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Series at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica

Sat, Dec 15, 2012 - Sun, Dec 16, 2012

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.”


Thu, Dec 13, 2012 - Sun, Dec 23, 2012

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!


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 - Fri, Nov 30, 2012

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.


Mon, Nov 26, 2012 - Sun, Dec 2, 2012

Director Robert Zemeckis first came to Hollywood's attention while still a student at USC, and Steven Spielberg soon tapped him to write 1941 (with his writing parner Bob Gale), and later produced the pair's scripts for I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND, USED CARS and BACK TO THE FUTURE, all of which Zemeckis directed. Since then, Zemeckis has been an acclaimed director of ambitious, thoughtful drama (FORREST GUMP, CONTACT, CASTAWAY) and an innovator in the world of digital animation (THE POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF). He's also one of the top comedy filmmakers of his generation (WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?, BACK TO THE FUTURE 2 and 3, ROMANCING THE STONE). He appears in person with his latest film FLIGHT, starring Denzel Washington.


Tue, Nov 13, 2012 - Sun, Nov 18, 2012

Our annual celebration of Italian cinema opens with Italy's official Oscar submission for Best Foreign-Language Film CAESAR MUST DIE with directors Paolo and Vittorio Taviani in person, and will continue with the Los Angeles Premieres of 10 more new films, plus a screening of the Sophia Loren classic TWO WOMEN.


Sat, Nov 10, 2012 - Tue, Nov 13, 2012

After his breakout onto the festival circuit with the marvelous 1993 short “Cigarettes & Coffee,” it became eminently clear that Los Angeles-born writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson was one to watch. Undoubtedly influenced by masters such as Welles, Kubrick and Altman, he also demonstrates a distinct, risk-taking style unique to his own body of work. Join us for an in-person tribute to Paul Thomas Anderson, which includes HARD EIGHT, BOOGIE NIGHTS, MAGNOLIA, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, and PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE, as well as an American Cinematheque members-only screening of his latest film, THE MASTER, in 70mm.