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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. Aero Theatre: Barry King.

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Friday, July 3 – 7:30 PM

4th of July Celebration - Restored Director's Cut!

1776, 1972, Sony Repertory, 169 min. Director Peter H. Hunt’s inspired, faithful adaptation of the 1969 Broadway smash. Who would have thought the story of the signing of the Declaration of Independence could be so fascinating as a movie and a musical? John Adams (William Daniels), Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva) and Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard) try to woo the rest of the colonies toward independence from mother country England. Many of the actors here were in the original Broadway production and their ease in the roles shows on the screen. We’re thrilled to be screening a beautifully restored print of the complete, uncut version of the film! Trailer Discussion follows with director Peter Hunt.

 

 

 

Saturday, July 18

Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour

11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

For the total “Old Hollywood” experience take a docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min. Wear your walking shoes! You will see the old dressing rooms, the singer's boxes and the projection booth (not normally included on our tours). Reservations are not required, we have room for everyone. You can check our website or our voicemail for emergency cancellations. Tours will be held rain or shine.
Tickets: Tour & movie: $10.

 

Sunday, July 19

Egyptian Theatre Historic Tour & FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

10:30 AM Behind The Scenes Tour

11:40 AM FOREVER HOLLYWOOD

What Mother doesn’t like gossip on Hollywood legends, scintillating stories of the silent screen and dramatic tales of historical architectural preservation? Bring yours! Special Treats for Moms Attending the Tour Today!

bigparadepremiere.gif (78018 bytes)For the total “Old Hollywood” experience take a docent-led tour of the legendary 1922 Egyptian Theatre. See what it would have been like to be in a Grauman stage show with a visit to the dressing rooms and singers' boxes. Check out our state-of-the-art projection booth and more! Discover the painstaking restoration work and the marriage of modern technology with a landmark of Hollywood history. Tours will start promptly at 10:30 AM at the box office. Tours are approximately 60 min. Wear your walking shoes! You will see the old dressing rooms, the singer's boxes and the projection booth (not normally included on our tours). Reservations are not required, we have room for everyone. You can check our website or our voicemail for emergency cancellations. Tours will be held rain or shine.
Tickets: $5. Tour & movie: $10.

 

 

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Sunday, July 19 – 7:30 PM

SCOPITONE’S CAROUSEL OF STARS

This panel will explore the forgotten history of the 1960s Scopitone phenomenon, from both a cultural and technological perspective. Scopitones were pop music films designed to be played in "film jukeboxes." Their camp quality and overt sexuality provide an early view into what the music television industry would become. Descendants of the U.S.' black and white Soundies, Scopitones were lurid Technicolor, magnetic tracks, and featured pop and rock stars which included: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Bobby Vee, Lou Rawls, Neil Sedaka and bombshell Joi Lansing. The panel will also explore the technical side of the films, and the jukeboxes that played them, to gain an understanding of their correct exhibition and preservation needs.

OPENING with Andrew and Jayson - Scopitone History

ACT I

Joi Lansing "The Silencer"
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass "Tijuana Taxi"
Jody Miller "The Race Is On"
Back Porch Majority "The Mighty Mississippi"
Vicki Carr "Everything I've Got"
Freddie Bell & Roberta Linn "For You"
Debbie Reynolds "If I Had A Hammer"
Sue Raney "Before the Rain"
Sonny King "I Cried For You"
January Jones "I Love Being Here With You"
Stacy Adams "Pussycat A-Go-Go"
Bobby Vee "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes"
Vic Damone "Lost and Found"

INTERMISSION - Q&A

ACT II

Donna Theodore "Femininity"
Buddy Greco "The Lady is a Tramp"
Frank Sinatra, Jr. "Love For Sale"
Jody Miller "Queen of the House"
George McKelvey "My Teenage Fallout Queen"
Damita Jo "Silver Dollar"
Freddie Bell & Roberta Linn "Tweedlee Dee"
Lou Rawls "Three O'Clock in the Morning"
Shayne Wallis "Bless Them All"
Gary Lewis & The Playboys "Little Miss Go-Go"
Neil Sedaka "Calendar Girl"
Joi Lansing "The Web Of Love"

Total runtime of films - 70 minutes
Total runtime of History/ Q&A - 20 minutes

 

 

Thursday, July 23 – 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

ACTING UP: THE ACTOR'S ART FOR FILMMAKERS AND PERFORMERS

[Spielberg Theatre] There are many approaches to film acting, but how can you cultivate an acting process that is uniquely your own? How do you obtain great performances in your new film? Whether you are an actor seeking greater knowledge about contemporary approaches to acting or a filmmaker wanting to learn more about the art of acting, join acclaimed L.A. acting coach Deborah Lemen and Thomas Ethan Harris for this in-depth conversation on the techniques and tools of the professional actor. Film clips will be used to inspire a conversation with the audience. Click for more information about the Cinematheque's Seminar Series.

How does a director assure himself/herself of a way to obtain "first rate" performances in his or her new film?

Why is it important for the film director to creatively investigate the "actor¹s process?"

What acting approaches are currently in vogue? And, better yet, which acting "methods" will garner you the most attention with critics and with film festivals programmers?

While cinema is loaded with uniquely styled approaches to film acting, how have such "actor¹s directors" as Elia Kazan (A STEETCAR NAMED DESIRE, SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS), Ingmar Bergman (CRIES AND WHISPERS, AUTUMN SONATA), John Cassavetes (A WOMAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE, OPENING NIGHT), and Mike Leigh (SECRETS AND LIES, VERA DRAKE) changed the acting landscape and provided new directions for contemporary film construction?

Whether you are an actor seeking greater knowledge about contemporary approaches to acting or if you are a filmmaker wanting to learn more about the art of acting and how to cultivate an approach to acting that is all more originally your own, the answers might very well be found in the American Cinematheque¹s latest seminar, ACTING UP.

Join acclaimed L.A. Acting Coach Deborah Lemen and film consultant Thomas Ethan Harris for this in depth conversation on the techniques and tools of the professional actor.

DEBORAH LEMEN BIOGRAPHY

Deborah Lemen is a working actor, teacher, writer, director, and producer who works in both New York and Los Angeles. She has trained with George Morrison and Jack Waltzer in New York. In Los Angeles, she studied with Peter Flood and Ivana Chubbuck. Deborah has developed a well-known reputation as an actor, appearing in over 50 plays in both New York and Los Angeles, and in film, working opposite Rob Schneider, Seth Rogan, Patrick Swayzee and others. Film Credits include: DEUCE BIGELO, POINT BREAK, WHISTLESTOP GIRL, A SECRET THING, Judd Apetow¹s PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, directed by David Gordon Green (ALL THE REAL GIRLS, GEORGE WASHINGTON.) As a member of Filmmaker¹s Alliance, a collective made up of 300 filmmakers, Deborah has written and directed over a dozen films.

In this informative seminar, film festival programmer/film consultant Thomas Ethan Harris (former Director of Programming, Los Angeles Film Festival and Palm Springs International Short Film Festival).  For more details click here. $20 General, $15 Students/Seniors and $12 Cinematheque Members.

 

 

 

Thursday, July 23 – 7:30 PM

Monty Python Double Feature:

MONTY PYTHON’S THE MEANING OF LIFE, 1983, Universal, 107 min. Dir. Terry Jones. Grand Prix winner at the Cannes Film Festival. Includes a first look at Terry Gilliam's (BRAZIL, 12 MONKEYS) innovative directorial style with the gorgeously surreal opening sequence "Crimson Permanent Assurance." Pushing comedy boundaries to their extreme, the cast of Monty Python sing, dance and vomit their way into retirement. Featuring, without a doubt, the greatest musical number about birth control in film history. Trailer

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, 1975, Rainbow Releasing, 91 min. Dirs. Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones. Python's low budget $250,000 epic features Graham Chapman as King Arthur, John Cleese as Sir Lancelot the Brave and Eric Idle as Sir Robin The-Not-Quite-So-Brave. With the limb-impaired Black Knight, the immortal Knights Who Say Ni, killer rabbits, the Black Beast of Aarrgghh and the extremely rude Frenchman, HOLY GRAIL is one of the most beloved and quoted cult classics. See the musical that is (lovingly) ripped off from the movie, "Spamalot!" – at the Ahmanson Theatre July 7 – September 6, 2009. Trailer More Python Comedy, Peter Sellers, Sneak Preview of New British Comedy IN THE LOOP and more chuckles at the Aero this month!

 

 

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Sunday, July 26 - 2:00 PM

ART DECO SOCIETY FASHION LECTURE "ART DECO & COSTUME DESIGN IN FILM:

How The Convergence Of Styles Created A Distinct Cinematic Quality"

Co-Presented with the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles

In this hour-long lecture, Louise Coffey-Webb examines the origins of Art Deco and how the movement was manifested in film in an era when something extraordinary was happening in popular culture. It observes the role of the Studio System in the creation of iconic stars and features excerpts from the classics of the 1920s and 30s with Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Gloria Swanson, as well as very rare footage of Erté dressing Lucille LeSueur (who later changed her name to Joan Crawford,) and early color clips from the mid-1920s "Fashion News". Images also include rare production stills from early 20th century films of the work of great costume designers as well as the unknowns, and extant costumes and accessories from the Golden Age of Film. Both film and design history are captured in this presentation addressing the themes of exoticism, Egyptomania, industrialism and Cubism. Discussion following the lecture.

Louise Coffey-Webb, currently Chair of the Fashion Design Department at Woodbury University, has presented her research and workshops throughout the US, the UK and Canada. Recently appointed to the Board of Directors of The Costume Society of America, Louise has also contributed to many documentaries, including narrating a mini-documentary on Victorian underwear for a special edition of John Wayne’s DVD "McLintock." 

 

 

Sunday, July 26 – 5:30 PM

Art Directors Guild Screening – Designing for Three-Strip Technicolor

Production designer, Alfred Junge (1886 -1964) began his career in film at Berlin's UFA studios, working there as an art director from 1920 until 1926. As head of the new Gaumont British art department, where he presided over a large staff of art directors and craftsmen who worked on several films at one time, he was considered Britain's first real supervising art director. He worked with Powell and Pressburger on eight pictures, the last being BLACK NARCISSUS. The striking Himalayan sets earned Junge the Oscar for Best Art Direction.

BLACK NARCISSUS, 1947, MGM Repertory, 99 min. Written, produced and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, this exquisite (and surprisingly erotic) drama of spiritual devotion and earthly temptation stars the luminous Deborah Kerr as a nun nearly overwhelmed by the physical beauty of her new Himalayan home, and the worldly charms of rugged David Farrar. Widely hailed as one of the most visually stunning films ever made (courtesy of d.p. Jack Cardiff’s Oscar-winning cinematography). Co-starring Sabu, Jean Simmons, Flora Robson. "Color, sex, exotic locations – it was a big hit in austerity-stricken England!" – Michael Powell. Discussion following the film with director of photography John Hora, ASC, visual effects designer and artist Harrison Ellenshaw and moderated by production designer Tom Walsh. Trailer

 

Thursday, July 30 – 7:30 PM

Giant Monsters and Japanese Sci-Fi Night!

GODZILLA, MOTHRA & KING GHIDORAH: GIANT MONSTERS ALL-OUT ATTACK, 2001, Sony Repertory, 105 min. Acclaimed by fans as one of the most exciting Godzilla films since the heyday of the 1960’s, "GMK" features a terrific, redesigned Big G (hint: he’s leaner, meaner and packs a nasty bite), bent on destroying Japan as vengeance for the restless souls of WWII victims. Standing in his way are the "Guardian Deities" – i.e. Mothra, King Ghidorah and Baragon. Director Shusuke Kaneko helmed the astounding trio of GAMERA films for Kadokawa-Daiei in the mid-1990s – here, he’s practically reinvented the Godzilla series for the 21st century. In Japanese with English subtitles.

 

BATTLE IN OUTER SPACE, 1959, Sony Repertory, 90 min. Dir. Ishiro Honda. Nations of the world unite against a massive alien force, doing spaceship and raygun battle in space and on the moon to thwart the invaders' onslaught. A pretty impressive special effects display for the time period. English dubbedversion. With Ryo Ikebe, Kyoko Anzai, Koreya Senda, Yoshio Tsuchiya. Trailer

 

 

July 31 – August 2

RIOT ON THE SUNSET STRIP VOL. II – SLIGHT RETURN…TO 1966

Join us as author Domenic Priore (Beatsville!, Riot on the Sunset Strip) returns to the Egyptian with more pop cultural artifacts from Hollywood’s 1960s heyday. Screenings include a new 35mm print of IT’S A BIKINI WORLD (featuring the legendary Haunted House nightclub and appearances by the Animals, the Castaways, the Gentrys, the Toys, monster-mashin’ Bobby "Boris" Pickett, et al.), a new 35mm print of the 1960s bad-trip purple prose extravaganza ANGEL, ANGEL DOWN WE GO (including songs by WILD IN THE STREETS’ Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil performed by Jordan Christopher), Frank Zappa’s mind-melting UNCLE MEAT and more! See our upcoming August calendar and website closer to dates for additional, as yet unconfirmed, film titles and more details!