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

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Series compiled by Dennis Bartok & Gwen Deglise. Additional Notes by Chris D.
Special Thanks to: Don Haber-BAFTA/LA; Peter Hunt and Jennifer Gardner/Office of the British Consul General in Los Angeles; Schawn Belston and Chip Blake/20th CENTURY FOX; John Kirk and Latanya Taylor/MGM-UA; Heath Shapiro/COWBOY BOOKING; Peggy Flynn/HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS; Marvin Paige.




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<<< April 25 - 27, 2003 >>>

Straight From The Horse's Mouth: A Tribute to Ronald Neame In Person

Presented in association with the British Academy of Film & Television Arts/Los Angeles (BAFTA/LA)

Sponsored by the Consulate General of Great Britain.

"As a cameraman's assistant in the silent days, I learned to hand-crank the camera at a steady 16 frames per second and if called upon I could still do that today . . . But as a director, the essential task is to tell the story and present the actors at their best." - Ronald Neame

In the century-plus history of cinema, few filmmakers’ careers have encompassed as many monumental changes – and produced as many great movies – as that of British director, producer, writer and cinematographer Ronald Neame. Even a short list of the films he’s been involved with in one capacity or another -- THE HORSE’S MOUTH, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, TUNES OF GLORY, BRIEF ENCOUNTER, GREAT EXPECTATIONS, OLIVER TWIST, IN WHICH WE SERVE, BLITHE SPIRIT – is fairly staggering, to say nothing of his pioneering role as one of the founders of the British Academy of Film & Television (BAFTA).

Neame was born in 1911 in London, the son of a professional photographer-turned-director, Elwin Neame, and a British beauty queen-turned-actress, Ivy Close, who worked with Abel Gance among others. Following his father’s unexpected death, Neame went to work at age 14 for British International Pictures – "I’ll always remember my first day in a film studio. My first job was to carry a still camera to a stage; the lens dropped out with a crash and I very nearly got fired!, Neame later recalled. He was promoted to assistant cameraman on Alfred Hitchcock’s BLACKMAIL in 1929, and by the late 1930’s, Neame was cinematographer on dozens of inexpensive "quota quickies." After working together with then-editor David Lean on MAJOR BARBARA, the two formed a lasting partnership and friendship that resulted in some of the most impressive British films of the 1940’s, with Lean directing and Neame producing and often co-writing, including BRIEF ENCOUNTER, GREAT EXPECTATIONS and OLIVER TWIST. Neame branched out on his own as a director with TAKE MY LIFE in 1947; his first film with actor Alec Guinness, THE CARD in 1952, led to a string of highly acclaimed collaborations between the two, incuding THE HORSE’S MOUTH and TUNES OF GLORY.

We’re thrilled to welcome the legendary Ronald Neame, who turns 92 on April 23rd, to the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian for the first major Los Angeles retrospective of his films - !!


Friday, April 25 – 8:00 PM

Ronald Neame, Ernest Borgnine and Red Buttons In Person!!

THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, 1972, 20th Century Fox, 117 min. Director Ronald Neame and producer Irwin Allen’s literally titanic disaster epic features a Who’s Who of acting talent – Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Jack Albertson, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens and more -- all doing their best to stay alive in the hellish inferno of capsized ocean liner, the S.S. Poseidon. Special kudos to Shelley Winters for her unforgettably ballsy performance, and to special effects expert L.B. Abbott and stunt coordinator Paul Stader for some of the most spectacular disaster scenes in movie history, including the famous upside-down Ballroom. Discussion afterwards with director Ronald Neame and actors Ernest Borgnine and Red Buttons (schedules permitting) and set designer Bill Creber.


Saturday, April 26 – 4:00 PM

Please join us for a booksigning with Ronald Neame of his new book, Ronald Neame, An Autobiography – Straight From the Horse’s Mouth - !! In the Egyptian Theatre Lobby.


Saturday, April 26 – 5:00 PM

Director Ronald Neame In Person!!

THE HORSE’S MOUTH, 1958, Cowboy Pictures, 97 min. Director Ronald Neame had a worthy collaborator in this uproariously funny, bittersweet comedy starring Alec Guinness in the once-in-a-lifetime role of rebellious, besotted painter Gulley Jimson. Guinness’ boozy, highly opinionated Jimson has a firm grasp on what really matters: creating art, living life to the fullest (even if that means a little larceny), and above all, William Blake. Based on the acclaimed novel by Joyce Cary (adapted by Alec Guinness himself.) Introduction to film and discussion afterwards with director Ronald Neame and editor Anne V. Coates.


Saturday, April 26 – 7:45 PM

Double Feature – Director Ronald Neame In Person!!

New 35 mm. Print! THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, 1969, 20th Century Fox, 116 min. Dir. Ronald Neame. Maggie Smith won an Oscar for her flawless performance as Miss Jean Brodie, a liberal-minded Scottish schoolteacher who tries to instruct her girls in the true meaning of life, love and art, while pursuing her own passionate affair with a fellow schoolteacher.

SCROOGE, 1970, Hollywood Classics, 113 min. Albert Finney is a gleefully wicked Scrooge in this glorious musical adaptation by Leslie Bricusse of Dicken’s ode to brotherhood and the terrible power of karma. Director Ronald Neame was a long-time Dickens veteran, having produced David Lean’s GREAT EXPECTATIONS and OLIVER TWIST. Co-starring Alec Guinness, Edith Evans and Kenneth More. Introduction to screening and discussion between films with director Ronald Neame and music arranger Ian Fraser (SCROOGE).


Sunday, April 27 – 5:00 PM

Ronald Neame/Alec Guinness Double Feature – Ronald Neame In Person!!

New 35 mm. Print! THE CARD (aka THE PROMOTER), 1952, MGM/UA, 87 min. This little-known comic gem was the first of several collaborations between director Ronald Neame and star Alec Guinness (although they were already old friends, having worked together on David Lean’s GREAT EXPECTATIONS and OLIVER TWIST). Adapted by Eric Ambler (best known for his suspense novels Journey Into Fear and The Mask Of Dimitrios) from the book by Arnold Bennett, THE CARD follows a penniless, ethical young man (Guinness) who decides to get ahead by becoming a con artist. With an equally charming cast that includes Glynis Johns, Valerie Hobson and a very young Petula Clark.

TUNES OF GLORY, 1960, Cowboy Pictures, 106 min. Dir. Ronald Neame. Alec Guinness gives a devastatingly acerbic performance as popular battalion commander Major Jock Sinclair, who, with his verbal barbs and backstabbing, reduces his replacement, Lieutenant Colonel Barrow (John Mills), to a nervous wreck teetering on the brink of collapse. When Sinclair’s emotional onslaught of Barrow takes an unexpected toll, Sinclair must forever live with the tragic consequences. Introduction to screening and discussion between films with director Ronald Neame and actress Glynis John and editor Anne V. Coates (TUNES OF GLORY).