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Opens Oct. 18!
Currently Available on VHS and DVD: Outlaw Japanese Masters Series: BLACK TIGHT KILLERS; FEMALE CONVICT SCORPIAN, ECSTASY OF THE ANGELS, GO, GO SECOND TIME VIRGIN.
EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER
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Japanese Outlaw Masters Series Available at the Egyptian Theatre. See below for mail order prices.
DVD = $25
Unit Cost plus shipping and handling charge of $4.50 per unit.
DVD= $29.50 VIDEO=$24.50
Send check, money order, credit card # (mastercard or visa) to:
David Shultz, American Cinematheque, 1800 N. Highland Ave., Suite 717, LA, CA 90028 USA
For more information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of the rare films we have screened over the years at the American Cinematheque will be available on DVD and home video for the first time. Others will be booked around the country (USA only) in local theaters for limited engagements. Watch for information about new releases on this site. Vitagraph is our distribution arm.
The American Cinematheque, Vitagraph Films and Image Entertainment are proud to announce the video and DVD release of the first of four titles in the "American Cinematheque Presents..." collection entitled Japanese Outlaw Masters: BLACK TIGHT KILLERS and FEMALE CONVICT SCORPIAN - JAILHOUSE 41 (1972). In BLACK TIGHT KILLERS, girl assassins kill their prey will 45-rpm records in this action/spy spoof. FEMALE CONVICT is a surrealist-cum-exploitation picture, the second in a series about Matsu, a volatile woman who is wrongly sent to jail by a betraying boyfriend. NOW AVAILABLE!: ECSTASY OF THE ANGELS and GO, GO SECOND TIME VIRGIN.
AUDITION - On DVD & Video Spring 2002!
A film by Takashi Miike
SYNOPSIS:AUDITION (1999, Cinematheque Presents/Vitagraph Films,115 min.) has proven to be a box office and critical success in New York, the first US city where it has opened. The New York Times just called it one of the best films of the year. The story concerns a lonely, middle-aged widower (Ryo Ishibashi) who lost his wife to cancer seven years prior. A friend convinces him to use his video production company to hold mock auditions for a nonexistent film project in an effort to meet women. The decent Aoyoma is initially reluctant to engage in such a deception, but finally he agrees and subsequently, meets a beautiful former ballerina (Eihi Shiina) with a mysterious past. The two begin a romance. While on the surface, Asami seems like an innocent and submissive woman, her nature changes when Aoyoma mentions his deceased wife. In the blink of an eye, a tender romance morphs into a shocking, gothic psycho-thriller. In Japanese with English subtitles.
"UNFORGETTABLE! A GREAT, sick rush with a kicker on the level of THE VANISHING!" -- Elvis Mitchell, NY Times
"The kinkiest, creepiest, most pungently sexual horror film in recent memory!" -- The Guardian (London)
"Japans hottest director!" -- A. Musetto, NY Post
"ONE OF THE YEARS BEST FILMS! Dazzling. razor-sharp wit....what it must have been like to see PSYCHOs shower scene back in 1960. BRILLIANT, UNFORGETTABLE!" -- Mike DAngelo, Time Out New York
AUDITION is currently being booked at theatres nationwide. To date, bookings include:NEW YORK: (Village East thru 9/12); Eastman House, Rochester (TBA 2002)
N. CALIFORNIA: (9/14) San Jose (Cinema 3); Berkeley (ACT); The Castro (San Francisco);Sacramento (tent) Tower Theatre (12/14)
CONN.: Hartford (12/14) Cinestudio Theatre
WASHINGTON: Seattle (10/5)
TEXAS: Dallas & Houston (Oct. 19 - Angelica Theatres). Austin (Jan. 2002)
PENN.: Philadelphia (Nov. 2)
S. CALIFORNIA: LOS ANGELES: LA Premiere at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian as part of the Japanese Outlaw Masters series (Oct.); NuART (11/16-22); Orange County (TBA - 11/23); Pasadena Laemmle Playhouse 7 (11/23); Westside Pavillion (W. LA) (11/23); Laemmle Sunset 5 (midnights 11/23).
ILLINOIS: Chicago (11/30 -- Century 5)
OREGON: Portland (10/26 Cinema 21)
MASS.: Cambridge (Oct. The Brattle)
NEVADA: 12/7 Las Vegas (12/14-12/21) Village Square
NEW MEXICO: Santa Fe (11/12) The ScreenMARYLAND: Baltimore - Charles Theatre 12/7 HAWAII: Wallace Theatres, 1 Restaurant Row (Oahu) 12/7 N. CAROLINA: Mid Dec. Chapel Hill, NC - Chelsea Theatre
FLORIDA: Regal Theatre, Sarasota (TBA 2002); South Beach 18, Miami Beach (2/8/2002)
MINNESOTA: Heights Theatre, Minneapolis (TBA 2002)
COLORADO: Denver (TBA 2002)
KANSAS: Fine Arts Theatre, Mission, Kansas City (Jan. 19 - 26, 2002)Sarsota FL- 3/1/02 Raleigh Durham - March 2002 Kansas City- Fine Arts Theatre - Feb. 2002 Indianapolis- Key Cinema - March 8, 2002
A film by Matthew Bright (FREEWAY) about serial killer Ted Bundy.
Opens New York City's Cinema Village, Sept. 13, 2002 & Los Angeles' Laemmle Sunset 5, Sept. 20, 2002!
EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER - On DVD & Video Spring 2002!
A film by Marc Forester (87 min., 2000, USA)
CRITICAL ACCLAIM:" one of the most visually accomplished and emotionally provocative films in the dramatic competition at Sundance " Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter.
"Dogma '95 and THE CELEBRATION finally have their first American Challenger:
a searing character drama shot entirely on digital video that leaves you
emotionally spent. ...Mitchell is nothing short of a revelation." - Paul
Cullum, LA Weekly
"Riveting... Echoing in mood and style Polanski's masterpieces 'REPULSION
and ROSEMARY'S BABY." - Emanuel Levy, Variety
"The power and intelligence of EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER is of such quality and intensity that it is impossible not to be overwhelmed by the movie." Rebecca Yeldham (Sundance Film Festival)
"Radha Mitchell, whos rapidly maturing into a terrifically accomplished actress, renders a staggering performance " Emanuel Levy, Daily VarietyAngie (Australian actress RADHA MITCHELL (HIGH ART, PITCH BLACK) in an unflinchingly honest performance) and Russ (JUSTIN LOUIS), a young, well-off, loving, suburban couple, eagerly await the birth of their first child. Angies friends (Catherine Lloyd Burns of "Malcolm in the Middle" and Megan Mullally of "Will and Grace") are also pregnant and together their worlds revolve around babies, husbands and the rituals of family life. When an unexpected tragedy befalls Angie and Russ, the community that they were once integrally involved in begins to disappear. Their fair-weather friends, unable to find a way to console, or share the couples grief, simply withdraw. As Angies grief begins to drive her to act out in strange and frightening ways, the film echoes the terror of Polanskis ROSEMARYS BABY. It is also reminiscent of Todd Haynes SAFE in its depiction of an alienated woman adrift in a hostile, suffocating suburban environment, that once offered a bounty of security and comfort. "Roberto Schaefers cinematography is a masterwork of telling compositions: His framings, some askew and some straight on, point us to the fullest story dimensions and character depths." (Hollywood Reporter) This amazing, complex film is packed with human emotion something so absent in films today. Shot on Digital Video, the film will be projected in a 35mm print. Produced by Sean Furst. Written by Adam Forgash, Catherine Lloyd Burns and Mark Forster. Director/Co-Writer Mark Forster Forester (LOUNGERS, Winner of the Audience Award at the 1996 Slamdance Film Festival).
EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER has been lauded by critics since it debuted in January 2000 as an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. In March 2001 director Marc Forester won the prestigious Independent Spirit Award for "New Director to Watch," not to mention the Sony/AFI DV-Cam award for best fiction feature.EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER's unique look takes the concept of digital video photography to a whole new perspective on what digital photography can be. It has been hailed as the first American film to rival Dogma 95, putting it in league with the highly praised and celebrated work of Danish master directors Lars Von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg. Interview magazine's Graham Fuller put EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER on his list of the ten best unreleased films.
EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER will be the first new American independent feature film distributed theatrically in the US by American Cinematheque Presents and Vitagraph Films. This film was selected to debut this new distribution entity, for its innovative story and cinematography and incredible critical acclaim.
Director Mark Forsters latest film, MONSTERS BALL, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Wes Bentley and Halle Berry, is slated for release by Lions Gate in December 2001. Actress Radha Mitchell will be seen in Joel Shumacher's PHONE BOOTH starring opposite Collin Ferrell, also due to be released late this year.
RELEASE SCHEDULE:EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER is currently being booked at theatres nationwide. More dates to be announced as they are confirmed. To date, bookings include:
2002:Dallas- The Highland Theatre- March 2002 Minneapolis- The Heights Theatre- end Feb-March 2002
Cleveland - Cleveland Cinematheque - March 2002
2001:Exclusive Engagement! Opens Nov. 2, 2001
Laemmle Monica, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica
Showtimes: 1:00 PM; 3:15 PM; 5:30 PM; 7:45 PM; 10:00 PM
Opens at the Egyptian's Spielberg Theatre on Nov. 16!
Friday, November 16: 7:30 PM, 9:30 PM
Saturday, November 17: 5: 30 PM, 7:30 PM, 9:30 PM
Sunday, November 18: 5: 30 PM, 7:30 PM, 9:30 PM
*Monday, November 19: 7:30 PM, 9:30 PM
Tuesday, November 20: 5: 30 PM, 7:30 PM, 9:30 PM
Friday, November 23: 7:30 PM, 9:30 PM
Saturday, November 24: 5: 30 PM, 7:30 PM, 9:30 PM
Sunday, November 25: 5: 30 PM, 7:30 PM, 9:30 PM
*Director Marc Forster & Producer Sean Furst will appear for discussion
following the 7:30 PM screening and will introduce the 9:30 PM screening.
NYC Cinema Village (11/9)
Opens November 30!
Clinton Street Theater
Seattle Grand Illusion; Boston/Cambridge (Dec.); San Francisco (Jan. 14); Minneapolis (Jan. 14).
VAMPIRE HUNTER D - BLOODLUST
New Japanese Animation!!
VAMPIRE HUNTER D BLOODLUST, 2001, Urban Vision, 102 min. Set in a supernatural world thats equal parts Sergio Leone and BLADE, this astonishing, adrenaline-stoked animated film follows the enigmatic "D" as he slices and dices his way through snake-headed bloodsuckers, shadow creatures, bigoted humans and more, while attempting to stop the Romeo and Juliet romance of a beautiful young woman and a dashing vampire count. English language.
December 21 - 27
"Wisconsin Death Trip" begins a limited theatrical run this Fall in selected theaters this weekend in San Francisco, CA.
The schedule is as follows (and more theaters will be added in the coming weeks):
October 21-22: Castro Theatre, San Francisco, CA
Feb. 21 only
2002:Cleveland Cinematheque- End of Feb 2002
Los Angeles - March 19-21, 2002 - Nuart Theatre, W. LA & March 22&23 at the Egyptian, Hollywood.
Title: Wisconsin Memento
In 1,000,000 movies, amnesiac characters try desperately to
remember some urgent, forgotten matter. Most recently Kurt Russell in Vanilla Sky or Joe
Pantoliano in Memento played figures trying to tease a reluctant memory awake. The
popularity of this kind of mystery echoes a national problemwe in the US have a
chronic case of historical amnesia.
Marsh goes a step farther than the book by visiting Black
River Falls today. He seems to wonder: how could a past this flamboyant be interred
underneath the peaceful small town? He observes the high school home coming game and
parade, children playing, the old people left in a retirement home. Naturally, some
critics have accused Marsh of patronizing the town, through filming nursing home residents
drowsing through a visiting glee-clubs rendition of The Star Spangled
Since its premiere Wisconsin Death Trip has won the 2000 BBC2 Award for Most Innovative Documentary, The 2001 Royal Television Society's Best Arts Documentary Award and the 1999 Fipresci Special Mention Prize at the San Sebastien Film Festival in Spain. It was also nominated for the Huw Wheldon Award for Specialised Programme at the 47th annual BAFTA Television Awards and the EMMY nomination for Best Lighting Design.
Hailed by critics since its theatrical debut over a year ago, the film has been praised by The Independent's film critic David Thomson with the headline "I doubt you will see a more important American film this year."
July 20-26, 2001 Landmarks Century Theatres, Chicago, IL
August 2, 2001 Egyptian Theatre Hollywood, CA
August 6-14, 2001 Prince Theater, Philadelphia, PA
August 24-30, 2001 Bridge Theater, Berkeley, CA
August 31-Sept. 6, 2001 Dobie Theatre, Austin, TX
August 31-Sept. 6, 2001 Varsity Landmark Theatre, Seattle, WA
September 14, 2001 Clinton Street Cinema, Portland, OR
This title is out on DVD & Video from Rhino Home Entertainment
FEMALE CONVICT SCORPIAN - JAILHOUSE 41: January 12-18, 2001 at the Roxy Cinema in San Francisco. 3117 16th Street (cross street Valencia), SF, CA 94103. Tel: 415.386.1087.
The psychadelic WONDERWALL, made in Swinging '60s London, from SONG REMAINS THE SAME director Joe Massot opens around the country starting in September 2000. Check your local theaters for listings in New York (The Screening Room), Seattle, Portland, Chicago, the Cambridge, MA area and other cities.
This title is out on DVD & Video from Rhino.
WONDERWALL CONFIRMED PLAY DATES:
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Landmark's Egyptian Theatre 4978 805 E. Pine St Seattle, Washington, 98122.
Play dates; Friday and Saturday Midnights September 29 & 30.
NEW YORK CITY,
The Screening Room, 54
Varick Street (just below Canal) New
Opening at the Pioneer Theatre Nov. 24th!
CMJ Special Screening OCTOBER 20 DGA
Theatre 110 57th St., New York, New York 10019. CMJ (College
Music Jam) admission is with credentials only. WONDERWALL will
screen directly before Miramax's re-release of "Hard Days Night"
at approximately 5:00 or 6:00pm (time has yet to be determined).
CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA. 02138 ph (617)739-2901 Fax (617)739-2901
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 and SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 Regular matinee and evening schedule.
CLEVELAND, OHIO: Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Blvd. Cleveland, Ohio 44106 November 3&4
Also coming to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio!
EUGENE, OREGON: BIJOU
ART CINEMAS, 492 East 13th Ave.
NASHVILLE, TN., GREEN HILLS 16, 3815 Green Hills Village Dr., Nashville, Tn. 37215.
November 3-9 (matinee & evening schedule)
Starts Dec. 1 at the Sunset Laemmle 5 on Sunset and Dec. 6 & 7 at the New Beverly (Beverly Blvd.) following BEATLEFEST (during the Thanksgiving holiday). Special screening 11/26 at Beatlefest in Los Angeles (11:30 AM).
A young successful London lawyer JUSTIN DAWSON, 26, mysteriously appears dead in the Thames River. His SORTED life, affairs and lust for the London Underground techno-rave scene come to the surface when his innocent small-town younger brother unsuspectingly ventures into the past uncovering startling facts of his life and death.
At the Egyptian Theatre:
Fri. Dec. 8: 12:30 PM; Dec. 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15: 10:30 AM
To date, Vitagraph Films has acquired rights to four Japanese genre films that were well received at American Cinematheque screenings in its popular Japanese Outlaw Masters series. Although made some 30 years ago, none of these films had ever been released in the US, nor had they been available on video. Partnering with Image Entertainment, Vitagraph distributed these four titles (a fifth is on its way this year) on DVD and home video in 2000 and booked the films theatrically in New York, San Francisco & Boston.
Theatrically Vitagraph/American Cinematheque Presents has re-released the legendary, but virtually unseen in the US, psychedelic, 60's relic, WONDERWALL (directed by THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME director Joe Massot) featuring a re-mastered, original score by then Beatle George Harrison as well as the John Carpenter cult horror favorite HALLOWEEN. In Summer 2001 Vitagraph re-released QUADROPHENIA based on the WHOs classic album, in connection with Rhino Entertainment. AUDITION, WISCONSIN DEATH TRIP and EVERYTHING PUT TOGETHER are being booked theatrically in theatres for Fall 2001 and Winter 2002.
For further information about Vitagraph Films please contact President, David Shultz at 323.461.2020, ext. 123.