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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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Special Thanks to: Mike Schlesinger/ SONY REPERTORY; John Kirk/SONY FILM PRESERVATION; Newmarket Films.


SOLD OUT SCREENINGS: There will be a waiting line for Sold Out screenings. Tickets often become available at the door the night of an event.

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 31 - April 6, 2006 >>>

Director's Cut Series

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From classics like THE BIG SLEEP to controversial, often-disputed films like BRAZIL, BLADE RUNNER and HEAVEN’S GATE, there has rarely been a final word in Hollywood filmmaking. Movies exist in different versions because of censorship issues, disputes over running time and story clarity, personality conflicts between director and producer, and more – film is an amazingly fluid medium, and between first cut and release date, a movie can lose (or gain) dialogue, voice-over, music tracks, major and minor characters, and even entire subplots. The term "Director’s Cut" can mean longer and (arguably) better, but it can also mean a version of the film that is fundamentally different than the one we know. We’re pleased to present several truly great ‘director’s cuts,’ including Sergio Leone’s DUCK YOU, SUCKER! (restored to it’s original European length), HEAVEN’S GATE and BURN! (QUIEMADA).



Friday, March 31 – 7:30 PM

Director’s Cut Series

Restored 35mm Print! DUCK YOU SUCKER aka A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE (GIU LA TESTA), 1971, MGM/UA, 157 min. The last—and least-seen—of Sergio Leone’s epic Westerns: earthy peasant Rod Steiger and Irishman James Coburn (hiding from the I.R.A.) find themselves tossed into the middle of the Mexican Revolution. Widely ignored on its release, DUCK YOU SUCKER looks better and better with each year: Leone’s blend of explosive action and boozy poetry is just strange enough to work. Recently restored to its original, longer European running time. Music by Ennio Morricone.



Saturday, April 1 – 7:30 PM

DONNIE DARKO: THE DIRECTOR’S CUT, 2004, Newmarket Films, 133 min. Dir. Richard Kelly. Largely underrated on its initial release in 2001, DONNIE DARKO quickly became a cult classic via word-of-mouth buzz -- and for very good reason. With its blend of fantasy, sci-fi and earnest "tortured teen" drama, DONNIE DARKO is perhaps the best ‘80’s movie ever to be made outside of the 80’s. Director Richard Kelly, only 25 when he made the film, in which he uses visionary imagination to explore time travel, mental illness and imaginary friends, while perfectly capturing what it felt like to be a teenage outcast at the end of the 1980’s. This special director’s cut, which includes 20 extra minutes, is a true cinematic treat for old fans and first-timers alike, with plenty of surprises in store. October 2, 1988: just another ordinary day in Donnie Darko's (Jake Gyllenhaal) teen-aged existence. He's taken his medication, watched Dukakis and Bush debate and had dinner with the family. Suddenly, an outrageous accident occurs, which just misses claiming Donnie's life. As Donnie begins to explore what it means to still be alive, and in short order to be in love, he uncovers secrets of the universe that give him a tempting power to alter time and destiny. With Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Duval, Patrick Swayze and Noah Wylie. Featuring music by Echo and the Bunnymen, Duran Duran, INXS, Joy Division and many more.


Sunday, April 2 – 6:30 PM

Director’s Cut Series

Restored and Uncut: HEAVEN’S GATE, 1980, Sony Repertory, 219 min. Director Michael Cimino’s sprawling, epic anti-western was one of the most hotly debated films of its time, a blockbuster that had spiraled out of control in the budget department, nearly bankrupting United Artists and hastening the embattled company’s sale to MGM. When it was released, many critics reacted to the hoopla and negative hype, instead of the actual content of the film. Today, though still controversial, the film has undergone significant re-appraisal and its considerable virtues are now widely recognized. Many consider it a masterpiece, especially in its uncut form, the version Cimino had originally intended for release. Kris Kristofferson is a sheriff caught in the middle of mounting tensions between affluent landowners and newly arrived homesteaders in 1890’s Wyoming. Complicating matters is a burgeoning love triangle between Kristofferson, his paramour, Ella (Isabelle Huppert) and hired gun, Christopher Walken. Introduction by Sony film preservationist John Kirk and cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond TBC.


Thursday, April 6– 7:30 PM

Director’s Cut Series- Full Length European Version!!

QUEIMADA (aka BURN!), 1969, UA (Sony Repertory), 132 min. Dir. Gillo Pontecorvo. Cut by nearly 20 minutes before its U.S. release, this controversial real life saga of 19th century British colonials instigating a slave revolt to serve their own imperialist agenda, is a trenchant allegory of U.S. interference in the Caribbean, and features one of Marlon Brando's most mesmerizing performances as the bigger-than-life Sir William Walker.