October 5 – 17, 2000

Hollywood on Hollywood


In celebration of the Egyptian's 78th birthday on Oct. 18th, we will be conducting in-depth, behind-the-scenes tours of the Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, October 14 and Sunday, October 15 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. For the total "Old Hollywood" experience, combine a tour and a screening of FOREVER HOLLYWOOD (11:00 AM on both days).

Tour tickets: $7 Adults; $5 under 12/over 65/Cinematheque Members.

Tour & Film Combo $10.

Advance reservations are recommended (fax: 323 461 9737). Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.


Series Compiled by Dennis Bartok, Todd McCarthy and Arnold Glassman.


Special Thanks to: Marvin Paige; Linda Evans-Smith & Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS. CLASSICS; Marc Bovee & Rick Griffith/20th CENTURY FOX; Sue Lloyd/HAROLD LLOYD ESTATE; Peter Langs; Ray Regis/UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA; Cathye Clark/PARAMOUNT PICTURES; Fritz Herzog/ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS & SCIENCES – Film Archive; Roger Corman/NEW CONCORDE; Joe Dante & Jon Davison; Lisa Oropeza/NEW LINE CINEMA; Hank Truxillo/LION’S GATE FILMS; Mike Schlesinger/COLUMBIA PICTURES REPERTORY.







WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? asked the title of George Cukor’s 1932 drama of an aspiring young actress and a fading, alcoholic filmmaker – and since the days of silent film, Hollywood has been searching its collective soul on-screen and off-, asking if the glamour and wealth of the movie business is worth the shattered lives, forgotten legends, rejections, betrayals, and worse. The answer of course is, yes – many of the finest and most perceptive films in Hollywood history are about the Biz, from glorious entertainment like SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN and THE BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL, to rapid-fire satires like SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS, BOMBSHELL and LADY KILLER, to gothic portraits of underdogs and outcasts like IN A LONELY PLACE, SUNSET BOULEVARD and ED WOOD.

This series is meant to accompany the ongoing, daily screenings of the Cinematheque’s own documentary FOREVER HOLLYWOOD, where many of today’s most acclaimed filmmakers and actors, including Steven Spielberg, Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Robert Redford, Shirley MacLaine, Edward Norton and more, discuss their own dreams and aspirations of coming to Hollywood.


Thursday, October 5 – 7:00 PM


Composer David Raksin In Person!!

THE BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL, 1952, MGM (Warners), 118 min. Dir. Vincente Minnelli.

Hugely entertaining – and still on-target – drama of the relentless scramble to succeed in Hollywood, starring Kirk Douglas as producer Jonathan Shields, a born hustler who creates great movies while he alienates everyone who loves him – including Lana Turner as the alcoholic daughter of a Barrymore-like matinee idol, Barry Sullivan as a trusting young director, and Dick Powell as a sharp-tongued screenwriter.


Discussion following with composer David Raksin.

Thursday, October 5 – 9:45 PM


SHOW PEOPLE, 1928, MGM (Warners), 80 min. Dir. King Vidor. One of the first great films by and about Hollywood, filled with an astounding gallery of star cameos – Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks Sr., John Gilbert, William S. Hart, Norma Talmadge, Mae Murray and more --, SHOW PEOPLE stars Marion Davies in one of her finest comic roles, as Georgia peach "Peggy Pepper" who travels west to Hollywood in search of stardom, and finds it. Vidor’s razor-sharp satire of the movie business was reportedly inspired by the career of silent screen star Gloria Swanson. (Silent with live musical accompaniment by Rick Friend.)


Friday, October 6 – 7:00 PM


MYRA BRECKINRIDGE, 1970, 20th Century Fox, 94 min. Dir. Michael Sarne. This adaptation of Gore Vidal’s bestseller ranks with CANDY and BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS as one of the most gonzo pictures ever released by a major studio. Film lover Myron Breckinridge (Rex Reed) goes under the scissors of sex-change surgeon John Carradine -- and comes out as bombshell Myra (Raquel Welch), determined to "destroy the American male in all its particulars"!! A monstrously funny, jaw-dropping satire of Hollywood, combining golden phalluses, dumb studs, aging cowboy stars and a sexually voracious Mae West, inter-cut with clips from classic Shirley Temple and Laurel & Hardy flicks.


Friday, October 6 – 9:30 PM


MOVIE CRAZY, 1932, Harold Lloyd Estate, 82 min. Dir. Clyde Bruckman. Arguably the freshest and funniest of Harold Lloyd’s talkies, MOVIE CRAZY stars Lloyd as a wide-eyed country boy who hits the big time in Tinseltown, with help from lovely co-star Constance Cummings. Watch for Lloyd’s classic gag with a magician’s coat, one of his most dazzling bits of physical comedy.

LADY KILLER, 1933, Warners, 76 min. Dir. Roy del Ruth. Two-fisted, rapid-fire comedy with James Cagney as a cinema usher-turned-thief, who heads for Hollywood when his East Coast crimes turn up the heat. Before long he graduates from movie extra to matinee idol, and has former gang members knocking at his door to get a piece of the action. Back in 1934, a scandalized Variety sniffed that LADY KILLER "throws a none-too-glamorous light on the picture business itself, since it pictures an underworld crook as accepted on the best of terms within the studio" - !!


Saturday, October 7 – 5:00 PM


Todd McCarthy, Sasha Alpert & Arnold Glassman In Person

FOREVER HOLLYWOOD, 2000, American Cinematheque, 55 min. Dir. Todd McCarthy & Arnold Glassman. From the team that brought you VISIONS OF LIGHT: THE ART OF CINEMATOGRAPHY, the Cinematheque’s own documentary (also screening daily at the Egyptian) is an hour-long, behind-the-scenes look at a century of movie-making and the eternal allure of Hollywood glamour, told through rare film clips and interviews with Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Mel Gibson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jack Lemmon, Robert Redford, Kevin Spacey, Steven Spielberg, John Waters and more. Keep your eye on this site to find out which star the directors and producer will be bringing to the screening.


SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS, 1941, Universal, 90 min. Director Preston Sturges’ most acclaimed comedy is something like a social realist movie with a wicked sense of humor. Successful Hollywood director Joel McCrea grows weary of making "entertainment pictures," and decides to hit the road disguised as a hobo to research his first "serious" film. A roller-coaster of mishaps and coincidences lands him on a chain gang, as well as in the arms of lovely Veronica Lake, before he learns what audiences crave the most.

Discussion between films with FOREVER HOLLYWOOD co-directors Todd McCarthy and Arnold Glassman and producer Sasha Alpert. Tom Sturges, son of Preston Sturges, will introduce the screening of SULLIVAN’S TRAVELS.

Saturday, October 7 – 8:30 PM


Screenwriter Harlan Ellison and Actress Edie Adams In Person!!

THE OSCAR, 1966, Paramount, 118 min. Dir. Russell Rouse. Hilariously overheated drama of the race for the Oscar statuette, a kind of masculine version of ALL ABOUT EVE, starring Stephen Boyd as a strip club barker-turned-Hollywood star, clawing and back-stabbing his way to Academy Awards night, while lover Elke Sommer and a wildly-miscast Tony Bennett (in his only starring role) stand by and suffer. Look for Milton Berle in an excellent supporting role as Boyd’s agent, along with cameos from Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Edith Head, Hedda Hopper, Merle Oberon and Nancy Sinatra.

We are very excited that noted actress Edie Adams and acclaimed novelist , THE OSCAR screenwriter and four-time Writers Guild Award winner Harlan Ellison will join us for discussion following the film.

Sunday, October 8 – 5:00 PM


WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD?, 1932, RKO (Warners), 87 min. Dir. George Cukor. Brown Derby waitress and aspiring actress Constance Bennett attracts the attention of alcoholic director Lowell Sherman – her career soars while his falters, in this early version of the story that would be more famously adapted in 1937 and 1954 as A STAR IS BORN. "Bennett gives one of those complete, exquisitely nuanced performances that have made Cukor’s direction so justly celebrated" – Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times. Discussion following with novelist and screenwriter Gavin Lambert (INSIDE DAISY CLOVER), author of the acclaimed George Cukor biography On Cukor.

Sunday, October 8 – 7:30 PM


A STAR IS BORN, 1954, Warners, 170 min. Dir. George Cukor. Alcoholic falling star Norman Maine (James Mason) discovers and marries rising matinee idol songbird Esther Blodgett (Judy Garland), in Cukor’s emotionally incandescent remake of William Wellman’s 1937 version and his own WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? (shown here in the restored, 170 minute version.) Fueled by Garland’s terrifying vulnerability as Esther, Cukor’s flawless direction and a superb script by Moss Hart, A STAR IS BORN is an amazing synthesis of on-screen drama and behind-the-scenes myth. Discussion following with art director Gene Allen and actress Hazel Shermet.

Special In-depth Egyptian Theatre Tours this weekend only!

Saturday, October 14 – 5:00 PM


THE LAST TYCOON, 1976, Paramount, 124 min. Director Elia Kazan’s quietly powerful version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final work stars Robert DeNiro as Monroe Stahr, a workaholic film mogul (based on movie pioneer Irving Thalberg), haunted by Lillith-like muse Ingrid Boulting and insomnia while doing battle with studio honchos Robert Mitchum and Ray Milland. Adapted by Harold Pinter with an marvelous supporting cast that includes Tony Curtis, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Nicholson, Dana Andrews and Theresa Russell.


Saturday, October 14 – 8:00 PM


Carroll Baker and Red Buttons In Person!!

HARLOW, 1965, Paramount, 125 min. Dir. Gordon Douglas. Carroll Baker shines in a demanding, much-underrated performance as legendary screen siren Jean Harlow, charting her meteoric rise in the Hollywood of the early 1930’s, her stormy love affairs and tragic early death at age 26. Co-starring Peter Lawford, Red Buttons, Mike Connors and Angela Lansbury.

BOMBSHELL, 1933, Warners, 76 min. Dir. Victor Fleming. Jean Harlow shows her remarkable gifts as a comedienne in this screwball farce of a sweet-natured screen goddess who endures a whirlwind of romances, marriage proposals and baby adoptions – all unknowingly orchestrated by her publicity mad press agent, played by Lee Tracy. A wonderful, saucy gem of pre-Code comedy, showing Harlow at her very best.

Discussion between films with HARLOW stars Carroll Baker and Red Buttons.

Sunday, October 15 – 3:00 PM


Bill Condon & Lynn Redgrave In Person!!

GODS & MONSTERS, 1998, Lion’s Gate, 105 min. Director and screenwriter Bill Condon’s lovely, sympathetic look at the Golden Age of Hollywood and genius in exile stars Ian McKellen (in arguably his finest performance) as FRANKENSTEIN director James Whale, living in self-imposed seclusion in the Hollywood hills surrounded by his sharp-tongued housekeeper (a wonderful Lynn Redgrave) and a hunky yet soulful gardener (Brendan Fraser.) Oscar-winner for Best Screenplay by Condon, adapted from Christopher Bram’s novel Father of Frankenstein.

Discussion following with director/screenwriter Bill Condon and actress Lynn Redgrave (schedules permitting.)

Sunday, October 15 – 5:45 PM


BOOGIE NIGHTS, 1997, New Line Cinema, 152 min. Busboy Marc Wahlberg rises to fame as porn superstar Dirk Diggler under the guidance of sex industry godfather Burt Reynolds and his crew of underground media misfits. Director/writer Paul Thomas Anderson paints an exhilarating, brilliantly funny and sympathetic portrait of the "other Hollywood," the San Fernando Valley porn biz of the 1970’s and 80’s, with bravura turns by Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Heather Graham, Don Cheadle, Philip Seymour Hoffman and William H. Macy as the other members of Dirk’s sprawling, dysfunctional adoptive family.


Tuesday, October 17 – 7:00 PM


Joe Dante and Mary Woronov In Person!!

HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD, 1976, New World, 83 min. Dir. Joe Dante & Allan Arkush. A hellzapoppin’ shlock epic chronicling the exploits of aspiring starlet Candice Rialson as she barnstorms her way into a low-budget exploitation picture. Hilarious bits by greats Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel and Dick Miller punctuate the exhilarating mayhem, along with a shameless integration of wacky scenes from various other New World epics.


Discussion following with co-director Joe Dante and actress Mary Woronov.

Tuesday, October 17 – 9:30 PM


Stella Stevens and Frank Marshall In Person!!

NICKELODEON, 1976, Columbia, 122 min. Dir. Peter Bogdanovich. Widely criticized and misunderstood on its initial release, NICKELODEON is a hugely entertaining slapstick farce and heartfelt valentine to the earliest days of the Hollywood movie industry. Ryan O’Neal stars as the bumbling young lawyer who accidentally stumbles into directing, Burt Reynolds is the hot-tempered leading man, Tatum O’Neal is the brains behind the operation, and lovely Jane Hitchcock is the object of everyone’s affections. Co-starring John Ritter, Stella Stevens, Brian Keith.

Actress Stella Stevens and co-producer Frank Marshall to introduce screening (schedule permitting).