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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 note additions by Beth Hanna.


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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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<<< February 3 - 23, 2011 >>>

Life of the Party: A Blake Edwards Tribute


This is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!


In a career that spanned more than 50 years as a writer, producer and director, Blake Edwards (1922 - 2010) provided audiences with classics in nearly every genre of the cinema. Though known primarily for comedies such as THE PARTY and THE PINK PANTHER series, Edwards exhibited mastery of the domestic melodrama (the beautiful and tragic DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES), the thriller (EXPERIMENT IN TERROR) and the musical (the criminally underrated DARLING LILI). In the best tradition of studio-era auteurs like Howard Hawks, Edwards managed to inject distinctly personal ideas and styles into popular forms; regardless of genre, all of his films share a profound interest in close relationships (between friends, lovers or colleagues) and their pitfalls. No director has been more finely attuned to the wide spectrum of emotions that characterize the human experience, and Edwards’ best films - films like BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, VICTOR/VICTORIA and S.O.B. - veer from humiliation and anxiety to giddy romance and celebration all within the span of a couple of hours.

Please join us for a tribute to director Blake Edwards, which also includes a screening of A SHOT IN THE DARK. Buy Tickets



Friday, February 4 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: THE PINK PANTHER, 1964, MGM Repertory, 113 min. Writer-director Blake Edwards introduced Peter Sellers’ absolutely clueless Inspector Jacques Clouseau with this comedy about a British jewel thief and playboy (David Niven) on a ski holiday with nephew Robert Wagner, mistress Capucine, exotic princess Claudia Cardinale and a priceless diamond in tow. [35mm] Trailer

A SHOT IN THE DARK, 1964, MGM Repertory, 101 min. Blake Edwards’ follow-up to THE PINK PANTHER is a non-stop barrage of pratfalls, sight gags and linguistic nonsense, courtesy of Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers). Everything seems freshly minted, from Herbert Lom’s hysterics as Chief Inspector Dreyfus to Burt Kwouk’s first appearance as Cato. [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets Ken Wales, producer of THE PARTY will apper in person for an introduction.



Saturday, February 5 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: THE PARTY, 1968, MGM Repertory, 99 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. For most of its length, THE PARTY is a wonderfully restrained homage to Jacques Tati, with Peter Sellers in perfect pitch as an awestruck Indian actor who disrupts a chic Hollywood gathering with the help of French songbird Claudine Longet and an elephant. The final 15 minutes prove that any great joke deserves a totally outrageous punchline. Look for Steve Franken as an inebriated waiter and Denny Miller as a hilarious rhinestone cowboy. [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets

S.O.B., 1981, Warner Bros., 122 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. When director Richard Mulligan's expensive musical turns out to be a flop, he decides to recut it as an erotic epic that will exploit the squeaky-clean image of star Julie Andrews. This hilarious and trenchant satire has echoes of Edwards' own experiences making DARLING LILI, but its comedy reaches beyond mere score-settling to present a mercilessly funny - and at times surprisingly sweet - poison-pen love letter to the American cinema. The great supporting cast includes William Holden, Robert Webber, Robert Vaughn, Larry Hagman (J.R. of "Dallas") and a very young Rosanna Arquette. [35mm] Clip | Buy Tickets