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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 compiled by: Chris D.


Special Thanks to:

Stuart Lisell; Michael Schlesinger & Grover Crisp/COLUMBIA PICTURES REPERTORY; Garth Drabinsky; Joel Michaels; MIRAMAX; Jennifer Stott/FINE LINE; David Dowler; Irene Ramos, John Kirk & Latanya Taylor/MGM-UAL DISTRIBUTION.


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

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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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<<< March 18 - 20, 2005 >>>

The Ruling Class - A Tribute to Director Peter Medak In Person

These films will screen at the Egyptian March 11 & 12, 2005.


One of the most fascinating and still criminally-underrated directors to emerge from the British film scene of the mid-1960’s, Hungarian-born Peter Medak (b. 1937) has brought a bracing, hard-edged realism and a ferocious satirical bite to such films as THE RULING CLASS, THE KRAYS, LET HIM HAVE IT and ROMEO IS BLEEDING. Medak has managed to transform genre material into his own particularly exhilarating take on the British class system and the ways in which people are assaulted – and sometimes annihilated – by the turbulent forces around them, and inside their own personalities.

We are thrilled to welcome director Peter Medak to the Egyptian and Aero Theatres for the first major Los Angeles Retrospective of his films - !


Thursday, March 17 – 7:30 PM

THE RULING CLASS, 1972, Keep Films/United Artists/Avco-Embassy & Stuart Lisell Films, 141 min. Director Peter Medak’s savage satirical masterpiece stars Peter O’Toole in one of his greatest performances, as a lunatic British aristrocat who’s happy in the belief that he’s Jesus Christ – until everyone around tries to cure him of his delusion, with tragic results. One of the most merciless portraits of the British class system ever put on film, with terrific supporting performances from Alastair Sim, Coral Browne, Carolyn Seymour and many others.


Friday, March 18 – 7:30 PM


THE CHANGELING, 1980, a Joel B. Michaels/Garth Drabinsky Production. Produced by Joel B. Michaels and Garth Drabinsky, 109 min. Director Peter Medak’s superb ghost story has been recently re-discovered for what it is: one of the most chillingly effective portraits of the supernatural made in the past 25 years (the French-Canadian title, L’ENFANT DU DIABLE, gives an even better sense of the film’s eerie beauty.) George C. Scott stars as a musician grieving over the recent deaths of his wife and daughter, who moves into a drafty old mansion – only to find it inhabited by the spirit of a young and very restless ghost. A connoisseur’s delight, and very rarely screened, so don’t miss it here! With Trish Van Devere. [Note: the only screenable print of the film is slightly faded; because of it’s rarity we’re including it here.] Discussion following film with director Peter Medak

>> Also playing at the Egyptian on March 12.


Saturday, March 19 – 5:00 PM

A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG, 1972, Columbia (Sony), 106 min. Director Peter Medak adapts the acclaimed Peter Nichols’ play about Bri (Alan Bates) and Sheila (Janet Suzman), a married couple resorting to black humor to get through the daily care of their daughter, a virtually brain-dead child with zero chance of recovery. Brilliantly reconciles the mind’s way of coping with unbearable suffering in unexpected ways and cuts to the heart of the seemingly unresolvable question of euthanasia. Discussion between films with director Peter Medak.

>> Both films also playing at the Egyptian on March 11.


Saturday, March 19 – 8:00 PM

Double Feature:

THE KRAYS, 1990, Miramax, 119 min. During the 1960’s, the Kray Bros. were the London underworld’s answer to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones: violent, incendiary, undeniably sexy. Director Peter Medak’s exhilarating recreation of the Krays’ rise to power stars real-life brothers Gary Kemp and Martin Kemp of the band Spandau Ballet. Using stream-of-consciousness/dream sequences as well as conventional narrative, this superlative gangland saga focuses as much on their formative childhood, family life and the affect on people close to them as the bonecrushing violence. Billie Whitelaw as mother Violet and Kate Hardie as Frances, the emotionally fragile spouse to one of the brothers, are standouts in an exceptional cast.

LET HIM HAVE IT, 1991, Fine Line (New Line Cinema), 115 min. Peter Medak followed up his portrait of The Krays with a brilliant true life story of 1950s London, focusing on arguably the most notorious criminal trial and conviction of the era. 19-year-old Derek Bentley (a riveting Christopher Eccleston) is sucked into a life of crime by even younger, charismatic Chris Craig (Paul Reynolds). A policeman is murdered by underage Craig, and, while he receives a relatively minor sentence, his adult accomplice Derek is sentenced to death. A scathing examination of the mid-20th century British justice system as well as an environment that encourages a life of crime for directionless youth. Derek's name was finally cleared by the British court system 45 years later, which was very much due to the film being screened for the members of Parliament. It caused an outrage and started a sequence of hearings and a retrial which finally led to his posthumous pardon. The film also stars Tom Courtenay, Eileen Atkins. Director Peter Medak to introduce the screening.

>> Both films also playing at the Egyptian on March 12.


Sunday, March 20 – 5:00 PM

Double Feature:

NEGATIVES, 1968, 90 min. Peter Medak’s compelling directorial debut follows the antics of a middle class young couple (Peter McEnery, Glenda Jackson) and the strange roleplaying games they resort to – serial murderer Dr. Crippen and his wife, WW1 air ace Baron von Richtofen to make their boring, marginal lives bearable. Also starring Diane Cilento. [Note: the only screenable print of the film is slightly faded; because of it’s rarity we’re including it here.]

ROMEO IS BLEEDING, 1993, MGM/UA, 108 min. Director Peter Medak’s blistering, phantasmagoric neo-noir thriller stars Gary Oldman as Jack, an on-the-take NYC cop blithely stashing away an illicit nest egg unbeknownst to his devoted wife (Annabella Sciorra). However, when mafia boss Don Falcone (Roy Scheider) coerces Jack into trying to assassinate Russian hitwoman Mona (a scarily demonic Lena Olin), the rug’s pulled out from under him, and his fragile house of cards collapses aroud his ears. Wildly entertaining. Also starring Juliette Lewis, Will Patton and James Cromwell. Discussion between films with director Peter Medak. An Aero Theatre Exclusive!