Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Fri, Feb 12, 2016
7:30pm

VALENTINE'S DAY 2016
Double Feature!
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST / WINGS OF DESIRE
Newly Restored DCP! 70th Anniversary!

LA BELLE ET LA BETE
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
1946, Janus Films, 93 min, Dir: Jean Cocteau

The first feature directed by Jean Cocteau was a labor of love that attests to the imagination and perseverance of Cocteau and his entire production team in the face of severe deprivations posed by the Occupation. Its Gustave Doré sets and costumes by Christian Berard, its Vermeer-inspired compositions by Henri Alekan (whose cinematography Cocteau characterized as having the "soft gleam of hand-polished old silver"), the Beast's subtle makeup, the fantastic park and architecture of the Beast's castle, the Chateau de Raray, and the delicate beauty of Josette Day all conspired to produce one of the most enchanting films ever made.


WINGS OF DESIRE
1987, Janus Films, 127 min, West Germany, Dir: Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders’ most fully realized cinematic vision follows Damiel (Bruno Ganz), an angel having pangs of longing as he observes the lives of mortals in Berlin, specifically the beautiful, ethereal trapeze artist Marion (Solveig Dommartin). Peter Falk essentially plays himself, a philosophical film and TV star (often addressed as "Columbo" by other characters!), who is making a movie in Germany and is one of the few people who can sense the presence of the invisible celestial spirits. An achingly beautiful and poetic meditation on life and what it means to be a human being, WINGS OF DESIRE won the 1987 Best Director award at Cannes. In German with English subtitles.


Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Fri, Feb 12, 2016 • 7:30pm

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