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

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Series compiled by:  Dennis Bartok. Program notes by  John Palmer.


Special Thanks to: Lloyd E. Rigler; Susan Cameron; Marvin Paige; Michael Schlesinger/COLUMBIA PICTURES REPERTORY; Paul Ginsburg/UNIVERSAL DISTRIBUTION; John Kirk, Irene Ramos and Latanya Taylor/MGM-UA.





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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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<<< January 16-18, 2004 >>>

Elusive Legend: An In-Person Tribute to Kim Novak

Sponsored by the Lloyd E. Rigler / Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation

In 1956, Kim Novak became the world's No. 1 box office star for three solid years, starring in such classics as VERTIGO, PICNIC, BELL BOOK & CANDLE, PAL JOEY, and many others. At the height of her Hollywood career, she had the courage to walk away from fame and fortune in search of her own identity. Not only an artist in the world of cinema, she excels in painting, writing, sculpture, and photography. Possessing a magic that has enabled her to endure the test of time, Novak's star has never faded and her work receives more acclaim with each passing year. Recently, Novak was honored with the prestigious Golden Bear Award for her lifetime achievement at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2003, she was presented with the Eastman (Kodak) Archives Award for her contribution to film - previous honorees include Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep.

Ms. Novak, in a very rare public appearance, will be present to introduce and discuss her celebrated dual role in Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece, VERTIGO. Plus, don’t miss a special benefit reception honoring Ms. Novak at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, following the screening of VERTIGO. This reception is being sponsored by the Lloyd E. Rigler / Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation and proceeds will directly benefit the American Cinematheque’s ongoing preservation of the Egyptian Theatre.


Friday, January 16 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

PICNIC, 1955, Columbia, 115 min. Dir. Joshua Logan. Directly adapted from William Inge’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, PICNIC finds small town beauty Madge Owens (Kim Novak) preparing for an annual Labor Day picnic. When handsome drifter Hal Carter (William Holden) stumbles into town to visit an old friend, Madge and the rest of the town find that their lives will never be the same. With Betty Field, Cliff Robertson, and Rosalind Russell.

JEANNE EAGELS, 1957, Columbia, 109 min. In this wholly entertaining and often heart-breaking biopic by legendary director George Sidney, Kim Novak stars as Jeanne Eagels, the 1920s star who began work on the carnival circuit and catapulted to Broadway fame. As her star swiflty rises, Jeanne Eagels’ show-stopping talent and ambition are eclipsed by a sordid life of alcoholism and depression.


Saturday, January 17

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind the Scenes Tour

11:35 AM, 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD


Saturday, January 17 – 5:30 PM Sold Out!

Kim Novak In Person!!!
70mm Print!!!

VERTIGO, 1958, Universal, 128 min. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. With its stunning visuals and gripping characters, Hitchcock’s psychological suspense masterpiece VERTIGO continues to entrance audiences. Showcasing Kim Novak in the startling dual role of Madeleine and Judy, VERTIGO finds suspended San Francisco detective "Scottie" Ferguson (James Stewart) becoming obsessed with Madeleine Elster (Novak), a troubled woman he is privately hired to follow. Tragedy ensues and when Ferguson later stumbles upon Judy Barton (also played by Novak), a young woman who bears a striking resemblance to Madeleine, his obsession spirals out of control. Discussion following with actress Kim Novak

Special Ticket Prices for screening only are $15 General, $12 Students/Seniors, and $10 Members. Screening will be followed by a special benefit reception. Tickets for screening plus reception are $75 General and $50 Cinematheque Members.

The reception and screening are both sold out. Any available tickets to the screening will be released at the door. There will be a waiting line.


Saturday, January 17 – 8:45 PM

KISS ME STUPID, 1964, MGM/UA, 126 min. Dir. Billy Wilder. On the way from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, big-shot lounge singer Dino (Dean Martin) becomes stranded in Climax, Nevada. When local aspiring musicians (Ray Walston and Cliff Osmond) catch word of this, they sabotage Dino’s car and attempt to provide ingratiating entertainment in the form of local bar floozy Polly the Pistol (Kim Novak). With Felicia Farr and music by Ira and George Gershwin.


Sunday, January 18

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind the Scenes Tour

11:35 AM, 2:00 PM & 3:30 PM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD


Sunday, January 18 – 2:00 PM


Join Cinematheque staff and friends of long-time Los Angeles philanthropist Lloyd E. Rigler in a celebration of his life. The 616-seat theatre at the Egyptian was named for him to recognize his major contribution to the renovation of the theatre. In a continuing expression of his passion for cinema, Mr. Rigler provided funds to bring popular guests such as Farley Granger and Kim Novak to the Egyptian Theatre. A buffet will be served following the memorial and guests are invited to stay for the 5:00 PM double feature. There is no charge for this program.


Sunday, January 18 – 5:00 PM

Double Feature:

BELL BOOK & CANDLE, 1958, Columbia, 103 min. Dir. Richard Quine. Paired again in this delightful love story, Kim Novak and James Stewart take comedic turns as a cosmopolitan witch and the man she desires. When modern-day witch Gillian Holroyd (Novak) casts a love spell on unsuspecting neighbor and publisher Sheperd Henderson (Stewart), both parties find themselves in for much more than they bargained. With Jack Lemmon and Ernie Kovacs.

PAL JOEY, 1957, Columbia, 111 min. Dir. George Sidney. Kim Novak stars alongside Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth in this musical tale of showbiz romance. When "mousy" chorus girl Linda English (Novak) holds out against the advances of womanizing crooner Joey Evans (Sinatra), his interest in her increases ten-fold. Wealthy widow and financier Vera Simpson (Hayworth) meets Joey and agrees to underwrite his private nightclub venture, but has a jealous change of heart when she learns of his affections for the young Linda. In honor of Lloyd E. Rigler (who counted BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE among his favorite films), there is no charge for this program.