What You'll Get
American Cinematheque helps you get reacquainted with past film favorites and introduces you to the newest releases on the cinematic scene. They feature screen gems both domestic and foreign at Los Angeles landmark the Egyptian Theatre. There, you can catch international documentaries, Oscar-winning double ... and even triple features, as well as anniversary revivals, riveting seminars and guest appearances by some of film world's best and brightest. The stars that line the Hollywood Walk of Fame shine again on the big screen and new luminaries come into focus, thanks to the Egyptian's film festivals, special events and retrospectives. Check the description for a list of upcoming American Cinematheque events.
Photo credit: Brian Boskind.
May 5: PELÉ: BIRTH OF A LEGEND
PELÉ: BIRTH OF A LEGEND
2016, IFC Films, 107 min, Dir: Jeff Zimbalist, Michael Zimbalist
An icon in his native Brazil, Pelé is widely considered the greatest soccer player of all time, and this exciting biopic traces his rise from childhood poverty in São Paulo to the beginning of his career with the Santos team and first World Cup victory in 1958. Newcomers Leonardo Lima Carvalho and Kevin de Paula play the pre-teen and teenage Pelé, respectively, with Vincent D’Onofrio, Rodrigo Santoro and Diego Boneta costarring.
May 8: ROSEMARY’S BABY / THE BROOD – Mother’s Day Double Feature
1968, Paramount, 136 min, USA, Dir: Roman Polanski
A young New York couple (Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes) move into a new apartment building, where they’re quickly befriended by lovable Ruth Gordon and husband Sidney Blackmer. All is not as it seems, though, and Farrow soon comes to suspect that her neighbors have truly sinister plans in store for her and her unborn baby. This eerie supernatural thriller builds shivery atmosphere through each successive scene, right up until the shattering climax.
1979, Laurem Inc., 90 min, USA, Dir: David Cronenberg
According to director David Cronenberg, this is “…my version of KRAMER VS. KRAMER,” a film that “…had a kind of happy ending. Not my version of that situation.” Disturbed Nola’s (Samantha Eggar) suppressed anger at having had her child taken away causes her to become pregnant again – but this time, something horrible and homicidal grows inside her womb. With Oliver Reed.
May 14: SPARROWS / THE BLACK PIRATE – 90th Anniversary
These two archival prints will play with live accompaniment by Michael Mortilla. Mary Pickford scholar Cari Beauchamp will introduce SPARROWS and Douglas Fairbanks biographer (The First King of Hollywood) Tracey Goessel will introduce THE BLACK PIRATE. Both speakers will sign books in the lobby before the films and at intermission.
1926, 84 min, USA, Dir: William Beaudine
In her final juvenile role, Mary Pickford shines as Molly, the eldest of a group of orphans held as virtual slaves by the nefarious Mr. Grimes (Gustav von Seyffertitz) on a farm deep in the bayou. With its German expressionist look and a thrilling chase through a swamp filled with hungry alligators, this is one of “America’s Sweetheart’s” most memorable silents.
THE BLACK PIRATE
1926, 88 min, USA, Dir: Albert Parker
Shot in two-strip Technicolor, THE BLACK PIRATE stars Douglas Fairbanks in the title role as a nobleman who vows revenge on the brigands who killed his father, and joins their crew to exact it. Damsel in distress Billie Dove might distract him from his mission, but Fairbanks is in his element as a buccaneer – the sequence in which he singlehandedly captures a ship will leave you in awe.
May 21: Saving Radio City Music Hall & COVER GIRL
Get in a New York state of mind and welcome author Rosie Novellino-Mearns to Hollywood for a talk on her fight to save the iconic Radio City Music Hall from demolition! She was a dancer there at the time the opulent Art Deco movie palace was on the development hit list. Her emotional story is told in her book Saving Radio City Music Hall: A Dancer’s Story. Larry Edmunds Book Shop will sell books at the event and Rosie will sign them.
1944, Sony Repertory, 107 min, USA, Dir: Charles Vidor
Rita Hayworth is a popular hoofer at Gene Kelly’s Brooklyn nightclub, but has always dreamed of stardom on Broadway; opportunity knocks when a rich publisher who’d been in love with her grandmother makes her a magazine cover girl – but will she turn her back on her old friends? With gorgeous Technicolor cinematography, terrific dance numbers and comic relief from Phil Silvers and Eve Arden, COVER GIRL is nonstop entertainment, and propelled Hayworth and Kelly to stardom. Originally opened at Radio City Music Hall during Easter week, 1944.
May 26: DIRECTOR’S INTENT: INTERPRETING THE SCENE – Film Seminar
The creation of rewarding narrative cinema depends primarily on the director’s ability to translate written work into a unique visual expression. While basic production concerns (camera, dialogue and performance) consume many filmmakers’ intentions, great directors soar by creatively digging into their vast arsenal of “cinematic tools” to overcome limitations and to visually/aurally enhance their films. Producer and Visual Consultant Thomas Ethan Harris offers a Director’s Workshop to explore the true glories of reinterpreting the cinematic scene to include personal and artistic sheen.
May 28: INDIANA JONES Triple Feature
RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
1981, Paramount, 115 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg
Archaeologist Harrison Ford battles occult-obsessed Nazis and former girlfriend Karen Allen as he attempts to save the Ark of the Covenant. Brilliant, non-stop adventure from director Steven Spielberg and producer George Lucas.
INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM
1984, Paramount, 118 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg
This time we find Jones fleeing Shanghai and attempting to help free a village’s children from indentured servitude to a maniacal cult. Before the last reel unspools, Jones will fight for survival in the nefarious Temple of Doom.
INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE
1989, Paramount, 127 min, USA, Dir: Steven Spielberg
Director Steven Spielberg returns for the third entry in the series with Indiana (Harrison Ford) searching for his father (Sean Connery), a brilliant archaeologist who has been kidnapped by the Nazis.
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