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Date: December 19, 2006
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THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS THREE SPECIAL EVENTS WITH IN PERSON GUESTS IN JANUARY AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE

 

An In Person Tribute to Actress Helen Mirren

January 12 & 13, 2007

 

A Screening of Charlie Chaplin’s THE KID with a booksigning by author John Bengston

 

(Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin)

Thursday, January 25, 2007

 

Director Costa-Gavras In Person

January 26 & 27, 2007

 

HOLLYWOOD –The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre presents three special events with in person guests in January. On January 12 – 13 is an in person tribute to actress Helen Mirren, featuring a screening of the acclaimed THE QUEEN, as well as some of her earlier work, including CAL (1984, Warner Bros., 102 min.) which won Mirren a Best Actress Award in Cannes and AGE OF CONSENT (1969, Sony Repertory, 103 min.) co-starring James Mason. Neither of these films are available on DVD. January 25th, Charlie Chaplin will grace the Egyptian’s giant screen (Chaplin was a frequent visitor to the Egyptian in the 20’s and premiered THE GOLD RUSH there) in THE KID (1921, 60 min.), which will be shown in conjunction with author John Bengston’s pre-screening mixed media tour across the landscapes of Chaplin-era Hollywood, combining movie images with archival photographs, vintage maps, and contemporary location photographs, to illuminate both Chaplin’s genius and the evolving city that served as a backdrop for his art. A booksigning and post-screening discussion with John Bengston, author of Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin will follow the film. As part of the On Set With French Cinema Series, director Costa-Gavras will appear in person January 26 & 27 for a tribute and mini-retrospective of his work.

Screenings are at the Lloyd E. Theatre at the historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood. Tickets available through www.fandango.com. Guests subject to availability.

 

An In Person Tribute to Actress Helen Mirren – January 12 & 13, 2006

Helen Mirren, a London native descended from Russian aristocracy (her grandfather was stranded and took up residence in England during the 1917 revolution), reportedly aspired to be an actress from the tender age of 6. Although her parents did not look upon acting as a viable profession, Helen nevertheless eventually found her way after auditioning for and winning a place at the National Youth Theatre. She made her debut at the Old Vic in 1965 as Cleopatra (in Antony And Cleopatra). Within two years she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her career suddenly began moving at a lightning pace, and, although she appeared in two filmed Shakespeare plays previously, Helen made her screen debut proper in 1969 when director Michael Powell cast her opposite James Mason in AGE OF CONSENT. Here she set a high standard for more exceptional film performances to come as well as exhibited a healthy, boldly uninhibited attitude towards frankness of subject matter. Indeed, she appeared nude in several idyllic island interludes throughout this endearing, joyful picture. More controversial and acclaimed roles followed, including Ken Russell’s SAVAGE MESSIAH, Lindsay Anderson’s O LUCKY MAN, John Mackenzie’s THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY, John Boorman’s EXCALIBUR, Pat O’Connor’s CAL, Taylor Hackford’s WHITE NIGHTS (she married Hackford in 1997), Peter Weir’s THE MOSQUITO COAST, Peter Greenaway’s THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE AND HER LOVER and Paul Schrader’s THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS. In 1990, she also inaugurated the role of police detective Jane Tennison in the pioneering British TV series, "Prime Suspect," bringing all the courage, vulnerability and honesty she had shown in her best film portrayals. Indeed, her depiction of an all-too-human, tenacious, emotionally dysfunctional but fearless policewoman ranks as some of her finest work. More celebrated performances have followed from the 1990’s on, from Terry George’s SOME MOTHER’S SON and Robert Altman’s GOSFORD PARK to excellent cable television productions such as THE ROMAN SPRING OF MRS. STONE and ELIZABETH I (for which she won a well-deserved Emmy). Helen’s latest role as Queen Elizabeth in Stephen Frear’s THE QUEEN is earning her more accolades than ever before, and she seems poised to receive yet another Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

 

Friday, January 12, 2007: Egyptian Theatre

The Friday, January 12th program is a 7:30 PM Double Feature. First up is CAL, (1984, Warner Bros., 102 min.) directed by Pat O’Connor. John Lynch (ANGEL BABY) is Cal, an accomplice in the IRA murder of a Protestant policeman, who falls in love with the man’s Catholic widow, librarian Marcella (Helen Mirren, who won Best Actress at Cannes). Guilt-plagued Cal is caught between a rock-and-a-hard place, not cut-out for ruthless extremism nor for the dishonest front he must maintain as his relationship with Mirren flowers. Both Mirren and Lynch are phenomenally good as doomed lovers unable to live their lives the way they’d like because of the intolerant and hateful nature of society around them. With Donal McCann, Ray McAnally. "Miss Mirren, through a reserve that disappears layer by layer, makes Marcella a woman of unexpected substance and generosity, one who is no more comfortable with the pain and paradoxes of Northern Ireland than Cal is himself." – Janet Maslin, New York Times. NOT ON DVD.

Next on the same bill is a new restored 35mm print of AGE OF CONSENT, (1969, Sony Repertory, 103 min.) directed by Michael Powell. James Mason is at his crotchety, hard-drinking best as rabelaisian artist, Bradley Morrison, sojourning on a remote isle off the Great Barrier Reef to try to jumpstart his dried-up muse. He finds inspiration unexpectedly in the form of nubile free spirit, Cora Ryan (a delightful, gorgeous Helen Mirren in one of her earliest roles), an outspoken teenager living with her alcoholic harridan of an aunt (Neva Carr-Glynn). With a great turn by Jack MacGowran (THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, WONDERWALL) as Mason’s ne’er-do-well friend and Harold Hopkins as Mirren’s wanna-be beau. Mason’s Morrison character was based on painter, Norman Lindsay, famous for his sumptuous paintings of voluptuous nudes in natural settings. NOT ON DVD.

 

 

Saturday, January 13, 2007: Egyptian Theatre

The Saturday, January 13th program is a 7:30 PM Double Feature. First up is THE QUEEN, (2006, Miramax, 97 min.). Blending the rewards of a detailed film biography with an insightful meditation on character, director Stephen Frears (DANGEROUS LIAISONS; DIRTY PRETTY THINGS) puts the British monarchy under the microscope. Set in 1997, it details the bond of trust that slowly develops between the 71-year-old Queen Elizabeth – humanized by the Oscar-caliber performance of Helen Mirren in the title role – and prime minister, Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) following the death of Princess Diana. With James Cromwell. "…Helen Mirren…has turned THE QUEEN into something you never imagined it could be: a crackling dramatic story that's intelligent, thoughtful and moving." – Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times. "Like all great performances…Mirren maintains an edge of mystery…that has all the ambiguities of real life and real people." – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle.

Next on the same bill is SOME MOTHER’S SON, (1996, Warner Bros., 112 min.). Terry George (co-writer of IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER) directs this clear-eyed study of the dilemma posed to a Northern Irish Catholic mother, Kathleen Quigley (Helen Mirren) when her son (Aidan Gillen) is not only convicted along with other IRA bombers, but goes on the legendary prison hunger strike that took the lives of ten men, including radical activist, Bobby Sands (John Lynch). Mirren’s character’s convictions about what constitutes humanity and the value of human life are seriously threatened when she is presented with two seemingly impossible choices. Fionnula Flanagan is Mirren’s firebrand counterpart, Annie Higgins, whose son is also imprisoned. "Do political convictions… imply a duty to sacrifice not only one’s own life but those of people we love? …Mirren, delivering an Oscar-worthy performance… embodies these timeless questions in her character." - Russell Smith, Austin Chronicle. Discussion in between films with actress, Helen Mirren.

 

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SCREENING OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S THE KID

Thursday, January 25, 2007 | Egyptian Theatre

The Thursday, January 25th program is a 7:30 PM screening of THE KID (1921, 60 min.), directed by Charlie Chaplin. In perhaps his greatest film masterpiece, Charlie Chaplin’s Tramp, following his paternal instincts, takes a hapless, orphaned baby - ‘The Kid’ - under his wing. Five years pass, and the tyke is now a precocious little boy (Jackie Coogan), helping his foster dad, The Tramp, in his ‘window glass replacement’ scam. But a confluence of events, including The Kid’s sudden illness, conspire to separate the two. "…scenes of Chaplin and his company at their finest. And it is a real cinematographic work in the universal language of moving pictures. It could be understood, which means mightily enjoyed, anywhere in the world without a single sub-title, and those it has are few, far between and brief."New York Times. Preceded by the short: "The Fireman", (1916, 32 min.) directed by Charlie Chaplin. Charlie is an incompetent fireman who can’t seem to get things right, but in the end, he saves the day. Preceding the screening of each film, author John Bengtson will lead a mixed media tour across the landscapes of Chaplin-era Hollywood, combining movie images with archival photographs, vintage maps, and contemporary location photographs, to illuminate both Chaplin’s genius and the evolving city that served as a backdrop for his art. Discussion and booksigning will follow the screening with author, John Bengston (Silent Echoes) with his new book, Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin, which reveals the 90-year-old history of Los Angeles and the early film industry hidden within Chaplin’s films.

 

TWO NIGHTS WITH DIRECTOR COSTA-GAVRAS – January 26 & 27, 2007

Constantino Gavras – better known simply as Costa-Gavras – was born in Greece in 1933, the son of a Greek government employee who proved a heroic component of the resistance movement against the Nazis during WWII. Reportedly outspoken, his father was tarred as a communist in post-war times. Consequently, the young Costa-Gavras, originally hoping to learn about American filmmaking at the source, was refused entry to the United States. As a result, he moved to Paris to study literature at the Sorbonne. He also studied the techniques of various French directors, soon acting as an assistant for such top filmmakers as Rene Clement (on JOY HOUSE and THE DAY AND THE HOUR) and Jacques Demy (on BAY OF THE ANGELS). His debut film as a director came in 1966 with THE SLEEPNG CAR MURDERS, a crackerjack suspense mystery devoid of the crusade-against-political-oppression themes to be found in his the then-current Greek military junta, he garnered an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. More politically-commited works such as THE CONFESSION (1970), STATE OF SEIGE (1973) and SPECIAL SECTION (1975) followed, all starring the lead actor from Z, famed French movie icon, Yves Montand. 1982 saw the release of MISSING, perhaps Costa-Gavras’ most well known picture and one of his most-honored (he shared an Oscar with writer Donald Stewart for Best Adapted Screenplay). Controversial works continued to issue forth in its wake, including HANNA K (1983) and MUSIC BOX (1989), co-winner of The Golden Bear Award at The Berlin Film Festival. His latest are MAD CITY (1997), AMEN (2002) and LE COUPERET (aka THE AX, 2005).

 

Friday, January 26, 2007 | Egyptian Theatre

The Friday, January 26th program is a 7:30 PM Double Feature. First up is MISSING, (1982, Universal, 122 min.). Director Costa-Gavras follows Jack Lemmon as a conservative father, traveling to a South American country after a recent coup in search of his missing journalist son. Although fundamentally opposed to his daughter-in-law’s (Sissy Spacek) left-leaning views, he joins with her in navigating the treacherous, often nightmarish landscape of the new government’s wholesale murder in the streets. After seeking help from the U.S. Consulate, Lemmon and Spacek come to realize that not only are their own country’s representatives lying to them, they are also actively supporting the brutally fascist repression by the military junta. Based on a real American family’s harrowing true story in the wake of Chilean President Allende’s assassination. "…Mr. Costa-Gavras' most beautifully achieved political melodrama to date, a suspense-thriller of real cinematic style, acted with immense authority by Jack Lemmon…and Sissy Spacek." - Vincent Canby, New York Times.

 

Next on the same bill is Z, (1969, Cinema V, 127 min.). In an unnamed state (obviously Greece), a left leaning candidate (Yves Montand) with a significant following is assassinated by fascist thugs employed by the ultra-right military government. A prosecutor (Jean-Louis Trintignant) whom the politicians expect to whitewash the crime is assigned to investigate. However, they have made a mistake – right-leaning Trintignant is an honest man who soon uncovers a conspiracy that goes straight to the top. But once he calls his witnesses, they start disappearing or dying in mysterious ways. Enormously controversial worldwide when first released, director Costa-Gavras’ first internationaly-recognized masterpiece won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and fearlessly exposed the machinations of the then still ruling powers in Greece, a repressive regime propped-up by the USA. With Irene Papas. Discussion in between films with director Costa-Gavras.

 

Saturday, January 27, 2007 | Egyptian Theatre

The Saturday, January 27th program is a 7:30 PM Double Feature. First up is MUSIC BOX, (1989, Sony Repertory, 124 min.) directed by Costa-Gavras. Criminal lawyer Jessica Lange receives the shock ofher life when her Hungarian immigrant father (Armin Mueler-Stahl) is accused of complicity in Nazi war crimes. Lange takes on the difficult task of defending someone who she may not know as well as she thinks. Is dad, Mueller-Stahl, being victimized and framed by the Hungarians for his aggressive anti-Communism, as he claims? Or is it possible that there is some shred of truth in the cumulative evidence organized by Budapest authorities? Lange (who received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress) is put through an emotional wringer as she tries to uncover the truth. Co-starring Frederic Forrest, Michael Rooker, Lukas Haas.

Next on the same bill is HANNA K, (1983, Universal, 111 min.). In this underrated drama, Jill Clayburgh is Hanna Kaufman, an emigrant to Israel and a court-appointed lawyer chosen to defend suspected Palestinian terrorist, Selem Bakri (Mohammed Bakri). Bakri asserts he has legal evidence going back decades to reclaim family property confiscated by the Israeli government. Complicating matters are not only her estranged husband (Jean Yanne) and her current lover, the Israeli prosecutor (Gabriel Byrne), but her growing personal attachment to her enigmatic client. Shunning facile conclusions, director Costa-Gavras gives a remarkably even-handed look at both sides of the thorny question of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a gauntlet of mutual injustices that ping-pong back-and-forth in seemingly perpetual motion. NOT ON DVD.

 

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