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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street in Santa Monica

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Series programmed by: Dennis Bartok & Gwen Deglise.


Special Thanks to: Schawn Belston & Chip Blake/20th CENTURY FOX; Paul Rayton; Mike Schlesinger/COLUMBIA PICTURES REPERTORY; Sarah Finklea/JANUS FILMS.


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.

Sold out programs will be indicated here if sold out 24 hours in advance of screening date.

All guests are subject to availability. The Cinematheque will offer a refund due to guest cancellations only IF the refund transaction is complete PRIOR to the start of the show.



Tickets are $9 general admission unless noted otherwise.
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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 newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Barry Gerber. Aero Theatre (c) 2004.

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<<< February 10-13, 2005 >>>

The 5th Great Big 70 MM Festival!!


70 MM films will screen at the Egyptian January 21-23, 2005.


From Super Technirama 70 to Ultra Panavision to Dimension 150 and more, the 70mm large-screen format promised – and delivered – a Barnum-esque world of spectacular sights and 6-track sounds. If the movies were always larger-than-life, then 70mm movies were MUCH much larger! From 1955 to 1970 – the Golden Age of 70mm Filmmaking – there were nearly 60 Hollywood features shot in large format, with many more released in special engagements as 35mm-to-70mm blow-ups (which still offered superior sound and image quality to their 35mm counterparts).

This annual series is a very rare opportunity to experience 70mm as it was meant to be seen: on a big, beautiful screen, with booming six-track multi-channel sound. Following the success of our past Festivals, we’re delighted to present gorgeous new restorations from 20th Century Fox of two films long-unseen in 70mm: director Carol (THE THIRD MAN) Reed’s epic THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY, starring Charlton Heston as master artist Michelangelo; and director Richard Fleischer’s delightful musical DOCTOR DOLITTLE, starring Rex Harrison in one of his most famous roles - ! And for those of you who missed it last year, we’ll be bringing back Jacques Tati’s masterpiece PLAYTIME for special encore screenings. The Festival will continue January 28 - February 6th at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica with screenings of such all-time 70 mm. classics as PATTON, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD and much more!!


Friday, January 28 - 7:30 PM

Newly Restored Todd-AO 70 mm. Print!!

THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY, 1965, 20th Century Fox, 140 min. "When will you make an end?," asks desperate, paint-spattered pontiff Julius II (Rex Harrison) as he gazes mournfully at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo’s answer? "When I am finished." Director Carol Reed’s (THE THIRD MAN, OLIVER!) magnificent adaptation of Irving Stone’s bestselling historical novel features one of Charlton Heston’s most complex performances as the tormented master artist. Featuring stunning cinematography by Leon Shamroy (THE KING & I), and a marvelous score by the great Alex North (SPARTACUS). This film has been unavailable in any format for decades, so it’s even more amazing to have a beautifully restored 70 mm. print courtesy of our great friends at 20th Century Fox - !! [1/21 at the Egyptian Theatre]


Friday, January 28 - 10:30 PM

BARAKA, 1992, Magidson Films, 96 min. If you missed our sold-out screenings of BARAKA at the Egyptian theatre, this is another chance to experience one of the most visually awesome films ever made. Inspired by the Sufi word that means "breath of life," BARAKA is a mind-expanding, spiritual journey around the globe (shot in 24 countries on 5 continents), from director/ cinematographer Ron Fricke (who photographed the earlier KOYANNISQATSI) and producer Mark Magidson (the Imax film CHRONOS). Filmed entirely without dialogue in a stunning cascade of crystalline, time-lapse 70 mm. images, BARAKA is quite simply breathtaking. "Smashingly edited, superbly scored … speaks volumes about the planet without uttering a single word" – Suzan Ayscough, Variety.


Saturday, January 29 - 5:00 PM

PATTON, 1970, 20th Century Fox, 169 min. Dir. Franklin J. Schaffner. "No dumb bastard ever won a war by dying for his country," growls George C. Scott in the jawdropping opening monologue to PATTON, a war epic that manages to capture the tragic human sacrifice, the bullying megalomania and the patriotic glory of battle, all encapsulated in the incredibly complex and contradictory character of General George S. Patton. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Actor, Director and Screenplay (by Francis Ford Coppola and Edmund H. North).


Saturday, January 29 - 8:30 PM

PLAYTIME, 1967, Criterion, 126 min. Dir. Jacques Tati. During our last Festival, this is your chance to see the fully restored Jacques Tati masterpiece PLAYTIME, which was conceived originally as a 70mm viewing experience, then lost for over 30 years (there were only 35mm prints left of a cut version), and finally rescued by Tati's daughter Sophie Tatischeff and Jerome Deschamps. Monsieur Hulot must contact an American official in Paris, but he gets lost in a stylish maze of modern architecture filled with the latest technical gadgets. Caught in a tourist invasion, Hulot roams around Paris with a group of American tourists, causing chaos in his usual manner. The star of the film: the city built by Tati and called Tativille/Taticity. From surprise to surprise, it’s an exquisite and divine experience! François Truffaut, writing to Jacques Tati about PLAYTIME, said simply, "A film from another planet."


Sunday, January 30 - 5:00 PM

HELLO DOLLY!, 1969, 20th Century Fox, 146 min. This irresistible film adaptation – from one of Jerry Herman’s finest musicals – features the fabulous Barbra Streisand in a kick-out-the-jams performance as matchmaker Dolly Levi, furiously working to make marriages while trying to snag reluctant bachelor Walter Matthau for herself. Staged with gusto by dancing legend-turned-director Gene Kelly, and featuring a wonderful supporting cast including Tommy Tune, Michael Crawford, and jazz legend Louis Armstrong (whose version of the title song is worth the price of admission alone!).


Wednesday, February 2 - 7:30 PM

LORD JIM, 1965, Columbia Pictures, 154 min. This sweeping, atmospheric adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s classic novel was aimed at recapturing the magic of LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, pairing actor Peter O’Toole with a gifted director in Richard Brooks (IN COLD BLOOD, THE PROFESSIONALS) and prestigious literary material. O’Toole is perfectly cast as an idealistic sailor who is branded a coward for abandoning an apparently-sinking ship during a storm – then given a chance to redeem his conscience and his soul by aiding in a native revolution in the South Pacific jungle. Equally mesmerizing are Eli Wallach as a sadistic warlord, James Mason as an avaricious mercenary and Daliah Lavi as a courageous native girl. This superb restoration of the film by Columbia Pictures has resulted in the one of the sharpest, most eye-popping 70 mm. prints we’ve seen recently, almost like watching the movie in 3-D!! With Paul Lukas, Curt Jurgens


Thursday, February 3 - 7:30 PM

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 1962, Columbia, 216 min. The beautiful, near-godlike Peter O’Toole stars as the tortured, Man Who Would Not Be King in director David Lean’s absolute masterpiece – as close to perfect as a film can get. Co-starring Alec Guiness, Anthony Quinn, Arthur Kennedy and Omar Sharif.


Friday, February 4 - 7:30 PM

In Super Panavision 70 mm.!

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, 1968, Warner Classics, 139 min. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. "I’m sorry, Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that," murmurs supercomputer HAL 9000 as it attempts to eliminate bothersome human astronaut Keir Dullea in master filmmaker Stanley Kubrick’s literally mind-blowing meditation on the inherent dangers (and wonders) of technology, the limitless vistas of space, and the future of the human race itself. Based on a 1948 short story "The Sentinel" by Arthur C. Clarke, "2001" was reconceived by Kubrick himself, working with author Clarke to create the ultimate Journey into the Unknown. But if you think you’ve seen "2001," think again – until recently, the film was only available in a 35 mm. version that reduced Kubrick’s legendary visuals (and the spectacular 6-track stereo sound) to a pale shadow of their true glory. Before his death, Kubrick oversaw a painstaking, frame-by-frame restoration of the film in 70 mm. – resulting in a version that looks and sounds as good (if not better) than the original 1968 release!!


Friday, February 4 – 10:30 PM

BARAKA, 1992, Magidson Films, 96 min. Dir. Ron Fricke. If you missed our sold-out screenings of BARAKA at the Egyptian theatre, this is another chance to experience one of the most visually awesome films ever made. Inspired by the Sufi word that means "breath of life," BARAKA is a mind-expanding, spiritual journey around the globe (shot in 24 countries on 5 continents), from director/cinematographer Ron Fricke (who photographed the earlier KOYANNISQATSI) and producer Mark Magidson (the Imax film CHRONOS). Filmed entirely without dialogue in a stunning cascade of crystalline, time-lapse 70 mm. images, BARAKA is quite simply breathtaking. "Smashingly edited, superbly scored … speaks volumes about the planet without uttering a single word" – Suzan Ayscough, Variety.


Saturday, February 5 - 3:00 PM

Family Matinee:

Newly Restored Todd-AO 70 mm. Print!!

DOCTOR DOLITTLE, 1967, 20th Century Fox, 144 min. Dir. Richard Fleischer. Based on the original Hugh Lofting stories, director Richard Fleischer’s (20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA, FANTASTIC VOYAGE) charming, beautifully conceived fantasy stars the irreplaceable Rex Harrison as the Man Who Talks to the Animals, with help from Samantha Eggar and the late, great Anthony Newley- not to mention the two headed pushme pullyous and a giant pink sea snail! Wonderfully scored and written by Leslie Bricusse, featuring such lovely, bittersweet gems as "When I Look In Your Eyes" and "If I Could Talk To The Animals." A true delight for the young and old. It’s been ages since this was seen in 70 mm., so don’t miss it here!!


Saturday, February 5 - 6:00 PM


This selection of short films includes both classic and contemporary examples of 70mm presentation and large-format filmmaking. They utilize the capabilities of the system and the large screen to seriously impress (maybe even overwhelm) the audience. Most of these were shot in the 65mm film gauge, for 70mm projection. This program will include a bit of everything, from propaganda to soaring visuals to a visit to Mars. "Die Internationale" (25 min.) An incredibly rare treat, imported just for this showing! This amazing, over-the-top propaganda film from the former Soviet Union & Mosfilm Studios is a 65 mm production that spared no expenses. The saying goes that "the pen is mightier than the sword," but they'd never seen this piece of persuasion! Special Short Film Award, VII International Moscow Film Festival. (Film has minimal dialogue, in German. Translation will be supplied.); "Skies Over Holland" (22 min.) A World's Fair-type tourism film, featuring stunning aerial photography above and amidstthe clouds over Holland. Winner of two Awards at the Cannes Festival. "Fanny’s Wedding" (19 min.) A new stylized, dramatic short (with content similar to Jeunet's newest A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT), about a couple separated by the consequences of wartime. Dreamlike and abstract, it mixes 65mm and other gauges in production, for artistic impact. Stunning exteriors along the chalk cliffs of the English Channel. Plus: two past favorites, back again by popular request: "A Year Along The Abandoned Road" (10 min.) The ultimate stop-motion project, produced over a year's interval, exploring the changing seasons in remote northern Norway. "A Place To Stand" (20 min.) The Canadian Province of Ontario wanted a memorable film to show viewers the diversity of their region. This delivers with a WHUMP! Not only a showcase of virtuoso opticals, the song will stick with you forever! 1968 Academy Award for Best Short Film. Plus: as time permits, a motion simulator/ride film or two, including the SimEx short A TRIP TO MARS at 30 frames per second with digital sound.


Saturday, February 5 - 9:30 PM

THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES, 1965, 20th Century Fox, 133 min. Stuart Whitman, Sarah Miles, Robert Morley, James Fox, and the ever-delightful Terry-Thomas star as a group of lovably crack-pot aviators, inventors, and villains competing to win a London-to-Paris air race in 1910, in director Ken Annakin’s combination of epic adventure and slapstick comedy. Director Ken Annakin in person.


Sunday, February 6 - 5:00 PM

In Ultra Panavision 70 mm.!

IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD, 1963, MGM/UA, 162 min. Dir. Stanley Kramer. Legendary producer/director Stanley Kramer’s (GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER, JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG) most beloved film features one of the greatest line-ups of comic talent ever assembled, including Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Edie Adams, Spencer Tracy, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Dorothy Provine, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters, Don Knotts, Peter Falk, Terry-Thomas, Carl Reiner, Jerry Lewis, and many more, in the story of a group of average, upstanding Americans who are given the key to locating $350,000 in stolen bank loot – and resort to every form of lying, deceit, and double-crossing in their manic cross-country chase to retrieve it!!