Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Mon, May 13, 2013
7:30pm
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THE FRIEDKIN CONNECTION: THE FILMS OF WILLIAM FRIEDKIN
Double Feature!
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY / THE BOYS IN THE BAND
Co-presented with Outfest
Archival Print!

THE BIRTHDAY PARTY
1968, Disney, 127 min, USA, Dir: William Friedkin

Based on Harold Pinter’s celebrated play, THE BIRTHDAY PARTY stars the great Robert Shaw as Stanley, the put-upon tenant - with the menacingly enigmatic Patrick Magee and Sydney Tafler as the unwelcome strangers out to make Shaw’s barely marginal life a perfect hell. An underrated master of adapting stage drama to film (see THE BOYS IN THE BAND), Friedkin pushes Pinter’s savage material to the limit here, creating an unnerving sense of despair and paranoia.


THE BOYS IN THE BAND
1970, Hollywood Classics, 120 min, USA, Dir: William Friedkin

Director William Friedkin’s breakthrough film (and one of the first Hollywood films with an all-gay theme), BOYS IN THE BAND is a scathingly funny bitch-fest swirling around nine gay men who gather for the birthday party of Harold (Leonard Frey), a self-described "32-year-old, ugly, pockmarked Jew fairy." Friedkin adapted Mart Crowley’s landmark Off-Broadway play with a stunning sureness of control - almost the entire film is set in a single room, and Friedkin slowly, brilliantly transforms the space into a battlefield of fierce pride and wounded emotions. With Cliff Gorman, Laurence Luckinbill.


Screening formats: 35mm
Aero Theatre • Mon, May 13, 2013 • 7:30pm
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