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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
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Special Thanks to: Amy Lewin and Barry Allen/PARAMOUNT; Marilee Womack/WARNER BROS. CLASSICS; Mike Schlesinger/COLUMBIA REPERTORY (SONY); Paul Ginsburg/UNIVERSAL.


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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 8 - 12, 2006 >>>

Valentine's Week: Amour Fou And Offbeat Love Stories In The Cinema


Some screenings in this series are also taking place at the Egyptian Theatre February 17 - 19.

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In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we present seven very different love stories with one thing in common – offbeat, delirious depictions of unrequited amour, troubled relationships and/or doomed affairs, all done in a most entertaining and gratifying fashion. From the unfulfilled desire and emotional immolation of Max Ophuls’ gem, LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN and Jean Negulesco’s HUMORESQUE (with Joan Crawford and John Garfield at their best), to mental illness, May-December romance and Oedipal obsession in Robert Aldrich’s AUTUMN LEAVES, to the adultery, class values and family dynamics of Douglas Sirk’s WRITTEN ON THE WIND and THERE’S ALWAYS TOMORROW, to the perverse, phantasmagorical fire of forbidden love in Sidney Lumet/Tennessee Williams’ THE FUGITIVE KIND (with the combustible pairing of Marlon Brando and Anna Magnani!) and David Lynch’s WILD AT HEART – these romantic tragedies, surreal dreamlike reveries and soul-baring dramas are the flipsides of the candy-coated marketing of romance on Valentine’s Day. And, much more than the saccharine sentiments on greeting cards, these things are often what love is all about.


Thursday, February 8 – 7:30 PM

Cinema Valentine – Amour Fou

THE FUGITIVE KIND 1959, UA (Sony Repertory), 121 min. Director Sidney Lumet conjures a sensual fever dream from Tennessee Williams’ southern gothic Orpheus Descending. Itinerant hustler Marlon Brando is the ultimate snakeskin-clad loner who drifts into a redneck backwater town and falls into a torrid affair with fellow outcast Anna Magnani, the middle-aged immigrant wife of hate-crippled Victor Jory. Sparks fly from a pyrotechnic cast that also includes Joanne Woodward and Maureen Stapleton.


Thursday, February 9 – 7:30 PM

Cinema Valentine – Amour Fou

Douglas Sirk Double Feature:

WRITTEN ON THE WIND, 1956, Universal, 99 min. Commonly acknowledged as one of pantheon director Douglas Sirk’s most sublime masterworks, this tale of two friends – rich, alcoholic Robert Stack and poor, sensible Rock Hudson (who also works for him) runs the gamut of emotions, examining the consequences of the pair’s mutual love for radiant Lauren Bacall. But Sirk doesn’t stop there as he subtly explores, through back story and character, the loneliness and spiritual degradation caused by unchecked materialism. He also manages to skillfully sidestep soap opera cliches while still delivering glossy, superior popular entertainment. Dorothy Malone won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as Stack’s promiscuous sister with a long-unrequited yen for Hudson.

Brand New 35mm Print! ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS, 1955, Universal, 89 min. Jane Wyman, a lonely widow with two spoilt, almost grown children (William Reynolds, Gloria Talbot) as well as a circle of snobbish, upper middle class friends, suddenly finds herself falling-in-love with her gardener, Rock Hudson. Director Douglas Sirk examines the curious cultural barriers we set up for ourselves regarding love, skewering age and class differences in the process as well as championing fearless independence of the individual spirit - something that was not always that common in the 1950s. One of the most subversive love stories of 20th century cinema and a prime inspiration for Todd Haynes' recent, acclaimed FAR FROM HEAVEN.


Friday, February 10 – 7:30 PM

Cinema Valentine

LOVE STORY, 1970, Paramount, 99 min. One of the most gloriously sentimental and tear-jerking films ever made. Written by Erich Segal (based on his novel), LOVE STORY follows the rich boy-poor girl romance of preppie millionaire Ryan O’Neal, and "social zero" Ali MacGraw, as they first trade verbal fireworks, and then fall truly, madly in love against the turbulent backdrop of Harvard in the early 70’s. Beautifully acted by O’Neal and MacGraw, and sensitively directed by Arthur Hiller (THE IN-LAWS, THE HOSPITAL), LOVE STORY is as much a landmark of pop culture as Elton John’s "Your Song" or Jonathan Livingston Seagull.




Sunday, February 12 – 6:00 PM

Cinema Valentine

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, 1957, 20th Century Fox, 119 min. Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are two decent, middle-aged people who meet and fall-in-love on a cruise from Europe to New York. Both engaged to others, they decide to think it over before jumping into marriage and agree to rendezvous again six months later at the Empire State Building. But things don’t go exactly as planned. Leo McCarey (THE AWFUL TRUTH) deftly directs one of the true perennials of movie love stories, its enduring, genuine sweetness and warmth tempered by a bittersweet melancholy borne out of the curveballs life can sometimes throw you. With Richard Denning and Cathleen Nesbitt.