Carl Reiner in Person!
THE COMIC (1969) / ENTER LAUGHING (1967)
Saturday, September 20 - 7:30PM Aero Theatre
Introduction by Carl Reiner, who will sign his new book I Just Remembered in the lobby at 6:30 PM.
THE COMIC - Dick Van Dyke plays an aging silent film clown who has seen better days but whose ego prohibits him from accepting the truth about his life and career. An impeccable fidelity to the art of silent movies (seen in films-within-the-film), combined with a rich, dark performance by Van Dyke, make this one of Reiner’s most affecting and original efforts. With Mickey Rooney.
ENTER LAUGHING - Carl Reiner’s first feature is an astonishingly assured debut, with a visual polish (thanks largely to veteran cinematographer Joseph Biroc) and a deep sense of personal expression (it was based on Reiner’s autobiographical novel of the same name). Reni Santoni plays a young Jewish man who dreams of becoming a comedian during the Depression. Needless to say, his parents think that working in the family drugstore is a safer bet. Even in this early film, Reiner shows his skill at casting secondary roles, with a supporting cast that includes Shelley Winters, Elaine May, Jose Ferrer, Jack Gilford, Janet Margolin and Michael J. Pollard.
Carl Reiner Directs Kirstie Alley x2!
SUMMER SCHOOL (1987) / SIBLING RIVALRY (1990)
Friday, September 19 - 7:30PM Aero Theatre
Introduction by SUMMER SCHOOL actor Gary Riley.
SUMMER SCHOOL - Director Carl Reiner gives John Hughes a run for his money with one of the funniest teen comedies of the 1980s. High-school gym teacher Freddy Shoop (Mark Harmon) is looking forward to vacation - until he’s forced to teach a remedial English class during summer school. Among the underachievers in his charge are Courtney Thorne-Smith, Patrick Labyorteaux and Kelly Jo Minter. Kirstie Alley is the history teacher next door who catches Shoop’s eye. Music by Danny Elfman.
SIBLING RIVALRY - After eight years of marriage, Marjorie Turner (Kirstie Alley) is tired of neglect from her husband (Scott Bakula) and condescension from her in-laws. So when her sister suggests she spice up her life with an affair, Marjorie is game - until the man she hooks up with dies in bed. Among the familiar faces ensnared in the web of ensuing complications are Sam Elliott, Jami Gertz, Bill Pullman, Carrie Fisher and Ed O’Neill. A dark and underrated modern screwball comedy.
Outta This World: Sci Fi and Other World Shorts
Thursday, September 18 - 7:30PM Aero Theatre
Don’t beam us up, Scotty! Rocket into strange new worlds with this collection of contemporary neo-science fiction short films, where our future appears to be taking place in a galaxy not so far, far away.
L.A. Premiere! Maciek Szczerbowski & Chris Lavis’ “Cochemare” (13 min., Canada). A surreal and hypnotic blend of animation, live-action and 3-D effects depicting another world of erotic and exotic creatures. Trailer | Website
Drew Mylrea’s “Lisa” (20 min., USA). In this timely short, a humanoid robot is obsessively modified to become the perfect woman.
Luke Patton’s “Theme Song Rebel” (20 min., USA). In a future dystopian world where everyone is assigned a theme song that reflects the societal role they are expected to play, one woman attempts to change her song.
Bernardo Britto’s “Yearbook” (6 min., USA). In this Sundance Short Film Jury Award winner, a man is tasked with creating the definitive record of human history.
Discussion following with Drew Mylrea (“Lisa”), Erin Li (“Kepler X-47”) and Luke C. Patton (“Theme Song Rebel”).
100 min. | Programmed by Andrew P. Crane & Thomas Ethan Harris.
"I admire men who don’t love women."
CLEOPATRA (1934) - 80th Anniversary!
Sunday, October 5 - 7:00PM Egyptian Theatre
Presented by the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Association with Girls Drawin’ Girls and Golden Road Brewery.
Join us in celebrating the exact 80th anniversary of the premiere of Cecil B. DeMille’s CLEOPATRA starring Claudette Colbert. This version of the life of beautiful and powerful queen of Egypt, Cleopatra is known for its outlandish spectacle, including luxurious, risque gowns that are more slinky 1930s high fashion than ancient Egypt, but that is part of the film’s enduring charm! As a companion to the film screening is an art show. Guests will be admitted at 5:00 PM to see a solo exhibition by Ashley Brooke Cooper of ancient Egyptian inspired “pin up” art. Following the film is a party in the courtyard with photo ops, Egyptian theme activities and drinks sponsored by Golden Road Brewery. Dress like an Egyptian and you might win a price!
The film will start at 7:00 PM.
Special ticket prices: $13 General, $11 Students/Seniors, $9 Members.
Although outrageously appropriate to have originally premiered at the Egyptian, CLEOPATRA did not in fact make its debut in 1934 at our theatre. But, is there a more perfect place to celebrate its 80th anniversary?
"There’s always a little bit of heaven in a disaster area."
WOODSTOCK (1970) - Director’s Cut!
Friday, September 19 - 7:30PM Egyptian Theatre
n THE OMEGA MAN, it’s no wonder that Charlton Heston, sole survivor of the human race, spends his days endlessly watching WOODSTOCK, the ultimate time capsule of the Love Generation. If any film captured the heady idealism, the free-form partying, drug-taking and love-making, and above all the great music of the late 1960s, this is it. The Who, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Sly & The Family Stone, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana - need we say more? We’ll be screening the much-extended Director’s Cut of the film, featuring many songs and performers not included in the original release version.
"We know how to behave! We’ve had lessons."
A HARD DAY’S NIGHT (1964) - 50th Anniversary!
Directed by Richard Lester
Sunday, September 21 - 7:30PM Egyptian Theatre
Director Richard Lester’s brilliant, carefree comedy set the tone for the rest of the 1960s and captured The Beatles at their best, clowning (as one respected reviewer said) like the new Marx Bros. From Lester’s restless, handheld camerawork to writer Alun Owen’s surreal, day-in-the-life script and George Martin’s sprightly score (both Oscar-nominated) to the Beatles themselves - exuberantly singing “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “She Loves You” and 10 other Beatles classics - this is the essence of the ’60s.
"Huh? I am *not* a bum. I’m a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends, and… uh… my thermos."
THE JERK (1979)
Part of a Carl Reiner Double Feature with THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS (1983)
Saturday, September 13 - 7:30PM Aero Theatre
Steve Martin plays the lovable idiot Navin R. Johnson, who leaves his poor black family behind to see the world. Bernadette Peters sings, dances, throws knives and plays the trumpet while M. Emmet Walsh shoots and curses his way into film history.
"I feel something important is happening around me. And it scares me."
THREE COLORS: RED (1994)
Part of a Krzysztof Kieślowski double feature with THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE (1991)
Friday, September 12 - 7:30PM Aero Theatre
Trois Couleurs: Rouge- In the trilogy’s final installment, Valentine, a Swiss model (played by Irène Jacob, from THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE) meets an embittered former judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who spies on his neighbors, and crosses paths with an intriguing young law student (Jean-Pierre Lorit). In a wonderful piece of cosmic stage-managing, Kieślowski brings together the main characters from all the THREE COLORS stories during a storm-tossed ferry ride. In French with English subtitles.
La double vie de Véronique - Irène Jacob earned a Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her dual performances as Polish singer Weronika and French music teacher Véronique, look-alikes who share a mysterious connection despite the brevity of their sole encounter. A beautiful meditation on synchronicity, intuition and the magic hidden in our everyday lives. “The film takes us completely into its world, and in doing so, it leaves us with the impression that our own world, once we return to it, is far richer and portentous than we had imagined.” - Hal Hinson, The Washington Post. In French and Polish with English subtitles.
"I’m just one punch away."
"I remember the first time you told me that. You were just one punch away from the title shot then. Don’t you see, Bill, you’ll always be just one punch away."
THE SET-UP (1949)
Tonight (September 11) - 7:30PM Egyptian Theatre
The Robert Wise Centennial Tribute continues with a double bill featuring the boxing Noir THE SET-UP (1949) paired with ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW (1959).
Introduction by Robert Wise’s friend and biographer Michael Thomas.
"Four years ago, my panzers overran Poland in one week, that was no illusion. In 39 days, my tanks smashed all the way to Paris, that was no illusion. I conquered the Crimea, that was no illusion. Today, I was given a brigade of Tiger tanks. When I have a brigade of tanks, THAT is reality."
BATTLE OF THE BULGE (1965)
Introduction by Leonard Maltin followed by a 10 minute highlight reel of Director Ken Annakin’s films.
Wednesday, September 10 (Tonight) - 7:30pm Egyptian Theatre
This event is free to all current American Cinematheque members, who have been sent the information to RSVP. Regular pricing applies for non-members. If you are not a member and would like to become one, please find info on joining here.
In November 1944, the German army surprised the Allies with a last-ditch offensive on the western front, near the Ardennes forest. This entertaining (if fictionalized) look at the pivotal conflict features an all-star cast including Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan, Dana Andrews, Charles Bronson and Telly Savalas (a Golden Globe nominee), as well as some superbly executed action sequences.