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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. Program Notes by: Martina Palaskov-Begov.


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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.
(Aero by series)
(Aero by 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 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 >>>

Three By Russian Film Master Andrei Tarkovsky


These films will screen at the Egyptian January 27-29, 2005.

A unique opportunity to revisit or discover one of the greatest masters of European cinema, who, alongside Godard, Fellini and Bergman, encouraged a personal and authorial approach to cinema as an art form. Andrei Tarkovsky (1932 – 1986) only directed seven features and two shorts that, nevertheless, profoundly influenced and shaped not only Europe’s cinematic approach to topics such as religion and human beliefs, but also helped Russia achieve aesthetic and cultural independence. Visionary, talented, poetic, religious, metaphysical and overall incredibly technical, Andrei Tarkovsky taught his own and future generations to utilize and approach cinematic narrative through a variety of forms and manners; he revealed how to comment on modern social and cultural conditions without directly talking about them and, most importantly, without being artistically and politically mannerist.


Thursday, February 10 – 7:30 PM

THE MIRROR (ZERKALO), 1975, Kino Int’l, 108 min. Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky. Director Andrei Tarkovsky’s autobiographical approach to cinema finds voice here as he shows us the second great war in Europe, the evacuation from Moscow and the separation of a couple, all things that the filmmaker experienced himself, and, in 1974, was ready to share with the public. He utilizes himself, his story, his reflection (in the mirror) to offer this nostalgic vision of the world. Probably his most intimate film, it not only enables us to understand and capture his vision of history, but also to understand the Russian master as a human being. Starring Margarita Terekhova, Ignat Daniltsev, Larisa Tarkovskaya and Alla Demidova.


Friday, February 11 – 7:30 PM

SOLARIS, 1972, Kino Int’l, 167 min. Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky. . Based on the classic sci-fi novel by Stanislaw Lem, this is probably director Andrei Tarkovsky’s best known film and far more than just a science fiction epic. As in Kubrick’s 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, Tarkovsky takes an intellectual approach to metaphysical issues. Scientists try to understand the secrets of the mysterious planet Solaris, but find themselves slowly becoming victims of their own imaginations and secret desires. Russian authorities and film critics initially thought that the public would find the film too difficult to understand, but in 1972 it won the Special Jury prize at Cannes and eventually opened in the United States in 1976. However, it wasn’t until 1989 that the film was released in America in its original 167 minute running time. We are very proud to show that version tonight. Chris Landreth will appear for an extended Q & A to discuss his groundbreaking animation technique and the influence and importance of Ryan Larkin’s work. Starrig Donatas Banionis, Natalya Bondarchuk, Juri Jarvet.


Sunday, February 13 – 5:00 PM

ANDREI RUBLEV, 1969, Kino Int’l, 205 min. Dir. Andrei Tarkovsky. Inspired by the life and works of 15th century poet and icon painter Andrei Rublev, director Andrei Tarkovsky utilizes the fundamentals and morals of the religious orthodox to make a precise artistic statement: the role of the creator in any given society has to be linked to society; an artist is only a servant offering his talent to the community and God. With art, Rublev participates in the sufferings of his people and gains a social and cultural conscience about his nation. Tarkovsky described the role of the artist in his book Sculpting in Time thus: "We cannot comprehend the totality of the Universe but the poetic image is able to express that totality" The film incorporates the director’s most fascinating cinematic maxims: flowing water (representing passing time), the awareness of cinema as language and the importance of remaining independent and original in a time and place where individual artistic approaches are banned. Starring Anatoli Solonitsyn, Ivan Latpikov, Nikolai Grinko and Nicolai Sergeyev