FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: September 26, 2000
Contact: Margot Gerber
Tel.: 323.461.2020 x 115
THE AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE PRESENTS "HOLLYWOOD ON HOLLYWOOD"
FILMS ABOUT THE MOVIES -- FROM THE SILENT MARION DAVIES STARRER "SHOW
PEOPLE" (1928) TO "BOOGIE NIGHTS"
Featuring Special Guests including: "Bad & The Beautiful"
Raskin; Screenwriter Harlan Ellison & Actress Edie Adams (THE OSCAR); Art
Director Gene Allen (A STAR IS BORN); Actress Carroll Baker and Actor Red
Buttons (HARLOW); Director Bill Condon & Actress Lynn Redgrave (GODS &
MONSTERS); Director Joe Dante & Actress Mary Woronov (HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD);
and Actress Stella Stevens & Co-Producer Frank Marshall (NICKELODEON)
October 5-17, 2000
HOLLYWOOD - The American Cinematheque presents a look at Hollywood's
depiction of itself in the movies in a film series entitled HOLLYWOOD ON
HOLLYWOOD (Oct. 5-17, 2000). The series is inspired by co-directors Todd
McCarthy and Arnold Glassman's daily attraction film (produced by the
Cinematheque for daily screenings at the Egyptian Theatre), FOREVER
HOLLYWOOD. "When we debuted FOREVER HOLLYWOOD earlier this year, people
would ask when we were going to program some of the films seen only in
clips, in their entirety," remarked Cinematheque Programming Director Dennis
Bartok. McCarthy and Glassman co-programmed the series. The series is
highlighted by tours of the historic Egyptian Theatre on Saturday, October
14th and Sunday, October 15th at 10:00 AM.
All screenings are at the newly renovated Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the
historic Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas)
WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? asked the title of George Cukor's 1932 drama of an
aspiring young actress and a fading, alcoholic filmmaker - and since the
days of silent film, Hollywood has been searching its collective soul
on-screen and off-, asking if the glamour and wealth of the movie business
is worth the shattered lives, forgotten legends, rejections, betrayals, and
worse. The answer of course is, yes - many of the finest and most
perceptive films in Hollywood history are about the Biz, from glorious
entertainment like SINGIN' IN THE RAIN and THE BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL, to
rapid-fire satires like SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS,
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BOMBSHELL and LADY KILLER, to gothic portraits of underdogs and outcasts
like IN A LONELY PLACE, SUNSET BOULEVARD and ED WOOD.
This series is meant to accompany the ongoing, daily screenings of the
Cinematheque's own documentary FOREVER HOLLYWOOD, where many of today's most
acclaimed filmmakers and actors,
including Steven Spielberg, Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Robert Redford,
Shirley MacLaine, Edward Norton and more, discuss their own dreams and
aspirations of coming to Hollywood.
Thursday, October 5 -
7:00 PM: THE BAD & THE BEAUTIFUL, 1952, MGM (Warners), 118 min. Dir.
Hugely entertaining - and still on-target - drama of the relentless scramble
to succeed in Hollywood, starring Kirk Douglas as producer Jonathan Shields,
a born hustler who creates great movies while he alienates everyone who
loves him - including Lana Turner as the alcoholic daughter of a
Barrymore-like matinee idol, Barry Sullivan as a trusting young director,
and Dick Powell as a sharp-tongued screenwriter. Discussion following with
composer David Raksin.
Following at 9:45 PM: SHOW PEOPLE, 1928, MGM (Warners), 80 min. Dir. King
Vidor. One of the first great films by and about Hollywood, filled with an
astounding gallery of star cameos - Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks Sr.,
John Gilbert, William S. Hart, Norma Talmadge, Mae Murray and more --, SHOW
PEOPLE stars Marion Davies in one of her finest comic roles, as Georgia
peach "Peggy Pepper" who travels west to Hollywood in search of stardom, and
finds it. Vidor's razor-sharp satire of the movie business was reportedly
inspired by the career of silent screen star Gloria Swanson. (Silent with
live musical accompaniment.)
Friday, October 6 -
7:00 PM: MYRA BRECKINRIDGE, 1970, 20th Century Fox, 94 min. Dir. Michael
Sarne. This adaptation of Gore Vidal's bestseller ranks with CANDY and
BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS as one of the most gonzo pictures ever
released by a major studio. Film lover Myron Breckinridge (Rex Reed) goes
under the scissors of sex-change surgeon John Carradine -- and comes out as
bombshell Myra (Raquel Welch), determined to "destroy the American male in
all its particulars"!! A monstrously funny, jaw-dropping satire of
Hollywood, combining golden phalluses, dumb studs, aging cowboy stars and a
sexually voracious Mae West, inter-cut with clips from classic Shirley
Temple and Laurel & Hardy flicks.
Following at 9:30 PM is a double feature: MOVIE CRAZY, 1932, Harold Lloyd
Estate, 82 min. Dir. Clyde Bruckman. Arguably the freshest and funniest
of Harold Lloyd's talkies, MOVIE CRAZY stars Lloyd as a wide-eyed country
boy who hits the big time in Tinseltown, with help from lovely co-star
Constance Cummings. Watch for Lloyd's classic gag with a magician's coat,
one of his most dazzling bits of physical comedy.
LADY KILLER, 1933, Warners, 76 min. Dir. Roy del Ruth. Two-fisted,
rapid-fire comedy with James Cagney as a cinema usher-turned-thief, who
heads for Hollywood when his East Coast crimes turn up the heat. Before
long he graduates from movie extra to matinee idol, and has former gang
members knocking at his door to get a piece of the action. Back in 1934, a
scandalized Variety sniffed that LADY KILLER "throws a none-too-
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glamorous light on the picture business itself, since it pictures an
underworld crook as accepted on the best of terms within the studio" - !!
Saturday, October 7 -
5:00 PM: Todd McCarthy, Sasha Alpert & Arnold Glassman In Person with a
FOREVER HOLLYWOOD, 2000, American Cinematheque, 55 min. Dir. Todd McCarthy
& Arnold Glassman. From the team that brought you VISIONS OF LIGHT: THE ART
OF CINEMATOGRAPHY, the Cinematheque's own documentary (also screening daily
at the Egyptian) is an hour-long, behind-the-scenes look at a century of
movie-making and the eternal allure of Hollywood glamour, told through rare
film clips and interviews with Clint Eastwood, Warren Beatty, Annette
Bening, Mel Gibson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jack Lemmon, Robert Redford, Kevin
Spacey, Steven Spielberg, John Waters and more.
SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS, 1941, Universal, 90 min. Director Preston Sturges' most
acclaimed comedy is something like a social realist movie with a wicked
sense of humor. Successful Hollywood director Joel McCrea grows weary of
making "entertainment pictures," and decides to hit the road disguised as a
hobo to research his first "serious" film. A roller-coaster of mishaps and
coincidences lands him on a chain gang, as well as in the arms of lovely
Veronica Lake, before he learns what audiences crave the most.
Discussion between films with FOREVER HOLLYWOOD co-directors Todd McCarthy
and Arnold Glassman and producer Sasha Alpert. Tom Sturges, son of Preston
Sturges, will introduce the screening of SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS.
Saturday, October 7 -
8:30 PM: THE OSCAR, 1966, Paramount, 118 min. Dir. Russell Rouse.
Hilariously overheated drama of the race for the Oscar statuette, a kind of
masculine version of ALL ABOUT EVE, starring Stephen Boyd as a strip club
barker-turned-Hollywood star, clawing and back-stabbing his way to Academy
Awards night, while lover Elke Sommer and a wildly-miscast Tony Bennett (in
his only starring role) stand by and suffer. Look for Milton Berle in an
excellent supporting role as Boyd's agent, along with cameos from Bob Hope,
Frank Sinatra, Edith Head, Hedda Hopper, Merle Oberon and Nancy Sinatra.
Noted actress Edie Adams and acclaimed novelist , THE OSCAR screenwriter and
four-time Writers Guild Award winner Harlan Ellison will join us for
discussion following the film.
Sunday, October 8 -
5:00 PM: WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD?, 1932, RKO (Warners), 87 min. Dir. George
Cukor. Brown Derby waitress and aspiring actress Constance Bennett attracts
the attention of alcoholic director Lowell Sherman - her career soars while
his falters, in this early version of the story that would be more famously
adapted in 1937 and 1954 as A STAR IS BORN. "Bennett gives one of those
complete, exquisitely nuanced performances that have made Cukor's direction
so justly celebrated" - Kevin Thomas, L.A. Times. Discussion following with
novelist and screenwriter Gavin Lambert (INSIDE DAISY CLOVER), author of the
acclaimed George Cukor biography On Cukor.
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7:30 PM: A STAR IS BORN, 1954, Warners, 170 min. Dir. George Cukor.
Alcoholic falling star Norman Maine (James Mason) discovers and marries
rising matinee idol songbird Esther Blodgett (Judy Garland), in
Cukor's emotionally incandescent remake of William Wellman's 1937 version
and his own WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD? (shown here in the restored, 170 minute
version.) Fueled by Garland's terrifying vulnerability as Esther, Cukor's
flawless direction and a superb script by Moss Hart, A STAR IS BORN is an
amazing synthesis of on-screen drama and behind-the-scenes myth. Discussion
following with art director Gene Allen and actress Hazel Shermet.
TOURS OF THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE CELEBRATING OUR 78th ANNIVERSARY: Normally
require a group of 10 or more persons, but this weekend only we are offering
individuals an opportunity to take our popular historic tour. This one goes
in-depth and behind-the-scenes at the historic Egyptian. See where a 1920's
performer would have sung her duet as part of one of Sid Grauman's lavish
stage productions, see our million dollar, state-of-the-art projection booth
and much more on this 55 minute guided tour. Saturday, October 14th and
Sunday, October 15th at 10:00 AM. For the total "Old Hollywood" experience,
combine a tour and a screening of FOREVER HOLLYWOOD (11:00 AM) and then
lunch at Musso & Frank's (since 1919) across the street (Musso's is closed
on Sunday). For more on these tours see our website at
www.egyptiantheatre.com. Tickets: $7 Adults and $5 Over 65/Age 12 and under,
Cinematheque Members. Tour and FOREVER HOLLYWOOD screening combo package is
$10. For advance reservations fax: 323.461.9737. Remaining tickets will be
sold at the door. Tour and film are appropriate for all ages. Some walking
Saturday, October 14 -
5:00 PM: THE LAST TYCOON, 1976, Paramount, 124 min. Director Elia Kazan's
quietly powerful version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's final work stars Robert
DeNiro as Monroe Stahr, a workaholic film mogul (based on movie pioneer
Irving Thalberg), haunted by Lillith-like muse Ingrid Boulting and insomnia
while doing battle with studio honchos Robert Mitchum and Ray Milland.
Adapted by Harold Pinter with an marvelous supporting cast that includes
Tony Curtis, Jeanne Moreau, Jack Nicholson, Dana Andrews and Theresa
8:00 PM DOUBLE FEATURE: HARLOW, 1965, Paramount, 125 min. Dir. Gordon
Douglas. Carroll Baker shines in a demanding, much-underrated performance
as legendary screen siren Jean Harlow, charting her meteoric rise in the
Hollywood of the early 1930's, her stormy love affairs and tragic early
death at age 26. Co-starring Peter Lawford, Red Buttons, Mike Connors and
BOMBSHELL, 1933, Warners, 76 min. Dir. Victor Fleming. Jean Harlow shows
her remarkable gifts as a comedienne in this screwball farce of a
sweet-natured screen goddess who endures a whirlwind of romances, marriage
proposals and baby adoptions - all unknowingly orchestrated by her publicity
mad press agent, played by Lee Tracy. A wonderful, saucy gem of pre-Code
comedy, showing Harlow at her very best.
Discussion between films with HARLOW stars Carroll Baker and Red Buttons.
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Sunday, October 15 -
3:00 PM: GODS & MONSTERS, 1998, Lion's Gate, 105 min. Director and
screenwriter Bill Condon's lovely, sympathetic look at the Golden Age of
Hollywood and genius in exile stars Ian McKellen (in arguably his finest
performance) as FRANKENSTEIN director James Whale, living in self-imposed
seclusion in the Hollywood hills surrounded by his sharp-tongued housekeeper
(a wonderful Lynn Redgrave) and a hunky yet soulful gardener (Brendan
Fraser.) Oscar-winner for Best Screenplay by Condon, adapted from
Christopher Bram's novel Father of Frankenstein. Discussion following with
director/screenwriter Bill Condon and actress Lynn Redgrave (schedules
5:45 PM: BOOGIE NIGHTS, 1997, New Line Cinema, 152 min. Busboy Marc
Wahlberg rises to fame as porn superstar Dirk Diggler under the guidance of
sex industry godfather Burt Reynolds and his crew of underground media
misfits. Director/writer Paul Thomas Anderson paints an exhilarating,
brilliantly funny and sympathetic portrait of the "other Hollywood," the San
Fernando Valley porn biz of the 1970's and 80's, with bravura turns by
Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Heather Graham, Don Cheadle, Philip Seymour
Hoffman and William H. Macy as the other members of Dirk's sprawling,
dysfunctional adoptive family.
Tuesday, October 17 -
7:00 PM: HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD, 1976, New World, 83 min. Dir. Joe Dante &
Allan Arkush. A hellzapoppin' shlock epic chronicling the exploits of
aspiring starlet Candice Rialson as she barnstorms her way into a low-budget
exploitation picture. Hilarious bits by greats Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel
and Dick Miller punctuate the exhilarating mayhem, along with a shameless
integration of wacky scenes from various other New World epics. Discussion
following with co-director Joe Dante and actress Mary Woronov.
Tuesday, October 17 -
9:30 PM: NICKELODEON, 1976, Columbia, 122 min. Dir. Peter Bogdanovich.
Widely criticized and misunderstood on its initial release, NICKELODEON is a
hugely entertaining slapstick farce and heartfelt valentine to the earliest
days of the Hollywood movie industry. Ryan O'Neal stars as the bumbling
young lawyer who accidentally stumbles into directing, Burt Reynolds is the
hot-tempered leading man, Tatum O'Neal is the brains behind the operation,
and lovely Jane Hitchcock is the object of everyone's affections.
Co-starring John Ritter, Stella Stevens, Brian Keith. Actress Stella Stevens
and co-producer Frank Marshall to introduce screening (schedule permitting).
MANY OF THESE FILMS ARE AVAILABLE ON VIDEOTAPE (NTSC) AT LOCAL VIDEO STORES.
PLEASE CALL JASMINE AT 323.461.2020, ext. 115 FOR A LIST OF FILMS AVAILABLE
FROM OUR OFFICES.
If you would like artwork e-mailed to you please send an e-mail to
WE DO NOT HAVE GUARANTEED PRESS PASSES TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS. IT IS
RECOMMENDED THAT YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADVANCE PRESS SCREENINGS ON TAPE.
A complete calendar/flyer listing of these films has been mailed to you.
THE PROGRAM IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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The following video stores may have copies of the films we are showing
Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee (Burbank) Walk in only no phone.
Jerry's Video (1904 Hillhurst, Los Feliz - 323.666.7471)
Rocket Video (726 N. La Brea - 323.965.1100)
Cinefile (11280 Santa Monica Blvd. - Corner of Sawtelle Ave. - 310.312.8836)
Vidiots (302 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica - 310/392-8508)
REQUESTS FOR PRESS TICKETS TO PUBLIC SCREENINGS MUST BE IN WRITING. FAX
323.461.9737 ATTN: MARGOT GERBER, 24 HOURS PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. FRIDAY AT
NOON IS THE ABSOLUTE DEADLINE FOR WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY SCREENINGS. JOURNALISTS
WISHING TO AUDIO OR VIDEOTAPE DISCUSSIONS MUST ALSO SEND A WRITTEN REQUEST.
IF WE DON'T KNOW YOU PLEASE FAX CLIPS AND BACKGROUND ABOUT YOUR OUTLET.
Our permanent daily attraction film FOREVER HOLLYWOOD is now open. For
passes to see it for review purposes, please call Margot Gerber at
323.461.2020, ext. 115.
EGYPTIAN THEATRE GENERAL INFORMATION
? ADDRESS: 6712 Hollywood Blvd. Between McCadden Place and Las Palmas
Avenue, just east of Highland.
? ADVANCE TICKETS: Can be purchased in person at the Egyptian Theatre
Office. The Box Office opens 1 hour prior to the first show of the evening
and closes 30 minutes after the second show begins. Tickets can be purchased
up to 30 days in advance of the date of the performance. The Box Office is
generally open Tues.-Sun. from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM and during evening
Cinematheque events. It is not possible to order tickets on the phone. Box
office closes 30 min. after last show starts. We DO NOT use Movifone.
? WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: The Egyptian is handicap accessible. The balcony
floor have wheelchair spaces.
? INFORMATION: For 24-hour recorded program information, please call
323.466.3456(FILM). This is the appropriate number to publish. Our website
is http://www.egyptiantheatre.com or www.americancinematheque.com for
program information! Both web addresses go to the same homepage.
????MEMBER PURCHASE OF ADVANCE TICKETS: American Cinematheque Members ONLY
advance tickets by fax or mail. Fax to (323) 467-0163 (faxed orders must be
received 2 business days in advance of the first show you are purchasing).
Mail to: American Cinematheque, Ticket Orders, 1800 N.
Highland Ave., Suite 717, LA, CA 90028 (mailed order forms must be received
5 business days in advance of the first show you are purchasing). For
membership info. call 323.461.2020, ext. 110 and ask for Andrew Crane.
? OFFICE ADDRESS: Our offices have not moved to the Egyptian Theatre.
send all correspondence
? to: American Cinematheque, 1800 N. Highland Avenue, Suite 717, LA, CA
? PARKING: There is parking in lots on McCadden and Las Palmas north and
south of Hollywood Boulevard for $6. On Cherokee, (1 block east of the
theatre and 1 block North of Hollywood Boulevard) there is a Municipal lot
that is FREE for TWO HOURS and $1 for each additional hour. We do not
validate except for the Prestige Parking lots which are $5 and $3 with our
validation. Pay first and then get refund.
? TICKET PRICES: Tickets are $7 General Admission and $5 for members.
prices may vary for certain performances. Separate admission for each film
unless it is indicated as a double or triple feature.
Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque, is a non-profit,
viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the
celebration of the Moving Picture in all its forms. The Cinematheque
presents film and video programming which ranges from the classics and world
cinemas to the outer frontiers of the art form at the Egyptian Theatre.
Exhibition of rare works, special prints within our series, etc., combined
with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created
the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for
once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated
and re-opened (on December 4, 1998), the historic 1922 Egyptian Theater on
Hollywood Boulevard as a permanent home. This is a state-of-the-art,
616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman's first grand movie palace on
Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922
grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie
premiere in 1922. Please call for photos or press kits. To learn how you can
help preserve this historic landmark by contributing to the capital
campaign, please call 323.461.2020, ext. 111.
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