Friday, April 13, 2018

JEAN-LUC GODARD: WORK IN PROGRESS, by Scott Nye

"For The Love of Godard," a retrospective of Jean-Luc Godard’s films, plays April 16-27 at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.

“Un film en train de se faire,” proclaims the opening text of Jean-Luc Godard’s fourteenth film, La Chinoise, in his now-famous, primary-colored font. A film in the making. Or a film being made? Any way one translates this, it is meant to convey itself as a film of the moment. This is clear in a social context, dealing as it does with college-age characters forming a small Maoist revolution (a band of outsiders, if you will) and plotting an assassination. These were very current topics in 1967, so much so that many see in it a prophecy for the May ‘68 student protests that temporarily shut down the French government.


But it is also a film of Godard’s moment. His films - more than almost any other filmmaker of his stature - reflect his interests, concerns, and desires right at the moment of their making. Not a few months before, let alone a few years. There are no “passion projects” that he lobbies for years or decades to complete. He sees what is before him, on the day, and shoots that. Famously, his working method often involves scripting scenes the morning they are to be shot. This began with his frantic desperation during Breathless, his first film, and he never found cause to change. Then he edits to what he wants in the moment of editing.

Friday, April 6, 2018

20 YEARS OF FILM NOIR AT THE EGYPTIAN THEATRE, by Susan King

It’s time once again to take a walk on the dark side.


“Noir City: Hollywood” arrives Friday, April 13, 2018 at the Egyptian Theatre with ten nights of classic and ultra-rare film noir thrillers teeming with gloomy streets, murky intrigue, complex troubled heroes who like their whiskey strong and their cigarettes unfiltered, and femmes who can be…well… fatal! Fans of these B-movies, advertised with torrid taglines like “Blood-Red Kisses. White-Hot Thrills. Mickey Spillane’s latest H-Bomb” and “The Kind of Woman Who Most Men Want, But Shouldn’t Have,” will be pleased to know that all but two of the films will be shown on old-fashioned 35mm film prints, projected just as they would have been in the era when the movies were made. Of the two digital presentations, one of them (The Turning Point, 1952) is a new digital restoration.


Friday, March 23, 2018

VICTORIA AND JUDI, by Stephen Michaels

There’s something quite remarkable about Dame Judi Dench. Whether it’s her award-winning career, her passion for Shakespeare, or her fondness for playing rebellious and empowering women, it is clear that she is an unequivocally talented actress. In Victoria and Abdul, her fifth and most recent collaboration with director Stephen Frears, her talents are put on display like never before.

In the movie, she returns to the role of Queen Victoria, a role she previously took on in John Madden’s film Mrs. Brown. In recognition of this unique accomplishment, The Egyptian Theatre showed a double feature on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 at the Egyptian Theatre - both movies, with Judi Dench in attendance between films. It would be an understatement to note that the theatre was packed in anticipation. Members of the audience brought her flowers, the room crackled with energy, and Ms. Dench received a standing ovation upon entering the room.



Monday, March 19, 2018

FOX BEFORE FANTASTIC, by Scott Nye

With Isle of Dogs - a new stop-motion film from Wes Anderson - on the horizon, now marks a good time to look at his past work and those films that influenced him. While many of those films have played alongside his own work - The River, To Be or Not To Be, and The Magnificent Ambersons were shown in recent weeks at the Aero and Egyptian - the Cinematheque has set aside an entire night for one of the primary influences on Fantastic Mr. Fox: Ladislas Starewitch’s The Tale of the Fox. Anderson remarked in interviews that he and his team looked at it in preparation, and the two have a great deal more in common than just foxes. Both feature cunning protagonists willing to say anything to get out of a jam and fuel their fun, both are beautiful and playful in their animation style, and both move at a raucous pace.





Saturday, March 10, 2018

WHAT EXACTLY IS NITRATE FILM? WHAT MAKES IT SO SPECIAL?

In Partnership with George Eastman Museum and the Academy Film Archive, 
the American Cinematheque Will Exhibit Two Nitrate Film Prints to the Public 
at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood in March

Presented in partnership with George Eastman Museum and the 
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Director Carol Reed gives young actor Bobby Henrey direction on the set of THE FALLEN IDOL. Photo: Getty
About Nitrate Film:

Film prints are no longer made on nitrate film stock and haven't been since the 1950s. It is a coveted format that cineastes enjoy seeing projected as it has a particular picture quality. Surviving nitrate films have to be kept in special storage conditions. Nitrate film will even continue burning underwater. In the first half of the 20th century, nitrate was a widely used film base, despite the danger of combustion. Nitrate was the first material that was flexible, strong and transparent enough to carry motion picture frames through the wheels and gates of a motion picture projector.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE OSCAR-NOMINATED GUESTS OF 2017

With awards season now behind us, we take a look back at the many Oscar-nominated guests that have joined us in person in the past year. We are fortunate to have been joined by all of the 2018 Oscar-nominated directors, all the nominated Art Directors, Set Decorators, and Film Editors, as well as several eventual Oscar winners! Below, enjoy a selection of photographs taken in-house at our Egyptian and Aero Theatres accompanied by words of wisdom they so graciously shared with our audience members.