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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
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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 2011 >>>

Special One Night Events, Sneak Previews in February:


These events are Aero Theatre Exclusives!



Wednesday, February 2 – 7:30 PM

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

PLATOON, 1986, MGM Repertory, 120 min. Oliver Stone brings his own Vietnam War experiences to the big screen embodied in Pvt. Taylor (Charlie Sheen) in what stands as one of the definitive portraits of men at war. Well-intentioned Willem Dafoe and demonic Tom Berenger are flip sides of the same coin, two feuding sergeants and elder-brother role models who will take Sheen through his nightmarish trial by fire. Forest Whitaker is also among the ranks. Won Oscars for Best Picture and Director. [35mm] Guests to be announced! Trailer | Buy Tickets




Thursday, February 3 - 7:30 PM


THE KING’S SPEECH, 2010, The Weinstein Company, 118 min. Dir. Tom Hooper. Colin Firth stars as King George V, the reluctant and severely stuttering monarch faced with the challenge of bringing guidance and hope to pre-World War II Britain. When George enlists the help of an eccentric and unconventional speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush), he must confront his own stubbornness, pride and fear of failure, as well as the looming likelihood of war against a very well-spoken opponent: Hitler. An amazingly intimate portrait of the burden of being king. With Helena Bonham Carter. Discussion following with Colin Firth and director Tom Hooper.



Monday, February 7 - 7:30 PM
Darren Aronofsky has been pushing the boundaries of American independent filmmaking since his debut feature PI sent reverberating shockwaves through the audience at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. A master of colliding the dreamlike with grit, and of creating portraits of individuals on the brink of revelatory breakthrough, Aronofsky continues to make one arresting film after another, including REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, THE FOUNTAIN, THE WRESTLER, and this year's Oscar-nominated smash success, BLACK SWAN.

Double Feature: BLACK SWAN, 2010, Fox Searchlight, 108 min. Dir. Darren Aronofsky. Natalie Portman stuns in her Golden Globe-winning and Academy AwardŽ-nominated performance as Nina Sayers, a timid yet talented ballerina who lands the dual role of White and Black Swan in her company's production of Swan Lake. As Nina struggles with the sexual confidence needed to master the demanding role, a number of foreboding elements eclipse her world: a ferociously manipulative Mommy Dearest (Barbara Hershey), a lecherous ballet director (Vincent Cassell), a free-spirited yet malevolent rival dancer (Mila Kunis), and a set of horrific, otherworldly bodily changes. With a terrific score by Clint Mansell, riffing with delightful menace on Tchaikovsky 's original music from Swan Lake. Trailer

PI, 1998, Lionsgate, 84 min. In director Darren Aronofsky's trippy, edgy first feature which earned him a directing award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, an isolated and paranoid numbers theorist (Sean Gullette) accidentally discovers, loses, and then frantically tries to re-find a 216-digit number that can unlock the secret of universal patterns. Trailer | Buy Tickets Discussion between films with director Darren Aronofsky and other guests to be confirmed.



Tuesday, February 8 - 7:30 PM
The Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), marking its 30th anniversary, has selected the 30 Most Significant Independent Films(tm) from around the world produced over the past three decades.
127 HOURS, 2010, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 94 min. When headstrong, adventure-seeking Aron Ralston (James Franco) finds himself trapped between a rogue boulder and a canyon wall during a rock-climbing excursion, he must do the unthinkable to free himself and save his life. Based on a true story, Danny Boyle directs with slick dexterity this tense, gripping script by Simon Beaufoy. Nominated for 6 Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor and Adapted Screenplay.
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, 2008, Fox Searchlight Pictures, 120 min. Shot in pulsing, vividly colorful flashback, Danny Boyle's uplifting story (from a script by Simon Beaufoy) about a teenage boy out of the slums of Mumbai who goes on to win the Indian iteration of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" is joyful, breathless filmmaking. Winner of 8 Oscars, including Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay and Original Song. Discussion between films with: Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy
-Oscar nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay: 127 HOURS
-Oscar winner for Best Adapted Screenplay: SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE
Composer A.R. Rahman
-Oscar nominee for Best Original Score and Best Original Song: 127 HOURS
-Oscar winner for Best Original Score and Best Original Song: SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE .
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Wednesday, February 9 – 7:30 PM

GYPSY, 1962, Warner Bros., 149 min. Dir. Mervyn Le Roy. Natalie Wood lights up the screen as stripper Gypsy Rose Lee in this splendid Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim/Arthur Laurents musical. The show-stopping Rosalind Russell stars as Wood’s domineering stage mother, with Karl Malden as Russell’s long-suffering boyfriend. [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets


Thursday, February 17 – 7:30 PM

Los Angeles Premiere! TRUTH IN NUMBERS? EVERYTHING, ACCORDING TO WIKIPEDIA, 2010, Underdog Pictures, 85 min. Directors Scott Glosserman and Nic Hill engagingly explore the history and cultural implications of one of the most traveled and referenced sites on the Internet: The user-generated encyclopedia’s impact on archiving, learning and our perception of facts is discussed in fascinating interviews with everyone from founder Jimmy Wales to former CIA director James Woolsey to writer Noam Chomsky to commentators suspicious of the site’s supposed neutrality. Be prepared to look at your favorite guilty non-secret reference site in a completely different way! Discussion following with directors Scott Glosserman and Nic Hill, and Andrew Lih, author of The Wikipedia Revolution. Book signing and an in-house Wikipedia edit session across the street at Every Picture Tells A Story after the Q&A. Trailer | Official Website | Buy Tickets



Friday, February 18 – 7:30 PM

THE FIGHTER, 2010, Paramount Pictures, 115 min. Dir. David O. Russell. Boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) is on the verge of complete career collapse, with a losing streak getting him no closer to the lightweight title, his "Mom-ager" (Melissa Leo) killing him with love and his crack-addict brother (Christian Bale) for a trainer. When Mickey falls for the feisty, hard-nosed Charlene (Amy Adams), who shrewdly sees through his family, he begins to realize that achieving the dream of a lifetime may require breaking from the people who have shaped his life. Discussion following with director David O. Russell and other special guests (TBC). [35mm] Trailer and Official Website | Buy Tickets




Saturday, February 19 – 7:30 PM

Actress and director Anjelica Huston first captured moviegoers' attention in Bob Rafelson's remake of THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, but it was another collaboration with Jack Nicholson - as the vengeful Maerose in PRIZZI'S HONOR - that won her an Academy Award. She was nominated again for her stellar work in Stephen Frears' THE GRIFTERS, and in years since has done impressive work both comedic (the ADDAMS FAMILY movies) and poignant (a series of collaborations with director Wes Anderson that includes THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS).

Double Feature: PRIZZI'S HONOR, 1985, Disney, 130 min. Mob hit man Jack Nicholson falls in love with Kathleen Turner, only to learn that she, too, is an assassin for hire. In director John Huston's hands this relationship between two killers becomes a hilarious parody of domesticity, until the nature of their work takes a dark, disturbing turn. With Anjelica Huston (Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner). [35mm] Trailer

THE DEAD, 1987, Lionsgate, 83 min. John Huston's elegiac final film is one of his best, a moving meditation on love, art, faith and marriage. Adapted from a short story by James Joyce, the film depicts one night in the life of a group of friends and relatives who gather for a Christmas party. Among the celebrants are Gabriel Conroy (Donal McCann) and his wife, Gretta (Anjelica Huston), whose relationship becomes the focus of the ensemble piece when Gretta tells a story that forces Gabriel to re-evaluate his marriage and his life. [35mm] Discussion between films with actress Anjelica Huston. Buy Tickets




Wednesday, February 23 – 7:30 PM

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

RESERVOIR DOGS, 1992, Miramax, 99 min. Director Quentin Tarantino’s self-assured feature debut pits five criminals of different temperament - strangers brought together by an elderly mastermind (perfectly cast Lawrence Tierney) - against an undercover cop who sabotages their jewelry store heist. A riveting saga told in disjointed time with bravura characterizations, spotlighted in the fraternal bonding of Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) and Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), the sadistic antics of psychotic Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), the foul-mouthed comments of Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) and last, but not least, the versatile Chris Penn as Nice Guy Eddie Cabot, Tierney’s faithful son. [35mm] Trailer | Buy Tickets




Saturday, February 26 – 7:30 PM

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, 1966, Sony Repertory, 120 min. Director Fred Zinnemann’s classic drama (based on LAWRENCE OF ARABIA writer Robert Bolt’s award-winning play), A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS stars Paul Scofield as Sir Thomas More, whose disagreement with former friend Henry the VIII (played by Robert Shaw) over divorce and Papal authority shook England in the 16th century. Riveting throughout with a cast of greats that includes Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Orson Welles, Susannah York, John Hurt and Vanessa Redgrave. Winner of six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Actor, Director and Cinematography (by Ted Moore). Trailer || Buy Tickets