The Cinematheque again caps off the year with some of the funniest and most sophisticated films ever to hit the big screen, including Ernst Lubitsch's TROUBLE IN PARADISE, Clark Gable in IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT and THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER, W.C. Fields in IT’S A GIFT, and our annual New Years Day Marx. Bros program!
With his cheerful pluck in the face of adversity, “the Little Tramp” became one of cinema’s most indelible characters - and his creator, Charlie Chaplin, one of film’s biggest stars. Though the Tramp was birthed in the silent era (his first appearance was in a 1914 Keystone short), he continues to light up screens nearly a century later, bringing pratfalls and pathos to new audiences each year.
Focusing on French animation, the American Cinematheque proudly presents three new films in this grand tradition of distinctively drawn visuals paired with unusual stories. In ZARAFA, a boy bonds with his giraffe buddy on adventures which bring them to Alexandria, Marseilles, the Alps and beyond. Set in Mediterranean Africa, THE RABBI’S CAT gives its owner an earful about life, love and religion when it miraculously begins to talk. THE PAINTING illustrates the cost of discrimination while at the same time offering a playful take on the artistic process. The program also includes the short films “Dripped” and “Tram.”
This year's Holiday Spirit series offers everything from THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS in 3-D, to the annual Outfest screening of cult favorite AUNTIE MAME, to director Jon Favreau in person with his Will Ferrell starrer ELF, to classics WHITE CHRISTMAS and IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, all on the big screen as they were meant to be seen!
Richard Gere burst onto the scene as a fearless risk-taker, playing endlessly complex characters in films such as LOOKING FOR MR. GOODBAR, DAYS OF HEAVEN and AMERICAN GIGOLO. After his meteoric rise to superstardom - bolstered by his dynamic performance in smash hit AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN - Gere remained a towering icon in America’s cultural milieu thanks to his remarkable versatility as an actor. Join us for an in-person tribute to Richard Gere, including a screening of his most recent film ARBITRAGE, and Jim McBride’s 1983 version of BREATHLESS.