June  2002

American Cinematheque Presents...

Special Events in June



Tickets available 30 days in advance. Tickets are $8 general admission unless noted otherwise.



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Wednesday, June 5, 2002 | 7:30 PM


In Association with Apollo Cinema. www.apollocinema.com

Join us for our second year as we bring you the Oscar-nominated and winners in both the live-action and animation categories. All films with non-English dialogue are subtitled. Films will not necessarily screen in the order listed here.

Joseph E. Merideth’s "Stubble Trouble" (4 min, Animation, USA.) Og longs for love, but he is thwarted in his search by his rapidly growing beard. Kalman Apple & Shameela Bakhsh’s "Speed for Thespians", (29 min, Live Action, USA.) Actors board a New York City bus and begin performing Chekhov’s "The Bear", interacting with the surprised passengers. Ruairi Robinson & Seamus Byrne’s "Fifty Percent Grey" (3 min, Animation, Ireland.) Virgil Widrich’s "Copy Shop" (12 min, Live-Action, Austria.) A man working in a copy shot photocopies his hand one day with Kafkaesque results. Cathal Gaffney & Darragh O’Connell’s "Give Up Yer Aul Sins" (5 min, Animation, Ireland.) In the 1960’s a television film crew visits a Dublin classroom and records a little girl’s version of the story of John the Baptist. Johannes Kiefer’s "Gregor’s Greatest Invention" (11 min, Live-Action, Germany.) Gregor’s grandmother faces life in an old folks home unless he can come up with an invention to compensate for her weakening legs. Cordell Barker’s "Strange Invaders" (8 min, Animation, Canada.) Slawomir Fabicki & Bobumil Godfrejow’s "A Man Thing" (Meska Sprawa, 26 min, Live-Action, Poland.) A thirteen-year old Polish boy, whose closest emotional bond is with a stray dog, attempts to hide the fact that his father beats him. Ralph Eggleston’s "For the Birds" Winner Animated Category! (3 min, USA.) A flock of small birds perched on a wire finds its delicate balance upset by the arrival of a larger bird. Ray McKinnon & Lisa Blount’s "The Accountant" Winner Live-Action Category! (38 min, USA.) Two brothers whose farm is on the brink of bankruptcy consult an accountant who has some highly unconventional money-making suggestions.

Q & A to follow w/ Oscar Winners Ray McKinnon & Lisa Blount (The Accountant) & Christopher Wojciechowksi (A Man Thing).

Program compiled by Andrew P. Crane & Carol Crowe. Special Thanks to Carol Crowe, Samantha Berman & Apollo Cinema


Thursday, June 6, 2002 | 7:30 PM

SOUTHLANDER (89 min., 2001, USA) Sharing the hipper-than-thou yet tongue-in-cheek vibe of BOOGIE NIGHTS and PULP FICTION (sans the violence), music video director Steven Hanft delivers a surreal first feature with shades of an eccentric David Lynch, odyssey. Chance (Rory Cochrane) only gets a break on the LA music scene when he buys a rare, cool, white ‘69 Mullowtron synthesizer that delivers the ultimate in space sounds. When it is stolen on the eve of the band’s tour departure, he and his skeevey pal (Ross Harris) adventure through LA’s music underground trying to reclaim the instrument that sets Chance apart from the struggling musician masses. Some of the characters they meet along the way include faded 70’s funk superstar, the temperamental Motherchild ("Welcome Back Kotter"’s Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs), his tennis buddy (Richard Edson); and a millionaire (Gregg Henry) bent on ridding the world of electronics. With cameos by recording artists Beck, Beth Orton and Hank Williams III.

With Jon M. Chu’s "Silent Beats" (5 min., 2001, USA) A provocative look at racial stereotyping.

SOUTHLANDER Director Steve Hanft will appear for Q & A with Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs and Ross Harris as well as short filmmaker Jon M. Chu. Following the screening.



Special One-Week Re-Release!!

June 13 – 20, 2002

Jean-Pierre Melville’s BOB LE FLAMBEUR

"What is friendship? It’s telephoning a friend at night to say, ‘Be a pal, get your gun and come over quickly’ – and hearing the reply, ‘O.K., be right there.’ " -- Jean-Pierre Melville

A lover of all things "American" (guns, flashy cars, THE ASPHALT JUNGLE), Jean- Pierre Melville (1917 – 1973) was one of film’s true iconoclasts: a Frenchman who rejected most of French cinema, an outsider who built his own studio (and watched it burn to the ground), a consummate romantic who believed only in betrayal. The silver-haired gambler in BOB LE FLAMBEUR, the solitary assassin in LE SAMOURAĻ – these characters are quintessentially "Melvillian" (he probably coined the term himself, and used it often): beautiful loners willing to die for a gesture, "to preserve a sort of purity."

BOB LE FLAMBEUR, 1955, Rialto Pictures, 97 min. One of the greatest crime films ever made and a landmark in French cinema is back in a beautiful, newly restored 35 mm. print courtesy of Rialto Pictures! Jean-Pierre Melville’s most renowned film is less a true noir than (in the director’s words) "a comedy of manners" -- a romantic meditation on Montmartre, faithless women, old pros, casinos waiting to be knocked over. The great Roger Duchesne stars as smooth-as-velvet crook Bob, planning to retire after one last, big score – if he can keep his hands off coquettish vixen Isabelle Corey and the even-more dangerous allure of the gambling tables. Suffused with an overwhelming sense of nostalgia, BOB was "a letter to a Paris which no longer existed."

Thursday 6/13 – 7:15 / 9:30 PM

Friday 6/14 – 7:15 / 9:30 PM

Saturday 6/15 – 4:00 / 6:15 / 8:30 PM

Sunday 6/16 – 3:00 / 5:15 / 7:30 PM

Monday 6/17 to Thursday 6/20 - 7:15 / 9:30 PM

Special Thanks: Mike Thomas and Bruce Goldstein/RIALTO PICTURES; Mohamed Bendjebbour and Lise de Sablet/French Film and TV office of the Consulate General of France Los Angeles.