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Series compiled by Dennis Bartok & Arnold Kunert.
Special Thanks to: Michael Schlesinger and Grover Crisp/COLUMBIA PICTURES REPERTORY; Linda Evans-Smith and Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS. CLASSICS; Schawn Belston and Chip Blake/20th CENTURY FOX; Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh..

 

Special Offer! The following programs indicated as "Children's Matinees" will be subject to a special discount. For every general admission adult ticket purchased, one child 12 or under will be admitted for free. Child must be present. Valid for tickets purchased at the box office only. Programs that are part of this special offer are: MIGHTY JOE YOUNG.

Tickets available 30 days in advance. Tickets are $9 general admission unless noted otherwise. Programs listed as double features are two films for one admission price.
Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date. Available tickets will be released at the door.
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<<< June 13-15, 2003 >>>

Master of Stop-Motion: A Tribute to Ray Harryhausen In Person

"I never had patience with people; that’s why I never became a director. My characters always did exactly what I told them to do!"

Ray Harryhausen.

Like the Greek sculptor Pygmalion, legendary visual effects artist Ray Harryhausen has spent his career breathing life into a succession of wondrous creatures, born out of ancient myth and modern technology: the living skeleton and the giant Roc in THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, the harpies and the hydra in JASON & THE ARGONAUTS, the marvelous dinosaurs in THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, VALLEY OF GWANGI and ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. Famed for his astounding visual imagination, along with his painstaking attention to detail – he did the lighting, camera work, sets and animation himself for almost all his stop-motion creations – Harryhausen has always been quick to point out he did more than visual effects on many of his films: "20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH, THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD are all based on outlines I made, plus my drawings. Our films were not director’s films in the European sense of the word -- I always worked with the writer, and the producer, and sometimes the director wouldn’t come in until the picture was ready to go."

Born in Los Angeles in 1920, Harryhausen got his first taste of movie magic when he saw KING KONG at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre as a boy. He soon began experimenting with his own stop-motion shorts in his parent’s garage, and after graduating high school, landed a job with George Pal on his "Puppetoons" series. After a stint in the Army during WWII (where he worked under Frank Capra in the Motion Picture Unit), Harryhausen returned to Los Angeles, where he began producing a series of highly imaginative fairytale shorts, including "Little Red Riding Hood" and the then-unfinished "The Tortoise & The Hare." KING KONG animator Willis O’Brien gave Harryhausen his first feature work on MIGHTY JOE YOUNG in 1949, and by the early 1960’s, he had been responsible for an astonishing series of fantastic creations on films such as 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH, THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD and JASON & THE ARGONAUTS. Although he retired from full-time filmmaking after CLASH OF THE TITANS in 1981, Harryhausen’s work continues to inspire and dazzle generation after generation of movie lovers.

We’re thrilled to welcome legendary visual effects artist Ray Harryhausen to the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian for this retrospective of his work, to coincide with Harryhausen receiving a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame - !

 

Friday, June 13 – 7:30 PM

Ray Harryhausen In Person – Double Feature!

JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, 1963, Columbia, 104 min. Dir. Don Chaffey. Hercules, harpies, the bronze giant Talos and an army of living skeletons – what more could you ask for?! Heroic Greek warrior Jason (Todd Armstrong) travels to the farthest ends of the earth in search of the legendary Golden Fleece, in this glorious adventure featuring some of Ray Harryhausen’s most memorable visual effects, along with music by Bernard Herrmann. Co-starring Nancy Kovack, Laurence Naismith, Nigel Green.

CLASH OF THE TITANS, 1981, MGM (Warner Bros.), 118 min. Dir. Desmond Davis. The last feature (to date) with effects by the great Ray Harryhausen, CLASH OF THE TITANS follows the epic trials and tribulations of young Perseus (Harry Hamlin) as he battles giant scorpions, two-headed dogs, the ferocious Calibos and the giant Kracken, with a little help from the gods and a magical, winged horse named Pegasus! Co-starring Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Ursula Andress, Burgess Meredith. Plus, an encore screening of the short "The Tortoise And The Hare" (10 min.), a lovely, stop-motion animated fairytale for children which Harryhausen began in 1952 -- and finished 50 years later with the help of two local animators, Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh!! Discussion between films with visual effects artist and producer Ray Harryhausen and actor Harry Hamlin (schedule permitting).

 

Saturday, June 14 – 2:00 PM

Children’s Matinee!

MIGHTY JOE YOUNG, 1949, RKO (Warner Bros.), 94 min. Inspired as a boy by the pioneering stop-motion work of Willis O’Brien on KING KONG, Harryhausen got the chance to work with his hero years later – along with KING KONG co-director Ernest B. Schoedsack – on this marvelous adventure/fantasy story about a beautiful young woman (Terry Moore) and her best friend, a giant, kindhearted gorilla named Joe - ! In the end, Harryhausen wound up handling the majority of the visual effects for the film, including spectacular scenes of Joe destroying a nightclub. Academy Award Winner for Best Visual Effects. Discussion following with actress Terry Moore.

 

Saturday, June 14 – 5:00 PM

Ray Harryhausen In Person!

VALLEY OF GWANGI, 1969, Warner Bros., 96 min. Dir. James O’Connolly. One of Harryhausen’s most rarely-screened gems, GWANGI stars James Franciscus as a brash young cowboy who stumbles across a hidden valley teaming with prehistoric life. Trouble ensues when Franciscus captures one of the lost dinosaurs and tries to exhibit it in a traveling circus. Co-starring Richard Carlson, Gila Golan, Laurence Naismith. Discussion following with visual effects artist and producer Ray Harryhausen and screenwriter William Bast (schedule permitting).

 

Saturday, June 14 – 7:45 PM

Ray Harryhausen In Person -- Double Feature:

THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS, 1953, Warner Bros., 80 min. Dir. Eugene Lourie. A giant prehistoric creature called a rhedosaurus is awakened from his icy slumber by nuclear testing and travels to New York City, where he takes his bad temper out on the stunned population. Based on a short story by longtime Harryhausen pal Ray Bradbury (they met years earlier as members of the Los Angeles Science Fiction Society, along with Forrest Ackerman!) Starring Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Kenneth Tobey, Steve Brodie.

EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, 1956, Columbia, 83 min. Dir. Fred F. Sears. Classic 1950’s drive-in stuff: Earth’s scientists can’t figure out why all the rockets they shoot into space are disappearing … until a fleet of flying saucers appear over the White House! Harryhausen collaborated on the original story for the film with famed sci-fi writer Curt Siodmak (THE WOLF MAN). Starring Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor. Visual effects artist Ray Harryhausen, writer Ray Bradbury and co-screenwriter Lou Morheim to introduce screenings (schedule permitting).

 

Sunday, June 15 – 5:00 PM

Ray Harryhausen In Person – Double Feature:

ONE MILLION YEARS B.C., 1966, 20th Century Fox, 100 min. Dir. Don Chaffey. Prehistoric goddesses Raquel Welch and Martine Beswick compete for audience attention with some of Ray Harryhausen’s most realistic stop-motion dinosaurs, in this surprisingly convincing fantasy adventure. With expert cinematography by longtime Harryhausen collaborator Wilkie Cooper (7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, JASON & THE ARGONAUTS, FIRST MEN IN THE MOON).

FIRST MEN IN THE MOON, 1964, Columbia, 103 min. In director Nathan Juran’s extremely entertaining adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel, turn-of-the-century British inventor Lionel Jeffries enlists Edward Judd and fiancee Martha Hyer in his scheme to reach the moon using anti-gravity paint. Once the trio hits the lunar landscape, they’re captured by a weird subterranean insect race, the Selenites, and we’re treated to some of Ray Harryhausen’s most enjoyable special effects. An infectious blend of Victorian sci-fi, sweet humor and high adventure.

Discussion between films with visual effects artist and producer Ray Harryhausen (schedule permitting).