|Special Events in March:Please check this page
before coming to the theatre to make sure that scheduled events will take place as
planned. Tickets are only available at the door, the day of an event. Some events will
repeat at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
Wednesday, March 2 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
GOOBYE DRAGON INN (BU JIAN BU SAN), 2003,
Wellspring, 82 min. The latest from Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang - one
of the islands most internationally acclaimed directors this may be his most
brilliant metaphor yet: "a lament for the death of feelings framed as a valediction
to an entire era of Chinese cinema and an obituary to film-going in general." Poised
between comedy and horror, Tsais films portray the loneliness and emptiness of
modern urban life. With his trilogy exploring the decay of society -- REBELS OF A NEON
GOD, VIVE LAMOUR and THE RIVER -- Tsai offered a heartbreaking portrait of Taiwan in
transition. On a rainy day, a broken-down old cinema theatre in Taipei is screening a
martial arts classic, King Hu's 1967 movie DRAGON INN. The last night before the theatre
shuts down, the few paying customers seem more interested in meeting strangers in the dark
than watching what's on the screen. The crippled, female ticket clerk and a young
projectionist are chasing each other though the labyrinthine theater. And is the place
haunted? Two of the men in the auditorium look suspiciously like Shih Chun and Miao Tien,
leading actors in DRAGON INN itself. "A masterpiece!" - Jonathan
Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader An Aero Theatre Exclusive!
Thursday, March 3 7:30 PM
"The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of"
Celebrating 75 Years of THE
Since 1930, when writer Dashiell Hammett first published his
classic novel "The Maltese Falcon," his hard-luck detective hero Sam Spade and
the hunt for that certain "Black Bird" has held an almost-mystical grip on the
public imagination. Warner Bros. Studio immediately seized on the books potential,
quickly turning out three adaptations in the space of a decade: THE MALTESE FALCON (aka
DANGEROUS FEMALE) in 1931, SATAN MET A LADY (1936), and finally the definitive FALCON in
1941. To celebrate the 75th publication of the book, join us for a special
double feature screening of the first and third versions:
THE MALTESE FALCON (aka DANGEROUS
FEMALE), 1931, Warner Bros., 80 min. Dir. Roy Del Ruth. This first take on
Dashiell Hammetts classic detective noir, subsequently overshadowed by the later
Bogie version, is surprisingly good and deserves a much wider audience. Ricardo Cortez holds
his own as a somewhat more unscrupulous Sam Spade while Duddley Digges and Otto Matieson
as Gutman and Cairo match the chemsitry of the later Greenstreet/Lorre villain team. With
Bebe Daniels, Thelma Todd.
THE MALTESE FALCON, 1941, Warner
Bros., 101 min. Dir. John Huston. The most-justly famed of "Falcon"
adaptations, this classic film noir gives definitive life to Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart)
and a masterfully drawn group of characters involved in a dangerous and double-crossing
hunt for a bejeweled golden falcon statue. The first-rate cast includes Mary Astor,
Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet and Elisha Cook Jr.
>> Both films also playing at the Egyptian on February 19.
Sunday, March 6 5:00 PM
Harry Langdon The Forgotten Comedy Genius of Silent Cinema
Film Historian Kevin Brownlow once pointed out "He is the
comedian who has fallen furthest from fashion of all of them. Believe it or not, there
used to be FOUR, not three, great comedians, and the fourth was always Langdon." The
details of Harry "the sad clown" Langdons life are not well known. Born in
1884 in Council Bluffs Iowa, he began his career as a successful vaudeville comedian when
he was very young. By 1906 he had his own show (which he performed with his wife Rose
Musolff) and by 1923 he was quite familiar to both the public and the industry. He signed
with Mack Sennett later that year and became immediately successful, primarily because
Sennett and a tight group of collaborators (among them the director Harry Edwards)
realized that Langdons power on screen was not his fast-rhythmic-slapstick, but
rather his reserve, his naïve characterizations and his lovable bashfulness towards the
women he secretly loves.
Langdons career did not end when the silent era ended. He
appeared in many comic-talkie-shorts, some of them produced by big studios. His voice was
recognizable for he acted in a very high tone, but these films definitely are not as
notable as some of his silent masterpieces. Unlike Keaton (to whom Langdon has been often
compared career-wise), Langdons legacy has not been properly rediscovered. The
Landgon society on line (http://www.silent-movies.com/Langdon/)
cites: "Buster lived long enough to be rediscovered by a new audience, escaping
obscurity. Like a fairytale prince under a spell, awaiting the kiss of wakefulness, Harry
still waits for his time to come round again
One indisputable fact about Harry
Langdon is that he died much too early for his own good." Today cinema lovers have
been slowly re-considering Langdons importance and impact on film history.
The American Cinematheque is proud to present two of Langdons
best-known films: TRAMP, TRAMP, TRAMP and LONG PANTS. Both prints have been provided by
the Douris Corporation/The Rohauer Collection. We thank Tim Lanza for his help and
TRAMP, TRAMP TRAMP, 1926, 65
min. (24fps) Director Harry Edwards. In a story co-written by Frank Capra, Harry (Harry
Langdon)decides to compete in a cross country walking/hiking contest to impress his
sweetheart Betty. After a number of adventurous circumstances where the quintessential
Langdon emerges ("his best routines: throwing small stones at a tornado to scare
it away, he spits at it in victory only to look down and have to wipe his spit off his
he gets hung up on the a fence nail, unaware that it is all that keeps him from
dropping several hundred feet to the highway below" -- from the Rohauer
Collection USA), our hero managers to pay his debts and marry the woman he loves. Also
starring Joan Crawford. Edward Davis, Alec B Franklin.
LONG PANTS, 1927, 54 minutes
(24fps). Directed by Frank Capra. A tale of coming of age. Harry (Harry Langdon) is
finally given the chance, by his over protective mother, to wear a pair of long pants.
Growing up also means thinking of having a family. His marriage to childhood sweetheart
Priscilla is taken for granted, even though he naively is secretly in love with
independent Bebe Blair. Langdon is a master in picturing the innocent and touching
juvenile lover. Indeed, his power as a comic is traceable to these fantastic moments of
sweetness and sadness and not to slapstick gags. With Gladys Brockwwell, Al Roscoe,
>> Also playing at the Egyptian on March 13.
Sunday, March 13 4:00 PM
Family Matinee - Dr.
Seuss Birthday Celebration!
Born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts, Dr. Seuss was
not an official doctor, but his prescription for fun has delighted readers for more than
60 years. Join us for a special celebration starting at 2 PM with a reading of Dr.
Seuss books at Every Picture
Tells a Story and an exhibit of orginal Dr. Seuss artwork and continuing at the Aero
Theatre for a screening of 5000 FINGERS OF DR. T. and some shorts:
THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T, 1953,
Columbia, 89 min. Dir. Roy Rowland. The only live-action film written by Dr. Seuss,
THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T is a riotous Technicolor fantasia about a young boy (Tommy
Rettig) trying to escape the nefarious clutches of his mad music teacher Dr. Terwilliker
(Hans Conried) who is bent on capturing 500 boys and forcing them to play his evil
concerto on the worlds largest piano! Astounding color photography by veteran d.p.
Franz Planer (20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA). Plus the short "Gerald
Mcboingboing," 1950, Columbia, 8 min, Dir. Robert Cannon.
Reading of classic Dr. Seuss stories by John
Kassir, as well as Lori Alan (voice on Spongebob Squarepants) and voiceover, actress,
comedian Wendy Kamenoff at 2 PM at Every Picture Tells a Story and an exhibit of
original Dr. Seuss artwork (1311-C Montana Ave at 14th street, Santa Monica, CA
90403). An Aero Theatre Exclusive!
Tuesday, March 15 7:30 PM:
New from Agnes Varda!
"In my films, I always wanted to make people see deeply.
I don't want to show things, but to give people the desire to see." - Agnès Varda
Ciné-Tamaris, 96 minutes. With originality and consummate artistry, director Agnès Varda
has produced dramatic features, quasi-musicals, cine-poems, essay films and documentaries.
Her concern with the import of images resonates throughout all of her films, but in the
shorts that she brings together in the trilogy CINÉVARDAPHOTO, we find a direct
engagement with photographs and their meanings in different contexts over a period of
"Ydessa, les ours et etc..." documents Toronto art
collector Ydessa Hendeles's Teddy Bear Project, an exhibition of thousands of photographs
featuring teddy bears. The daughter of Holocaust survivors who had lost all family
memorabilia, Hendeles bought the photos - metaphorical traces of childhood, security and
loving relations - over a period of ten years, finally exhibiting them as a contemporary
art experience that addresses the history of the twentieth century. Through this
groundbreaking curatorial approach, the exhibition questions the way personal and national
identity are formed in the context of history; the parallel course of idyllic and civil
life is just as present as atrocity, war, persecution and expulsion. Personal and
original, documentary presents a fascinating portrait of a gifted Canadian figure. In "Ulysse",
Varda revisits an enigmatic photograph taken in Egypt twenty-eight years earlier. The film
is a thoughtful and imaginative analysis of the meanings of images - mythological,
allegorical, historical and personal. "Salut les Cubains" animates
fifteen hundred of the more than four thousand photographs Varda took while vacationing in
Cuba. Through montage, she makes the subjects of the photos sing and dance. She calls it
Socialism and cha-cha-cha.
In French and English, with English Subtitles.
>> Also playing at the Egyptian on March 8.
Tuesday, March 22 7: 30 PM
Aint It Cool News/American Cinematheque Sneak Preview
The groundbreaking Internet website Aint It Cool News
and the American Cinematheque are joining forces once again to present a special Sneak
Preview of an upcoming movie that we think is really exceptional and exciting:
OLDBOY, 2004, Tartan Films, 120 min.
Winner of the 2004 Grand Prix at Cannes, the latest from white-hot Korean director Park
Chan-Wook (SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE.) Oh Dae-su (Min-sik Choi) is an ordinary Seoul
businessman with a wife and little daughter who, after a drunken nocturnal rampage, is
locked up in a strange, private "prison". No one will tell him why he's there or
who his jailer is. Through a TV news broadcast, he discovers he has been framed for his
wife's murder. After 15 years (!), Dae-su finds himself unexpectedly deposited on a
grass-covered high-rise roof. Determined to discover who had him locked up, the search
will lead down dark corridors of the mind and soul, and into spectacularly violent
confrontations. Also an official selection of the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, it will be
released in the U.S. by Tartan Films in late March.
>> Also playing on March 15 at the
TODD SOLONDZ TRIBUTE
March 23- 24 at the Aero Theatre only.
Wednesday, March 23 - 7:30 PM
Todd Solondz in Person!
New Jersey native Todd Solondz originally wanted to be a rabbi, but
soon sublimated his energy into screenwriting and finally directing. His funny, almost
unknown first feature, FEAR, ANXIETY & DEPRESSION was released in 1989. By 1995, his
second feature, WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE, was winning awards at Sundance, Berlin, and many
other festivals. He has gone on to helm such provocative films as HAPPINESS and
STORYTELLING. We're delighted to present this mini-tribute, including a sneak preview of
his new film PALINDROMES, starring Ellen Barkin and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE,
1995, Sony Classic Pictures, 88 min. Director Todd Solondzs second feature
film is one of the flat-out funniest, most painful recreations of what its like
growing up ever committed to film, all told through the eyes of smart, bespectacled,
lovably clueless teen Heather Matarazzo. With Brendon Sexton, Jr.
HAPPINESS, 1998, Strand Releasing,
134 min. Director Todd Solondzs controversial, simultaneously compassionate
and pitch black comedy explores loneliness, self-obsession and aberrant sexuality through
the microcosm of the blissfully dysfunctional Jordan family (Ben Gazarra, Louise Lasser,
Lara Flynn Boyle, Jane Adams & Cynthia Stevenson). A catalogue of amazing
performances, with more standout portrayals by Dylan Baker, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Camryn
Manheim and Jon Lovitz. Discussion in between films with
director Todd Solondz.
An Aero Theatre Exclusive!
Thursday, March 24 - 7: 30 PM
SNEAK PREVIEW ! Todd Solondz In Person!
PALINDROMES, 2005, Wellspring, 100
min. A fable of innocence: 13-year-old Aviva Victor wants to be a Mom. She does all she
can to make this happen, and comes very close to succeeding, but in the end her plan is
thwarted by her sensible parents (Ellen Barkin and Richard Masur). So she
runs away, still determined to get pregnant one way or another, but instead finds herself
lost in another world, a less sensible one, but one pregnant itself with all sorts of
strange possibilities. Barkin, who hasn't seemed so eerily at home as a mother since THIS
BOYS LIFE, gives an unyielding performance as a suburban woman trying to protect her
daughter. The film also features stand-out performances from Debra Monk, Stephen
Adly-Guirgis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and seven different and equally brilliant,
risk-taking actors of varying ages, races and sizes to play our young heroine Aviva.
Solondz' most political and philosophical film yet, but in many ways it is also his most
tender. An official selection at the 2004 Telluride, Toronto, Venice and New York Film
Festivals, the film will be released by Wellspring on April 13, 2005. Discussion following with director Todd Solondz and actress
Ellen Barkin. An Aero Theatre Exclusive!
For this event only, advance tickets
will be sold. Click here
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