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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
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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.
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<<< June 15 - 17, 2006 >>>

Walter Hill In-Person Tribute

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This Series is Exclusive to the Aero Theatre!



Director Walter Hill is surely one of the last of the rugged individualists in American cinema, an action auteur in the same league as Robert Aldrich, Sam Peckinpah, Raoul Walsh, Anthony Mann and Budd Boetticher. A filmmaker equally at home with the western, the urban melodrama or neo-noir, Walter Hill brings traditional values and an innate love of storytelling to his romantic, hardboiled narratives of betrayed trust, doomed love, unrequited greed, noble self-sacrifice and unrehabilitated heroism -- often in the guise of the most unlikely characters. We’re pleased to be able to welcome Walter Hill in-person to present a sneak preview of his latest film, BROKEN TRAIL as well as some of his most enduring, hard-edged action classics, HARD TIMES, JOHNNY HANDSOME, THE LONG RIDERS and (in 70mm!) GERONIMO.

Thursday, June 15 - 7:30 PM
LA Premiere! Walter Hill In Person!
BROKEN TRAIL – Part I & II, 2006, AMC/Sony Television, 184 min. In the tradition of LONESOME DOVE, director Walter Hill zeroes in on senior cowboy Robert Duvall and his estranged nephew, Thomas Haden Church (SIDEWAYS) in 1897 as they are suddenly saddled with five Chinese orphan girls while attempting to drive a herd of horses to their buyer. However, a gang of unscrupulous rivals want the girls for their own unsavory ends. The road ahead for Duvall, Church and the girls suddenly becomes an agonizing gauntlet, beset with traps and ambushes out of nowhere. BROKEN TRAIL is a four-hour, two-part mini-series that will make its world premiere on AMC on June 25-26, 2006 at 8 PM ET/PT. Discussion in between Part I & II with Director Walter Hill. Suggested donation.




Friday, June 16 - 7:30 PM


Walter Hill In Person!
LASTING IMPRESSIONS, a monthly series featuring screenings and conversations with moviemakers. This time out, director Walter Hill joins host Ed Crasnick.

Double Feature:
HARD TIMES, 1975, Sony Repertory, 93 min. Walter Hill’s debut feature as director is this no-holds-barred tale of a bare knuckles boxer (Charles Bronson) in Depression-era New Orleans and the fast-talking promoter (James Coburn) who parlays Bronson’s talents as a pugilist into quick money. "There's the temptation, with material like this, to fashion parables and give the characters portentous speeches about the meaning of it all. But HARD TIMES never steps back from itself, never lectures us. Its theme is buried in its material, and it's a hard-edged action film all the way." – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.

JOHNNY HANDSOME, 1989, Sony Repertory, 94 min. Dir Walter Hill. Mickey Rourke is superb as John Sedley, a disfigured loner who is set up for a fall when he and his only pal, Scott Wilson, are betrayed by their robber partners, sleazy sociopaths, Lance Henricksen and Ellen Barkin with Pal Wilson dead, corraled in a New Orleans prison hospital and pigeonholed as a three time loser by hostile cop, Morgan Freeman, Rourke bides his time. But an altruistic doctor, Forest Whitaker, throws a spanner in the works when he offers Rourke new hope to live a normal life - plastic surgery that will wipe out his facial deformity. Once released on parole, Rourke gets a normal job and even a girlfriend (Elizabeth McGovern) who loves him. However, vengeance for his friend’s death burns in his heart, and, with his new face, he insinuates himself back into the lives of unaware scumbags, Henricksen and Barkin. One of Walter Hill’s most underrated films and a great example of neo-noir. Discussion in between films with Director Walter Hill.



Saturday, June 17 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature:
THE LONG RIDERS, 1980, Columbia Repertory, 99 min. Director Walter Hill focuses on Jesse and Frank James (James Keach and Stacey Keach) as well as their outlaw cohorts, the Younger, Miller and Ford brothers in this classic revisionist western. Pamela Reed is a fiery spitfire as the notorious female outlaw, Belle Starr. With David Carradine, Keith Carradine, Randy Quaid, Dennis Quaid.

70 mm print! GERONIMO: AN AMERICAN LEGEND, 1993, Columbia, 115 min. A modern action master, director Walter Hill also displays a reflective side and almost Rossellini-esque historical perspective in his retelling of the last days of resistance of the great Apache leader. One of the most impressive and overlooked late Westerns. With Wes Studi, Matt Damon, Jason Patric, Robert Duvall, Gene Hackman and Scott Wilson. Music by Ry Cooder.