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

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Series programmed by:  DOWN UNDER WONDERS: Andrew Crane & Leslie Rabb; LOST IN TRANSLATION coordinated by Dennis Bartok.

Alternative Screen Coordinated by:
Margot Gerber & Mary McIlwain. ROCKETS REDGLARE: Nubia Flores

Special Thanks to:

Down Under Wonders: LAAFTA, Rumbalara Films, Australian Consul General, Los Angeles and Showfilm /RockitCargo & RPM Intl.; ROCKETS REDGLARE: Ben Berkowitz; LOST IN TRANSLATION & CASA DE LOS BABYS: Michelle Robertson.




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Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.
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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.
Photo Credit: Randall Michelson. Detail of Egyptian Theatre Ceiling.

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Special Events & Limited Engagements in August


Thursday, August 14 – 7:30 PM Alternative Screen
Co-presented with the Slamdance Film Festival

LA Premiere

ROCKETS REDGLARE, 2003, 88 min., USA Director Luis Fernandez De La Reguera documents the life of charismatic NYC underground stand up comic (The Rocket Redglare Taxi-Cabaret) and actor "Rockets Redglare" who battled life long addictions that eclipsed the career he might have had. The extremely talented Rockets (who was already addicted in utero – his mother was a 15-year old heroine addict and his father a gangster) appeared in a number of films including BIG, BASQUIAT, MYSTERY TRAIN and DOWN BY LAW. To each role he brought his intimate understanding of New York’s rough and seedy characters. In addition to his show biz ambitions, Rockets was also bodyguard and drug dealer to Sid Vicious and Jean Michel Basquiat. With interviews with colleagues, director Jim Jarmusch, actors Steve Buscemi, Matt Dillon, Willem Dafoe, and others. An official selection of the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. Discussion following with the director.


Monday, August 18 – 7:30 PM SOLD-OUT

Special Sneak Preview:

LOST IN TRANSLATION, 2003, Focus Features, 105 min. Bob Harris (Bill Murray) and Charlotte (Scarlett Johansson) are two Americans in Tokyo. Bob is a movie star in town to shoot a whiskey commercial, while Charlotte is a young woman tagging along with her workaholic photographer husband (Giovanni Ribisi). Unable to sleep, Bob and Charlotte cross paths one night in the luxury hotel bar. This chance meeting soon becomes a surprising friendship. Charlotte and Bob venture through Tokyo, having often hilarious encounters with its citizens, and ultimately discover a new belief in life’s possibilities. Shot entirely on location in Japan, Sofia Coppola’s LOST IN TRANSLATION is a valentine to the nature of close friendships and to the city of Tokyo. Ms. Coppola’s film, from her original screenplay, contemplates the unexpected connections we make that might not last – yet stay with us forever. Discussion following with director/writer Sofia Coppola.



Co-Presented with LAAFTA (Los Angeles Australian Film & Television Association) Sponsored by ShowFilm/RockitCargo and Austrade

We are excited to bring you more exciting new and retrospective work from Australia. We have acclaimed director Phillip Noyce (RABBIT-PROOF FENCE, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, DEAD CALM) in-person with one of his earlier films, "NEWSFRONT", a superlative look at a transitional time in Australian and the world culture of media and news. Next is a diverse program of shorts, highlighted by Rachel Griffiths (SIX FEET UNDER, THE HARD WORD, HILARY & JACKIE) latest directorial effort "Roundabout" and a new claymation short from Adam Elliot (Brother, Uncle, Cousin) which is narrated by Academy-Award winner Geoffrey Rush. We will have some of the shorts filmmakers in person and a reception to follow this screening.

LAAFTA members receive $2.00 off tickets (2 maximum per program) to both programs.

Tuesday, August 19 - 7:30 PM

25th Anniversary! Newly Remastered Print, Rare Screening with Director Phil Noyce in person!

NEWSFRONT, 1978, 110 min. Directed by Phillip Noyce. One of Mr. Noyce’s personal favorites among his films (THE QUIET AMERICAN, RABBIT PROOF FENCE, THE BONE COLLECTOR, CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER, DEAD CALM). This is the story of two newsreel photographers in post-WW2 Australia. Fresh, spontaneous look at how television’s instant images knocked out the newsreel industry. Seamless blend of actual black and white newsreel footage and color narrative make for an unpredictable ride. Starring Bryan Brown, Bill Hunter and Wendy Hughes. Discussion following with director Phillip Noyce.


Wednesday, August 20 – 7:15 PM


"Shot" Dir. Puven Pather (10 min.) Powerful story of a war correspondent photographer who does not heed his own advice and loses perspective. U.S. Premiere! "Mimi" Dir. Warwick Thornton (13 min). Funny look at how cross-cultural misconceptions bring out the beast in a piece of art. L.A. Premiere! "From the Top" Dir. Alistair Reid (14 min). The past bleeds into the present. Art imitates life. Comedy is no laughing matter. "Beginnings" Dir. Husein Alicajic (8 min). Compelling, eerie look at a relationship gone wrong. "Bing" Dir. Eron Sheean (8 min). Surreal, beautiful take on the power of a memory. "Excursion" Dir. Cris Jones (4 min). You wake up, that’s how it always starts. L.A. Premiere! "Harvie Krumpet" Dir. Adam Elliot (22 min). Moving claymation biography about a seemingly normal man cursed with bad luck. Narrarated by Academy-Award winner Geoffrey Rush. L.A. Premiere! "Roundabout" Dir. Rachel Griffiths (16 min). A mans life suddenly spirals out of control. Strong indictment on our fast-moving world by actress/director (TULIP, SIX FEET UNDER, THE HARD WORD). "The Waltz" Dir. David Deneen.  Gorgeous-looking short about a pivotal moment in the lives of a farming couple in the Australian outback. Discussion following with several of the filmmakers (Husein Alicajic, Darren Dale & Puven Pather. A reception will follow the discussion.


Thursday, August 21 – 7:30 PM

An Alternative Screen Tribute to John Sayles

John Sayles & Rita Moreno In Person with a Sneak Preview!

CASA DE LOS BABYS (2003, IFC, 95 min., USA) This provocative ensemble drama from the director of SUNSHINE STATE and MEN WITH GUNS is about six American women about to adopt babies. The film is a poignant look at clashing cultures, modern maturity and the mystery of fate. Trapped together in a South American hotel (run by Rita Moreno (WEST SIDE STORY) they wait for their adoptions to go through with a local orphanage. Despite the women’s differences and the necessity of forced friendships, they share a hope and desperation in their overwhelming desires to become mothers. They also find themselves willingly and unwillingly involved in the local community where lives are effected by "Casa De Los Babys." Starring Maggie Gyllenhaal (SECRETARY), Daryl Hannah (BLADE RUNNER), Susan Lynch (THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH), Marcia Gay Harden (POLLACK), Mary Steenburgen (SUNSHINE STATE), Lili Taylor ("Six Feet Under") and Vanessa Martinez. Discussion following with John Sayles and Rita Moreno.