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Event Produced for the Cinematheque by: Margot Gerber
Special Thanks to: The Film Company, David Shultz/Vitagraph 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.



All guests are subject to availability. The Cinematheque will offer a refund due to guest cancellations only IF the refund transaction is complete PRIOR to the start of the show.

Tickets available 30 days in advance. Tickets are $10 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 magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Randall Michelson. Detail of Egyptian Theatre Ceiling.

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Limited Engagement!

* Sunday and Monday are NOT sold out. If you have experienced problems buying online just come to the box office.


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Film synopsis | Live Show times & Prices | Film Engagement Show times & Prices

This is an Egyptian Theatre Exclusive!

"One of the year's 10 best films." -- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

The latest Cinema Spectacular, BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! from director Guy Maddin (THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD, TWILIGHT OF THE ICE NYMPHS). In an unprecedented act of faith in the enduring power of the theatrical experience, BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! is being presented as an expansive live event in select cities, featuring an 11-piece "live" orchestra, a 3-person "Live" Foley (sound effects performed onstage) team, and a "live" celebrity narrator, and onstage Castrato supplementing the filmic image, to comprise a one-of-a-kind cinematic spectacle.

Following presentations of this unique stage production, the feature film BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! will continue at the Egyptian as a regular film run (with a pre-recorded soundtrack including narration by Isabella Rossellini) until June 14th.

Featuring an original score by Jason Staczek, BRAND! has been earning unqualified raves during nine months on the festival circuit, including Festival-best mentions at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival, 2006 New York Film Festival, and the 2007 Berlinale. BRAND UPON THE BRAIN!, Maddin's first production filmed outside of his native Winnipeg, was produced by

The Film Company, a unique, Seattle-based independent film studio founded in 2004 by filmmaker Gregg Lachow (who directed/produced his own modern day "silent" film with live components, SILENCE! in 2001). BRAND UPON THE BRAIN! world premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. It has since been performed with live accompaniment at the 2006 New York Film Festival, the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival, the 2007 Mexico City Film Festival, and the 2007 Buenos Aires Film Festival. Surreal, satiric and surprisingly touching, Maddin's film looks at the secret lives of families in a work that is equal parts childhood reminiscence, Expressionist horror movie, teen detective serial and Grand Guignol reverie. Guy Maddin's latest delirious creation is a silent film like none you have ever seen before.

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BRAND UPON THE BRAIN, 2006, The Film Company/Vitagraph Films, 96 min. Dir. Guy Maddin. Whatever are young "Guy Maddin's" parents really up to in their lighthouse home/orphanage on a chilly remote island? Overbearing Mother (Gretchen Krich) tracks her son's (Sullivan Brown) every move, bellowing for him to come home over the "Aerophone" just as something interesting is about to happen! And poor Sis (Maya Lawson), his older sister (who is rapidly blossoming into a young woman) -- Mother will never let her have any fun! The intrigue continues as deranged Mother, hellbent on restoring her youth and sinister Scientist-Father (Todd Jefferson Moore) who is sequestered night and day in his basement laboratory, engage in diabolical, secret experimentation. When new parents of recently adopted children from the orphanage notice strange wounds on the youngsters' necks, a pair of teen sleuths, Wendy (Katherine E. Scharhon) and her brother Chance, known as "The Lightbulb Kids," appear on the island to investigate -- and in the process, inspire Guy's first crush and Sis' first love affair. The lurid family secrets that unfold arepositively shocking!

"Guy Maddin's latest astonishment-- has ransacked film history and his own delirious imagination to create a work like none other: a silentlyshot film about a man who, on revisiting his childhood home, hurtles unto a past where orphan children, coy lesbian lovers, and a mad scientist converge."

-- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times


"This is the film even of the year and it arrives dripping with something called Orphan Nectar."

-- Grady Hendrix, The New York Sun


"--a phantasmagoric story that could be a collaboration between Edgar Allan Poe and Salvador Dali. It's an astonishing film: weird, obsessed, drawing on subterranean impulses, hypnotic."

-- Roger Ebert,


**** (4 stars) "...A retro silent thriller that might be found in Lon Chaney's basement."

-- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York


*** "Unlike anything out there."

-- Lou Lumenick, New York Post

"Majestically strange and intermittently hilarious, it's one of the damndest things you'll ever see on a movie screen."

-- Cliff Doerksen, Time Out Chicago

"Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin isn't known for run-of-the-mill movies, but the feature he debuted at the Toronto Fest was outrageous even for him. A silent film taking the form of a twelve-chapter Feuillade-flavored serial and designed to have live accompaniment, the movie itself is a match for any of his features to date, and could outstrip earlier efforts in the arthouse arena.."

-- John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

"The finest evening at Toronto 2006?…a comedic detour into a whirlpool of incest, lunacy, and obsession that typifies the cine-world of the wonderfully demented Winnipeg filmmaker."

-- Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix

Live Show Times & Prices:

Friday, June 8 - 7:30 PM
Narrator: Actress Barbara Steele (BLACK SUNDAY)

Saturday, June 9 - 7:30 PM
Narrator Author Daniel Handler ("Lemony Snicket")

Saturday, June 9 - 10:00 PM
Mike Watt (The Minutemen, Bassist for Iggy Pop & The Stooges current tour)

* Sunday and Monday are NOT sold out. If you have experienced problems buying online just come to the box office.

Sunday, June 10 - 7:30 PM
Narrator Actor Udo Kier (Star of all of Lars Von Trier's films since 1987 and a protege of Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Monday, June 11 - 7:30 PM
Actress Barbara Steele (BLACK SUNDAY)

Advance Tickets:
$25 General, $22 Students & Seniors; $20 Cinematheque Members.

Tickets at the Door:
$30 General Admission. Other prices remain the same.

Film Engagement!

Prices & showtimes for shows with pre-recorded soundtrack (no live accompaniment)

Monday, June 11 - 9:30 PM

Tuesday, June 12 - 7:30 PM

Tuesday, June 12 - 9:30 PM

Wednesday, June 13 - 7:30 PM

Wednesday, June 13 - 9:30 PM

Thursday, June 14 - 7:30 PM

Thursday, June 14 - 9:30 PM


*The Monday, June 11, 7:30 PM show has been converted into a live show. The 9:30 PM will be the film with pre-recorded soundtrack.

$10 General, $8 Seniors and Students, $7 Cinematheque Members.