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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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Click to print Page 1 or Page 2 or Full Text of a November 2009 Calendar!
Series programmed by: Gwen Deglise.

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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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Special One Night Events & Limited Engagements, Sneak Previews in November:





Sunday, November 1 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: THE PAWNBROKER, 1965, Paramount, 119 min. Dir. Sidney Lumet. Rod Steiger is the pawnbroker of the title, an emotionally constricted Holocaust survivor whose efforts to cut himself off from others are severely tested.

THE OFFENCE, 1973, MGM Repertory, 112 min. Dir. Sidney Lumet. Sean Connery plays Officer Johnson, a veteran cop on the trail of a child molester. When he catches a suspect (Ian Bannen), an interrogation ensues in which Johnson loses all control and becomes engaged in a violent, life-and-death showdown. Trailer



Wednesday, November 4 -7:30 PM
Double Feature: THE STUFF, 1985, New World, 93 min. Dir. Larry Cohen. A newly popular food - the gooey "stuff" of the title - turns out to contain a deadly virus in Larry Cohen's sly combination of horror movie and social satire. Cohen regular Michael Moriarty stars, along with Garrett Morris, Paul Sorvino, Danny Aiello and, in a cameo, Brooke Adams. Trailer

Q (aka THE WINGED SERPENT), 1982, Taurus, 93 min. Dir. Larry Cohen. Q is a winged resurrected Aztec deity decapitating New York citizens - and two-bit piano player Michael Moriarty knows just which skyscraper hides its nest. He intends to profit from the knowledge, much to the dismay of cops David Carradine and Richard Roundtree. Discussion in between films with director Larry Cohen. Trailer



Thursday, November 5 - 7:30 PM
Sneak Preview! FANTASTIC MR. FOX, 2009, 20th Century Fox, 87 min. Director Wes Anderson's first animated film is an adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's book. Mr. and Mrs. Fox (voiced by George Clooney and Meryl Streep) live an idyllic home life with son Ash (Jason Schwartzman), but the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr. Fox. When he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief, he ends up endangering the whole animal community. Discussion following with actor Jason Schwartzman and producer Allison Abbate. Trailer



Friday, November 6 - 7:30 PM
25th Anniversary! DUNE, 1984, Universal, 140 min. Director David Lynch's psychedelic sci-fi masterpiece still holds up as one of the most intense depictions ever of a galactic cosmology. Young aristocrat Paul Usul Muad'Dib Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan) is sent to planet Dune in order to find the only species that can save space travel and the future of the universe. Also starring Virginia Madsen, Brad Dourif, Max von Sydow, Patrick Stewart and Sting. Trailer

Saturday, November 7 - 7:30 PM
Triple Features, Trilogies and Triple Bills! EARTHQUAKE, 1974, Universal, 123 min. Dir. Mark Robson. Charlton Heston is a construction engineer trying to deal with his boozy, jealous wife, Ava Gardner, whose father (Lorne Greene) just happens to be his boss. Meanwhile, maverick cop George Kennedy may quit the force, and lecherous grocery store manager Marjoe Gortner has the hots for Victoria Principal, whose brother Gabriel Dell is the assistant to hot-shot stunt rider Richard Roundtree. Then the earthquake hits! Trailer

THE TOWERING INFERNO, 1974, 20th Century Fox, 165 min. Dirs. John Guillermin and Irwin Allen. Architect Paul Newman is having problems getting multimillionaire building owner William Holden to take safety issues seriously as they rush toward the grand opening of their new mega-skyscraper. Steve McQueen is the no-nonsense fire chief trying to make the best of a horrific situation. With Fred Astaire, Faye Dunaway, Susan Blakely, Robert Vaughn, Robert Wagner, Jennifer Jones, Richard Chamberlain and O.J. Simpson trying to reach the ground floor without becoming toast! Trailer

THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, 1972, 20th Century Fox, 117 min. Director Ronald Neame and producer Irwin Allen's disaster epic features a boatload of acting talent - Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Red Buttons, Carol Lynley, Jack Albertson, Roddy McDowall, Stella Stevens, Shelley Winters and more - all doing their best to stay alive in the hellish inferno of capsized ocean liner the S.S. Poseidon. Trailer:




Tuesday, November 17 - 7:30 PM

ITVS Documentary Series: BETWEEN THE FOLDS, 60 min. Dir. Vanessa Gould. Think origami is just paper planes and cranes? Meet a determined group of theoretical scientists and fine artists who have abandoned careers and scoffed at graduate degrees to forge new lives as modern-day paper folders. Together they reinterpret the world in paper, creating a wild mix of sensibilities towards art, science, creativity and meaning. Free admission! RSVP to for priority seating. Panel discussion following with participants to be announced.


The screening of CARRIE has been postponed to Dec. 2 due to a problem obtaining a print.
Wednesday, November 18 - 7:30 PM
Kevin Thomas' Favorites: CARRIE, 1952, Paramount, 118 min. Dir. William Wyler. Restaurant manager Laurence Olivier loses everything due to his obsession with small-town girl Jennifer Jones in William Wyler's expert adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's novel SISTER CARRIE. Film Critic Kevin Thomas will introduce the film. Trailer


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Friday, November 27 - 7:30 PM
, 1952, Warner Bros., 103 min. Dirs. Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen. Co-director Kelly shines as silent movie idol Don Lockwood, whose career is imperiled by the coming of sound - until he hooks up with lovely ingenue Debbie Reynolds. The brilliant supporting cast includes Donald O’Connor and Cyd Charisse, whose long-legged "Broadway Melody" ballet with Kelly nearly steals the show! Trailer


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Saturday, November 28 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, 1964, Miramax, 87 min. Director Richard Lester's brilliant B&W comedy captures the Beatles at their best. From Lester's hand-held camerawork to Alun Owen's surreal script and George Martin's swinging score (both Oscar-nominated) to the Beatles themselves - exuberantly singing "Can't Buy Me Love," "She Loves You" and 10 other classics - this is the essence of the '60s.Trailer

New 35mm Print! HEAD, 1968, Rhino Video, 86 min. With Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, Davy Jones. America's most successful pop group, The Monkees, fractured their cheeky TV image with this insane collage of surreal sketches and visual jokes. Co-written by director Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson, HEAD features a mind-blowing gallery of '60s icons including Annette Funicello, Timothy Carey, Sonny Liston and Frank Zappa. Trailer



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Sunday, November 29 - 4:00 PM
, 1939, Warner Bros., 101 min. Dir. Victor Fleming. Judy Garland is Dorothy in this sublime, candy-colored adaptation of L. Frank Baum's children's favorite, one of the most beloved film classics of all time. Take a surreal stroll down the yellow brick road with Dorothy as she encounters the Tin Man, the Scarecrow, the Cowardly Lion, Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West. But there's no place like home! Don't miss the display of Wizard of Oz artwork at Every Picture Tells A Story! Trailer

Come in costume and participate in the WIZARD OF OZ costume contest before the screening and win a Blu-ray DVD (courtesy of Warner Home Video).

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The 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition contains nearly four hours of all-new bonus material, plus Digital Copy, and come in numbered packaging.

Supplemental highlights include the original extended version of If I Only Had a Brain; the
documentary MGM: When the Lion Roars; The Dreamer of Oz, (a 1990 TV bio-pic about Oz author L. Frank Baum); Victor Fleming, Master Craftsman, a new documentary about the director); Hollywood Celebrates It's Biggest Little Stars, a featurette dedicated to the life and times of the actors who played the Munchkins; two 1914 silent films, The Magic Cloak of Oz and The Patchwork Girl of Oz, both produced by Baum, a sing-along track; promotional artworks; 52-page miniature book, and a numbered Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary watch!