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Wednesday, June 4 - 7:30 PM
Blake Edwards In Person!
Personal Choice Double Feature:
In a career that has spanned over 50 years as a writer, producer and director, Blake
Edwards has provided audiences with classics in nearly every genre of the cinema.
Though known primarily for comedies such as THE PARTY, the PINK PANTHER series and 10,
Edwards has exhibited mastery of the western (the beautiful and tragic WILD ROVERS), the
thriller (EXPERIMENT IN TERROR) and the musical (DARLING LILI). In the best tradition of
studio-era auteurs like Howard Hawks, Edwards has managed to inject distinctly personal
ideas and styles into popular forms. Regardless of genre, all of his films share a
profound interest in close relationships (between friends, lovers or colleagues) and their
pitfalls. No director is more finely attuned to the wide spectrum of emotions that
characterize the human experience, and his best films - films like BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S,
10 and S.O.B. - veer from humiliation and anxiety to giddy romance and celebration all
within the space of a couple of hours. Join us at the Aero for a double feature of two of
Edwards's most entertaining films.
WHAT DID YOU DO IN THE WAR, DADDY?,
1966, MGM Repertory, 116 min. Director Blake Edwards is at his most raucous in this
classic service comedy, a perfect complement to his earlier OPERATION PETTICOAT. James
Coburn and Dick Shawn play soldiers determined to have fun in an Italian
village during the final days of World War II, regardless of irritating interruptions by
the Nazis. Working with his SHOT IN THE DARK co-writer William Peter Blatty, Edwards
crafts a consistently amusing farce that makes high art out of low comedy.
A SHOT IN THE DARK, 1964, MGM Repertory, 101
min. Blake Edwards follow-up to THE PINK PANTHER gave both director
and star free reign to unleash a non-stop barrage of pratfalls, sight gags and linguistic
nonsense. Everything seems freshly minted, from Herbert Loms hysterics as Chief
Inspector Dreyfus to Burt Kwouks first appearance as Cato. What makes Peter
Sellers Inspector Clouseau so endearing is the resolution of a thousand years of
cross-channel rivalry in the form of a Brit impersonating an irresistibly clumsy
Frenchman. With Elke Sommer, George Sanders. Director
Blake Edwards will introduce the screening and appear for discussion between the films,
Sunday, June 15 4:00 PM
THE WIZARD OF OZ, 1939, Warner Bros., 101 min. Dir. Victor
Fleming. Judy Garland is Dorothy in this sublime, candy-colored adaptation of L. Frank
Baums childrens favorite, one of the most beloved film classics of all time.
Take a surreal stroll down the yellow brick road with Dorothy as she encounters the Tin
Man (Jack Haley), the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger), the Cowardly Lion (Bert
Lahr), Glinda, the Good Witch (Billie Burke) and the Wicked Witch Of The West (Margaret
Hamilton). With the amazing Frank Morgan doing multiple duties in a variety of
roles, including the Wizard. The song "Over The Rainbow" was an Oscar winner.
Watch out for the Flying Monkeys! Come in costume and
participate in the WIZARD OF OZ costume contest before the screening.
Tuesday, June 17 7:30 PM
SPECIAL WEST SIDE EDITION! BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
NAVIGATING THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD
(180 min.) For most emerging filmmakers, the goal of launching a film on the film
festival circuit begins with one singular dream: SUNDANCE! But what lies beyond Sundance
for you and your film? In this informative seminar, presented just in time for the fall
festival season, film festival programmer/film consultant Thomas Ethan Harris
(former Director Of Programming Los Angeles Film Festival and Palm Springs International
ShortFest) offers filmmakers practical skills to navigating the world of film festivals to
What are the most significant film festivals and showcases you
should be considering right now before that ultimate Sundance dream fades and you are left
with a very good film with no place to show it?
Discussion Topics to be discussed include:
--A survey of the most important film festivals in both the United
States and the international community.
--A breakdown and discussion of what particular film festivals are
looking for and what individual film festivals respond to as they build their yearly list
of selected films.
--How to strategize the best festival release for your film.
--The growing importance of community and genre film festivals.
--The importance of your films press kit and key art.
--The "where", "when" and "how" of
submitting your film.
--Secret "insider tips" on submitting your film that will
improve your chances of getting selected!!
--A list of film festivals to AVOID and why!
Whether you are currently submitting your film to festivals or
whether you are in production on your film or even if you are just prepping or writing
your first film, EVERYONE is encourage to attend this insightful, stimulating and
empowering discussion of film festivals and film festival release strategy.
The American Cinematheque proudly continues our series of practical,
candid and affordable seminars for emerging filmmakers. Special
Ticket prices: $20 General Admission; $15 Student/Senior; $12 American Cinematheque
Thursday, June 19 7:30 PM
Dance Camera West
BALLERINA, 2007, 77 min. Dir. Bertrand Normand. Fans
of Ballets Russes will enjoy this intimate, resplendent documentary about the
training and unique skills of five dancers from the Mariinsky Theater, formerly known as
the Kirov Ballet of St. Petersburg. Rich with ravishing performances, it focuses on some
of Russia's preeminent ballerinas. Their lives weave together to tell the story of the
Russian ballerina of today; from her beginnings as a child in dance school to the peak of
her glory on the world stages.
Friday, June 20 7:30 PM
BETTER OFF DEAD, 1985, Hollywood Classics, 97 min. Savage
Steve Holland's directorial debut is an inventive, hilarious comedy that features the
first noteworthy performance by a then-unknown John Cusack. Cusack plays Lane
Meyer, a teenager who becomes despondent when his girlfriend dumps him for a jock.
Convinced he has nothing to lose, he embarks on a suicidal ski run, but finds a reason to
live in the form of French foreign exchange student Diane Franklin (a sort of icon of 80s
teen comedies, having starred in THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN and BILL AND TED'S EXCELLENT
ADVENTURE as well as this cult classic).
ONE CRAZY SUMMER, 1986, Warner Bros., 89 min.
Director Savage Steve Holland and John Cusack reunite for another portrait
of an endearing outcast. Cusack is a misfit cartoonist who finds romance during a summer
in New England; Demi Moore is his love interest. Even more so than in BETTER OFF
DEAD, Holland beautifully applies animation techniques to a live-action feature, making
for a playful, one-of-a-kind comic adventure. Discussion following with director Savage Steve Holland, Curtis
Armstrong and Diane Franklin.
Saturday, June 21 7:30 PM
Sneak Preview! THE UNKNOWN WOMAN (LA SCONOSCIUTA), 2006, Outsider
Pictures, 118 min. Director Giuseppe Tornatore reunites with composer Ennio
Morricone and actress Xenia Rappoport for this suspenseful film noir. Rappoport
plays Irena, a Ukrainian immigrant with a tortured past who gets a cleaning job in a
bustling Italian city. She develops a pathological fixation on the Adachers, the family
for whom she goes to work as maid and nanny, and before long it becomes clear that
something isn't quite right about the devoted housekeeper. As Irena's violent past reveals
itself, shocking connections between her and the Adachers come out in a manner that
threatens to destroy them all. "Bears all the marks of excellence in every
department of filmmaking, and the haunting terror it evinces will keep you glued to your
seat." - Entertainment Today. www.theunknownwoman.com
20th Anniversary! CINEMA PARADISO (NUOVO CINEMA PARADISO), 1988, Miramax, 123
min. Only twenty years after its release, Giuseppe Tornatore's beloved 1988
celebration of the cinema has already become an established classic. A young Sicilian boy
who loses his father to war strikes up a friendship with an aging projectionist;
eventually the boy takes over his mentor's job and becomes a filmmaker himself, but he
loses the love of his life along the way. A gloriously romantic and unabashedly
sentimental love letter to the romance of the movies. With Philippe Noiret, Jacques
Sunday, June 22 5:30 PM
Dance Camera West
ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, 2007, Columbia, 133 min. Director
Julie Taymor uses the songs of the Beatles to propel this audacious musical, a film
that is at once a rich period evocation and a completely modern approach to the genre. Jim
Sturgess plays Jude, a working-class lad from Liverpool who travels to America and
falls in love with Lucy, a privileged girl who gains political consciousness when she
moves to New York. Taymor uses the lovers' fable as a springboard for a series of
elaborate musical setpieces, chock-full of in-jokes for Beatles fans and cameos by
present-day icons for younger audiences. Discussion following with L.A.
choreographer Daniel Ezralow.
Thursday, June 26 7:30 PM
DIMINISHED CAPACITY, 2008, IFC Films, 124 min.
Director Terry Kinney's delightfully poignant and bittersweet comedy poses the
question: How much is a good memory worth? That's the question that faces newspaper editor
Cooper (Matthew Broderick) after a debilitating concussion takes him from the
political pages to comic strip detail. Looking for answers, he travels home to Missouri,
where his now-senile Uncle Rollie (Alan Alda) is on the verge of losing his home.
When a valuable baseball card is thrown into the mix, these two men, along with a motley
group of hometown friends, including Cooper's high school sweetheart, Charlotte (Virginia
Madsen), head to a memorabilia expo to make the deal of the century. They dive
headfirst into a snake pit of slick salesmen, crooked dealers and rabid fans, revealing
that there are some things in life that you can't put a price on. Co-starring Dylan
Baker, Louis C.K. and Bobby Cannavale in hilarious supporting roles.
Sunday, June 29 5:30 PM
Society Tribute Screening to Ted Haworth:
Ted Haworth made an impressive debut as an art director with Alfred
Hitchcocks psychological noir thriller STRANGERS ON A TRAIN in 1951. Haworth had
been employed as an assistant art director and draftsman at Warner Bros. for a number of
years before his debut screen credit for Hitchcocks classic. Oddly, he would not
receive another film credit for five years, but it was for another classic, the science-fiction/horror thriller INVASION
OF THE BODY SNATCHERS directed by Don Siegel. This was the real beginning of
Haworths film career as a full-fledged art director and over the next decade
and-a-half he would prove to be one of the best art directors working in Hollywood in the
immediate post-Golden Age era. As demonstrated in Siegel and Hitchcocks films,
Haworth was a master of monochrome photography: I WANT TO LIVE!, Billy Wilders SOME
LIKE IT HOT in which Haworth was nominated for an Academy Award and John
Frankenheimers SECONDS. He was also the art director for several interesting color
films. Joshua Logans SAYONARA for which Haworth won an Academy Award. Even more
interesting is Richard Brooks epic Western adventure THE PROFESSIONALS, a colorful
extravaganza that is part John Ford and part Sergio Leone action. The films success
led to a three-film collaboration with the modern master of violent action Sam Peckinpah:
THE GETAWAY, PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID and THE KILLER ELITE. The latter Peckinpah
collaboration was Haworths final film before retiring in 1975. He was also
Oscar-nominated for MARTY, PEPE, THE LONGEST DAY and WHAT A WAY TO GO!
WHAT A WAY TO GO! 1964, 20th Century
Fox, 111 min. J. Lee Thompson directs an all-star cast in this lavish 60s
romp. Shirley MacLaine is delightful as a perpetually unlucky bride whose husbands
all meet unfortunate ends - a situation that leaves her rich but miserable. The husbands
are played by a who's-who of leading men: Dick Van Dyke, Paul Newman and Gene
Kelly are all terrific, and there are some particularly amusing supporting turns by Robert
Mitchum, Dean Martin and Robert Cummings. Extravagant Edith Head
costume designs are an added bonus, and the lavish production design represents one of the
last great gasps of studio-era Hollywood. 15 min presentation on Ted Haworth prior to the feature. Discussion
following on Ted Haworths work with his son.