|Special Events & Limited
Sunday, January 5 5:00 PM
Screening and Booksigning with author Kevin
Murphy - !
To celebrate the publication of his hilarious chronicle of non-stop
moviegoing in America, A Year At The Movies, weve asked author and
"Mystery Science Theater 3000" alumnus Kevin Murphy to pick a program of
his own favorite flicks:
FORGOTTEN SILVER, 1995, First
Run, 53 min. Rarely seen on the big screen, FORGOTTEN SILVER is a rum testament to the
craft and character of New Zealand filmmaking beyond the current Hobbit orgy. Directors Peter
Jackson (LORD OF THE RINGS, HEAVENLY CREATURES) and Costa Botes successfully do
what many others have failed to do: create a heartfelt and genuinely funny satire of movie
history. And as if thats not hard enough, they did it in the oft-abused
"mockumentary" form. Here is Colin Mckenzie, the brilliant troubled Kiwi film
pioneer, who inventedlong before he ought to havecolor film, synch sound, the
tracking shot, and who made a lost four-hour masterwork, "Salome," which
accordingly threatened to ruin him. The films formal accuracy is uncanny, more
complete in its conceit than the lovely ZELIG; in fact when originally shown on New
Zealand TV, it convinced many, even though we are invited into the films ruse from
the very outset. But beyond this its a portrait of the New Zealand archetype, a
naturally heroic band of loonies who as a nation are bigger than they seem to be, because
they calmly accept that they are.
Plus the short "The Heart
Of The World," 2000, Zeitgeist Films, 6 min. Director Guy Maddins
"The Heart Of The World" has been circulating through the alternative film world
like a really good drug, which it is: essence of cinema, extracted from Russian roots,
compounded with ultramodern technique and delivered at a death-metal pace. In short, the
densest and most thrilling five minutes of film of the past ten years. And its fun
Plus the short "Rabbit Of
Seville," 1950, Warners, 7 min. Dir. Chuck Jones. "Rabbit Of
Seville," even more than "Whats Opera Doc?", culminates the leitmotiv
of Wabbit v. Hunter by summoning all of Chuck Jones and Michael Malteses
powers into a breathtaking wordless ballet set to Rossinis boom-boom huck-jam
overture, and consequently thrusts audiences into embolic, lung-stopping fits of pure
wahoo glee. Oxygen is available on request.
There will be a special booksigning with author
Kevin Murphy of his new book A Year At The Movies at 4:00 PM in the Lobby of the
theatre prior to the screening.
Monday, January 6 7:30 PM
A Night at the Egyptian with Robin Williams
& Mark Romanek and ONE HOUR PHOTO - !
ONE HOUR PHOTO, 2002, Fox
Searchlight, 96 min. Dir. Mark Romanek. Isolated by loneliness, photo developer Sy
Parrish, played by Academy Award-winner Robin Williams (GOOD WILL HUNTING), spirals
headlong into obsession with the private lives of long-time customers the Yorkins. Through
years of developing the Yorkins snapshots, Sy deludes himself into believing that he
is a member of the family that barely knows he exists. The fine line between Sys
fantasies and reality begins to blur as he injects his presence into the various family
members lives. When the Yorkins face a crisis that threatens to tear them apart, Sy
catapults into action, driven by a need to preserve his picture-perfect family. Williams
stars as deluded photo developer Sy Parrish who turns his obsession on the Yorkin family,
played by Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, Mission to Mars) as Nina, and Michael Vartan (Never
Been Kissed, The Next Best Thing) as Will Yorkin. Sys link to the Yorkin family
photos is cut off when he is fired by Owens, played by Gary Cole (The Gift, Office
Space); an act that begins Sys meltdown. ONE HOUR PHOTO is written and directed
by Mark Romanek who is well known for his groundbreaking, multiple award-winning
music videos for such artists as Madonna, Nine Inch Nails, Fiona Apple, Beck, Lenny
Kravitz, Macy Gray, David Bowie, R.E.M., Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. Special Ticket price $15 general; $12 student/senior; $10 members.
Discussion following with actor Robin Williams
and writer/director Mark Romanek (schedules permitting).
Tuesday, January 7 7:30 PM SOLD
OUT (any available tickets will be sold at the door the night of the event.)
A Night at the Egyptian with George Clooney
& Sam Rockwell and CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND - !
CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS
MIND, 2002, Miramax, 115 min. Dir. George Clooney. "My name Is Charles Hirsch
Barris. I have written pop songs, I have been a television producer. I am responsible for
polluting the airwaves with mind-numbing puerile entertainment. In addition, I have
murdered thirty-three human beings."
Television made him famous, but his biggest hits happened off
screen. CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND is the story of a legendary showmans
double life - television producer by day, CIA assassin by night. Young, energetic, and
focused on a top career in the growing television industry, Chuck Barris finds himself
being followed by a suspicious character who quickly lures him into a secretive and
dangerous world: that of a CIA operative. While Barris gains notoriety as a dynamic
television producer creating such innovative and popular game shows as "The
Newlywed Game" and the self-hosted "The Gong Show" he regularly
executes assassinations for the United States government. As ratings rise, Barris
incorporates his shows into his secret life: winning couples on "The Dating
Game" find themselves shipped off to "fabulous Helsinki" and "romantic
West Berlin" for their dream dates it isnt Paris, but it provides
chaperone Barris a cover for his covert missions. As Barris basks in the glamour of his
two worlds - entertainment and espionage - his life begins to spiral out of control. He is
torn between the woman who loves him and the mysterious woman of his fantasies. He
receives mass criticism from the public who accuses him of contaminating the
and he finds himself marked for death by a traitor operative. Barris must
regain control of his life. Both of them.
CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND stars Sam Rockwell in a
breakthrough performance as the legendary Chuck Barris. The film marks the directorial
debut of George Clooney, from a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman (BEING JOHN
MALKOVICH, ADAPTATION.) Also starring are Drew Barrymore as Barriss
girlfriend Penny, Julia Roberts as an international operative known as Patricia,
Rutger Hauer as secret agent Keeler, and Clooney as C.I.A. agent Jim Byrd. Andrew
Lazar is the films producer. Steven Soderbergh is executive producing, along with
Rand Ravich. Special Ticket price $15
general; $12 student/senior; $10 members.
Discussion following with director and actor
George Clooney & actor Sam Rockwell (schedule permitting).
LAUGH IN THE NEW YEAR: 2ND ANNUAL
COMEDY SHORTS PROGRAM
Wednesday, January 8 7:30 PM
Our 2nd Annual look at some of the funnier shorts we have
seen in the past year. Last years program was a great success and we plan to
continue on that path. Learn how to behave in a Japanese restaurant in "Sushi";
laugh at the tussle between religious training and hormones in the award-winning "Backslide";
see what lengths men will go to enlarge their egos in "Quest For Length".
There are five more great, diverse shorts in this comedic program and 5 of the filmmakers
will be there to answer your questions after the screening.
Keith Davidsons "Charlie Noir" (9 min, Beta). A
loving spoof on film noir; dont miss the comical credits. Junji Kojimas
"Sushi" (8 min, Beta). Satirical, critique of Japanese society by way of a sushi
bar. "Mitchell Roses "Learn to Speak Body" (6 min, Beta).
Double-edged instructional video on body language by an alumni of Comedy Shorts from 2002.
Andre Sevignys "Easy Pickings" (23 min, 35 mm). Hare-brained outlaw thinks
a group of elderly Cajuns are "easy pickings". Surprise! Benjamin
Goldmans "The Pickle Jar" (7 min., 35 mm). Animated story of love, showers
and stinkbugs. Charming and humorous. Gene Rhee's "The Quest For Length" (17
min., 35 mm). Television critic Richard Roeper calls this painfully funny,docu-comedy
"damn funny". We think you will agree! Terry Riettas "Crank
Calls" (10 min., 35 mm). Follow a man, in this dark comedy, as he transforms himself
from a victim to a master in a wicked tale of revenge. Rick Rosss
"Backslide" ( 8 min., 35 mm). Award-winning story of two teenagers, who try to
balance their religious upbringing with their hormones.
Discussion to follow screening with Mitchell
Rose ("Learn to Speak Body Talk"), Andre Sevigny ("Easy
Pickings"), Benjamin Goldman ("The Pickle Jar"), Terry
Rietta ("Crank Calls") & Rick Ross ("Backslide").
Monday, January 13 7:30 PM
A Night at the Egyptian with Nicole Kidman
and THE HOURS - ! SOLD OUT (Last
minute available tickets will be sold at the door)
THE HOURS, 2002, Paramount. Dir. Stephen
Daldry. Starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore. Three eras,
three stories, and three women coalesce into a continuum that flows through the heart of
THE HOURS. Each woman is joined to the other like links in a chain, unaware that the power
of a single great work of literature is irrevocably altering their lives. First there is
Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman), in a suburb of London in the early 1920s, battling
insanity as she begins to write her first great novel, Mrs. Dalloway. Over two
decades later, Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) is a wife and mother in Los Angeles at the end
of World War II, who is reading Mrs. Dalloway and finding it so revelatory that she
begins to consider making a devastating change in her life. And then, in contemporary New
York City, there is Clarissa Vaughan (Meryl Streep), a modern version of Woolfs Mrs.
Dalloway, in love with her friend Richard, a brilliant poet dying of AIDS. Their stories
intertwine and finally come together in a surprising and transcendent moment of shared
recognition. Inspired by Virginia Woolfs 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway, Michael
Cunningham wrote The Hours over 75 years later. Now The Hours has been made
into a film, the result of an inspired collaboration by some of the most creative and
accomplished talents working in film today. A Paramount Pictures and Miramax Films
presentation, THE HOURS is directed by Stephen Daldry and produced by Scott Rudin and
Robert Fox. The screenplay is by David Hare and based upon the novel by Michael
Cunningham. Executive produced by Mark Huffam, the film also stars Ed Harris, Toni
Collette, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Stephen Dillane, Allison Janney, John C. Reilly,
Miranda Richardson, Eileen Atkins and Linda Bassett. Special Ticket price $15 general; $12 student/senior; $10 members.
Discussion following with actress Nicole Kidman
Tuesday, January 14 7:30 PM
Special Sneak Preview New Bollywood
Cinema!! Actress Madhuri Dixit and
Director Sanjay Bhansali In Person!
DEVDAS, 2003, Eros Entertainment, 181
min. Dir. Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The first Bollywood musical to screen in competition at
the Cannes Film Festival, and Indias official submission for the upcoming Academy
Awards, DEVDAS is the gloriously tragic story of a love beyond all else, even life.
Shahrukh Khan stars as Devdas, who finds blissful happiness with his impoverished
childhood sweetheart, Paro (Aishwarya Rai) until hes forced by his family to
turn his back on her. Unable to bear the agony of a life without Paro, Devdas makes
alcohol his constant companion along with a beautiful prostitute named Chandramukhi
(Madhuri Dixit). The insanely lavish, diamond-studded costumes and glittering palaces are
worth the price of admission alone, in this heartbreakingly romantic pageant. (Eros
Entertainment will release DEVDAS in early 2003 in Los Angeles and New York.) Actress Madhuri Dixit and Director Sanjay
Bhansali will appear for discussion following the film.
Wednesday, January 15 7:30 PM
A Night at the Egyptian with Diane Lane and
UNFAITHFUL, 2002, 20th
Century Fox, 124 min. Dir. Adrian Lyne. Edward and Connie Sumner are a
wonderfully-maintained middle-aged couple living the American dream. Together with their
eight-year-old son, a dog and a housekeeper, they share an enviable life in the suburbs of
New York City. But no life goes unchallenged: this happy marriage, dampened by the
routines of affluence, falls prey to an outsider when Connie has a fateful collision with
a stranger on a Soho street. Its an encounter which assaults her with mystery,
spontaneity, charm and risk. It will pull Connie into an affair which will become
her obsession. When Edward innocently learns that his wife has lied to him, suspicion
propels him to uncover the devastating details of her infidelity. Tormented by the
knowledge, he confronts her lover, only to discover a level of rage within himself that he
could never have imagined. Can a marriage so infected by deceit, guilt and anger find a
way to recover? Director Adrian Lyne spins a web of passion and pain in UNFAITHFUL, which
he describes as "an erotic thriller about the body language of guilt." Richard
Gere, Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez star. Lyne also produces with G. Mac Brown. The
screenplay is by Alvin Sargent and William Broyles, Jr. Executive producers are
Pierre-Richard Muller, Lawrence Steven Meyers, and Arnon Milchan. Discussion following
with actress Diane Lane (schedule permitting).
Thursday, January 16 7:30 PM
A Night at the Egyptian with Director Rob
Marshall and CHICAGO - ! SOLD
CHICAGO, 2002, Miramax. Dir. Rob Marshall.
Everyone loves a legend, but in Chicago, theres only room for one. Velma Kelly (Catherine
Zeta-Jones) burns in the spotlight as a nightclub sensation. When she shoots her
philandering husband, she lands on Chicagos famed murderess row, retains
Chicagos slickest lawyer, Billy Flynn (Richard Gere), and is the center of
the towns most notorious murder case, only increasing her celebrity. Roxie Hart (Renee
Zellweger), seduced by the citys promise of style and adventure, dreams of
singing and dancing her way to stardom. When Roxies abusive lover tries to walk out
on her, she, too, ends up in prison. Billy recognizes a made-for-tabloids story, and
postpones Velmas court date to take on Roxies case. Infamy is Roxies
ticket to stardom. Billy turns her crime of passion into celebrity headlines, and in this
town, where murder is a form of entertainment, she becomes a bona fide star much to
Velmas chagrin. As Roxie fashions herself as Americas sweetheart, Velma has
more than a few surprises in store, and the two women stop at nothing to outdo each other
in their obsessive pursuit of fame and celebrity.
A new interpretation that takes the award winning Broadway show into
fresh and expansive cinematic realms, director Rob Marshalls CHICAGO
shifts adroitly from the reality of intrigue, rivalry and betrayal to spectacular
fantasies of music and dance, offering tongue-in-cheek commentary on the cult of celebrity
and the scandalous lengths to which people will go to attain it.
Discussion following with Director Rob Marshall
and available cast and crew (schedules permitting).
Tuesday, January 21 5:00 PM
THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER,
1968, Warner Bros., 123 min. Alan Arkin was nominated for an Academy Award for
his heart-wrenching performance as Singer, a deaf-mute who lives in a world of his own
until he befriends an introverted teenaged girl (Sondra Locke, in an equally
astonishing performance.) Beautifully directed by Robert Ellis Miller (THE BUTTERCUP
CHAIN), based on Carson McCullers acclaimed novel. Discussion following with Alan Arkin (schedule permitting).
Tuesday, January 21 8:15 PM
13 CONVERSATIONS ABOUT
ONE THING, 2002, Sony Classics, 94 min. Dir. Jill Sprecher. 13 CONVERSATIONS
weaves five contemporary stories together into a single tale that examines the dramatic
impact people have on one another. A man approaching middle age decides to change his
life. A rising young attorneys plans are thrown into disarray as the result of a
single act. A woman faces her husbands infidelity. An envious businessman seeks
revenge on a cheerful co-worker, and an optimistic young cleaning woman awaits a miracle.
Starring Alan Arkin, Matthew McConaughey, John Turturro, Clea DuVall and Amy Irving.
THE IN-LAWS, 1979, Warner Bros.,
103 min. Dir. Arthur Hiller. Giant tse-tse flies, the Bay of Pigs, dictators with talking
hands, and flames on your car: one of the laugh-out-loud funniest movies of the past 25
years stars Alan Arkin as a middle-class dentist who finds himself thrown together
with delusional CIA agent Peter Falk when their children decide to get married.
Serpentine, Shel, serpentine!!
Alan Arkin to introduce screening (schedule
Thursday, January 23 7:00 PM
Special Hitchcock Screening, Slideshow and Booksigning! Tippi Hedren
and Patricia Hitchcock OConnell In Person!!
THE BIRDS, 1963, Universal, 119 min.
Hitchcocks love affair with northern California (begun in SHADOW OF A DOUBT and
continued in VERTIGO) climaxed with this stunning shocker about the residents of
picturesque coastal town Bodega Bay who find themselves targeted by a murderous
invasion of birds. Starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy
and Veronica Cartwright.
Introduction to screening by Patricia Hitchcock
OConnell, Alfred Hitchcocks daughter. Discussion following film with actress
Also prior to the
screening is a slide show, presented by Footsteps In The Fog: Alfred Hitchcocks San
Francisco authors Jeff Kraft and Aaron Leventhal.
There will be a booksigning of Footsteps In
The Fog: Alfred Hitchcocks San Francisco by authors Jeff Kraft and Aaron
Leventhal at 6:00 PM in the Lobby, prior to the screening.
Tuesday, January 28 7:30 PM
Andre de Toth Memorial Screening
Were deeply saddened by the recent death of director Andre
de Toth, a longtime friend of the American Cinematheque and a member of the Board of
Trustees, who passed away at his home in Burbank on October 27th. In an
industry known as much for compromise as for achievement, Andre was one of those rare
artists who really stuck to his guns he continually made films about dark,
disturbing subjects such as adultery (PITFALL), drug addiction (MONKEY ON MY BACK),
spiritual and physical violence (DAY OF THE OUTLAW), the sheer insanity of war (PLAY
DIRTY), without ever talking down to his audience, or attempting to sugarcoat the painful
reality of the subject at hand. A born storyteller, gifted with a natural camera-eye and a
wicked sense of humor, Andre will be sorely missed by all of us. To remember him,
were pleased to present his last film, and one of his personal favorites:
PLAY DIRTY, 1968, MGM/UA, 117 min.
Here, De Toth pushes his pragmatism and cynicism to their furthest extremes: Michael
Caine stars as an inexperienced officer leading his team on a very eccentric and
deadly mission to blow up German fuel dumps in North Africa. A film about the sheer
mechanics of survival in alien territory (against sand-storms, land-mines, your own
commanding officers), PLAY DIRTY is so sharp and nasty you could cut your hand on
it. Co-starring Nigel Davenport. There is no admission
charge to this screening. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis the
night of the event.
Thursday, January 30 7:00 PM
Alternative Screen Independent Film Showcase
Los Angeles Theatrical Premiere!
EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS
(2003, 119 min., US/UK) Based on Peter Biskind's best seller about late 1960'a and 70's
filmmaking this documentary is narrated by actor William H. Macy (BOOGIE NIGHTS;
MAGNOLIA). EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS is about the tumultuous period in the late 60's/early
70's when a few young, talented directors broke into the entertainment business and
transformed it with their innovation, irreverence and creativity, often careening over the
edge of self indulgence and self destruction in the process. Covering the early careers of
Martin Scorsese, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, the film ends with the era of the
special effects laden "event films" that STAR WARS ushered in, in the late
Interviews with many of the era's key players include: actor Peter
Fonda (Easy Rider); director Peter Bogdanovich (PAPER MOON; THE LAST PICTURE SHOW);
producer Roger Corman (BOXCAR BERTHA; TARGETS); actor Dennis Hopper (THE LAST MOVIE; EASY
RIDER); actress Karen Black (FIVE EASY PIECES; EASY RIDERS) and producer Stanley Jaffe
(GOODBYE, COLUMBUS; KRAMER VS. KRAMER).
Special Ticket Price: General: $15;
Student/Senior $12; Cinematheque Members $10.
Discussion Following with
the filmmakers, director Kenneth Bowser, producers Josh Braun and Rachel Talbot and
interviewees from the film, subject to their availability. Scheduled to attend: Dennis
Hopper; Peter Bart (Editor in Chief of Variety); Jon Taplin (producer); Jennifer
Salt (Actress); Mardik Martin (screenwriter); Joan Tewkesbury
(screenwriter/producer/director); John Milius (screenwriter); Leonard Brady (assistant to
Mr. Milius); Roger Corman (producer/director); Karen Black (actress); Michael Phillips
(producer); Jerome Hellman (producer); David Picker; Carl Gottleib.
Produced by The Fremantle Corporation and Submarine
Entertainment, Kenneth Bowser ("Frank Capra's The American Dream") is the
writer/director with Rachel Talbot ("Hollywood DC: A Tale of Two Cities") and
Josh Braun serving as producers. The two hour documentary is scheduled to make its
premiere broadcast on the Popular Arts Channel TRIO, an Entertainment Cable Television
Channel, on Sunday, March 9 at 9:00 p.m., ET/ 6:00 p.m., PT. (www.triotv.com) To see photos click here: