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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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<<< November 16 & 22, 2009 >>>

Orson Welles Revisited


An Aero Theatre Exclusive!


Orson Welles' talent and imagination were so prodigious that he spanned radio, film, television, books and theater and excelled in them all. His very first film, CITIZEN KANE, is generally considered one of the greatest movies ever made. The American Cinematheque will pay tribute to the multifaceted Welles with a double feature of two of his major directorial achievements (KANE and THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS), a pair of his finest performances (JANE EYRE and TOMORROW IS FOREVER) and a sneak preview of Richard Linklater's acclaimed new fiction film, ME AND ORSON, a tribute to Welles.


Monday, November 16 - 7:30 PM Tickets to this event are not available to the public. This is an American Cinematheque Member Screening and all members will receive an invitation and an RSVP number. To learn how to join the Cinematheque (and to get an invitation to this screening and other sneak previews throughout the year, click here.
Sneak Preview! ME AND ORSON WELLES, 2009, 114 min. Dir. Richard Linklater. Based on actual theatrical history, ME AND ORSON WELLES is a romantic coming-of-age story about a teen actor (Zac Efron) who lucks into a role in "Julius Caesar" as it's being reimagined by a brilliant, impetuous young director named Orson Welles (Christian McKay) at his newly founded Mercury Theater in New York City in 1937. Claire Danes co-stars as Sonja Jones, the unapologetically ambitious assistant to Welles whom Richard tries to woo. Director Richard Linklater will introduce the screening. Trailer


Saturday, November 21 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature: CITIZEN KANE, 1941, Warner Bros., 119 min. Orson Welles’ debut remains one of the most phenomenal motion pictures ever made. It unspools in flashback the life story of legendary newspaperman Charles Foster Kane (based on the real life of William Randolph Hearst), as a pack of reporters tries to decipher the meaning of Kane's final utterance: "Rosebud." Trailblazing in so many aspects, from Gregg Toland's complex camera and lighting to Bernard Herrmann's score to one of the finest ensemble casts (including Welles, Joseph Cotten, Everett Sloane and Agnes Moorehead) ever assembled. Trailer

THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, 1942, Warner Bros., 88 min. Director Orson Welles' poetic, tragic adaptation of Booth Tarkington's novel, centering on the fall of one wealthy family, with Stanley Cortez's dynamic camerawork providing a panorama of turn-of-the-century America and the decay of the old aristocracy.



Sunday, November 22 - 7:30 PM
Double Feature – Actor Orson Welles: JANE EYRE, 1944, 20th Century Fox, 97 min. Dir. Robert Stevenson. Plain Jane Eyre (Joan Fontaine) goes to work as a governess for the bright and charismatic Edward Rochester (Orson Welles) and quickly falls for her boss. Before long, family secrets emerge in this adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's classic novel. Co-stars include Agnes Moorehead, Margaret O'Brien and, in an early role, Elizabeth Taylor. Trailer

TOMORROW IS FOREVER, 1946, MGM Repertory, 105 min. Dir. Irving Pichel. When Elizabeth (Claudette Colbert) receives word that her husband, John (Orson Welles), has been killed in World War I, she marries another man (George Brent). However, John is alive but unrecognizable, thanks to plastic surgery to treat his war injuries. John's discovery that Elizabeth has given birth to his son leads him to question whether to reveal his true identity.