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.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Saturday, March 10, 2018
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
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.
Monday, February 26, 2018
According to Oscar-winning Doctor Dolittle composer/writer Leslie Bricusse, the 1967 musical fantasy was initially conceived as a reunion of the My Fair Lady Broadway team: star Rex Harrison, lyricist and book writer Alan Jay Lerner, composer Frederick Loewe, and director Moss Hart.
|Dr. Dolittle, played by Rex Harrison, in the company of Chee-Chee the Chimpanzee, Polynesia the Parrot and, last but not least, the Great Pink Sea Snail!|
Bricusse and the film’s leading lady Samantha Eggar will be on hand at the Aero Theatre Saturday, March 3, 2018 after a matinee screening of gorgeous new 4K restoration of Doctor Dolittle, the 1967 musical based on Hugh Lofting’s famous stories about a Victorian British doctor who can talk to animals – including a giant pink sea snail!
Thursday, February 15, 2018
“Pilgrims” would perhaps be a fitting term to describe the horde of fans who flocked to the Egyptian Theatre to witness the surreal cinema of Alejandro Jodorowsky, and see the master himself in a rare appearance (his first time in Los Angeles in twenty years). The first feature of the evening, The Holy Mountain, was about a spiritual quest, and one could sense a similar ambition in the air tonight from the moviegoers themselves. One had flown in all the way from New York to see him. The appeal, according to one fan, was “the sheer surrealism, the trip that is THAT.” Another, less eloquent but no less fitting, was excited to see some movies he described as “weird as [expletive retracted]."
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
In 2003, Tommy Wiseau introduced himself to the world. While other cinematic visionaries started small – Hitchcock began as an art director and James Dean first starred in a soda commercial – Wiseau launched himself towards fame with the release of The Room. Akin to Orson Welles and Citizen Kane, Tommy Wiseau directed, wrote, produced, and starred in his feature debut. Although it took a few years for Hollywood to learn his name, The Room has now become a global phenomenon. On January 20, 2018, Tommy Wiseau started the new year with a Q & A, screening, and audience love-fest at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. After his December experience of two back-to-back, sold-out shows at the landmark movie palace, Wiseau declared that the Egyptian Theatre was now the home of The Rom. His next monthly screenings will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 7:30pm as well as 10:30pm. For the price of admission (and some official The Room merchandise), fans can take a photo with Tommy and have a brief private exchange with him.