American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre – Sept. 17-30


Tuesday, September 17 – 1:00 PM HEPTEMBER MATINEE New 4K Restoration! HOLIDAY, 1938, Sony Repertory, 93 min. Dir. George Cukor. Society girl Katharine Hepburn falls in love with her sister’s idiosyncratic fiancé (a pitch-perfect Cary Grant), and the result is the greatest nonconformist comedy ever made. Working with Philip Barry’s play as his foundation, director George Cukor considers serious issues about the human condition and what it means to be truly independent, yet does it all with a light, hilarious and charming touch. Special Ticket Price: $6. Free to Cinematheque members.

Wednesday, September 18 – 7:30 PM ART HOUSE THEATER DAY 4K Restoration! 50th Anniversary! PUTNEY SWOPE, 1969, AGFA, 84 min. Dir. Robert Downey Sr. Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson), the only African-American exec at his advertising firm, is unexpectedly elected its president and turns the industry on its ear through a series of outrageous, taboo-busting TV commercials (strewn throughout the film like comedic landmines). As Swope becomes the Generalissimo of Madison Avenue, Downey takes no prisoners and skewers the entire political spectrum. An unforgettable masterpiece of late-’60s counterculture, it remains a vital provocation on race, pop culture and America. “Funny, sophomoric, brilliant, obscene, disjointed, marvelous, unintelligible and relevant. If anybody tries to improve it, they should be sentenced.” – Vincent Canby, New York Times. Introduction by Art House Convergence Managing Director Alison Kozberg. Restoration by the Academy Film Archive and the Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

Thursday, September 19 – 7:30 PM PETER HYAMS IN PERSON 2010: THE YEAR WE MAKE CONTACT, 1984, Warner Bros., 116 min. Dir. Peter Hyams. Adapted from Arthur C. Clarke’s follow-up novel, this underrated sequel to 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY follows a joint U.S.-Soviet mission sent to discover what happened to the Discovery spacecraft. Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Bob Balaban and Helen Mirren lead the team of astronauts, with Keir Dullea and Douglas Rain (the voice of HAL 9000) returning from the original film. “This is a good movie. … Once we have freed 2010 of the comparisons with Kubrick’s masterpiece, what we are left with is a good-looking, sharp-edged, entertaining, exciting space opera.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. Discussion following with director Peter Hyams and actor James McEachin.

Friday, September 20 – 7:30 PM UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS 70mm! THE REMAINS OF THE DAY, 1993, Sony Repertory, 134 min. Dir. James Ivory. Anthony Hopkins is inimitable in his Oscar-nominated performance as James Stevens, the resolutely faithful head butler at a country estate in post-World War II Britain. When rule-bucking housekeeper Miss Kenton (an excellent Emma Thompson, also Oscar-nominated) arrives as the new staff member, Stevens’ world is quietly but irrevocably upended by her professions of love for him – and by the suspicions he stifles that his employer may have had ties to the Nazi party. Nominated for an additional six Oscars, including Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay. Based on the Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. Special Ticket Prices: $15 General, $13 Cinematheque Members. No vouchers.

Saturday, September 21 – 7:30 PM UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS 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. THE FALLEN IDOL, 1948, Rialto Pictures, 95 min. Dir. Carol Reed. Carol Reed, one of England’s most celebrated directors, probes the complexity and callousness of human relationships in this Oscar-nominated adaptation of a story by Graham Greene. Told through the naive eyes of an upper-class boy, the film centers on his idealization of his father’s butler, Baines, who entertains him with extravagant (and fictional) accounts of heroic adventures. Contrasting this is the reality of Baines’s unhappy, loveless marriage and his dreams of escaping his lot in life. Top-shelf performances from Ralph Richardson, Michèle Morgan and young Bobby Henrey fuel this suspenseful, exceptionally written story of loyalty, betrayal and everything in between.

Sunday, September 22 – 7:30 PM UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS Double Feature: RUGGLES OF RED GAP, 1935, Universal, 92 min. Dir. Leo McCarey. This McCarey classic stars Charles Laughton as a veddy proper English valet who’s won in a poker game by a man from the Wild West (Charlie Ruggles), setting off a culture clash. With Mary Boland, ZaSu Pitts, Roland Young, Leila Hyams and many others. Remember: Always bring the pot to the kettle! BY CANDLELIGHT, 1933, Universal, 70 min. Dir. James Whale. Universal horror specialist James Whale proves equally adept at romantic comedy in this stylish pre-Code gem. Paul Lukas stars as a butler in service to prince Nils Asther, who is mistaken for his boss by Elissa Landi – a charade the prince happily furthers when he takes a liking to the young woman himself.

Tuesday, September 24 – 1:00 PM HEPTEMBER MATINEE ALICE ADAMS, 1935, Warner Bros., 99 min. George Stevens left the world of B-movie comedies for A-list prestige fare with this heartfelt adaptation of Booth Tarkington’s novel. Katharine Hepburn gives one of her most subtle performances as an ambitious young woman seeking to escape her small-town background; although the character is superficially unappealing, Hepburn and Stevens allow the viewer to empathize with her in all her complexity. Solid supporting work from Fred MacMurray is an additional asset in this impeccably mounted drama. Co-starring Hattie McDaniel (GONE WITH THE WIND) and Fred Stone, who nearly steal the film. Special Ticket Price: $6. Free to Cinematheque members.

Thursday, September 26 – 7:00 PM HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Co-presented by Human Rights Watch and the Muslim Public Affairs Council THE FEELING OF BEING WATCHED, 2018, 86 min. Dir. Assia Boundaoui. Residents of Assia Boundaoui’s entire neighborhood outside of Chicago have felt under government surveillance for more than a decade. Returning home and recounting memories of her childhood suspicions, she visits her neighbors one by one, and their personal accounts begin to pile up. Assia decides it’s time to set up her own investigation. Her inquiries soon yield tens of thousands of FBI documents proving that her Arab-American hometown was indeed the subject of one of the largest counterterrorism investigations ever conducted in the U.S. pre-9/11. Creatively weaving the personal and political, this award-winning documentary is Assia’s story, as she grapples with the enduring impact government surveillance has had on her country, her community and her own sense of identity. Panel discussion follows with film subject Iman Boundaoui and Seema Ahmad of the Muslim Public Affairs Council.

Friday, September 27 – 7:30 PM CANADA NOW Co-presented by Telefilm Canada Released to coincide with the U.N. Climate Summit and accompanying Climate Week in New York City, this timely documentary witnesses a critical moment in geological history. ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH, 2019, Kino Lorber, 87 min. Dirs. Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky. A stunning sensory experience and cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive re-engineering of the planet, this years-in-the-making documentary follows an international body of scientists who, after nearly 10 years of research, argue that the Holocene epoch gave way to the Anthropocene epoch in the mid-20th century as a result of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth. From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and massive marble quarries in Carrara, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using state-of-the-art camera techniques to document the evidence and experience of human planetary domination. Discussion following with filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky, moderated by Oscar-nominated actor, director and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity Edward Norton. Special Ticket Prices: $15 General, $13 Cinematheque Members. No vouchers.

Saturday, September 28 – 7:30 PM JOAN TEWKESBURY IN PERSON 40th Anniversary! New 35mm Print! OLD BOYFRIENDS, 1979, Rialto Pictures, 103 min. Dir. Joan Tewkesbury. Dianne Cruise (Talia Shire), a psychiatrist in the midst of an identity crisis and a doomed marriage, goes on a road trip to reconnect with boyfriends from her past in an effort to better understand herself. The men she encounters include Keith Carradine, Richard Jordan and John Belushi. Tewkesbury makes a charming directorial debut with this insightful drama penned by Leonard and Paul Schrader Discussion following with director Joan Tewkesbury and actors Talia Shire and Keith Carradine, moderated by Jim Hemphill. Sunday, September 29 – 1:00 PM PRE-CODE HOLLYWOOD Made between 1930, when the restrictive Production Code was adopted, and 1934, when it was in full effect, “pre-Code” films are beloved for their provocative content and risqué style. This six-part series introduces viewers to some of the most popular actresses of the pre-Code era through double features of their films – Barbara Stanwyck, Jean Harlow, Kay Francis, Carole Lombard, Marlene Dietrich, Joan Blondell and Joan Crawford. Marlene Dietrich Double Feature: MOROCCO, 1930, Universal, 91 min. Dir. Josef Von Sternberg. “You’d better go now, I’m beginning to like you,” purrs cabaret singer Marlene Dietrich to cocky young soldier boy Gary Cooper. If you’re going to see just one Foreign Legion movie, make it MOROCCO: Dietrich (in her first American film appearance) and Cooper are downright gorgeous, and Von Sternberg transforms the two-bit cantinas and barracks of Mogador into a splendid landscape of light & shadow. SHANGHAI EXPRESS, 1932, Universal, 80 min. Dir. Josef Von Sternberg. “It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily.” Fallen woman Marlene Dietrich just happens to run into her former boyfriend, British army captain Clive Brook, on a train hurtling through wartime China, in what many consider the high point of the Dietrich/Von Sternberg cycle. Along for the ride are some of Hollywood’s greatest supporting players of the day: lovely Anna May Wong, bullfrog-voiced Eugene Pallette and Warner Oland (doing a sinister spin on his Far East Charlie Chan persona). Program begins with an illustrated presentation by historian Kimberly Truhler. Films begin at 2:00 PM.

Sunday, September 29 – 7:30 PM PETER FONDA REMEMBERED 50th Anniversary! EASY RIDER, 1969, Sony Repertory, 94 min. Dir. Dennis Hopper. Dennis Hopper’s directorial debut is a simultaneous celebration of and elegy to the counterculture. Two lone-wolf bikers (Peter Fonda, Hopper) make a killing on a drug deal and, to commemorate their new financial independence, decide to roll cross-country on a tour of southwestern America. What they find are exhilarating open spaces, free-love communes and people living off the land. But they also find bad acid trips and a mortally dangerous climate of prejudice. Jack Nicholson shot to stardom (as well as receiving numerous awards, including a Supporting Actor Oscar nomination) for his funny, irreverent turn as a misfit alcoholic lawyer in a small Southern town. The collaborative script was by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern. With great music by Steppenwolf, Roger McGuinn, Jimi Hendrix and more! AERO Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90403 For more information about these event click here.