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

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Series programmed by: HUNGER ARTISTS - Paul Sbrizzi/SLAMDANCE; REVOLUTION - David Shultz/Vitagraph Films

Alternative Screen Coordinated by:
Margot Gerber & Bernadette DeJoya.

Special Thanks to:



SOLD OUT SCREENINGS: There will be a waiting line for Sold Out screenings. Tickets often become available at the door the night of an event.




Tickets available 30 days in advance. Tickets are $9 general admission unless noted otherwise.
Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.
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The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
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 May


Saturdays & Sundays In May

IDA Award Winner!

THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED, 2002, 72 min. Dirs. Kim Bartley & Donnacha O’Briain. While shooting a documentary on Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, an Irish film crew found themselves caught in the middle of an attempted coup by opposition leaders and members of the military (who claimed they were staging a "peaceful, democratic takeover").

Saturday, May 1 - 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

Sunday, May 2 - 5:00 PM

Saturday, May 8 - 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

Sunday, May 9 - 5:00 PM

Saturday, May 15 NO SCREENINGS

Sunday, May 16 - NO SCREENINGS

Saturday, May 22 - 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

Sunday, May 23 - 5:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Saturday, May 29 - 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

Sunday, May 30 - 5:00 PM & 7:00 PM


Monday, May 3 – 7:30 PM

Special Sneak Preview!!

THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD, 2004, IFC Films, 100 min. Visionary Canadian director Guy Maddin returns with his latest, visually-stunning feature – a Depression-era, musical fable centering around Port-Huntly Beer Company’s international contest to find the world’s saddest music. Isabella Rossellini sizzles as Beer Baroness Lady Port-Huntly, the broken-hearted, amputee/diva host of the $25,000 competition. As musicians from all around the globe (West Africa, Scotland, Mexico, Siam, etc.) flock to Winnipeg to compete, a dysfunctional family composed of an alcoholic Canadian father and his two dramatic sons (both posing as foreigners) squares off against each other in hopes of landing the prize money – and the hearts of both Lady Port-Huntly and Narcissa, a self-proclaimed nymphomaniac with a talking tapeworm. With Mark McKinney, Maria de Medeiros, Ross McMillan and David Fox. Plus three brand-new Guy Maddin shorts!!! "Sissy Boy Slap Party," 2004, 4 min.; "A Trip to the Orphanage," 2004, 4 min.; "Sombra Dolorosa," 2004, 4 min.

[THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD will be released theatrically on May 7th by IFC Films.]


Saturday, May 8        

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind the Scenes Tour

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



Sunday, May 9        


Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind the Scenes Tour

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



Thursday, May 13 – 7:30 PM

Alternative Screen

THE NAKED PROOF, 2003, 95 min. Dir. Jamie Hook. A charmingly quirky and cleverly scripted philosophical comedy about a Seattle Philosophy graduate student (Michael Chick, SILENCE!) and the very pregnant woman (Arlette Del Toro) who lands by chance on his doorstep -- who may or may not actually exist. The debut feature from Seattle's WigglyWorld Studios founder Jamie Hook. "Clever as hell, smart, ruminative and throughly entertaining." -- Cinemania Online Discussion following with co-writer/director Jamie Hook.
Discussion following with director Jamie Hook. [American Cinematheque members will be admitted free to this screening upon presentation of a current membership card.]



Friday, May 14 – 8:00 – Spielberg Theatre

"Hunger Artists" – Dark, Deadpan and Surreal shorts from Slamdance 2004.

The class of 2004 at Slamdance featured a number of filmmakers who bravely turned away from the prevailing trend in our culture of louder, faster and make-sure-you-don’t-lose-any-slow-children-along-the-way. Alongside the marvelously raucous and irreverent films that are often thought of as characteristic of Slamdance, a type of film emerged that investigates the soft, dark, vulnerable areas of contemporary America – the thoughts, sensations and emotions that are lost or hidden by the crushing ambition and lust for pleasure that dominates the zeitgeist. These films use a cool but compassionate tone, with a taste for the absurd and plenty of deadpan humor, to describe the flipside of what’s seen on television and mainstream movies. We showed a group of these shorts together and found that they dovetailed beautifully one into another and resulted in a great deal of buzz and standing-room only crowds in Park City.

West Coast Premiere! Hugh Merrill's "Fine and Dandy" (2003, 6 min., USA) A dreamlike look at a femme fatale preparing for a tap dance that comments on U.S. history, or perhaps not.; West Coast Premiere! Michael Fisher's "Falls" (2003, 8 min.) A farmer worries helplessly as his daughter’s ambition seems to lead her down the road that destroyed her mother.; Winner, Spirit of Slamdance Award 2004! David Zellner's "The Virile Man" (2003, 8 min.) From his bedroom closet, a married man gets a telephone psychic to support him in a hilariously deadpan denial of his sexuality.; Sarah Brown's "Live Bait" (2003, 7 min.) An animated starving fisherman is lured by three bird women into their island of instant gratification.; West Coast Premiere! Kat Candler's "Roberta Wells" (2003, 8 min.) At a loud family gathering, a frail 70-year old woman eludes her overbearing daughter and sneaks outside for a cigarette break of sorts.; L.A. Premiere! Jamie Travis' "Why the Anderson Children Didn't Come to Dinner" (2003, 16 min.) In this brightly colored and utterly dark comedy (also featured at Toronto Int'l Film Festival and SXSW), three neglected children pursue creepy interests as their mother strains to control her perfect household.; Harry Dodge’s and Stanya Kahn's "Winner" (2002, 15 min.) A radio sweepstakes winner turns a testimonial for a TV ad into a documentary about her very personal artwork.; Benjamin Goldman’s and Nirvan Mullick's "The Three of Us" (2003, 3 min.) An animated creature with two heads and two torsos struggles against itself to capture its heart’s desire.; Christine Dunn's "Particle Valentine" (2003, 4 min.) A hypnotic, largely abstract video of dazzling kinetic images builds toward a powerful conclusion. Discussion following with filmmakers. (If the first show sells out an encore screening will begin at 10 PM.



Wednesday, May 19 – 7:30 PM

Special Sneak Preview!!!

BAADASSSSS!, 2004, Sony Classics, 108 min. Writer/Director Mario Van Peebles pays loving tribute to father Melvin Van Peebles in this adaptation of Melvin’s autobiography. Mario stars as Melvin, tracing his tumultuous journey to bring his groundbreaking, controversial film SWEET SWEETBACK’S BAADASSSSS SONG to the big screen. SWEET SWEETBACK, after much political and civil strife, went on to become the highest-grossing independent film of 1971 and stands as a landmark of Independent Black Cinema. Mario’s poignant, yet brutally truthful re-telling of Melvin’s triumph features Joy Bryant, David Allen Grier, Paul Rodriguez and Nia Long. Discussion following with director/actor Mario Van Peebles and his father, the legendary filmmaker/actor/musician/playwright Melvin Van Peebles. [BAADASSSSS! will be released theatrically on May 28th by Sony Classics.]


Thursday, May 20 – 7:30 PM

Alternative Screen Independent Film Showcase

STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS Sneak Preview: (2004, 90 min.) Two American soldiers (Scott MacDonald & Ryan Francis) desert, flinging themselves into unknown geographical and emotional territory in rural WW II France. Director Jeff Burr captures the surrealism of war and the contrast between identity in peacetime and who we become in war, with this hard-hitting drama about survival and the fleeting beauty and innocence of life. With David Warner (CROSS OF IRON). Official website. Discussion following with director Jeff Burr, actress Lynda Thorson ("The Avengers"), James Le Gros (ENEMY OF THE STATE; SCOTLAND, PA; MYTH OF FINGERPRINTS), Scott MacDonald (SEVEN GIRLFRIENDS, BAD CITY BLUES, FIRE IN THE SKY), Daniel Roebuck ("A Minute With Stan Hooper", THE RIVER’S EDGE, "The Late Shift"), Ryan Francis (HOOK; "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Sisters"). Director of STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS Jeff Burr (THE OFFSPRING). Producer of STRAIGHT INTO DARKNESS Chuck Williams and Will Huston.



Monday, May 24 – 7:30 PM

Special Sneak Preview: ZATOICHI, 2004, Miramax, 116 min. Japanese director Takeshi Kitano is best known for his action-packed yakuza gangster films. ZATOICHI, however, marks his first foray into period samurai drama. Though he’s set down the guns and picked up the sword, ZATOICHI emerges as blood-soaked as ever. Zatoichi is a 19th Century blind nomad who makes his living gambling and giving massages. However, behind this humble facade, Zatoichi is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zatoichi discovers a remote mountain village at the mercy of Ginzo, a ruthless gang-leader. Ginzo disposes of anyone who gets in his way, especially after hiring the mighty samurai ronin Hattori as a bodyguard. After a raucous night of gambling in town, Zatoichi encounters a pair of geishas – as dangerous as they are beautiful – who’ve come to avenge their parents' murder. As the paths of these and other colorful characters intertwine, Ginzo’s henchmen are soon after Zatoichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, the stage is set for a violent and bloody confrontation. ZATOICHI has already grossed more than $25 million since September 2003 in its native Japan. Winner of the Best Director Award at the Venice Film Festival 2003 and the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival 2003. [ZATOICHI will be released theatrically on June 4th by Miramax Films.] Discussion following with actor Tadanobu Asano (ICHI, THE KILLER; LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE; BRIGHT FUTURE.