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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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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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Special Events in October:


Click for a schedule of events in this series at the Egyptian Theatre, Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, in Hollywood.

The National Geographic All Roads Film Project showcases breakthrough film and still photography from indigenous and under-represented minority cultures around the globe. Launched in 2004, All Roads supports diverse cultural perspectives with an international film festival, funding, networking, and distribution opportunities to bring together voices that celebrate the vibrant stories of our world.

For more details: www.nationalgeographic.com/allroads

Sunday, October 1 – 3:00 PM


Traditional tales from around the world, come alive in animated form with: The World Premiere of "How the Elephant lost his Wings" (2006, 4 min.) Dir. Tara Douglas. A story from the Muria Gond culture about conflict between the first elephant and man. The World Premiere of "Pot of Gold" (2006, 5 min.) Dir. Nitin Donde. A tale from the Warli tribe of Maharashtra tells what happens when a husband and wife find a pot of gold. The World Premiere of "Best of the Best" (India, 2006, 5 min.) Dir. Leslie MacKenzie. A vain mouse gets what she deserves in this story from the Gondi tribe. The Los Angeles Premiere of "First Fire" (US, 2004, 10 min.) Dir. Nathan Young. Stop-motion claymation depicts the origin of fire from the Cherokee nation. In Cherokee with English Subtitles. The US Premiere of "Un Poquito de…" ("A little of…") (Mexico, 2003, 11 min.) Dir. Dominique Jonard. School children wrote and illustrated this story showing the fun lives of people living near the Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico. In Spanish with English subtitles. The US Premiere of "Raven and the First People" (Canada, 2006, 23 min.) Dirs. Caleb Hystad, Simon James. In the first of two new episodes from the award-winning series about Pacific North Coast tribes, "Raven Tales," Eagle and Raven are at odds over how to take care of the world entrusted to them. The US Premiere of "Raven and the Seawolf" (Canada, 2006, 23 min.) Dirs. Caleb Hystad, Simon James. The first man is dismayed to find he has no skill as a fisherman, and that his skills as an artisan are unappreciated, so he calls out a mythical sea monster to help him.



Tuesday, October 10 – 7:30 PM

World Premiere of Newly-Colorized Version - Ray Harryhausen In-Person

SHE, 1935, The Douris Corporation, 95 min. Dirs. Lansing C. Holden and Irvin Pichel. "I am Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow." Producer Merian C. Cooper (KING KONG) tries his hand at the oft-adapted adventure fantasy classic by H. Rider Haggard and comes up with what re mains, to this day, the most entertaining, eye-popping version. Unlike the enjoyable mid-1960’s Hammer studios take on SHE starring Ursula Andress, which recast its tale in the African desert, this mesmerizing escapist fare is set in the Arctic, with intrepid explorer, Randolph Scott encountering man-eating cannibals before coming up against the even more formidable She Who Must Be Obeyed. Helen Gahagan is the imperious, goddess-like ruler of the lost kingdom of Kor, a woman haunted by her immortality after bathing in the flame of eternal life and waiting eons for the man of her dreams – Scott! Cooper had originally hoped for the film to be shot in color, but alas, it was not to be. Now thanks to Legend Films and the personal shot-by-shot supervision of fabled effects wizard, Ray Harryhausen, Cooper’s original vision has been realized in a new, eye-popping, colorized and uncut restoration (with 8 additional minutes not seen in the movie since 1935!). With Nigel Bruce, Helen Mack. Special guests for the evening will include Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury and Forrest J. Ackerman, plus a discussion following the film with Ray Harryhausen. Preceding the screening, there will be a reception open to the public at Every Picture Tells A Story, 1311-C Montana Ave., Santa Monica (right across the street from the Aero).





Wednesday, October 11 – 7:30 PM

Sneak Preview!

RUNNING WITH SCISSORS, 2006, Sony Pictures, 120 min., Dir. Ryan Murphy. Hilarious and poignant film based on the personal memoirs of Augusten Burroughs. Growing up in the 1970’s, young Augusten (Joseph Cross) was living a middle-class existence with an alcoholic father (Alec Baldwin) and a bipolar mother (Annette Bening), an unpublished poet with delusions of becoming famous. When his parents divorce, Augusten’s mother sends him to live with her wildly unorthodox psychiatrist, Dr. Finch (Brian Cox) and his eccentric extended family. RUNNING WITH SCISSORS chronicles Augusten’s survival under the most extraordinary of circumstances. With Jill Clayburgh. Guests who will introduce screening to be announced.



Wednesday, October 18 – 7:30 PM

SOULER OPPOSITE, 1998, Souler Opposite Productions Inc., 104 min. Opposites attrract, repel and collide like bumper cars in a savvy "romantic mockery" from writer director Bill Kalmenson. Christopher Meloni ("Law and Order SVU") plays Barry, a stand up comedian whose love life is a joke. Janel Moloney ("The West Wing") stars as, Thea, the political activist drawn to Barry and distanced by him. And Timothy Busfield ("Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") is the pal who helps keep Barry on an uneven keel. Discussion following with director Bill Kalmenson and actors Janel Moloney and Timothy Busfield.




Thursday, October 19 – 7:30 PM

Alan Arkin In Person Tribute!

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, 2006, Fox Searchlight, 101 min. The directorial debut of renowned music video directors (and husband-and-wife team) Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris is an American family road comedy that shatters the mold. Brazenly satirical and yet deeply human, the film introduces audiences to one of the most endearingly fractured families in recent cinema history: the Hoovers, whose trip to a pre-pubescent beauty pageant results not only in comic mayhem but in death, transformation and a moving look at the surprising rewards of being losers in a winning-crazed culture. A runaway hit at the Sundance Film Festival, where it played to standing ovations, the film strikes a nerve with everyone who’s ever been awestruck by how their muddled families seem to make it after all. With great performances by Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell and Alan Arkin.

THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER, 1968, Warner Bros., 123 min. Alan Arkin was nominated for an Academy Award for his heart-wrenching performance as Singer, a deaf-mute who lives in a world of his own – until he befriends an introverted teenaged girl (Sondra Locke, in an equally astonishing performance.) Beautifully directed by Robert Ellis Miller (THE BUTTERCUP CHAIN), based on Carson McCullers’ acclaimed novel. Discussion in between films with actor Alan Arkin.





Saturday, October 21 – 7:30 PM

Lasting Impressions

BEST IN SHOW, 2000, Warner Bros., 90 min. The same folks who brought you THIS IS SPINAL TAP and WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, are responsible for this side-splitting spoof on the insanity both in-front-of and behind-the-scenes of big time dog shows. Christopher Guest not only directed and starred-in, but co-wrote the howlingly funny script with co-star, Eugene Levy. The incredible ensemble cast also includes Parker Posey, Catherine O’Hara, Fred Willard and Michael McKean, to name but a few. Discussion following with actor Fred Willard.





Sunday, October 29 – 6:30 PM

Memorial Tribute to Argentine Director Fabian Bielinsky

Acclaimed Argentine director Fabian Bielinsky was only 47-years-old when he died suddenly of a heart attack while doing pre-production on a commercial in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2006. Argentina lost one of it’s shining lights of the contemporary film industry, a filmmaker who had been redefining the thriller genre with techincal skill, emotional complexity and uncanny intuition. The body of the Argentine Film Festival is at the Egyptian Theatre. Click for more films!

NINE QUEENS, 2000, Sony Classics, 114 min. Late writer/director Fabian Bielinsky’s first thriller brought Argentine cinema back to the foreground. Rookie Gaston Paul and master Ricardo Darin are partners in crime in counterfeiting stamps. This explosive cocktail of thieves, conmen and pickpockets was shot in modern-day Buenos Aires, in a handheld camera style to organically capture the environment. With a gallery of well-drawn character roles. Already a classic!

EL AURA, 2005, IFC Films, 134 min. Dir. Fabian Bielinsky. A taciturn and epileptic taxidermist (Ricardo Darin) who is bored with people, spends his days dreaming up the perfect heist. But he will soon be involved in theft, double crosses and murder. Reminiscent of the Coen Brothers’ muted, atmospheric style, with a camera that lingers lovingly on lonely rural landscapes where dreadful things unfold. There’s no room for emotion other than thrilling, nervewracking suspense in this noirish world where greed alone drives virtually all of the characters. Discussion with actor Gaston Paul (NINE QUEENS) and actress Dolores Fonzi (EL AURA).