American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre Presents...
Making Movie History for 80 Years!

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Series programmed by:  Dennis Bartok.

 

Special Thanks to:

Marvin Paige, Jason Simos.

 

 

 

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The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
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<<< December 26-30, 2003 >>>

A Pink Panther Christmas!!

Francois: Do you know what kind of bomb it was?

Inspector Clouseau: The exploding kind.

(From THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN)

Between 1964 and 1978, actor Peter Sellers and director/writer Blake Edwards collaborated on one of the most phenomenally popular and beloved film comedy series of all time, creating an international sensation out of disaster-prone Inspector Clouseau and his partners in crime, including Chief Inspector Dreyfus, Cato and the fabulous Pink Panther diamond. Please join us for a special holiday treat featuring all five original Pink Panther movies, including brand-new 35 mm. stereo prints of the first two, THE PINK PANTHER and A SHOT IN THE DARK - !

Adding to the American Cinematheque's special holiday celebration of the classic comedy series, the Egyptian Theatre will showcase over 30 rare and vintage photos of scenes from the five movies. The exhibit, which will be on view both outside and inside the Egyptian, will also incorporate tie-in memorabilia and toys from different decades that feature the popular animated incarnations of the Pink Panther and Inspector Clouseau. The photos and memorabilia are on loan to the Cinematheque courtesy of the Peter Sellers Appreciation Society and its American representative, Jason Simos.

 

Friday, December 26 – 7:00 PM

New 35 mm. Stereo Print!

THE PINK PANTHER, 1964, MGM/UA, 113 min. Director/writer Blake Edwards introduced one of the most beloved characters in modern cinema – Peter Sellers’ absolutely clueless Inspector Jacques Clouseau – with this effervescent, champagne-colored comedy about a notorious British jewel thief and playboy (David Niven) on a ski holiday with nephew Robert Wagner, mistress Capucine, exotic princess Claudia Cardinale and a priceless diamond in tow. With music by the great Henry Mancini.

 

Friday, December 26 – 9:30 PM

New 35 mm. Stereo Print!

A SHOT IN THE DARK, 1964, MGM/UA, 101 min. Blake Edwards’ follow-up to THE PINK PANTHER gave both director and star free reign to unleash a non-stop barrage of pratfalls, sight gags and linguistic nonsense. Everything seems freshly minted, from Herbert Lom’s hysterics as Chief Inspector Dreyfus to Burt Kwouk’s first appearance as Cato. What makes Sellers’ Inspector Clouseau so endearing is the resolution of a thousand years of cross-channel rivalry in the form of a Brit impersonating an irresistibly clumsy Frenchman. With Elke Sommer, George Sanders.

 

Saturday, December 27 – 5:00 PM

THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER, 1975, MGM/UA, 113 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. After a ten year hiatus, Sellers and Edwards re-teamed for what many consider the flat-out funniest film in the series. When the famed Pink Panther diamond of Lugash disappears again, Inspector Clouseau is called in to investigate the supposedly retired jewel thief (wonderfully suave Christopher Plummer) who’s suspected of taking it. Remember the immortal line: "I arrest you, Sir Charles Phantom, the notorious pink Lytton!" With Catherine Schell, Herbert Lom.

 

Saturday, December 27 – 7:30 PM

THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN, 1976, MGM/UA, 103 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. Clouseau is promoted to Chief Inspector when his arch-nemesis Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) suffers a nervous breakdown. But beware: when Dreyfus gets his hand on a Disappearing Ray Machine, only Clouseau can save the world from destruction (if he doesn’t destroy it first himself …!)

 

Sunday, December 28 – 5:00 PM

REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER, 1978, MGM/UA, 104 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. Sellers’ last completed film as Clouseau shows him in fine form, as he’s targeted for assassination by a drug lord. When news of Clouseau’s "death" reaches the insane Chief Inspector Dreyfus he makes a remarkable recovery – but don’t count the indestructible Clouseau out just yet …! With Dyan Cannon, Burt Kwouk.

 

Sunday, December 28 – 7:15 PM

THE PINK PANTHER, 1964, MGM/UA, 113 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. [Repeat. See 12/26 - 7 PM for details.]

 

Monday, December 29 – 7:00 PM

A SHOT IN THE DARK, 1964, MGM/UA, 101 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. [Repeat. See 12/26 - 9:30 PM for details.] Discussion following with actress Elke Sommer.

 

Monday, December 29 – 9:15 PM

THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER, 1975, MGM/UA, 113 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. [Repeat. See 12/27 - 5 PM for details.]

 

Tuesday, December 30 – 7:00 PM

THE PINK PANTHER STRIKES AGAIN, 1976, MGM/UA, 103 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. [Repeat. See 12/27 - 7:30 PM for details.]

 

Tuesday, December 30 – 9:15 PM

REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER, 1978, MGM/UA, 104 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. [Repeat. See 12/28 - 5 PM for details.]