|Special Events in February:
Sunday, February 3 7:30 PM
HERE IS ALWAYS SOMEWHERE
ELSE, 2007, American Scenes/VPRO Television, 70 min. A superb documentary about
the life and work of Dutch/Californian artist Bas Jan Ader, who in 1975 disappearred under
mysterious circumstances at sea in the smallest boat to ever attempt an Atlantic crossing.
As seen through the eyes of his fellow emigrant filmmaker Rene Daalder, the picture
becomes a sweeping overview of the contemporary art world as well as an epic saga of the
transformative powers of the ocean. Featuring artists Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham, Marcel
Broodthaers, Ger van Elk, Charles Ray, Chris Burden, Fiona Tan, Pipilotti Rist and many
others. Made in association with VPRO Television in Amsterdam and Boijmans van Beuningen
Museum Rotterdam. Preceded by: various film shorts by Bas Jan Ader. Discussion following film with director Rene Daalder.
Wednesday, February 6 7:30 PM
VICTOR VICTORIA, 1982, Warner
Bros., 132 min. Dir. Blake Edwards. Oscar season is upon us so it is only appropriate to
celebrate awards fever with a screening of seven-time Oscar-nominated musical VICTOR
VICTORIA, winner for Best Original Song Score in 1982. Its the 1930s in Paris, and
singer Victoria Grant (Julie Andrews) finds herself struggling to make ends meet. In a
moment of self-preservation, Victoria agrees to pose as a man impersonating a woman,
taking on her friend and co-conspirator Toddy (Robert Preston) as her gay lover. But this
perfect plan only goes so far when super straight Chicago gangster (James Garner) senses
something is amiss when he starts falling for "Victor". Co-starring Leslie Ann
Warren. Discussion with Leslie Ann Warren to follow.
Saturday, February 9 & Sunday, February
Egyptian Theatre Historic Tours & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour
11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD
Hollywood history comes alive with our docent tours of the legendary 1922 Egyptian
theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Sid Grauman stage show with a visit
to the old dressing rooms and singers boxes, plus an exhibit of original furniture created
for the theatre. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth, discover the painstaking
restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood
history - and more! Tours are approximately one hour long and involve a fair amount of
walking. There are plenty of places to sit along the way and the main part of the theatre
is handicap accessible. Group Tours can
also be arranged.
Sunday, February 10 - 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
KPCC 89.3 FMS FILM WEEK OSCAR
PREVIEW, 90 min. FilmWeek on AirTalk records its annual Academy Awards Preview in
front of a live audience. Host Larry Mantle will be joined by FilmWeek critics Andy Klein,
of CityBeat, Lael Loewenstein of Variety, Wade Major of boxoffice.com and CityBeat, Jean
Oppenheimer of Village Voice Media, Claudia Puig of USA Today, Peter Rainer of the
Christian Science Monitor, Henry Sheehan of HenrySheehan.com, and Charles Solomon,
animation critic for amazon.com as they discuss their Oscar picks. The program will be
broadcast on Friday, Feb. 22 on 89.3 KPCC-FM, Southern California Public Radio. Free to American Cinematheque Members. Show your card at the
box office to obtain a ticket. Free tickets are not available online.
Wednesday, February 13 7:30 PM
Sneak Preview: DIARY OF THE DEAD, 2007, The Weinstein Company, 95
min. Shot over a short 23 day schedule, director George Romero bleeds new life into
the DEAD franchise with this unnervingly realistic recreation of events, depicted as they
unfold. Student filmmakers shooting their own horror movie are caught in the middle of the
zombie invasion and turn their cameras on the reanimated corpses, documenting the sudden
dire calamity that threatens to destroy civilization as we know it. A cast of unknowns
adds to the realism. With Michelle Morgan, Joshua Close, Shawn Roberts, Amy Lalonde.
one of the most daring, hypnotic and absolutely vital horror films of the
Outlandish, expressionistic and absolutely, disorientingly alive, DIARY
OF THE DEAD is the movie that Romeros legion of cultiststhis critic
includedhave been screaming for: a fascinating, almost art-house railing against a
mad, mad world." Chris Alexander, Fangoria Discussion following with director George Romero.
Sunday, February 17 7:30 PM
Los Angeles Premiere!
HELL ON WHEELS,
2007, CrashCam Films, 90 min. Dir. Bob Ray. The ass-kicking documentary film telling the
story of a group of Texas women who band together to resurrect roller derby for the 21st
Century. Emerging from the Austin music and arts scene, these women create a
rock-and-roll-fueled version of all-girl roller derby that has spawned the derby craze
that's sweeping the nation. Chronicling the creation of the first modern-era rollergirl
league Bad Girl, Good Woman Productions (BGGW, later renamed as Texas Roller Derby /
Lonestar Rollergirls) and the breakaway league the Texas Rollergirls. Filmed from the
trenches, this documentary delivers the struggles and eventual success of the rollergirls
as they construct a new sport and set forth to conquer the globe. "
the kind of twists, drama, cat fights
and compound fractures that only happen in real life
the story is extremely
compelling, sometimes laugh-out-loud outrageous and above all inspiring." Aint It Cool News Discussion following with director/cinematographer Bob Ray.
Tuesday, February 19 7:30 PM
Digital Restoration And DVD Premiere
THE LAST EMPEROR, 1987, 164 min.
Director Bernardo Bertoluccis ravishing, Oscar-winning epic of the life of Pu
Yi (John Lone), from 3-year old emperor of China to humble Peking gardener.
Literally a film about before -- and after -- the Revolution, LAST EMPEROR is an elegiac
swan song to the end of one era, and the beginning of another. Winner of nine Academy
Awards, including Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and Art
Direction. Co-starring Peter OToole. This will be a digital presentation from
the new, Criterion Collection-produced high definition master of the original theatrical
release of the film, supervised by the film's Academy Award-winning cinematographer
Vittorio Storaro. Discussion with actresses Joan Chen
and Vivian Wu and producer Jeremy Thomas will follow the screening.
Thursday, February 21 7:30 PM
Special Screening Director Mitsuo
THE SAMURAI I LOVED (SEMISHIGURE),
2005, 131 min. Novelist Shuhei Fujisawa has had several of his emotionally complex samurai
novels (including filmmaker Yoji Yamadas THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI) translated to the
screen. Here, director Mitsuo Kurotsuchi beautifully adapts Fujisawas saga of
teenage samurai, Bunshiro (Somegoro Ichikawa), whose father (Ken Ogata, of
VENGEANCE IS MINE) is embroiled in a political conspiracy that results in the
patriarchs forced ritual suicide. Banished from their farm home, Bunshiro and his
mother end up residing in a hovel. But several years later, Bunshiros family is
re-instated, and, in a surprise move, the clan leader appoints the young swordsman as the
provincial magistrate. Complicating matters, Bunshiro discovers that his childhood
sweetheart, Fuku (Yoshino Kimura), has been forced into becoming one of the
lords concubines. Her accidental pregnancy by the nobleman will spur a profound,
overlapping impact on Bunshiro and ignite a new plan to discredit the young man and his
family. With Mieko Harada. Discussion following with
director Mitsuo Kurotsuchi.
Friday, February 22 7:30 PM
GONE WITH THE WIND, 1939,
Warner Bros., 222 min. Dir. Victor Fleming. Coquettish, infuriating Southern vixen
Scarlett OHara (Vivien Leigh) only has eyes for sensitive Ashley Wilkes (Leslie
Howard) -- but wise-cracking hellraiser Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) is
determined to win her heart, even if it takes surviving the burning of Atlanta, the
destruction of Scarletts beloved Tara, and the overthrow of the Old South itself.
Considered by many the high point of grand, Hollywood style filmmaking, and -- despite its
sometimes questionable depiction of blacks during the Civil War - still one of the most
irresistible American epics ever put on screen. Brilliantly mounted by producer David O.
Selznick based on Margaret Mitchells best-selling novel, with an unforgettable score
by Max Steiner. With Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel (the first African
American to win an Academy Award), Thomas Mitchell, Butterfly McQueen, Evelyn Keyes.
In addition to McDaniel, it also won Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Actress (Vivien
Leigh) and Screenwriter (Sidney Howard).
Friday, February 22 7:30 PM [Spielberg]
CULT CINEMA CLUB INAUGURATION
TWO GIALLO GEMS! (Approx. 175 min.)
Join us tonight for these inaugural screenings of The American
Cinematheques Cult Cinema Club -- once-a-month double bills in our Spielberg Theatre
at the Egyptian. These cult films are almost impossible to see! Well be screening
all movies on DVD, and the titles will usually not be revealed beforehand. Well
describe the films, sometimes giving director and actor credits, in our monthly print
calendar schedules and on our website. The majority of films well be screening will
be genre pictures -- horror, crime, martial arts and spy thrillers, spaghetti westerns and
even quirky (but never boring!) arthouse films, mostly hailing from Europe and sometimes
from Asia. Keep an eye out for these transgressive gems, at the Egyptian! Our initial
offerings are two offbeat, Italian giallo rarities, both with the word "DEATH"
in their titles, with such stars as Jean-Luis Trintignant, Robert Hoffmann and Susan
Scott. Neither film is available on DVD in the United States. Both are dubbed in
Saturday, February 23 - 10:00 AM
"INVISIBLE ART, VISIBLE ARTISTS"
Presented by the American Cinema Editors (A.C.E)
You saw their names in the opening credits. Then you saw their names in Variety.
Now discover how they went from dailies to Oscar-nominated
films. An open discussion with all of this year's Oscar-nominated editors: "The
Bourne Ultimatum" (Universal): Christopher Rouse; "The
Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (Miramax/Pathé Renn): Juliette
Welfling; "Into the Wild" (Paramount Vantage and River
Road Entertainment): Jay Cassidy;
"No Country for Old Men" (Miramax and Paramount Vantage) Roderick
Jaynes; "There Will Be Blood" (Paramount Vantage and
Miramax): Dylan Tichenor. Free Admission.
Tickets available on day of seminar only at box office. No online ticketing. Doors open at
Saturday, February 23 2:30 PM
OSCAR-NOMINATED ART DIRECTORS SEMINAR
Presented by the Art Directors Guild and Set Decorators Society of
The American Cinematheque in association with the Art
Directors Guild and the Set Decorators Society of America present a panel
discussion with this years Academy Award-nominated Art Directors and Set Decorators.
Art Directors Guild President Thomas A. Walsh will moderate the event that will include
screening of excerpts from the five films nominated by the Academy. "American Gangster" (Universal)
Art Direction: Arthur Max
Set Decoration: Beth A. Rubino "Atonement" (Focus Features)
Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood
Set Decoration: Katie Spencer "The Golden Compass" (New Line in
association with Ingenious Film Partners)
Art Direction: Dennis Gassner
Set Decoration: Anna Pinnock "Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
(DreamWorks and Warner Bros., Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
Art Direction: Dante Ferretti
Set Decoration: Francesca Lo Schiavo "There Will Be Blood"
(Paramount Vantage and Miramax)
Art Direction: Jack Fisk
Set Decoration: Jim Erickson
Free Admission. Tickets available on day
of seminar only at box office. No online ticketing.