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THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS

THREE ONE-NIGHT FILM PROGRAMS AND A SPECIAL TWO NIGHT TRIBUTE TO ACTOR PATRICK MACNEE IN FEBRUARY

 

CINEMASCOPE/ANAMORPHIC SHORTS (Wednesday, February 13, 2002)

 

AN 80TH BIRTHDAY, IN-PERSON TRIBUTE TO "The Avengers" STAR PATRICK MACNEE

(Friday, February 15 & Saturday February 16, 2002)

 

AN EVENING WITH FRENCH FILMMAKERS JEAN-MARC BARR AND PASCAL ARNOLD &

ACTRESS ELODIE BOUCHEZ (Wednesday, February 20, 2002)

 

TRAILER CAMP and BRIDE OF TRAILER CAMP (Thursday, February 21, 2002)

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian will present four one and two night special film events in February. On Wednesday, February 13th at 7:30 PM is an evening of CINEMASCOPE/ANAMORPHIC SHORT FILMS presented in association with Apollo Cinema. Several filmmakers will appear in-person.

On Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th is IN SPITE OF HIMSELF: An In-Person Tribute to PATRICK MACNEE, in honor of his 80th birthday. The evening will feature classic episodes of "The Avengers" starring Macnee as the suave John Streed; the feature film THE HOWLING and a sneak preview of "THE NEW AVENGERS" – Episode: "The Eagle’s Nest," which is not yet out on DVD. Mr. Macnee will also appear prior to the screenings at 6:30 PM to sign copies of his autobiographies Blind In One Ear and The Avengers & Me.

On Thursday, February 21st is an evening with archivist and filmmaker Jenni Olson and her film programs TRAILER CAMP and BRIDE OF TRAILER CAMP. These two hilarious programs feature a collection of film trailers from the 1950’s-1980’s that lean towards the campy side of cinema.

On Wednesday, February 20th at 7:00 PM is an evening with French filmmakers Jean-Marc Barr and Pascal Arnold, plus actress Elodie Bouchez. Known as a Cesar award-wining actor primarily for his roles in Luc Besson’s THE BIG BLUE (1988) and Lars von Trier’s EUROPA (1991), Jean-Marc Barr’s directorial debut with co-writer and co-director Pascal Arnold is inspired by the technological freedom of the

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digital era and the Dogma rules. Screening are his films LOVERS. – Dogma #5 and TOO MUCH FLESH. All guests are subject to their availability. 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.

CINEMASCOPE/ANAMORPHIC SHORTS: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 @ 7:30 PM

 

The siren call of the wide open screen afforded by CinemaScope and its anamorphic projection has always been tantalizing to filmmakers. Here, we have a group of fledgling filmmakers working in this powerful aspect ratio as opposed to the Akira Kurosawas and Michael Ciminos known for using widescreen to its maximum potential. Comedies, sci-fi, fantasy and drama are all represented in this thrilling format. For more information about co-presenter, Apollo Cinema, see www.apollocinema.com

The program on Wednesday, February 13th begins at 7:30 PM. The following films will screen though not necessarily in the order listed here. Orlette Ruiz’s "Tango Flush" (10 min.) Ever wonder why the lines are so long outside the ladies room? What are they doing in there? Ruairi Robinson's "Fifty Percent Grey" (3 min.) Award-winning short and selection at Sundance 2002. Sergeant wakes up, alone, with only a wide screen TV for company, in a place designed for him to relax in peace and tranquility, for all eternity... Leif Tilden’s "Big Love" (11 min.) Everything is not what it seems in this very offbeat and quirky comedy about sending the "Kids" off to school. Renaat Coppenns’ "Gabriel" (12 min.) Heaven is not so far away in this interpretation of the life of a biblical character. (12 min.) Jacco Groen’s "The Phoenix" (12 min.) Gripping drama about stolen identities, deals with the dead, and an ego out of control. Dirk Belien’s (13 min.) A lucky young man on a game show wins an all-expenses paid weekend with the girl of his dreams. Or so he thinks….Yves Stening’s "Great Falls" (22 min.) Set in small-town, 1960’s Australia, an evocative, dramatic coming of age story. Eric Anderson’s "Horses on Mars" (8 min.) A microbe takes a 100 million-mile journey in this delightfully quirky thought-provoking gem. Films will not necessarily screen in this order. *Please note that the film "Black Coffee" will not be shown. Discussion following with filmmakers Orlette Ruiz ("Tango Flush"), Leif Tilden ("Big Love") & Eric Anderson ("Horses on Mars").

Tape Availability: A compilation video tape of these films is available from the American Cinematheque office. For photos and press notes on "Horses on Mars" please see www.horsesonmars.com. For more information on this program call Carol Crowe at Apollo Cinema (www.apollocinema.com) 323.939.1122.

In Spite of Himself: Patrick MacNee 80th Birthday Tribute In Person

Friday, February 15, 2002

Born in England on February 6, 1922, Patrick Macnee’s stage and film career began in 1941. He served as an officer in His Majesty’s Royal Britannic Navy from 1942 – 1946, and then resumed his entertainment career. In 1960 he landed the role of John Steed, the suave Englishman in television’s "The Avengers," which became an international hit. MacNee went on to rolls in such films as A VIEW TO A KILL,

 

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THIS IS SPINAL TAP and THE HOWLING. He currently hosts the "Mysteries, Magic and Miracles" on the Sci-fi Channel, and lives in Southern California with wife Baba.

The Friday February 15th program begins at 7:30 PM with "THE AVENGERS" -- Episode: "Death At Bargain Prices", 1965, A&E Home Video/Canal + Image Int’l, 52 min. Steed (Patrick Macnee) buys a dozen bowler hats while Mrs. Peel (Diana Rigg) sells some lingerie in this classic, what-sinister-things-are-going-on-at-Pinter’s Department Store? episode that combines several of the series’ favorite themes: nostalgia for the bygone days of England; 1960’s paranoia over the atomic bomb; and some surprisingly racey double-entendres between Steed and Mrs. Peel that show the chemistry between co-stars Macnee and Rigg at its very best. Directed by future A FISH CALLED WANDA helmer Charles Crichton, and brilliantly written by series co-producer and stalwart Brian Clemens. Following on the same bill is "THE AVENGERS" – Episode: "Too Many Christmas Trees," 1965, A&E Home Video/Canal + Image Int’l, 52 min. Dir. Roy Baker. Written by Tony Williamson. One of the series’ most devilishly clever episodes finds Steed the target of telepathic masterminds who are influencing his dreams in an attempt to get secret information from him. The surreal setting for this adventure is a Christmas Party where all the guests must dress as Dickens characters – including Mrs. Peel, whose Tiny Tim outfit is something to be seen! A darkly

comic gem, and one of Macnee’s personal favorites from the entire "Avengers" series. Discussion following with actor Patrick Macnee.

Mr. Macnee will also appear prior to the screening at 6:30 PM to sign copies of his autobiographies Blind In One Ear and The Avengers & Me.

Saturday, February 16, 2002

The Saturday February 16th program begins at 5:00 PM with THE HOWLING, 1981, 91 min. Dir. Joe Dante. TV anchorwoman Dee Wallace, traumatized after acting as bait for a Hollywood serial killer’s bloody demise, takes a sojourn in an Esalen-type retreat run by guru Patrick Macnee – only to find the entire New Age community is made up of werewolves! Macnee’s performance here is one of his finest, a seductive blend of charm, black humor and sinister magnetism. Co-starring Slim Pickens, John Carradine, Kevin McCarthy and Dick Miller. Discussion following with actor Patrick Macnee.

Following at 7:45 PM is "THE AVENGERS" – Episode: "The Forget-Me-Knot", (1968, A&E Home Video/Canal + Image Int’l, 52 min.) Dir. James Hill. Written by Brian Clemens. Steed bids a fond farewell to Mrs. Peel (Diana Rigg) and says hello to voluptuous young agent Tara King (played by 20-year old Canadian Linda Thorson) in this famous episode involving a plot to undermine the Ministry by means of an amnesia-inducing drug. For all of the series’ wicked humor and surreal imagination, its heart was always the relationship between the magnificent Macnee and his sparkling female partners – never more poignant than in the last parting glances shared by Steed and Mrs. Peel …Next on the same bill is "THE NEW AVENGERS" – Episode: "The Eagle’s Nest", 1976, A&E Home Video/Canal + Image Int’l, 52 min. Dir. Desmond Davis. Written by Brian Clemens. After a hiatus of eight years, Steed returned to action with

 

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new partners Purdey (the delightful Joanna Lumley) and Gambit (Gareth Hunt) in "The New Avengers," which managed to recapture much of the sexiness and suspense of the original series. This, the first episode of "The New Avengers," finds Steed and his partners traveling to a remote Scottish monastery to stop a fiendish plot to revive the cryogenically frozen body of Adolf Hitler. Discussion following with actor Patrick Macnee.

Tape Availability: THE HOWLING is available at commercial video stores. "The Avengers" episodes "Death at Bargain Prices," "Too Many Christmas Trees" and "The Forget-Me-Knot" will be available from the American Cinematheque office. "The Eagle’s Nest" is not available for press preview.

 

Interview Requests: To interview Patrick Macnee please call his publicist Jackie Green at (323) 512-3050.

 

 

French Filmmakers Jean-Marc Barr & Pascal Arnold and Actress Elodie Bouchez

In-Person!: Wednesday, February 20, 2002 @ 7:00 PM

Known as an actor primarily for his roles in Luc Besson’s THE BIG BLUE (1988) and Lars von Trier’s EUROPA (1991), Jean-Marc Barr’s directorial debut with co-writer and co-director Pascal Arnold is inspired by the technological freedom of the digital era and the Dogma rules. Following the technological storm resulting in the democratization of the cinema, Jean-Marc Barr as well as the Dogma group clearly positioned themselves as a new 'new wave' with references to '1960' 'new wave'. The Digital-to-film transfer trilogy on freedom, called free-trilogy has been shot in English (LOVERS, TOO MUCH FLESH and BEING LIGHT).

The Wednesday, February 20th program is a 7:00 PM double feature. First up is LOVERS - Dogma #5, (1999, TF1 International, 100 min.) Dir. Jean-Marc Barr. Set in Paris and shot in English, the first non-Danish DOGMA film stars Elodie Bouchez (THE DREAM LIFE OF ANGELS) as Jeanne the radiant bookstore saleswoman who falls in love with Yugoslav painter Dragan (Sergei Trifunovic). Dragan’s illegal immigrant situation forces the lovers apart. With a sharp and glossy digital video to 35mm blow-up, LOVERS is a fresh and sensitive ode to the freedom of love.

 

Following on the same bill is TOO MUCH FLESH, (2000, TF1 International, 109 min.) Dirs. Jean-Marc Barr and Pascal Arnold. TOO MUCH FLESH, the digital video to 35mm blow-up follow-up to LOVERS, explores the freedom of sexuality and pleasure in a small puritanical community in the Illinois corn-belt. Lyle (Jean-Marc Barr), living with Amy (Rosanna Arquette) in an arranged marriage, suddenly discovers his sexuality with a passing stranger and runs afoul of community morals. Discussion following the films with directors Jean-Marc Barr, Pascal Arnold and actress Elodie Bouchez.

Tape Availability: Contact Mary at 323.46.2020, ext. 116

 

TRAILER CAMP and BRIDE OF TRAILER CAMP

Thursday, February 21, 2002 – 7:30 PM

Curator/filmmaker Jenni Olson brings us her hilarious, illuminating programs jam packed with film trailers from the 50’s through the 80’s with a definite nod towards all things camp. Widely-seen at gay & lesbian film festivals worldwide and not available on video or dvd, now is your chance (whatever your sexuality) to

 

 

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get in on the fun and the jaw-dropping spectacles such as "Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill", "Mommie Dearest", "Reflections in a Golden Eye", "The Wiz", "Sextette", "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman", "Breakfast at Tiffany’s"

"The Nanny" "Butterfield 8" and so many more. A rare chance to see these two programs together with the curator in-person fielding questions after each program. This Program sponsored by The Ramada, West Hollywood (www.thegayhotel.com).

The Thursday, February 21st program begins at 7:30 PM with TRAILER CAMP (70 min.), curated by Jenni Olson. From Warhol to Supergirl, this eclectic bouquet of oddities brings you the long-lost, but never forgotten trailers for such twisted screen gems as Mae West’s "Sextette" and Divine’s "Lust in the Dust". Sicko women’s prison movies and the stupidest musicals of the 80’s compete for the camp Hall of Fame in this wacky queer compendium. Trailer Camp world-premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and screened at Sundance and numerous other festivals worldwide. Title List: "Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill", "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane" "Reflections in a Golden Eye" "Dr. Jekyl & Sister Hyde" "Kansas City Bomber" "Cannibal Girls" "Chastity", "99 Women" "Song of the Loon" "Andy Warhol’s Bad" "The Gospel According to St. Matthew" "The Wiz" "Sextette" "Saturday Night Fever" "Staying Alive" "Grease" "Thank God It’s Friday" "Can’t Stop the Music" "Pirate Movie" "Perfect" "Moment to Moment" "Incredible Shrinking Woman" "Summer Lovers" "Lust in the Dust" "Flash Gordon" "Supergirl" "Mommie Dearest" "Pee Wee’s Big Adventure" Discussion following with curator Jenni Olson.

 

Following at 9:15 PM is BRIDE OF TRAILER CAMP (62 min.), curated by Jenni Olson. The hilarious action-packed sequel to Trailer Camp, this wild cinematic ride goes from bad 50’s melodrama through the greatest disaster movies of the 70’s, featuring a glittering cabaret of your favorite divas along the way, including Bette Davis, Susan Hayward, Audrey Hepburn, Jeanne Moreau, Jean Seberg, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak & Judy Garland. Bursting with rare treats and brilliant specimens of movie trailer artistry. Title List: "Enemy Below/Les Girls", "No Down Payment" "The Third Sex" "Toni Commercial" "Homicidal" "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" "The Nanny" "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?""I’ll Cry Tomorrow" "Rock Hudson Christmas Seals PSA" "Cross Up" "Dangers of the Canadian Mounted" "Mademoiselle" "Bonjour Tristesse" "Breakfast At Tiffany’s" "Butterfield 8" "Boom" "The Legend of Lylah Clare" "No Way to Treat a Lady" "Night of the Cobra Woman" "Blood Spattered Bride" "It’s Alive" "Paranoid Policy Trailer" "Poseidon Adventure" "Towering Inferno" "Avalanche" "Jaws 3-D" "The Car" "Statre Farm Insurance Commercial" "Jabberwocky" "I Could Go On Singing"

 

Discussion following with curator Jenni Olson.

Outfest members receive $1.00 of regular ticket price when current membership card show.

Tape Availability: Contact Mary at 323.46.2020, ext. 116. Photos, press kits available after Jan. 23 directly from Trailer Camp Curator Jenni Olson: jolson@planetoutpartners.com.

 

A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.

 

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PHOTOS SENT VIA E-MAIL ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

 

All films are separate admission except those listed as Double Features which are one ticket price for both films. There is a five minute break between films on double bills. General admission tickets are $8.

 

 

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