EGYPTIAN THEATRE - 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028

The American Cinematheque's September calendar includes some classic arthouse fare from Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni (ZABRISKIE POINT, L’AVVENTURA, BLOW-UP) as well as French Film Noir from the 1940s through 1960s. Alfred Hitchcock thrillers such as REAR WINDOW and NOTORIOUS will be shown as well as Stanley Kubrick’s BARRY LYNDON on the big screen. If genre films are more your style, stop by for a sneak preview of MANDY! starring Nicolas Cage and an entire festival of the weird, horrific and otherworldly with BEYOND FEST. Check our website for details of the David Cronenberg in person retrospective featuring 13 films in 35mm and special guests. More Beyond Fest will be announced next week. Fashion historian Kimberly Truhler is back with Fashion and Film in the 1970s and a screening of Woody Allen’s ANNIE HALL. Retroformat is back with silent films in 8mm and live musical accompaniment.

Thursday, August 30 – Monday, September 3

Cinecon 54 Classic Film Festival This is not an American Cinematheque event. Check for details. Current Cinematheque members can save $5 off day passes purchased at the door on the day of the event from August 31 through September 3 only (EXCLUDING opening night).

Thursday, September 6 – 7:30 PM - MEXICAN CINEMA

Los Angeles Premiere! FELIZ AÑO TIJUANA (HAPPY NEW YEAR TIJUANA), 2017, 73 min. Dir. Andrew van Baal. Alejandro Serna (Luis Deveze), a Chicano professor in the U.S., finds himself alone in Tijuana on New Year’s Eve after missing his flight to his Mexican hometown of León. During a walk, he has a surprise encounter with Ana (Kristine Veta), an attractive American and one of his former students. After she invites Alejandro to spend New Year’s with her Mexican friends, their celebration unleashes an overwhelming flood of emotions - some of them new and some very dangerous. FELIZ AÑO TIJUANA is a compelling drama that explores how luck and chance can change one’s outlook on life, buoyed by outstanding performances and delightful comedic undertones. Discussion after the film with cast and crew, followed by a reception.

Friday, September 7 – 7:30 PM - NEW 4K RESTORATION

New 4K Restoration! 50th Anniversary! SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL, 1968, New Line Cinema, 110 min. Dir. Jean-Luc Godard. Jean-Luc Godard’s SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL stands as one of the pivotal and, arguably, most controversial films of the legendary provocateur. The film alternates between reflections on contemporary politics and social issues of the late 1960s while providing an unprecedented view of The Rolling Stones’ creative process in the recording studio. Its infamous premiere at the 1968 London Film Festival was highlighted by Jean-Luc Godard physically assaulting the producer on stage. Witness the premiere of the pristine 4K restoration, presented in its original aspect ratio, as supervised by Tony Richmond, the film’s cinematographer. Discussion following with cinematographer Tony Richmond.

Saturday, September 8 – 7:30 PM - ARETHA FRANKLIN TRIBUTE

THE BLUES BROTHERS, 1980, Universal, 132 min. Dir. John Landis. “Rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ keep those doggies rollin’ … RAWHIDE!!” Jake and Elwood Blues (John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) go on a cross-country “mission from God” that leaves a mighty trail of destruction in their wake and some unforgettable musical numbers courtesy of the great Ray Charles, James Brown and Aretha Franklin. Director John Landis’ wildly funny (and over-the-top) film created a genre all its own: the apocalyptic-musical-comedy-road movie. Introduction by director John Landis.

Saturday, September 8 – 7:30 PM - RETROFORMAT

[Spielberg] Sponsored by the George Lucas Family Foundation: “The Painted Lady and More Revolutionary Short Films,” 120 min. Our outstanding series of short films by pioneer director D.W. Griffith continues with “The Narrow Road” and “Friends” starring Mary Pickford; and “A Change of Spirit” and “The Painted Lady” starring Blanche Sweet, all from 1912. Plus, special guest author Tracey Goessel of The Biograph Project will be on hand with a bonus presentation of brand new, never-before-seen digital restorations of 1908's “The Adventures of Dollie,” “Deceived Slumming Party” with Florence Lawrence and “A Smoked Husband”! With live musical accompaniment by Cliff Retallick.

Sunday, September 9 – 7:30 PM - ESSENTIAL KUBRICK

BARRY LYNDON, 1975, Warner Bros., 183 min. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Winner of four Academy Awards, including one for John Alcott’s marvelous cinematography (the all-candlelit interiors must be seen to be believed), BARRY LYNDON stars Ryan O’Neal as Thackeray’s flawed 18th-century soldier turned opportunist, struggling to find his place in a rigidly structured social hierarchy. Kubrick re-creates a bygone romantic era with bittersweet wistfulness, a wealth of nuance and realistic detail. With Marisa Berenson, Patrick Magee, Hardy Kruger.

Tuesday, September 11 – 7:30 PM & 10:45 PM

Sold Out! MANDY! 2018, RLJE Films, 121 min. Dir: Panos Cosmatos. After a couple’s quiet, reclusive life in the mountainous region of the Mojave Desert is brutally upended by a heinous cult, lumberjack Red Miller (Nicolas Cage) is left with one thing to live for: revenge. Embarking on a blood-spattered journey of carnage and destruction with his trusty chainsaw, Red will stop at nothing to get what he wants. Directed by Panos Cosmatos (BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW), MANDY is unforgettable horror odyssey, featuring one of Cage’s most gleefully insane performances. “[A] hypnotic midnight movie, which veers from astonishing, expressionist exchanges to gory mayhem without an iota of compromise” – Eric Kohn, IndieWire. Special Ticket Price: $15.

Wednesday, September 12 – 7:30 PM - SPECIAL SCREENING

Free Advance Screening! THE PREDATOR, 2018, 20th Century Fox, 101 min. Dir. Shane Black. From the outer reaches of space to the backwoods of southern Georgia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the PREDATOR series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before. And only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biology professor can prevent the end of the human race. Starring Yvonne Strahovski, Olivia Munn and Jacob Tremblay.  Discussion following with cast and crew. This event is free with RSVP; see website for details. Cinematheque members will have priority access.

Thursday, September 13 – 7:30 PM - MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI

Double Feature: BLOW-UP, 1966, Warner Bros., 111 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. In-demand fashion photographer David Hemmings shags half the models in London - before running into enigmatic beauty Vanessa Redgrave, who only wants a certain roll of film from him. A riddle within a riddle, Antonioni’s most famous film has often been imitated (De Palma’s BLOW OUT, Greenaway’s THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT). Look for a young Jane Birkin in one of her first film appearances - and for The Yardbirds mimicking The Who’s penchant for destruction in the film’s frenzied nightclub scene!

IDENTIFICATION OF A WOMAN (IDENTIFICAZIONE DI UNA DONNA), 1982, Janus Films, 128 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. In his last movie before his debilitating stroke (he did not make another feature until 1995’s BEYOND THE CLOUDS), director Michelangelo Antonioni follows filmmaker Niccolo (Tomas Milian) as he encounters, then loses contact with two beautiful women. On a search for both a committed passion and the ideal woman for his next film, Niccolo hungrily loses himself in sex but is unable to express love. With Daniela Silverio, Christine Boisson, Veronica Lazar, Enrica Fico (the future Mrs. Antonioni) and Marcel Bozzuffi. "The most openly erotic of Antonioni's features, and…one of the most beautiful (what he does with fog in one famous sequence is particularly memorable)…" – Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader. In Italian, English and French with English subtitles. Program includes the shorts “Lies of Love” (L’amorosa Menzogna) (1949, 11 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni) and “Fotoromanza” (1984, 4 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni).

Friday, September 14 – 7:30 PM - MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI

L'AVVENTURA, 1960, Janus Films, 143 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. Michelangelo Antonioni invented new film grammar with this masterwork. An iconic and challenging piece of 1960s cinema, and a gripping narrative on its own terms, L'AVVENTURA concerns the enigmatic disappearance of a young woman during a yachting trip off the coast of Sicily, and the search taken up by her disaffected lover (Gabriele Ferzetti) and her best friend (Monica Vitti, in her breakout role). Antonioni’s controversial international sensation is a gorgeously shot tale of modern ennui and spiritual isolation. The audience during the film’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival infamously shouted “CUT! CUT! CUT!” in multiple scenes; no one is shouting cut now. . In Italian, English and Greek with English subtitles. Program includes the short “Return to Lisca Bianca Island” (Ritorno a Lisca Bianca) (1983, 8 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni).



10:30 AM Behind-the-Scenes Tour: $7 Member/Student/Senior, $9 General

Saturday, September 15 – 2:00 PM - FASHION & FILM

“The Style Essentials: History of Fashion in Film: The 1970s,” 90 min. After more than 20 years of studying film and costume design history, Kimberly Truhler founded GlamAmor and is an author, educator and frequent guest speaker on the history of fashion in film. “The Style Essentials” are 50 films with iconic costume design that immediately impacted fashion at the time they premiered and continue to influence fashion today. Truhler’s illustrated presentations include movie stills and images from today's fashion accompanied by a conversation about film history, costume and fashion designers, and fascinating backstories of the stars. The sixth installment of the Fashion & Film series focuses on Hollywood style icons of the 1970s - including Ali McGraw, Julie Christie, Mia Farrow, Diane Keaton and Faye Dunaway. Some of the fashion houses and designers who are shown to be influenced by the stars' iconic films include Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Michael Kors. Followed at 3:30 PM by:

ANNIE HALL, 1977, Park Circus, 93 min. Dir. Woody Allen. Director Woody Allen stars as neurotic comedian Alvy Singer in this Oscar-winning comedy classic, in which he leads the viewer through the ups and downs of his relationship with Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) to explore what led to its demise. Bursting with comic bravura and insights into love among the neurotics, ANNIE HALL deservedly walked off with the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Actress (Diane Keaton), Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (Allen and Marshall Brickman), plus a nomination for Best Actor (Woody Allen). With Tony Roberts, Paul Simon, Shelley Duvall and Carol Kane. Special Ticket Prices: $15 General, $13 Cinematheque Members. No vouchers.

Saturday, September 15 – 7:30 PM - MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI

Double Feature: LA NOTTE (THE NIGHT), 1961, Rialto Pictures, 122 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. The middle film in director Michelangelo Antonioni’s acclaimed early-1960s trilogy of alienation puts an upper-class marriage under the microscope as it disintegrates. After successful author Marcello Mastroianni and his wife (Jeanne Moreau) visit a hospital to see a dying friend, they go to a party where each meets a flirtatious guest (Giorgio Negro and Monica Vitti) and both are forced to confront the emptiness of their relationship. A Berlin Film Festival Golden Bear winner (and one of Stanley Kubrick’s favorite films). In Italian, English and French with English subtitles.

STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR (CRONACA DI UN AMORE), 1950, Kino Lorber, 98 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. Antonioni achieved auteur status virtually overnight with this impressive feature debut, a passionate tale of forbidden love and betrayal. Ostensibly a film noir, inspired by James M. Cain's 1934 crime novel The Postman Always Rings Twice, it represented a bold departure from the still-prevalent Italian neorealist movement, and the director’s signature style is unmistakable. When a seedy industrialist (Ferdinando Sarmi) hires a private investigator to look into his wife’s past, events are set in motion that spark a lost romance between the young woman (Lucia Bose) and her former lover (Massimo Girotti). As with any Antonioni work, STORY OF A LOVE AFFAIR transcends the specificity of its storyline and delivers a powerful meditation on tragedy and human experience. In Italian with English subtitles.

Sunday, September 16 – 7:30 PM - MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI

L'ECLISSE (ECLIPSE), 1962, Janus Films, 126 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. The concluding chapter of Michelangelo Antonioni’s informal trilogy on contemporary malaise (following L'AVVENTURA and LA NOTTE) tells the story of a young woman (Monica Vitti) who leaves one lover (Francisco Rabal) and drifts into a relationship with another (Alain Delon). Using the architecture of Rome as a backdrop for the doomed affair, Antonioni achieves the apotheosis of his style in this return to the theme that preoccupied him the most: the difficulty of connection in an alienating modern world. In Italian and English with English subtitles.

Thursday, September 20 – 7:30 P - MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI

Double Feature: I VINTI, 1953, Minerva Pictures, 113 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. Antonioni’s second feature is a key precursor to such famous later works as BLOW UP, THE PASSENGER and ZABRISKE POINT. Comprising three self-contained shorts, I VINTI dramatizes and alters true stories of murder and rebellious youth in France, Italy and England. For years the film (particularly the Italian segment) was banned or heavily censored around the world due to its politics and depictions of violence, but today it is celebrated for its frank portrayal of juvenile delinquency and crime. If the interference of anxious producers and distributors can still be felt, Antonioni’s singular vision of the isolation of Western youth culture is largely intact, making the film an essential part of his oeuvre. In Italian, English and French with English subtitles.

LE AMICHE (THE GIRLFRIENDS), 1955, Janus Films, 104 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. This major early achievement by Michelangelo Antonioni bears the first signs of the cinema-changing style for which he would soon be world-famous. This brilliantly observed, fragmentary depiction of modern bourgeois life is conveyed from the perspective of five Turinese women. As four of the friends try to make sense of the suicide attempt of the fifth, they find themselves examining their own troubled romantic lives. With suggestions of the theme of modern alienation and the fastidious visual abstraction that would define such later masterpieces as L'AVVENTURA, Antonioni’s film is a devastating take on doomed love and fraught friendship. In Italian with English subtitles.

Friday, September 21 – 7:30 P - MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI

Double Feature: RED DESERT (IL DESERTO ROSSO), 1964, Janus Films, 117 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. Industrial blight has never looked more beautiful than in director Michelangelo Antonioni’s first color film. Monica Vitti stars as Giuliana, a wife and mother living near a petrochemical plant in northern Italy. Though Giuliana feels profoundly alienated, the attentions of her husband’s business associate (Richard Harris) do little to relieve her loneliness. In Italian with English subtitles.

IL GRIDO, 1957, Compass Film, 116 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. Commonly described as a link between the Italian neorealist movement and Antonioni’s most famous works of the following decade, IL GRIDO follows a disillusioned working-class man (Steve Cochran) who voluntarily detaches himself from all facets of society. Disappointed by everyone in his life, including his lover (Alida Valli), the man wanders the Po Valley, vainly searching for human connection. As in his best films, Antonioni sets a thoroughly bleak tone throughout by hermetically enclosing his characters in chilling landscapes and stark industrial environments. Winner of the Golden Leopard Award at the 1957 Locarno International Film Festival. In Italian with English subtitles.

Program includes the short “People of the Po Valley” (Gente del Po) (1947, 11 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni).

Saturday, September 22 – 7:30 PM - MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI

Double Feature: THE PASSENGER (PROFESSIONE: REPORTER), 1975, Sony Pictures Classics, 126 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. Bringing together two of the screen’s most exciting personalities, Jack Nicholson and Maria Schneider (the latter of whom had become an overnight sensation opposite Marlon Brando in LAST TANGO IN PARIS), THE PASSENGER is, on the simplest level, a suspense story and a haunting portrait of a drained journalist trying to escape his own life, whose deliverance is an identity exchange with a dead man. Based on an original story by Mark Peploe and shot on location in Africa, Spain, Germany and England, this preferred director’s cut is the version of the film that was originally released in Europe under the title PROFESSIONE: REPORTER. “I consider THE PASSENGER my most stylistically mature film. I also consider it a political film as it is topical and fits with the dramatic rapport of the individual in today’s society.” - Michelangelo Antonioni.

ZABRISKIE POINT, 1970, Warner Bros., 112 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. Director Michelangelo Antonioni follows the mind-expanding odyssey of two youths on the run from the police after a violent student demonstration. Their surreal adventures in the California desert climax in slow-motion apocalypse to the strains of Pink Floyd.

Program includes the short “The Last Sequence of THE PASSENGER” (L’ultima Sequenza di PROFESSIONE: REPORTER) (1974, 12 min. Dir. André S. Labarthe).

Sunday, September 23 – 7:30 PM - MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI

Celebrate where cinema lives with National Art House Theater Day at the Aero and Egyptian Theatres on September 23! Art House Theater Day celebrates the art house theater and the cultural role it plays in a community. It is a day to recognize the year-round contributions of film and filmmakers, patrons, projectionists and staff, and the brick-and-mortar theaters that are passionately dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic experience.

CHUNG KUO – CHINA, 1972, Rai Teche, 215 min. Dir. Michelangelo Antonioni. Rarely screened in its complete form, CHUNG KUO – CHINA is a fascinating foray into the heart of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution. Originally invited to make a piece of propaganda, Antonioni took advantage of his unprecedented access and shot nearly 100 hours of travel footage across three regions in China to create this grand-scale documentary. Although Antonioni’s subtle observational style was far too unfocused to earn the Communist government’s approval (leading to widespread efforts to halt the film’s distribution), his lively interest in his subjects can be felt in every frame. A collage of human faces and very little dialogue, the film is an immersive travelogue and perhaps the best of his documentaries. In Italian and Mandarin with English subtitles.

BEYOND FEST - September 25 – October 8

BEYOND FEST returns to the Egyptian with a dozen nights of amazing guests, West Coast premieres and free screenings! Details to be announced soon...

The David Cronenberg Tribute has been announced. You can see the complete schedule here:

AERO THEATRE - 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Thursday, August 30 – 7:30 PM - ROCK & ANIMATION

BELLADONNA OF SADNESS (KANASHIMI NO BELLADONNA), 1973, Arbelos Films, 89 min. Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto. One of the great lost masterpieces of Japanese animation, this mad, swirling, psychedelic light-show is equal parts J.R.R. Tolkien and Gustav Klimt-influenced eroticism. The last film in the groundbreaking Animerama trilogy produced by manga godfather Osamu Tezuka, and directed by his longtime collaborator Eiichi Yamamoto (ASTRO BOY and KIMBA THE WHITE LION), BELLADONNA unfolds as a series of spectacular still watercolor paintings that bleed and twist together. An innocent young woman (Aiko Nagayama) is assaulted by the local lord on her wedding night, and to take revenge makes a pact with the Devil (Tatsuya Nakadai), who transforms her into a black-robed vision of madness and desire. Fueled by a mind-blowing Japanese psych-rock soundtrack by Masahiko Satoh, BELLADONNA has been newly restored from the original 35mm camera negative and sound elements and is a major rediscovery for animation fans. In Japanese with English subtitles. Note: BELLADONNA is for mature audiences only - it is definitely not meant for children.

Friday, August 31 – 7:30 PM - ROCK & ANIMATION

YELLOW SUBMARINE, 1968, Abramorama, 85 min. Dir. George Dunning. Once upon a time, or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, a place where happiness and music reigned supreme. But all was threatened when the terrible Blue Meanies declared war and sent in their army, led by a menacing Flying Glove, to destroy all that was good. Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day! Armed with little more than their humor, songs and their yellow submarine, the Beatles tackle the rough seas in an effort to bring down the evil forces of bluedom. Includes the songs "All You Need Is Love," "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and much more.

Saturday, September 1 – 7:30 PM - ROCK & ANIMATION

PINK FLOYD – THE WALL, 1982, Warner Bros., 99 min. Dir. Alan Parker. Director Alan Parker's vivid film interpretation of the British rock combo's classic concept album THE WALL fuses curious fantasy with dark, tragic drama on an epic scale. Antihero Pink is beaten down by life from his earliest childhood days in WWII Britain, and despite his rise to rock-star fame, he continues to build a “wall” around himself. The film makes innovative use of sets, costumes and special effects, imbuing the movie with a bizarre surrealism worthy of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali. Both disturbing and bedazzling, PINK FLOYD: THE WALL is a must-see film for any music lover. With Bob Geldof, Bob Hoskins.

Sunday, September 2 – 7:30 PM - OUR CITY ON SCREEN

LOS ANGELES PLAYS ITSELF, 2003, The Cinema Guild, 170 min. Dir. Thom Andersen. Southern California practically bleeds celluloid; virtually everywhere you turn, you’ll see a location that once doubled as a film set. Director Thom Andersen plays private eye in this sardonic video essay, revisiting the scenes of cinematic crimes and triumphs and unraveling the tangled relationship between the movies and our metropolis. Both Los Angeles history buffs and cinema enthusiasts will marvel at the hundreds of archival and film clips revealing an almost secret history of the City of Angels. A Cinematheque favorite! “The best documentary ever made about Los Angeles.” - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times. Discussion following with director Thom Andersen, who will sign his book, Slow Writing: Thom Andersen on Cinema, at 6:30 PM in the lobby.

Thursday, September 6 – 7:30 PM - FRENCH NOIR

FEVER RISES AT EL PAO (LA FIEVRE MONTE A EL PAO), 1959, Janus Film, 97 min. Dir. Luis Buñuel. In Luis Buñuel’s incendiary LA FIEVRE MONTE A EL PAO, Gérard Philipe plays an idealistic reformer who becomes embroiled in complex political intrigue when a repressive dictator is assassinated. Among the supporting cast are many of Mexico’s most celebrated and distinguished actors (Roberto Cañedo, Andres Soler, Victor Junco, Domingo Soler), topped by the legendary Maria Felix as the conniving widow of the fallen dictator. Legendary cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa captures both the heat and the stark angles of an island paradise thrust into a seemingly endless inferno. In French and Spanish with English subtitles.

SUCH A PRETTY LITTLE BEACH (UNE SI JOLIE PETITE PLAGE), 1949, Pathe, 91 min. Dir. Yves Allégret. In endless rain on France’s Breton coast, Gérard Philipe gives his most unforgettable performance as a man on the run in Yves Allegret’s UNE SI JOLIE PETITE PLAGE. It’s surely one of the bleakest - and wettest - noirs of all time, with an unforgettable cast of cynical and compromised characters, with Madeleine Robinson as the only ray of light in Philipe’s desperate attempt to escape his plight. In French with English subtitles.

Friday, September 7 – 7:30 PM - FRENCH NOIR

POISON IVY (LA MOME VERT-DE-GRIS), 1952, Pathe, 97 min. Dir. Bernard Borderie. The first of Eddie Constantine’s (France’s biggest star of the 1950s) jokey, self-referential Lemmy Caution tales, LA MOME VERT-DE-GRIS also features blonde bombshell Dominique Wilms, who leaves every man she meets during the film’s delirious action more than a little breathless. As Bertrand Tavernier noted, Constantine’s alter ego Lemmy Caution is the template for James Bond - though he’s clearly more hangdog and unkempt than the suave British spy. But Constantine wins us over with his crooked smile, his love of liquor and women, and his reckless courage in the face of gunfire. LA MOME VERT-DE-GRIS makes it clear why Paris was at Eddie’s feet in the ’50s, and you’ll want to scratch that itch for more Lemmy! In French with English subtitles.

THE STRANGE MR. STEVE (L’ETRANGE MONSIEUR STEVE), 1957, Gaumont, 90 min. Dir. Raymond Bailly. Ever wonder what Jeanne Moreau was up to before she took over the Paris night in ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS? It turns out she was in more than a dozen French noirs, including L’ETRANGE MONSIEUR STEVE - where the action is both criminal and amorous. As the moll of a clever gangster (played by singer Armand Mestral), Moreau seduces a milquetoast bank teller (Philippe Lemaire) only to inexplicably fall in love with him - which, as they say in France, makes things très compliqué! Also on hand to create added menace is Lino Ventura as Mestral’s hulking right-hand man. MONSIEUR STEVE benefits from a witty script by Frédèric Dard, master of the San Antonio series and often called “the Raymond Chandler of France.” In French with English subtitles.

Saturday, September 8 – 7:30 PM - FRENCH NOIR

60th Anniversary! MAIGRET SETS A TRAP (MAIGRET TEND UN PIEGE), 1958, Kino Lorber, 119 min. Dir. Jean Delannoy. Though he was often subject to disparagement by New Wave critics, veteran director Jean Delannoy actually pushed forward the Parisian crime film with this first of two Inspector Maigret adaptations featuring the incomparable Jean Gabin. MAIGRET TEND UN PIEGE adds its own cynical tone to the police procedural, aided by Delannoy’s expert use of actual locations in Montmartre. Gabin fits the role of Maigret like a glove, and he’s surrounded by a cast of colorful characters, including well-shaped turns from Annie Girardot and Jean Desailly. In French with English subtitles.

SYMPHONY FOR A MASSACRE (SYMPHONIE POUR UN MASSACRE), 1963, Pathe, 115 min.Dir. Jacques Deray. Jacques Deray’s masterful heist noir is a brilliantly choreographed tale of greed and betrayal, with familiar faces (Charles Vanel, Michel Auclair, Michele Mercier) in various stages of intrigue. Deray handles the action with metronomic precision, beautifully accented by a magnificent score from Michel Magne. Pathé’s 4K restoration is flawless in its rendering of Deray’s masterful design, revealing the crisp, astringent camerawork of Claude Renoir (son of Jean). Come see the brilliant beginnings of one of France’s finest directors of the past half-century! In French with English subtitles.

Sunday, September 9 – 7:30 PM - FRENCH NOIR

THE LAST OF THE SIX (LE DERNIER DES SIX), 1941, Gaumont, 90 min. Dir. Georges Lacombe. When a group of old friends prepares to share their fortunes with one another, their meeting is threatened by a series of mysterious murders. LE DERNIER DES SIX, though directed by Georges Lacombe, shows Henri-Georges Clouzot’s unmistakable hand in shaping the script, setting up the striking oppositions between grim, atmospheric crime scenes and the near-slapstick interactions of Inspector Wems (Pierre Fresnay) with his histrionic, high-maintenance girlfriend (played with flair by Clouzot’s then-girlfriend, Suzy Delair). In French with English subtitles.

THE ASSASSIN LIVES AT 21 (L’ASSASSIN HABITE A 21), 1942, Janus Films, 84 min. Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot. Inspector Wems is back in this claustrophobic murder mystery by first-time director Henri-Georges Clouzot. This time, it’s Clouzot’s show all the way, as the director finds his stride in giving his star Pierre Fresnay room to be completely exasperated by the chaos surrounding him. A superb and eccentric thriller from the famed director of DIABOLIQUE and THE WAGES OF FEAR. In French with English subtitles.

Friday, September 14 – 7:30 PM - ALFRED HITCHCOCK

Double Feature: NOTORIOUS, 1946, Walt Disney Co., 101 min. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Director Alfred Hitchcock’s superb espionage thriller and intoxicating love story follows allied agent Cary Grant as he convinces disillusioned party girl Ingrid Bergman, the daughter of a supposed traitor, to marry and spy on her father’s Nazi friend (Claude Rains). This seemingly clever plan becomes complicated by the smoldering romance that emerges between Grant and Bergman. Set in Brazil during WWII, the film has an exceptionally subtle yet menacing portrayal of the Nazis, as exemplified by Rains’ show-stealing, weirdly sympathetic performance.

SUSPICION, 1941, Warner Bros., 99 min. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock’s technique takes a huge leap forward with this extremely unsettling piece of "escapist" entertainment. Young wife Joan Fontaine suspects that husband Cary Grant is trying to kill her, and the question of whether she’s prescient or paranoid dominates the film. Without resorting to gimmicks or dishonesty, Grant convincingly plays the husband in a manner that makes both his guilt and his innocence equally valid possibilities, and Hitchcock adds to the overall sense of menace with subtle visual devices. The studio-imposed finale has divided Hitchcock fans on SUSPICION’s merits, but Grant’s consummate professionalism allows Hitch to pull off the last-minute reversal.

Saturday, September 15 – 7:30 PM - ALFRED HITCHCOCK

Double Feature: REAR WINDOW, 1954, Universal, 112 min. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. James Stewart is L.B. Jeffries, an ace photographer stuck in a wheelchair after breaking his leg. Despite receiving visits from his high-fashion sweetheart, Lisa (Grace Kelly), Jeffries is bored and soon resorts to spying on his tenement neighbors through a telephoto lens. Suddenly, he realizes he may be privy to the alarming disappearance of his neighbor’s ill wife.

70th Anniversary! ROPE, 1948, Universal, 80 min. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. This startling Alfred Hitchcock film was doubly daring for 1948: First, it risked depicting the Leopold & Loeb-like tale of homosexual lovers committing murder solely for the thrill. If that wasn’t enough, it told the tale in a series of long, 10-minute takes, unlike anything any director had previously attempted. Having passed over the heads of most audiences when originally released, the film is a revelation by today’s standards. With James Stewart, Farley Granger and John Dall (GUN CRAZY).

Sunday, September 16 – 7:30 PM - ALFRED HITCHCOCK

Double Feature: REBECCA, 1940, Walt Disney Pictures, 130 min. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Director Alfred Hitchcock’s Gothic romance asks the question: Did guilt-ridden, rich widower Laurence Olivier do away with his notorious wife Rebecca or not? And what secret does sinister, manipulating housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson) hold? As the widower’s second wife, a young Joan Fontaine attempts to unravel the mystery.

80th Anniversary! THE LADY VANISHES, 1938, Park Circus/MGM, 97 min. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. No one believes witty playgirl Iris Henderson (a fine Margaret Lockwood) when she claims the elderly “governess” Miss Froy has mysteriously disappeared from a train en route from the fictional country of Bandrika to Western Europe. No one, except for charming Gilbert (Michael Redgrave), who joins forces with Iris to expose the foreboding magic trick of a woman vanishing into thin air on a moving locomotive. Featuring mesmerizing overlapping camerawork by cinematographer Jack Cox and a script loaded with can’t-believe-that-slid-past-the-censors political doozies, THE LADY VANISHES is Hitchcock at his pre-Hollywood best, a perfect blend of suspense and screwball.

Friday, September 21 – 7:30 PM & 9:00 PM - NEWLY RESTORED

IMAGINE, 1972, Eagle Rock Entertainment, 68 min. Dir. Steve Gebhardt, A window into the lives of two of the world’s most beloved artists, IMAGINE depicts John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s artistic processes as they compose the classic albums “Imagine” and “Fly” at their home in 1971. With a killer soundtrack and rare studio footage, this made-for-television gem is rarely screened in theaters, and its impressive surround sound offers a chance for Lennon and Ono fans to hear the music in a way that cannot be duplicated at home. Don’t just imagine this unique celebration of love, dreams and music - see it on the big screen!

Saturday, September 22 – 7:30 PM - THE FAB FOUR

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, 1964, Janus Films, 85 min. Dir. Richard Lester. 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. Program begins with the short “It’s A Lovely Day” (2014, 2 min. Dir. Walter Santucci).

Sunday, September 23 – 7:30 PM - ART HOUSE THEATRE DAY

Celebrate where cinema lives with National Art House Theater Day at the Aero and Egyptian Theatres on September 23! Art House Theater Day celebrates the art house theater and the cultural role it plays in a community. It is a day to recognize the year-round contributions of film and filmmakers, patrons, projectionists and staff, and the brick-and-mortar theaters that are passionately dedicated to providing access to the best cinematic experience.

LISZTOMANIA, 1975, Warner Bros., 103 min. Dir. Ken Russell. Director Ken Russell is at his outrageous, surreal best in this biopic of Franz Liszt (played by The Who’s Roger Daltrey), an aural, visual and sexual feast for all the senses. Thrill to the progressive-rock score by Rick Wakeman (of Yes), which somehow incorporates rock, Liszt and Wagner in all their majesty. Pop-culture references abound as Russell equates Liszt with the music superstars of the day - and don’t miss the giant penises!

Monday, September 24 – 8:00 PM - FREE SNEAK PREVIEW

Free Screening! Sneak Preview! THE OLD MAN & THE GUN, 2018, Fox Searchlight, 105 min. Dir. David Lowery. Director David Lowery (AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS, A GHOST STORY, PETE’S DRAGON) reunites with Robert Redford and Casey Affleck for this charming dramedy about an unrepentant jail breaker and bank robber determined to live life on his own terms. As real-life heist man Forrest Tucker, Redford leads an all-star cast including Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, Elisabeth Moss and Tom Waits; Affleck is a detective who becomes obsessed with Tucker.

Discussion following with director David Lowery. This event is free with RSVP; see website for details.      

Wednesday, September 26 – 7:00 PM - HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Los Angeles Premiere! NAILA AND THE UPRISING, 2017, Just Vision Films, 76 min. Dir. Julia Bacha. When a nationwide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a young woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time. NAILA AND THE UPRISING chronicles the remarkable journey of Naila Ayesh and a fierce community of women at the frontlines, whose stories weave through the most vibrant, nonviolent mobilization in Palestinian history: the First Intifada in the late 1980s. Using evocative animation, intimate interviews and exclusive archival footage, this empowering documentary spotlights the courageous women activists who have remained on the margins of history - until now. Panel discussion after the film with director Julia Bacha and Eric Goldstein, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa Division at Human Rights Watch. Reception following the discussion in the lobby.

Thursday, September 27 – 7:30 PM - DAVID CRONENBERG

Double Feature: EASTERN PROMISES, 2007, Focus Features, 100 min. Dir. David Cronenberg. Among David Cronenberg’s most accomplished films, this thriller about the Russian mob stars Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts. On a rainy night in London, a pregnant Russian teenager arrives in a hospital badly wounded; only her baby can be saved, and Anna (Watts) sets out to locate the mother’s family. What she finds is a web of crime and deception - and a bizarre relationship with enigmatic mob driver Nikolai (Mortensen). Featuring one of the most memorable fight scenes in recent cinematic history, EASTERN PROMISES will keep viewers guessing until the very end.

A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, 2005, New Line Cinema, 95 min. Dir. David Cronenberg. This thriller from director David Cronenberg stars Viggo Mortensen as a pillar of a small-town community who runs a diner and lives a happy and quiet life with his wife (Maria Bello) and two children. But their lives are forever changed when Mortensen thwarts an attempted robbery and is lauded as a hero by the media, attracting the attention of two brutal mobsters (William Hurt and Ed Harris) who believe he is someone else. “A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE shifts its tone faster and better than any film I can think of … from the deeply serious to the deeply unnerving to the outright parodic with breathtaking speed and effect.” – Manohla Dargis, New York Times.

Friday, September 28 – 7:30 PM - ALFRED HITCHCOCK

Double Feature: STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, 1951, Warner Bros., 101 min. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. A chance encounter between tennis champion Guy (Farley Granger) and psychopath Bruno (Robert Walker) on a train triggers an unstoppable race toward double murder. Hitchcock’s classic thriller is a finely tuned engine of suspense, taking barely a breath as it steams through a spine-tingling story of fate, coincidence, guilt and psychopathology - favorite themes of noir writer Patricia Highsmith, whose novel was adapted by the great Raymond Chandler. With Ruth Roman.

75th Anniversary! SHADOW OF A DOUBT, 1943, Universal, 108 min. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. What starts out as a charming portrait of idyllic small-town life gradually darkens into one of director Alfred Hitchcock’s most devastating thrillers. Teenager Teresa Wright’s romantic illusions about her beloved Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) gradually are shattered by the suspicion that he may be the diabolical Merry Widow serial killer. Add to the mix a rewardingly rich tapestry of eccentric characters (Henry Travers, Hume Cronyn and Patricia Collinge are standouts in the cast), and you have one of Hitchcock’s most brilliantly constructed films.

Saturday, September 29 – 7:30 PM - ALFRED HITCHCOCK

Double Feature: NORTH BY NORTHWEST, 1959, Warner Bros., 136 min. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Cary Grant gives one of his greatest performances as womanizing executive Roger Thornhill, whose cozy life of afternoon cocktails is turned upside down when he’s mistaken for an elusive government operative by suave villain James Mason and his murderous crony, Martin Landau. Eva Marie Saint co-stars as Mason’s elegant mistress, with the wonderful Jesse Royce Landis as Grant’s fur-clad society mom ("You gentlemen aren’t really trying to murder my son, are you?"). Includes some of the most superb set pieces ever filmed - from a seemingly innocuous cornfield to the monolithic Mount Rushmore. Brilliantly scripted by Ernest Lehman (THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS) and photographed by veteran Hitchcock collaborator Robert Burks (STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, REAR WINDOW).

THE WRONG MAN, 1956, Warner Bros., 105 min. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Henry Fonda plays real-life jazz musician Emanuel Balestrero, an innocent man who is one day sucked into a whirlpool of circumstantial guilt and left to drown in New York’s criminal justice system. This seldom-seen gem by director Alfred Hitchcock, a grim orphan amongst his glossy 1950s confections, was shot entirely on-site in the locations where the story actually happened, and it expertly draws the viewer into the nightmare of the falsely accused. Hitchcock was famously paranoid of anything and everything to do with the police, and those fears reach their zenith of expression here. With Vera Miles and Anthony Quayle excellent in supporting roles.

Sunday, September 30 – 7:30 PM - ALFRED HITCHCOCK

Double Feature: FRENZY, 1972, Universal, 116 min. Dir: Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock revisits his theme of the wrongfully accused man, but with a ferocious vengeance not seen outside of PSYCHO. Chip-on-his-shoulder bartender Jon Finch is mistaken for the strangler in a London murder spree perpetrated by his elegant flower-merchant friend, Barry Foster. With a great cast that includes Anna Massey, Alec McCowen and Vivien Merchant.

FAMILY PLOT, 1976, Universal, 120 min. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock’s dazzling, masterful and overlooked final film follows a phony medium (Barbara Harris) and a dim-witted cab driver/out-of-work actor (Bruce Dern) who cross swords with a ruthless, duplicitous criminal couple (William Devane and Karen Black). Greed, kidnappings, jewel heists and car chases ensue.