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Contact: Margot Gerber

May 20, 1999 

 

 

 IN-PERSON GUESTS MATTHEW BRIGHT, MILLARD KAUFMAN AND PHIL JOANOU HIGHLIGHT THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE'S WEEKLY WEDNESDAY NIGHT

CLASSIC + CONTEMPORARY FILM SHOWCASE AT THE EGYPTIAN

 

This month's selections include Matthew Bright's FREEWAY (June 9), John Sturges' BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (June 16) and Phil Joanou's RATTLE AND HUM (June 30)

 

HOLLYWOOD – The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian continues its series, CINEMATHEQUE WEDNESDAYS: CLASSIC + CONTEMPORARY, a weekly showcase of films that not only revisit past favorites, but take a second look at innovative recent films on the big screen at the Egyptian with weekly in-person guests. This month's series begins with the Los Angeles premiere of the full-length director's cut of Matthew Bright's FREEWAY on Wednesday, June 9th at 8:00 PM with director Matthew Bright in-person. Subsequent Wednesday nights through June will feature John Sturges' BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (1955) starring Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine. Screenwriter Millard Kaufman will appear in-person for discussion following the screening; and Phil Joanou's RATTLE AND HUM, a documentary on Irish rock band, U2 with director Phil Joanou in-person. All screenings will be held at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard) in Hollywood.

 

Wednesday, June 9, 1999

The Wednesday, June 9th program begins at 8:00 PM with the Los Angeles premiere of the full-length director's cut of Matthew Bright's FREEWAY (1996, Roxie Releasing, 100 min.). Reese Witherspoon (PLEASANTVILLE, ELECTION) stars as the hyperactive daughter of crack whore, Amanda Plummer, who gets picked up and taken for a ride by seductive serial killer Kiefer Sutherland in this bizarre re-telling of the Little Red Riding Hood story. Shown here for the first time in LA in its full-length, pre-NC-17 version, with a restored 4 minutes of footage! With Brooke Shields. Discussion following the screening with director Matthew Bright.

Wednesday, June 16, 1999

The Wednesday, June 16th program begins at 8:00 PM with a screening of John Sturges' BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (1955, Warner Bros. Classics, 81 min.). Set in a mythical backwater desert town post-WW2, the film follows one-armed tough guy Spencer Tracy and stumbles onto a secret some would kill to keep Thugs Robert Ryan, Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine are out to stop him in this stunning action classic from director John Sturges and writer Millard Kaufman (RAINTREE COUNTRY, NEVER SO FEW). Discussion following the screening with Millard Kaufman -- who will also sign copies of his new book A Screenwriter on Screenwriting, which will be on sale at the screening.

 

Wednesday, June 30, 1999

The Wednesday, June 30th program begins at 8:00 PM with a screening of RATTLE AND HUM (1988, Paramount, 99 min.) co-presented with The Irish Screen, a Los Angeles based arts and film organization dedicated to presenting the Irish voice in cinema. In the middle of our Sixties MODS + ROCKERS Festival (June 25-July 4), it’s a great time to revisit this visually gorgeous, musically exhilarating documentary on Irish rock band U2, captured on their cross-country U.S. tour. Discussion following the screening with director Phil Joanou.

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

 

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YOUR ADVANCE PUBLICITY FOR THESE FILMS IS APPRECIATED. PRESS PASSES TO THE PUBLIC SCREENINGS ARE AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO REVIEW THE FILMS IN THIS SERIES IN ADVANCE. OF THE FILMS IN THE SERIES ARE AVAILABLE COMMERCIALLY ON VIDEOTAPE AT YOUR LOCAL BLOCKBUSTER VIDEO; AT JERRY'S VIDEO (LOS FELIZ); VIDIOTS (SANTA MONICA); EDDIE BRANDT’S (N. HOLLYWOOD)OR ROCKET VIDEO (LA BREA IN HOLLYWOOD)

 

THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

 

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