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American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre Presents...
Movies on the Big Screen Since 1940!
1328 Montana Avenue at 14th Street in Santa Monica

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The American Cinematheque is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) organization.
The Film Programs of the American Cinematheque are presented at the newly re-opened and renovated Aero Theatre at 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica and at the magnificently renovated, historic 1922 Grauman's Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. Located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.
Photo Credit: Barry Gerber. Aero Theatre (c) 2004.

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<<< December 2009 >>>

Special One Night Events & Limited Engagements, Sneak Previews in December:



Wednesday, December 2 - 7:30 PM Kevin Thomas' Favorites: CARRIE, 1952, Paramount, 118 min. Dir. William Wyler. Restaurant manager Laurence Olivier loses everything due to his obsession with small-town girl Jennifer Jones in William Wyler's expert adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's novel SISTER CARRIE. Film Critic Kevin Thomas will introduce the film. Clip



Sunday, December 6 - 7:30 PM SPECIAL SCREENING + RECEPTION

Presented by the French Film & TV Office, French Embassy, Los Angeles and the Irish Film Board: LONDON RIVER, 2009, 3B Productions, 87 min. Dir. Rachid Bouchareb. On July 7, 2005, four Muslim assassins, traveling on London’s public transport during morning rush hour, activate a series of bombs. LONDON RIVER tells the emotional story of an unlikely friendship that develops between Mrs. Sommers (Brenda Blethyn), a prejudiced Christian mother, and Ousmane, a Muslim father (Sotigui Kouyaté, 2009 Berlin Silver Bear winner as best actor), who search for their children following the attacks. In French, Arabic, and English with English subtitles.

Official Website | Trailer

Plus: "The Door," 2009, Octagon Films, 17 min. Dir. Juanita Wilson. A father’s desperate attempt to come to terms with the devastating effects of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. In Russian with English subtitles. Cocktails following the screening.



Wednesday, December 9 - 7:30 PM

50TH ANNIVERSARY ON THE BEACH, 1959, MGM Repertory, 134 min. Dir. Stanley Kramer. Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Anthony Perkins and Fred Astaire lead the all-star cast in director Stanley Kramer's harrowing anti-war drama. In the wake of a nuclear war, several survivors struggle to hold on to their humanity - even though they know their days are likely numbered. Adapted from Nevil Shute's novel. Actor and Activist Ed Begley Jr. will introduce the screening. Discussion following with Stanley Kramer’s widow, Karen Kramer and actress Donna Anderson.



Friday, December 11 - 7:30 PM


Double Feature: THE BACKYARD (EL TRASPATIO), 2009, Mexico, 122 min, Dir. Sabina Berman. Mexico City Police Academy graduate Blanca Bravo is young, strong, stern and idealistic when she’s confronted with a series of murdered women. Blanca begins investigating, and very soon discovers a society at odds with itself; a society alienated by injustice and violence - and by the indifference of its people. Based on events that took place in 1996 in the Mexican border town of Juarez. In Spanish with English subtitles. Trailer

I SAW THE SUN (GÜNESI GÖRDÜM), 2009, Turkey, 120 min. Dir. Mahsun Kirmizigul. With the introduction of forced migration policies, the Altun clan finds itself wrenched from the mountain village it has called home for generations. Spanning a period of 25 years, the film recounts the experiences of the family members as they struggle to find their feet in alien surroundings. In Turkish with English subtitles. Official Website | Trailer


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Saturday, December 12 - 7:30 PM

Jane Campion In Person! From a series of highly original and stylish shorts to a masterful early feature (SWEETIE), a series of evocative period pieces (PORTRAIT OF A LADY, THE PIANO), forays into feminist genre filmmaking (IN THE CUT) and unconventional biopics (AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE, BRIGHT STAR), Jane Campion has proven herself to be one of the cinema's most distinctive and talented voices. 

BRIGHT STAR, 2009, Apparition, 119 min. Jane Campion's latest film follows the true-life relationship between poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and his neighbor Fanny Brice (Abbie Cornish), whose passionate feelings for each other are continually thwarted by John's illness and societal pressures.  Paul Schneider plays Keats' jealous best friend.  Official Website | Trailer

SWEETIE, 1989, Avenue Pictures Productions, 97 min. Jane Campion's first theatrical feature follows two sisters in a highly dysfunctional family who engage in a physical and psychological battle of wills.  Their father only adds to their problems when his wife leaves him to fend for himself, turning the family home into a darkly comic war zone. Discussion in between films with director Jane Campion and actress Abbie Cornish, plus actor Paul Schneider and Cinematographer Greg Fraser. Clip




Sunday, December 13 - 7:30 PM 
Live Commentary!
THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA. 2004, Sony Repertory, 89 min. Dir. Larry Blamire. In this lovingly deadpan recreation of those ultra-cheap '50s sci-fi/horror films, a gaggle of cherished B-movie stereotypes descend upon Bronson Canyon in search of the mysterious element "atmosphereum" - most of them unaware that the cranky (and e-e-evil) title character wants it as well. Live commentary by writer-director Larry Blamire,
Mike Schlesinger, Fay Masterson, Andy Parks and Susan McConnell and other members of the cast. Trailer


SERIOUS FILMMAKING: A Coen Brothers Retrospective

Coen Bros Triple Feature

From their electrifying debut with BLOOD SIMPLE in 1984 to their Academy Award-winning triumph NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN in 2007 and the recent masterpiece A SERIOUS MAN, brothers Ethan and Joel Coen have established themselves as a formidable creative force. Join us at both the Aero and Egyptian Theatres for triple features of the Coens' best films, movies that traverse the worlds of comedy, film noir, and domestic melodrama with immense wit and style. One admission price for all 3 films.

Monday, December 14, 2009 - 5:30 PM

RAISING ARIZONA, 1987, 20th Century Fox, 94 min. Dir. Joel Coen. This staggeringly hilarious chronicle of the romance between inept bad boy Nicolas Cage and straight arrow cop Holly Hunter was an unexpected follow up to the Coen Bros.' chilling BLOOD SIMPLE. The kidnap scheme that follows when the loving couple learn they can't conceive kids is guaranteed to provoke more laughs per minute than any American comedy since the heyday of 1930's screwball cinema.

7:30 PM: A SERIOUS MAN, 2009, Focus Features, 105 min. Dir. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen. Jewish physics professor Larry Gropnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) can't catch a break: his wife (Sari Lennick) wants a divorce, his malady-laden brother (Richard Kind) is living on his couch, and his tenure is endangered by a small misunderstanding that snowballs into a fiasco. Only the Coen brothers could make such a modern-day Job's plight so painfully hilarious; their return to the world of Minnesota academia in which they grew up yields one of their richest, most personal films to date.

9:30 PM BLOOD SIMPLE, 1984, MGM Repertory, 99 min. Joel and Ethan Coen's first feature film is one of the most assured moviemaking debuts in recent history. Hangdog Texas bar owner Marty (Dan Hedaya) hires a corrupt and corpulent detective (M. Emmet Walsh) to kill Abby, his unfaithful wife (Frances McDormand) and her lover (John Getz). Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize-Dramatic.

"'s the noir-style humor, not the violence, that makes this tribute to James M. Cain and Alfred Hitchcock so good." - Desson Thomson, The Washington Post;

"Grisly, stylish and often weirdly funny, BLOOD SIMPLE is a reminder of how rarely an original artistic sensibility is announced to the world and how much better movies are when that sensibility is allowed to keep going its own way." - Anne Hornaday, The Baltimore Sun

More Coen Brothers at the Egyptian Theatre



Tuesday, December 15 - 7:30 PM

ITVS Documentary Series: YOUNG@HEART, 120 min. Director Stephen Walker documents the true story of the final weeks of rehearsal for the Young@Heart Chorus in Northampton, Mass. The average age of the members is 81, and many of them have to overcome ill health to participate. Their music choices are unexpected, as they go against expectations of "age appropriate material" to include songs by the like of James Brown and Sonic Youth. Free admission! RSVP to for priority seating. Panel discussion following with participants to be announced. About ITVS Community Cinema: Community Cinema, produced by the Independent Television Service, is a free monthly screening series in nearly 60 cities across the U.S., featuring films from PBS’ Emmy Award-winning series "Independent Lens." Trailer



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More Tennessee Williams December 9 at the Egyptian Theatre

Playwright and screenwriter Tennessee Williams is one of the most acclaimed authors in the history of the American theatre. Among his notable credits are the Pulitzer Prize-winning A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, plus THE GLASS MENAGERIE, THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, and THE ROSE TATTOO. His recently discovered screenplay THE LOSS OF A TEARDROP DIAMOND has been made into a film that will sneak preview as part of this series.

Wednesday, December 16 - 7:30 PM
Sneak Preview
: THE LOSS OF A TEARDROP DIAMOND, 2009, Paladin, 102 min. Dir. Jodie Markell. This new drama based on a recently rediscovered original screenplay by Tennessee Williams is set in the Roaring Twenties and tells the story of Fisher Willow (Bryce Dallas Howard) a headstrong young southern heiress who rebels by asking the impoverished but handsome Jimmy Dobyne (Chris Evans) to escort her to the major social events of the season. The relationship is purely a business arrangement, with Fisher paying for Jimmy’s time and attention, but when she discovers she really loves him, she finds it impossible to earn the affection she tried to buy.  Also starring Ellen Burstyn, Ann-Margret and Will Patton. Discussion following with director Jodie Markell and actor Bryce Dallas Howard. There will be a display of some of the beautiful 1920s era costumes from the film on display in the lobby as well. Special thanks to Palace Costume and Revamp Vintage Reproduction Clothing. Trailer