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun remains one of the most disturbingly memorable films from the early 1970s. In 17th century France, Cardinal Richelieu’s minions use the womanizing of activist priest Urban Grandier (Oliver Reed) as an excuse to investigate his "diabolic possession" of the local nuns, including the demented, hunchbacked Mother Superior Sister Jeanne (an unforgettable Vanessa Redgrave). Trailer

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ALTERED STATES, 1980, Warner Bros., 102 min. Director Ken Russell’s hallucinatory version of the Jekyll & Hyde story stars William Hurt as a Harvard professor who explores sensory deprivation in an effort to travel back in time. "A kind of inner-space odyssey that’s terrifying in its view of primal human nature… a mesmerizing visual experience." – Ron Pennington, Hollywood Reporter. Discussion between films with director Ken Russell and actor Charles Haid (ALTERED STATES, "Hill Street Blues," moderated by Mick Garris. Trailer | Buy Tickets


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Sunday, August 22 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

New Print! THE MUSIC LOVERS, 1970, MGM Repertory, 123 min. Dir. Ken Russell. Ken Russell applies his typically outrageous and original sensibility to the story of 19th century composer Tchaikovsky (Richard Chamberlain) who feels compelled to marry a woman (Glenda Jackson) whom he eventually abandons as he stuggles with his homosexual desires. Eschewing the usual biopic conventions, Russell follows the life of the great composer through expressionistic flashbacks, nightmares and fantasy sequences. The turbulance of the train in the scene where Tchaikovsky and his wife attempt to consummate their marriage was shot over and over until the actors were spent recollected Richard Chamberlain in a recent visit to the Cinematheque. MAHLER will not be shown as previously announced due to print unavailability. The 1812 Overture according to Ken Russell. Discussion between films with director Ken Russell and the star of THE MUSIC LOVERS, Richard Chamberlain. Trailer

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WOMEN IN LOVE, 1969, MGM Repertory, 131 min. Director Ken Russell exploded on the international scene with this surprise crossover hit! In the 1920s British Midlands, Alan Bates is Rupert, a free-spirited intellectual writer who becomes enamored of feisty schoolteacher Ursula (Jennie Linden). Bates’ best friend, rich coal-mining heir Gerald (Oliver Reed) is in love with Ursula’s sculptress sister, Gudrun (Glenda Jackson, Best Actress Oscar winner). But only one of these couples is able to keep from spiraling into self-destruction. Buy Tickets