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

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Series compiled by: Andrew P. Crane, Dennis Bartok and Gwen Deglise. Special thanks to Frank Brash and Gregory Stanton.




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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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<< June 28  - Aug. 3, 2004 >>


Co-Presented by OUTFEST

A wise man once said, "nothing succeeds like excess!" He must have been referring to Hollywood musicals of the 1970s and ‘80s, an era when (to quote another wise man, Cole Porter), "anything goes," including a rock music version of the Passion of Christ (JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR); Ken Russell’s brilliantly deranged life of composer Franz Liszt starring The Who’s Roger Daltrey (LISZTOMANIA); a hilarious, campy send-up of "The Pirates Of Penzance" with teen heart-throbs Kristy McNichol and Christopher Atkins (THE PIRATE MOVIE); and an insanely lavish remake of LOST HORIZON with music by Burt Bacharach and choreography by Hermes Pan!! To be sure, there were also a number of more "traditional" (we use the word loosely) Hollywood style musicals during the era, too, such as director Herbert Ross’ inventive take on writer Dennis Potter’s PENNIES FROM HEAVEN, and a high-energy adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan’s THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE with Kevin Kline, Angela Lansbury and Linda Ronstadt, based on Joseph Papp’s acclaimed Public Theater production. Kicking off the series is a special program of hilarious and toe-tapping musical shorts, mostly new, but we’ve found a long lost gem from 1978, starring Paula Abdul!


Wednesday, July 28 – 7:30 PM

"Can’t Stop The Musical……Shorts!"

David Fickas’ "Deliverance: The Musical" (8 min.) A musical parody of the classic feature starring Burt Reynolds. Now you can see the raw, gripping tale of a terrifying and deadly mountain crucible…in song!; L.A. Premiere! Nacho Vigalondo’s "7:35 in the Morning" (8 min.) A woman at her usual café at first notices complete silence. Then a song begins wafting through the early morning air.; L.A. Premiere! Evan Greenberg’s "A Boy and a Girl" (29 min.) Very charming, funny musical romance for all those who have given up on themselves…and love.; Victor Bellomo & David Pace’s "The Spirit of Gravity" (6 min.) Animated mini-musical in which Friedrich Nietzsche sings his philosophy to the villagers all around him. Surreal and one of a kind work.; Michael Nankin’s & David Wechter’s "Junior High School (34 min.) This long-lost short features Paula Abdul, and an actual suburban Southern California junior high school as the backdrop for the sweet, funny film to follow. A virtual time capsule of the fashions, hairstyles and language of what looks, in comparison with today’s teenagers, like a very recent past. Discussion following with actor P. David Ebersole & director Michael Nankin ("Junior High School") & filmmakers Evan Greenberg ("A Boy and a Girl") and David Fickas ("Delivrance: The Musical"), Victor Bellomo and David Pace ("The Spirit of Gravity").

Friday, July 30 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, 1973, Universal, 108 min. Dir. Norman Jewison. In this, the year of THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST, what could be more timely than this earlier musical version of the last few weeks of Christ’s life? Adapted from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s landmark rock-opera, and featuring such standout numbers as "I Don’t Know How to Love Him," "What’s the Buzz?" and "Heaven on Their Minds," performed by an extremely talented cast including Ted Neeley as Christ, Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene and the late Carl Anderson in a standout role as Judas Iscariot. Discussion following with actor Barry Dennen.

LISZTOMANIA, 1975, Warners, 103 min. Director Ken Russell (TOMMY, THE DEVILS) is at his outrageous, surreal best in this biopic of Franz Listz (played by The Who’s Roger Daltrey), an aural, visual and sexual feast for all the senses. Thrill to the progressive-rock score by Rick Wakeman (of Yes), which somehow incorporates rock, Liszt and Wagner in all their majesty. Pop-culture references abound as Russell equates Liszt with today’s music superstars -- and don’t miss the giant penises!


Saturday, July 31 – 5:00 PM

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN, 1981, Warners, 108 min. Dir. Herbert Ross. Dennis Potter's beautifully melancholic musical unspools against eyepoppingly amazing production design inspired by painter Edward Hopper, pairing unhappily married Depression-era Arthur (Steve Martin) and sweet, footloose Eileen (Bernadette Peters). The die is cast for bittersweet romance punctuated with astounding Busby Berkeley style dance numbers. The entire cast, including Christopher Walken as Tom the pimp and Jessica Harper as ice queen wife, Joan, shine. Walken's legendary dance prowess is on ample display with his "Let's Misbehave" number, a riveting standout. Interesting note: This was the last MGM musical.


Saturday, July 31 – 7:30 PM


THE APPLE, 1980, MGM/UA, 90 min. If you missed it during last year’s Fest, then this is your chance to see one of the most mind-melting musicals ever made. Cannon Films mogul Menahem Golan’s over the top directorial debut is a camp-lover’s delight, set "far in the future" (the year 1994) where almost all the world has become enslaved to the hedonistic disco music of the BIM corporation, supervised by the demonic Mr. Boogaloo. Be prepared for jaw-dropping set design, costumes and musical numbers that jump from sappy soft-rock to ‘70s disco to glitter rock to cabaret and Broadway. Hold on to your seats and don’t be surprised if you feel the urge to don metallic fabrics and strange make-up as you exit the theatre!

CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC, 1980, Universal, 118 min. Dir. Nancy Walker. A biopic of the "boy-band" of its generation, The Village People, CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC also ironically signaled the end of the disco era in many ways. A look into the changing mores of the time, as well as fashion and language leaps that still reverberate today. There are many moments to treasure, laugh and gawk at. Valerie Perrine holds the center of the film as the Village People’s manager (she’s also the reason the overtly gay subtext somehow flew over the censors’ heads). Be sure not to miss Tammy Grimes, June Havoc and Barbara Rush line-dancing with the Village People – a moment never to be repeated in real, or cinematic life. [Please note that this, the only available print of the film, is faded.]


Sunday, August 1 – 5:00 PM

Double Feature:

THE PIRATE MOVIE, 1982, 20th Century Fox, 98 min. Oddly, two "pirate" musicals were made within a year of each other. Ken Annakin (THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES) directed the first of the two, crafting a fun, lighthearted parody of Gilbert and Sullivan. Starring teen heart-throbs Christopher Atkins (THE BLUE LAGOON) and Kristy McNichol (LITTLE DARLINGS), the film also features a very early-‘80s pop soundtrack. Many references to popular films of the time abound, including STAR WARS and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. Discussion following with director Ken Annakin and actor Christopher Atkins..

PIRATES OF PENZANCE, 1983, Universal, 112 min. Dir. Wilford Leach. Our second "Pirate" film in this series is a lively adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta (with parts of their other operettas thrown in for good measure). Audiences shunned this at the time, perhaps not ready for such an overtly theatrical musical just as MTV began to make its mark on pop culture. A strong cast includes Kevin Kline, (reprising his Tony Award-winning role as the Pirate King), Angela Lansbury, Linda Rondstadt and Rex Smith. Based on Joseph Papp’s and Wilford Leach’s acclaimed Public Theater production, which went on to a successful, Tony-winning Broadway run.


Tuesday, August 3 – 7:30 PM

Restored 35mm Print:

LOST HORIZON, 1973, Columbia, 143 min. Dir. Charles Jarrott. Join us for the first theatrical screening in many years of this ill-fated musical adaptation of the James Hilton novel about a group of travelers who find answers to life’s greatest questions in the mystical Himalayan city of Shangri-La. It may have bombed at the box office, but just look at the talent involved: a cast including Peter Finch, Liv Ullmann, Michael York, Olivia Hussey, Charles Boyer and John Gielgud; music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David; script by Larry Kramer (of "The Normal Heart" and ACT UP fame); choreography by the legendary Hermes Pan; and costumes by Jean Louis (who dressed Rita Hayworth in GILDA) - !! Whether you’re amazed or aghast, we promise you’ll be entertained – and it’s NOT ON VIDEO, so this is your only chance to see it! Discussion following with actor Michael York (schedule permitting).