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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 Produced by: Programmed by Gwen Deglise and Olivier-René Veillon, Ile de France Film Commission, Executive Director.


Special Thanks to:

Special Thanks: Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS.; Paul Ginsburg/UNIVERSAL; Amy Lewin/PARAMOUNT; Mike Schlesinger/SONY PICTURES(COLUMBIA REPERTORY).


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.
(Aero by series)
(Aero by date)
(Egyptian by series)
(Egyptian by date)
24-Hour Information: 323.466.FILM
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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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<<<  November 10-12, 2005 >>>

Paris & American Cinema: A Fine Romance


Presented in association with Ile de France Film Commission.

With the support of the French Film & TV Department of the French Consulate, Los Angeles.

A fine romance rhymes with Ile de France in the song Dorothy Fields created for Fred Astaire in the George Stevens’ film SWING TIME, and popularized by Frank Sinatra. In American Cinema, from Ernst Lubitsch (NINOTCHKA) to Billy Wilder (LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON) and beginning with the master work of Charlie Chaplin (A WOMAN OF PARIS), Paris means love and passion triumph under the Eiffel Tower. This great love affair between American cinema, Paris and the Ile de France has created some of the most fascinating romantic comedies but also intense drama from the likes of Richard Brooks (THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS) and Vincente Minnelli (LUST FOR LIFE). When architect Haussmann conceived the modern Paris in 1860, he was obsessed by the spectacular performance he wanted to give. He would have fully appreciated the way Hollywood interpreted its vision of the city. Here to illustrate just a handful of those interpretations, join us for screenings of GIGI, FUNNY FACE, CHARADE and WHAT’S NEW, PUSSYCAT?




Thursday, November 10 - 7:30 PM

New 35 mm print!

GIGI, 1951, Warner Bros., 119 min. Director Vincente Minnelli’s GIGI is an absolutely delightful, spirited musical adaptation of Colette's novel about a sweet young girl (Leslie Caron) trained by her aunt for the world's oldest profession in turn-of-the-century Paris. Winner of nine Oscars including Best Picture. With Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jourdan.


Friday, November 11 - 7:30 PM

CHARADE, 1963, Universal, 113 min. No one is who they seem to be when Audrey Hepburn arrives in a radiant Paris to unravel the mystery of her husband’s death in Stanley Donen’s masterful homage to Alfred Hitchcock (in particular the maestro’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST and THE 39 STEPS). When Hepburn meets Cary Grant, supposedly one of the men who helped her late spouse rob a post-WWII payroll, the two engage in a cat-and-mouse game of ‘where’s-the-missing-loot?’, not only with each other, but also a gang of eccentric villains (including Ned Glass and an especially menacing George Kennedy and James Coburn). When bodies pile up and Hepburn seems at her wit’s end, Walter Matthau offers his help – but can he be trusted? The emphasis is on romance and comedy as well as suspense and thrills, and Donen’s previous track record of seemingly effortless, effervescent entertainments stands him in good stead here. With a captivating score by Henry Mancini.



Saturday, November 12 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature:

FUNNY FACE, 1957, Paramount, 103 min. Dir. Stanley Donen. Young Audrey Hepburn agrees to travel to Paris to model gowns for famous fashion photographer Fred Astaire, but her real motivation is to meet the founder of ‘emphaticalism’ (a spoof on the then-new concept of ‘existentialism’), Professor Flostre (Michel Auclair). But she doesn’t count on falling-in-love with shutterbug, Astaire. There’s a surfeit of great tunes by George Gershwin and others, including "How Long Has This Been Going On?" and "Think Pink."

WHAT'S NEW, PUSSYCAT, 1966, UA (Sony) 108 min. Dir. Clive Donner. Emotionally frazzled Peter O'Toole goes to analyst Peter Sellers for guidance with his complicated love-life, not counting on Sellers’ own hilariously-overheated sex-drive and a merry-go-round of the Sixties most beautiful women, including Romy Schneider, Capucine, Paula Prentiss and Ursula Andress. Co-starring and written by Woody Allen, with another brilliant Pop score by Burt Bacharach, WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT? is the ultimate Mod confection.