Samuel Fuller Double Feature
PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (1953) / WHITE DOG (1982)
Tonight (August 22) - 7:30PM Egyptian Theatre
Introduction by Sam Fuller’s daughter, Samantha Fuller.
PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET - Archival print! Pickpocket Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark) lifts a stolen military microfilm from the mistress of a Communist spy. Next thing the lowlife wharf rat knows, he’s the hottest thing in the Big Apple, with the Commies and the feds all trying to kill him. A former New York crime reporter, director Sam Fuller knows how to make a backlot feel like the real thing; in his sweaty subways, skid row tenements and waterfront dives, the heroes aren’t the do-gooder feds, but nervy grifters more interested in their own survival than affairs of state. In Fuller’s world, loyalty vies with self-interest, and tenderness battles brutality to a standstill every step of the way. With Jean Peters, Richard Kiley and an Oscar-nominated Thelma Ritter.
WHITE DOG - Virtually unseen outside of a few retrospective screenings, this film is the story of “a four-legged time bomb,” a powder-white German shepherd trained to attack black people. In a fit of inspired casting, teen queen Kristy McNichol (TV’s “Family”) stars as the dog’s owner - but the film really belongs to Paul Winfield as an Ahab-like animal trainer, obsessed with de-programming the dog. Music by spaghetti Western composer Ennio Morricone.
"Don’t you ever say that again about your fathers, because they are not cowards. You think I am brave because I carry a gun; well, your fathers are much braver because they carry responsibility, for you, your brothers, your sisters, and your mothers. And this responsibility is like a big rock that weighs a ton. It bends and it twists them until finally it buries them under the ground. And there’s nobody says they have to do this. They do it because they love you, and because they want to. I have never had this kind of courage. Running a farm, working like a mule every day with no guarantee anything will ever come of it. This is bravery. That’s why I never even started anything like that… that’s why I never will."
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN (1960)
Tonight (August 22) - 7:30PM Aero Theatre
Saddle up with the seven Samur…I mean…Magnificent Seven tonight at the Aero Theatre. I dare you to try and not hum the iconic theme music upon leaving the theater.
"In our service it is essential to bury the past very quickly and very securely."
OUR MAN IN HAVANA (1959)
Tonight (August 21) - 7:30PM Aero Theatre
Part of a double feature with TUNES OF GLORY (1960)
Directed by Carol Reed (THE THIRD MAN) and adapted from Graham Greene’s novel, this amusingly droll soufflé of a film received only lukewarm reviews upon its initial release, but is more impressive with each passing year. Alec Guinness is single father Jim Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman in pre-Castro Cuba trying to bring up his teenage daughter. When asked by fellow Englishman Hawthorne (Noel Coward) to spy for his country, the strapped-for-money Jim accepts, but proves inept at recruiting contacts. On the advice of a friend (Burl Ives), he comes up with a list of made-up characters - and before he knows it, pleased UK bosses send him a secretary (Maureen O’Hara), and rival Soviet agents begin trying to eliminate him. A great, knowing satire about the unreliability of intelligence-gathering, something more prescient today than ever. With the great Ernie Kovacs as the smoothly sinister captain of police.
THE STRANGE COLOUR OF YOUR BODY’S TEARS (2013)
GRIT AND WHIMSY V: THE BEST OF RECENT BELGIAN CINEMA
Screening + Belgian Beer Reception!
Tonight (August 20) - 7:30PM Aero Theatre
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Consulate General of Belgium in Los Angeles, in cooperation with Flanders Image and Wallonie Bruxelles Images, and with the support of Costco.
Belgian beer reception to follow.
Don’t let Belgium’s soccer defeat of the USA squad during the World Cup get you down. Come and grab some Belgian beer and catch some recent Belgian cinema. Plus, you can always just irritate them by calling it “soccer” instead of “football”. It’s the little things….
2013, Bac Films, 102 min, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Dir: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani
Dan Kristensen (Klaus Tange) returns from a trip to discover his wife has vanished from their Brussels apartment. As the police scratch their heads, Dan questions some strange fellow tenants - who only lead him further down the rabbit hole. Drawing inspiration from classic giallos, this dreamlike mystery drips with style as well as blood. In French, Danish and Flemish with English subtitles.
August 25 is Sean Connery day…
THUNDERBALL (1965) / THE UNTOUCHABLES (1987) - 70mm!!
Monday, August 25 - 7:30PM Aero Theatre
Don’t even think of bringing a knife to a gun fight for this double feature celebrating all things Connery…Sean Connery.
First Connery is THE James Bond in THUNDERBALL as he races to find a pair of stolen nuclear weapons, and engages in a massive (and awesome) underwater battle with SPECTRE henchmen.
Then Connery joins Kevin Costner’s THE UNTOUCHABLES, battling notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone (Robert De Niro) and winning a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his efforts.
Here endeth the lesson…
A Centennial Salute to Alec Guinness
DAMN THE DEFIANT (1962) [a.k.a. H.M.S. DEFIANT]
Part of a double feature with THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957), Tonight (August 15) - 7:30PM Aero Theatre
In this rousing British action film, Alec Guinness plays Captain Crawford, the commander of a warship who clashes with his sadistic first officer - a deliciously evil and sadistic Dirk Bogarde. When tensions between the men - and their subordinates - lead to mutiny, Crawford is forced to choose between duty and ethics in an effort to restore justice.
"If you try to run, I’ve got six little friends and they can all run faster than you can."
FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996)
Director Robert Rodriguez in person!
Tonight (August 15) - 7:30PM part of a double feature with SIN CITY (2005) at the Egyptian Theatre
"Batman… Batman… Can somebody tell me what kind of a world we live in, where a man dressed up as a *bat* gets all of my press?"
BATMAN - 25th Anniversary
Composer Danny Elfman in person!
Monday, August 18 - 7:30PM Egyptian Theatre
The Modern School of Film’s FILM: MASTERS series screens movies hand-picked by renown cultural figures, followed by in-depth discussions with them.
Screening format: DCP | Special Ticket Prices: $10 Member, $12 Student/Senior, $15 General. No vouchers accepted for this or any other specially priced program.
"The night’s as hot as hell. It’s a lousy room in a lousy part of a lousy town - I’m staring at a goddess. She’s telling me she wants me. I’m not going to waste one more minute wondering how I’ve gotten this lucky. She smells like angels ought to smell, the perfect woman… the Goddess. Goldie. She says her name is Goldie."
SIN CITY (2005)
Director Robert Rodriguez in person!
Tonight (August 15) - 7:30PM on a double bill with FROM DUSK TILL DAWN (1996) at the Egyptian Theatre
"One day the war will be over. And I hope that the people that use this bridge in years to come will remember how it was built and who built it. Not a gang of slaves, but soldiers, British soldiers, Clipton, even in captivity."
THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI (1957)
Directed by David Lean
Winner of 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture
Tonight (August 15) - 7:30PM, part of a double feature with DAMN THE DEFIANT (1962) part of the Centennial Salute to Sir Alec Guinness at the Aero Theatre