Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Thu, May 15, 2014
7:30pm

Tribute to Romain Gary! Free to Members!
THE ROOTS OF HEAVEN
Presented by the American Cinematheque in partnership with the French Consulate, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the French Film and TV Office. Sponsored by the Alliance Francaise and Skylight Books.

This event is free to all current American Cinematheque Members, who may have a maximum of 2 free tickets to this event; they will receive an email with RSVP instructions. Regular pricing applies for non-Members.

A man whose life was as fascinating as one of his novels, writer Romain Gary fought in the French resistance, served as Consul General of France in Los Angeles and won the prestigious Prix Goncourt for his novel The Roots of Heaven, which he later adapted into a screenplay for the 1958 film. Join us for a tribute to the noted author and diplomat.

Introduction and discussion with author David Bellos. A cocktail reception presented by the Consul General of France takes place in the lobby at 6:30 PM, during which David Bellos will sign his book Romain Gary: A Tall Story.

Followed by a 7:30PM screening of:
Archival Print!

THE ROOTS OF HEAVEN
1958, 20th Century Fox, 121 min, USA, Dir: John Huston

The endangered African elephant is the “root of Heaven” in this prescient look at an idealist (Trevor Howard) trying to save a species from extinction. Romain Gary’s nuanced script, adapted from his novel, has a field day with the varied characters who hope to use the crusading conservationist to advance their own agendas. Errol Flynn, Eddie Albert and Orson Welles are among the star-studded cast (who battled withering heat during the film’s location shoot).


Screening format: 35mm
Egyptian Theatre • Thu, May 15, 2014 • 7:30pm