September  2002

American Cinematheque Presents...

Special Events in September


These Events are One Night Only So Don't Miss Out!


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



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Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.

Wednesday, September 4 – 7:30 PM [Spielberg Theatre]

Wednesday, September 4 – – 9:30 PM [Spielberg Theatre]


Sponsored by the French Film & TV Department – Consulate General of France in Los Angeles.

Roger Gonin from the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival In-Person!

The American Cinematheque proudly presents the travelling program from the world’s largest and most renowned short film festival and market. Now entering its twenty-fifth year, Clermont-Ferrand comprises an international competition, representing approximately fifty countries, a national competition, alongside retrospective, auteur and special screenings. Altogether over 400 films are screened, showing the width and breadth of the art of the short film in the genres of: fiction, animation, documentary and experimental film. Let us not forget the vibrant film market, with over sixty television channels, fifty distributors and more than sixty international film festivals coming to meet, view, buy and select the short films the world will see in the next year.

Bruno Decharme’s "Alexandre Lobanov’s" , (7 min.) This documentary reveals the story of Alexandrew Pavlovitch Lobanov. Deaf and dumb, he has been confined to a psychiatric hospital in Russia for 50 years. After a period of revolt, be retreated in autism, while at the same time developing exceptional graphic art. The portrait of a true "na´ve" artist. Julien Leloup’s "Des Anges" (Angels, 14 min.) Paris is deserted in August while the population vacations. Two teenagers, Jeremy and Abad are on different paths, which intertwine when they both meet a young girl. Alain Escalle’s "Le Conte du Monde Flottant" (The Fairy Tale of the Floating World, 24 min.) Dreamlike animated film about a man’s memories of the blast at Hiroshima, August 6, 1945. Mathias Gokalp’s "Mi-Temps" ( (Part-Time, 15 min.) Alice, a student who works part-time as a supermarket checker, resorts to drastic measures after failing her exams. Jerome Boulbes’ "La Mort de Tau" (The Death of Tau,13 min.) Animated piece about a giant larvae, Tau, who is dying in the desert, while creatures fight in the near distance. Olivier Laubacher’s " Un Vol, La Nuit" (A Burglary, One Night,14 min.) A car thief steals a Mercedes without realizing the owner is inside the car. Lionel Bailliu’s "Squash" (26 min.) Just won the Audience Award at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival. A game of squash between employer and employee becomes a no holds grudge match.

Q & A to follow with Roger Gonin from the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival.

Program compiled by Roger Gonin.


Wednesday, September 4 – – 7:30 PM

30th Anniversary Screening!

CIAO! MANHATTAN, 1972, 84 min. Dirs. John Palmer & David Weisman. Warhol superstar Edie Sedgwick helped define the look and style of New York counterculture in the late 1960’s with her cool, mesmerizing beauty and casual, nonstudied "acting" in films like BEAUTY NO. 2 and POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL. Just months before her tragic overdose at the age of 28, Sedgwick starred in one of the most painfully revealing films of the era, CIAO! MANHATTAN, a barely-fictionalized portrait of her meteoric rise and fall. Join us for a special screening of a Brand-New 35 mm. Print of the film, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of its release. Co-director David Weisman in person!



Tuesday, September 10 – 7:00 PM


Please Note Major Changes to this event! The information listed here was updated on 8/15. Changes are in red.

Sponsored by Walt Disney Pictures. This event ONLY will take place at the El Capitan Theatre at 6838 Hollywood Blvd.

Tickets available at the El Capitan Box Office (open 7 days/11 am - 6 pm) or by phone (800) 347-6396 or This event is sold out.

Reserved seats $19 (w/ popcorn & drink). Adults $10. Senior/Student $9. Cinematheque members $8 ONLY available at the El Capitan box office at this price. Bring your membership card.

Creator of some of the most breathtakingly beautiful films in the history of animation, including PRINCESS MONONOKE, LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO and KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE, Japanese director and animator Hayao Miyazaki has combined ageless, mythic storytelling, a profoundly spiritual approach to man and the natural world, and a gallery of fearless young heroines into his own unmistakable art. Born in 1941 in Tokyo, the son of an airplane manufacturer (Miyazaki’s love for planes and flying shows in almost all his films), he grew up influenced by writers such as Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Rosemary Sutcliff, and the tremendously popular manga comics of Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astro-Boy. After apprenticing on a number of anime features and TV series in the late 1960’s and 1970’s, Miyazaki emerged as a director with CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO in 1979, followed soon after by the astonishing NAUSICA─ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (based on his own manga) and LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY. Working with his own animation house, Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki has exerted an amazing degree of individual control over the design and production of his films.

We are thrilled to welcome a truly visionary filmmaker, Hayao Miyazaki, with his latest movie SPIRITED AWAY, soon to be released in the U.S. by Walt Disney Pictures - !

Tuesday, September 10 – 7:30 PM

Special Sneak Preview – Hayao Miyazaki In Person!!

SPIRITED AWAY (SEN TO CHIHIRO NO KAMIKAKUSHI), 2002, Walt Disney/Studio Ghibli, approx. 120 min. Try to remember your astonishment the first time you saw THE WIZARD OF OZ or SLEEPING BEAUTY, and be prepared for a fantasy of truly wondrous dimensions in SPIRITED AWAY, the latest from the great Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki. A young girl, Chihiro, on holiday with her parents accidentally stumbles into an enchanted village where ancient Japanese demons go for rest and relaxation. After her parents are transformed into enormous pigs, Chihiro is forced to take a job as a cleaning girl in a devil-filled onsen (Japanese bath house), where she contends with eight-legged spider-men, gorgeous sky-dragons and a silent, love-struck wraith. Truly magical from start to finish, with a stunning score by longtime collaborator Joe Hisaishi. Winner of the 2002 Japanese Academy Award for Best Picture and the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. Discussion following with director Hayao Miyazaki.

Special Ticket Price of $10.00 General, $9.00 Students/Seniors, $8.00 Members for this screening only.






Thursday, Sept. 12th – 7:15 PM and 9:30 PM

Friday, Sept. 13th – 7:15 PM and 9:30 PM

Saturday, Sept. 14th – 7:15 PM and 9:30 PM

DOG SOLDIERS, 2002, Kismet Entertainment, 90 min. A squad of football-obsessed, hilariously foulmouthed British soldiers on a training mission in the Scottish Highlands find themselves stalked by enormous werewolves, in writer/director Neil Marshall’s supercharged blend of ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 and THE HOWLING. After a disastrous encounter in the woods, the soldiers hole up in an abandoned farmhouse – and the fun really begins, as various members of the squad start to transform, an enigmatic local girl (Emma Cleasby) turns up, and our hero Cooper (Kevin McKidd, from TRAINSPOTTING) is forced to perform emergency surgery with Super Glue (don’t ask – just watch!!) A smash hit in the UK, the film is one of the most successful independent horror films in UK box office history. From the producer of HELLRAISER.


Tuesday, September 24 - 7:30 PM SOLD OUT

Ain't It Cool News/American Cinematheque Sneak Preview Showcase:

THE RULES OF ATTRACTION, 2002, Lions Gate, 110 min. Set during a semester at exclusive and ultra-expensive Camden College, a hothouse of sex, drugs and self-absorption, Academy Award-wining writer and director Roger Avary's adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel THE RULES OF ATTRACTION is a kaleidoscopic story about three students with no plans for the future - or even the present - who become entangled in a curious romantic triangle. Lauren (Shannyn Sossamon) changes boyfriends every time she changes majors and still pines for Victor (Kip Pardue) who split for Europe months ago. Hard-drinking Sean (James Van Der Beek), a hopeless romantic who only has eyes for Lauren, even if he ends up in bed with half the campus, and Paul (Ian Somerhalder), Lauren's ex, forthrightly bisexual and whose passion masks a shrewd pragmatism. They waste time getting wasted, race from Thirsty Thursday Happy Hours to Dressed to Get Screwed parties to drinks at The Edge of the World. THE RULES OF ATTRACTION is a poignant, hilarious take on the death of romance. The film also benefits from memorable performances by Jessica Biel, Eric Stoltz, Clifton Collins, Jr., Kate Bosworth, Swoosie Kurtz and Faye Dunaway and is due to be released October 11 by Lions Gate Films. Discussion following with director & screenwriter Roger Avary, Greg Shapiro (producer); actors Joel Michaely, Kip Pardue, Clare Kramer, Ian Somerhalder,Kate Bosworth.  (schedules permitting.)


Sunday, September 29 | 5:00 PM

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' first record

- And the release of "A Hard Day's Night" on DVD !

Co-stars Victor Spinetti & John Junkin in person!!!

Restored 35 mm. Print!!

A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, 1964, Miramax, 85 min. Director Richard Lester's brilliant, carefree comedy set the tone for the rest of the 1960's and captured the Beatles at their best, clowning (as one respected reviewer said) like the new Marx Bros. From Lester's restless, handheld camerawork to writer Alun Owen's surreal day-in-the-life script and George Martin's pithy score (both Oscar-nominated) to the Beatles themselves - exuberantly singing "Can't Buy Me Love," "She Loves You" and ten other Beatles classics -- this is the essence of the Sixties. A HARD DAY'S NIGHT will be preceded by "Things They Said Today..." 2002, Miramax, 35 mins. A new special produced by Beatles historian Martin Lewis - documenting the making of the classic film. Discussion following with co-stars Victor Spinetti (who portrayed the neurotic TV director), John Junkin (who played "Shake" the road manager) and Beatles historian Martin Lewis - producer of the DVD edition of the film.

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