THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS A 25th ANNIVERSARY SALUTE TO THE L.A. FILM CRITICS ASSOCIATION Featuring rare public screenings of PULP FICTION, DOG DAY AFTERNOON, DO THE RIGHT THING, and more with introductions by some of L.A.'s most distinguished film critics.

September 22 – 24, 2000

HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque presents A 25th Anniversary Salute to the L.A. Film Critics Association, September 22 - 24. Founded in 1975 by the late Ruth Batchelor and a small, devoted group of fellow journalists, the L.A. Film Critics Assocation (LAFCA) has managed over the past quarter century to champion films both large and small, mainstream and independent. Its annual Awards Ceremony (held in December) has often managed to anticipate the Academy Awards – Clint Eastwood in his Oscar acceptance speech for UNFORGIVEN thanked LAFCA for supporting the film – but has just as often diverged in its tastes. In its most publicized incident, LAFCA members awarded Terry Gilliam’s cut of BRAZIL Best Picture in 1985, helping to insure that Universal would distribute the film. This short series features five of the films that LAFCA has proudly, often defiantly supported during its 25 year history, with screenings introduced by a number of LAFCA’ s current members. All guests subject to their availability. Check the our website for updates about guests. All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood.

Friday, September 22, 2000 The Friday, September 22nd program begins at 7:00 PM with Quentin Tarantino’ s PULP FICTION (1994, Miramax, 153 min), a dazzling, nitro-fueled homage to 1930’s crime fiction, Elvis Presley flicks, Los Angeles diners, Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Melville and much more was easily the most audacious and exciting American film of the 1990’s. The movie’s brilliant, against-type casting includes John Travolta (in a career-reviving performance), Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Eric Stolz, Maria de Medeiros, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Christopher Walken and Ving Rhames. Winner of LAFCA Awards for Best Picture, Actor (John Travolta) and Screenplay (Tarantino and Roger Avary).

Saturday, September 23, 2000 The Saturday, September 23rd program begins at 5:30 PM with DOG DAY AFTERNOON (1975, Warner Bros., 130 min). Put-upon everyman Al Pacino, squeezed in the vice of pressures from his dysfunctional family and his transsexual lover (Chris Sarandon), finally cracks, robbing an NYC bank with shellshocked vet John Cazale to finance Sarandon’s sex-change operation. Based on a true story, DOG DAY AFTERNOON is one of director Sidney Lumet’s most acutely observed and compassionate slices of life in the Big Apple. With Charles Durning and Judith Malina. Winner of LAFCA Awards for Best Picture, Director, and Actor (Al Pacino). Introduction to screening by film critics David Ehrenstein and Ella Taylor.

The Saturday, September 23rd program continues at 9:00 PM with Barry Levinson’s epic crime drama BUGSY (1991, Columbia, 135 min), starring Warren Beatty in one of his finest, most deceptively charming performances as Hollywood gangster-turned-Las Vegas visionary Bugsy Siegel. Annette Bening co-stars as Bugsy’s gorgeous moll Virginia Hill, with colorful support from Harvey Keitel as local mob kingpin Mickey Cohen, Joe Mantegna as close pal George Raft, and VANISHING POINT director Richard Sarafian (!) as mild-mannered gangster Jack Dragna. Winner of LAFCA Awards for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay (James Toback.) Introduction to screening by film critic Kirk Honeycutt. Sunday, September 24, 2000

The Sunday, September 24th program begins at 5:00 PM with DO THE RIGHT THING (1989, Universal, 120 min). Director Spike Lee’s hip-hop masterpiece (and arguably the most controversial American film of the past 20 years) takes place during the hottest summer day in Bedford-Stuyvesant, revolving around the comings and goings at Sal’s Famous Pizzeria. Starring Lee himself as the hyperactive Mookie, with Danny Aiello as Sal, Ossie Davis as Da Mayor, Giancarlo Esposito as Buggin’ Out and John Turturro as Pino. Winner of LAFCA Awards for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actor (Danny Aiello) and Music (Bill Lee). Introduction to screening by film critic Harriet Robbins. Discussion following with actor Richard Edson.

The Sunday, September 24th program continues at 8:00 PM with DEAD RINGERS (1988, Morgan Creek, 115 min). Jeremy Irons turns in a stupendous pair of performances as twin gynecologists sinking in a swirling miasma of fraternal sexual jealousy, prescription drugs and junk food in one of director David Cronenberg’s most disturbingly twisted and sharply executed psychological thrillers. Astoundingly enough, another daring picture based on fact. Winner of LAFCA Awards for Best Director and Actress (Genevieve Bujold).

THESE FILMS ARE AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE (NTSC) AT LOCAL VIDEO STORES. If you would like artwork e-mailed to you please send an e-mail to WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS ON TAPE. A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you. THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. page 3 - L.A. Film Critics Association Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee (Burbank) Walk in only no phone. Jerry’s Video (1904 Hillhurst, Los Feliz - 323.666.7471) Rocket Video (726 N. La Brea - 323.965.1100) Cinefile (11280 Santa Monica Blvd. - Corner of Sawtelle Ave. - 310.312.8836) Vidiots (302 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica - 310/392-8508) REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS MUST BE IN WRITING. FAX TO 323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. FRIDAY AT NOON IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY SCREENINGS. JOURNALISTS WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST. COMING SOON TO THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE

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September 21, 2000 at 7:30 PM: Mark Lewis’ new animal documentary THE NATURAL HISTORY OF CHICKENS. The latest from animal documentarian extraordinaire Lewis. Official selection of the Toronto Film Festival 2000. With his first film CANE TOADS: An Unnatural History.

September 22 – 24, 2000 L.A. FILM CRITICS 25TH ANNIVERSARY SALUTE To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the L.A. Film Critics’ Association Awards, the Cinematheque will be hosting a weekend of some of the most acclaimed films honored by LAFCA – including Quentin Tarantino’s PULP FICTION, Sidney Lumet’s DOG DAY AFTERNOON, Barry Levinson’s BUGSY and more – featuring in-person appearances by a number of the filmmakers and actors involved with the movies.

September 30 – October 1, 2000 MODERN LOVE: AN IN-PERSON TRIBUTE TO LEOS CARAX One of French cinema’s most spectacularly-gifted young directors, Leos Carax has only made four features – BOY MEETS GIRL (1984), BAD BLOOD (1986), LOVERS ON THE BRIDGE (1991) and the upcoming POLA X (1999) – but his vivid, intensely romantic portraits of loneliness and despair in the modern world have placed him with Olivier Assayas in the front ranks of modern French filmmaking. In one of his rare U.S. appearances, Carax will join us in-person for this special 2-night retrospective, featuring the L.A. Premiere of his latest film, POLA X, starring Catherine Deneuve and Guillaume Depardieu.

Thursday, October 12, 2000: Alternative Screen OLD MAN RIVER is a compelling documentary about a woman’s quest to understand her father, years after his death. Jerry Fujikawa was a popular oriental character actor seen in everything from Jerry Lewis comedies to CHINATOWN and M*A*S*H*, but his life before WW II was a mystery. His daughter comes face to face with the harsh realities of Japanese internment camps and the tragedy her father sought to cover with his new family.

Friday, October 13, 2000: Brand New Print!! John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN with cast and crew reunion! A brand new 35 mm print of the modern horror classic, mastered in Dolby Stereo Surround sound.

October 5 – 17, 2000 HOLLYWOOD ON HOLLYWOOD Since the earliest days of film, Hollywood has turned its cameras on itself, alternately celebrating – and condemning – the riotous excesses and rags-to-riches stories of the movie industry. To celebrate the ongoing screenings of FOREVER HOLLYWOOD, the Cinematheque’s own documentary history of the movies, the film’s director & writer Todd McCarthy has selected a colorful overview of Hollywood-looks-at-itself classics, including Vincente Minnelli’s THE BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL, Elia Kazan’s THE LAST TYCOON, Nicholas Ray’s IN A LONELY PLACE, Joe Dante & Allan Arkush’s HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD, Curtis Hanson’s L.A. CONFIDENTIAL and more, along with rarely-screened, high-camp classics like MYRA BRECKINRIDGE, starring Mae West and Raquel Welch, and THE OSCAR, with Stephen Boyd and Tony Bennett - !!

Wednesday, October 18th: Egyptian Theatre 78th Anniversary Celebration: Buster Keaton Program

October 28 - 29, 2000: Mental Hygiene Films. Remember those strange, shrill educational films of yesteryear? Special screenings of these films hosted by Ken Smith, author of Mental Hygiene: Classroom Films 1945 - 1970. Coming in November: Women in Shorts. Our third annual survey of women directors, women's topics and characters. November 4 - 5, 2000: Timothy Carey Tribute. A look at the work of the restless, completely dedicated character actor who cut a fearsome, unforgettable figure onscreen. Featuring THEWORLD'S GREATEST SINNER and THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE.

Wednesday, November 8, 2000 at 7 PM: An In-Person Tribute to Stuart Rosenberg. Featuring screenings of COOL HAND LUKE and THE POPE OF GREENWICH VILLAGE. Page – 2 Thursday, November 9, 2000 at 8 PM: Terrence Malick’s THE THIN RED LINE. An ultra-rare screening of the only existing dye-transfer print!

November 10 - 11, 2000: “Erotikon” Silent Czech film classic with live orchestra. An uncensored version of the film recently restored by the Czech National Film Archive.

Thursday, November 16, 2000: NOW CHINATOWN This new independent film is about a young woman who comes to Los Angeles’ Chinatown to earn money to send home to China. Her dreary life consists of people who treat her like a modern day indentured slave in a rundown Chinese restaurant. A stranger gives her a glimpse at a better life for herself, but is Lee strong enough to seize what she wants?

November 17 - 19, 2000: OPERA ON FILM

December 1 - 10, 2000: 70 mm Festival

December 15 - 18, 2000: Willem Dafoe Weekend SHADOW OF A VAMPIRE premiere Holiday Season 2000: Dickens on Film January 2001: KINJI FUKASAKU RETROSPECTIVE Since the Cinematheque’s revival of his outrageously-kinetic gangster epics BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR & HUMANITY and GRAVEYARD OF HONOR & HUMANITY during our sold-out “Outlaw Masters of Modern Japanese Filmmaking” Series, there’s been a tremendous surge of interest in Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku. We ’re very pleased to present this in-person, 14-film retrospective tribute to one of Japan’s most explosive filmmakers, featuring brand-new prints of his gangster classics including WOLVES, PIGS & PEOPLE, JAPAN’S VIOLENT GANGS – BOSS, MODERN YAKUZA – BLOODTHIRSTY MAN and HIGH NOON FOR GANGSTERS, along with notorious cross-dressing camp thriller, BLACK LIZARD, co-starring famed novelist Yukio Mishima, and his raucous, STAR WARS-inspired sci-f epic MESSAGE FROM SPACE, with Sonny Chiba!!

Late February - early March 2001: Annual Recent Spanish Cinema Festival American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre 6712 Hollywood Boulevard 323.466.FILM Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD is now open. For press passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at 323.461.2020, ext. 115.


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