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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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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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Special One Night Events & Limited Engagements, Sneak Previews in October:



Wednesday, October 6 – 7:30 PM

THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY ASBURY SHORT FILM SHOW OF NEW YORK: New York City's longest running short film exhibition presents a 30th Anniversary short film concert of 12 elite, world-class short films from the past as well as a few new award-winners selected from the world's top film festivals. Included in the program: "Consent" from Oscar nominated director Jason Reitman (UP IN THE AIR, JUNO);"Super Powers," from New Yord directors Jeremy Kipp Walker and John Mitchell; "Gone Fishing," from U.K. director Chris Jones; and "Backwards" from award-winning animator Aaron Hughes. Sponsored by Centropolis Entertainment. Buy Tickets




Thursday, October 7 – 7:30 PM

The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), marking its 30th anniversary, has selected the 30 Most Significant Independent Films™ from around the world produced over the past three decades.

THE USUAL SUSPECTS, 1995, MGM Repertory, 106 min. Dir. Bryan Singer. Five criminals, hauled in for questioning, try to discover who has fingered them. The ensemble cast includes Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey as well as Gabriel Byrne, Benicio Del Toro and Kevin Pollak as thug Todd Hockney. Director Bryan Singer in person! Buy Tickets | Trailer



Friday, October 8 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND, 2002, Miramax, 115 min. Dir. George Clooney. At the height of his career as a television game show producer, Chuck Barris (a revelatory Sam Rockwell) finds himself being followed by a suspicious character who quickly lures him into a secretive and dangerous world: that of a CIA operative. As he basks in the glamour of his two worlds, Barris’ double life begins to spiral out of control. Adapted by Charlie Kaufman from the real Chuck Barris’ "unauthorized autobiography." Trailer

MOON, 2009, Sony Pictures Classics, 97 min. Beautiful, wistful and lyrical, Duncan Jones’ directorial debut stars Sam Rockwell as astronaut Sam Bell, who is nearing the end of his solitary three-year assignment on the moon. With only the computer GERTY to keep him company (cleverly recalling HAL 9000 of Kubrick’s 2001, and voiced by an eerily impassive Kevin Spacey), Sam begins to mentally unravel, complete with visions of duplicates and triplicates of himself – or at least it would seem that way. Rockwell handles the one-man, multi-persona show with staggering aptitude, while Clint Mansell’s haunting score lends an otherworldly sadness to the sci-fi tale. Trailer  | Buy Tickets




Wednesday, October 13 – 7:30 PM

The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), marking its 30th anniversary, has selected the 30 Most Significant Independent Films™ from around the world produced over the past three decades.

SEX, LIES, AND VIDEOTAPE, 1989, Miramax Films, 100 min. Ann (Andie McDowell) is unhappily married to unfaithful John (Peter Gallagher). When John's life-long friend Graham (James Spader) arrives on the scene, he introduces Ann to the wonders of his fetish: videotaping interviews with women. This sexy, smart drama by then-newcomer Steven Soderbergh is widely regarded as a landmark in American independent cinema, and it garnered Soderbergh an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Check website for guest update. Trailer | Buy Tickets



Thursday, October 14 – 7:30 PM

Larry Karaszewski Presents: 50th Anniversary! ROCCO AND HIS BROTHERS, 1960, Sony Repertory, 180 min. In director Luchino Visconti's epic and incredibly moving family tragedy, the aging widow Rosario moves to Milan with her four sons. When one of the sons, Simone (Renato Salvatori) meets the smoldering prostitute Nadia, the two have a tumultuous affair. Then Simone's brother Rocco (the iconic Alain Delon) returns home from military service, and things fall dangerously apart: adultery, betrayal and murder send the family spiraling into a bitter vendetta. One of screenwriter Suso Cecchi d'Amico finest works. In Italian with English subtitles. Introduction by Larry Karaszewski. Trailer | Buy Tickets



Sunday, October 17 – 7:30 PM

Tribute to Dom DeLuise! Double Feature: THE TWELVE CHAIRS, 1970, Brooksfilms Limited, 94 min. Brooks' second film as director is a handsomely mounted period piece, but the classical source and lush location photography doesn't get in the way of the laughs! Ron Moody plays an impoverished Russian aristocrat in search of a dining chair with jewels hidden in the seat, and Dom DeLuise is his rival in pursuit of the treasure. Trailer

FATSO, 1980, 20th Century Fox, 93 min. Dir. Anne Bancroft. Overweight Dominick (Dom DeLuise) gets a scare when his obese cousin dies from a heart attack. Convinced by his brother to go on a diet, Dominick starts to feel the pressures of giving up the ol' hot dogs and doughnuts. But then he meets the lovely Lydia (Candice Azzara) and is forced to pick his one true love: food, or the woman of his dreams? Introduction by Mel Brooks (schedule permitting) and the DeLuise family. Trailer | Buy Tickets



Wednesday, October 20 – 7:30 PM

Presented by the Consulate General of Belgium in Los Angeles, in cooperation with Flanders Image and Wallonie Bruxelles Images, with the support of E.L.M.A. (European Languages and Movies in America)

L.A. Premiere! ANGEL AT SEA, 2009, Insomnia, 86 min. Dir. Frederic Dumont. Bruno, an overworked bureaucrat based at a lighthouse in southern Morocco, is severely depressed. When Bruno confides in his young son Louis that he is on the brink of doing something terrible to himself, the boy is bluntly awakened to the realities of responsibility, protection and deep personal sadness. Shot with exquisite attention to the nuances of childhood confusion, director Frederic Dumont's lovely debut was dubbed by Variety "gorgeously lensed... strongly acted... first-rate." In French with English subtitles. Discussion following with director Frederic Dumont. Belgian beer reception to follow. Trailer | Buy Tickets



Thursday, October 21 – 7:30 PM

The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), marking its 30th anniversary, has selected the 30 Most Significant Independent Films™ from around the world produced over the past three decades.

PULP FICTION, 1994, Miramax, 153 min. Director Quentin Tarantino's dazzling, nitro-fueled homage to 1930s crime fiction, Elvis Presley flicks, Los Angeles diners, Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Melville is arguably the most audacious and exciting American film of the 1990s. With John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman and Bruce Willis. Check website for guest update. Trailer | Buy Tickets




Tuesday, October 26 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: GET LOW, 2010, Sony Pictures Classics, 103 min. Dir. Aaron Schneider. Screen great Robert Duvall is Felix Bush, an eccentric Southern hermit who, in 1930s Tennessee, throws himself his own riotous, down-home funeral party - which he attends while still alive! Based on the wacky real-life figure who is delightfully shrouded in rollicking myth, folklore and legend, GET LOW also stars the immensely talented Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray. Trailer

TOMORROW, 1972, Castle Hill Productions, 103 min. Dir. Joseph Anthony. Robert Duvall stars as a Mississippi farmer who, despite his own independent predisposition, falls in love with a pregnant woman who has been abandoned by her husband. Based on a story by William Faulkner, this drama was adapted by Horton Foote (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD) from his play and is understated, touching and romantic. Discussion between films with Robert Duvall. Buy Tickets




Wednesday, October 27 – 7:30 PM

DONNIE DARKO, 2001, Exclusive Media, 113 min. Dir. Richard Kelly. October 2, 1988: just another ordinary day in teenage Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal)’s existence. Suddenly, an outrageous accident occurs, just missing claiming Donnie's life. As Donnie begins to explore what it means to still be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him the tempting power to alter time and destiny. With scenes shot at our very own Aero Theatre! Live commentary throughout the film by Richard Kelly in person. Trailer | Buy Tickets



Thursday, October 28 – 7:30 PM

Bill Plympton’s beautiful, humorous and haunting animated works have secured his status as one of the premier independent animators working today. His 1987 short, "Your Face," was nominated for an Oscar. Website

Sneak Preview! IDIOTS AND ANGELS, 2008, 78 min. Angel spends his days and nights as a bottom feeder - inconsiderate, abusive and misogynistic. When Angel awakens one morning with wings attached to his back, his life starts to move in a different direction. Innovative animator Bill Plympton elegantly illustrates a noir world of muted color, contorted faces and bloated bodies with no particular moral compass - yet somewhere within this world is an iota of hope. Trailer | Website

Prior to the feature: "The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger" (6 min.), about a calf who naively longs for the glossy billboard existence of hamburgerhood, is at once wickedly amusing and melancholy. The short recently played at the 2010 Telluride Film Festival. Discussion following the film with Bill Plympton. Trailer | Buy Tickets