Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Wed, Sep 20, 2017

Double Feature! Member Screening! Stephen Frears In Person!
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation

This screening is free to Cinematheque Members, who will receive an invitation.

The Film Noir Foundation is proud to bestow its first mantle of “Modern Master” on a filmmaker whose work has extended the thematic and artistic traditions of classic noir: Stephen Frears. His work has displayed an appreciation and respect for the cinematic movement known as film noir, as well as an eagerness to extend its traditions in fresh and unexpected directions. With an expansive filmography that includes exemplary titles such as GUMSHOE (1971), THE HIT (1984), DANGEROUS LIASONS (1988), THE GRIFTERS (1990), and DIRTY PRETTY THINGS (2002), Frears has shown an empathetic sensibility as well as exceptional skill in telling noir-stained stories. The Film Noir Foundation is inspired to declare him a Modern Master.

Discussion between films with director Stephen Frears, moderated by Eddie Muller of the Film Noir Foundation.
2017, Focus Features , 106 min, Dir: Stephen Frears

A humorous exploration of race, religion, power and the farce of Empire through the prism of an unusual and deeply moving friendship, this extraordinary true story had been deliberately hidden for a century. In 1887, Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal) travels from India to present a ceremonial medal as part of Queen Victoria’s (Judi Dench) Golden Jubilee but surprisingly finds favor with the elderly monarch. The unprecedented and unlikely relationship causes a battle royale within the royal household, pitting the queen against court and family.

35 mm!

1990, Miramax, 110 min, USA, Dir: Stephen Frears

After a small-time scam backfires, Roy Dillon (John Cusack) is hospitalized, bringing his estranged mother Lilly (Anjelica Huston) back into his life. When she tries to turn him away from girlfriend Myra (Annette Bening), Roy finds himself caught between con artists whose talent for deception far outstrips his own. Adapted from the Jim Thompson novel, this suspenseful neo-noir earned Oscar nominations for Frears, Huston, Bening and screenwriter Donald E. Westlake.

Screening format: DCP (VICTORIA & ABDUL), 35mm (THE GRIFTERS)
Aero Theatre • Wed, Sep 20, 2017 • 7:30pm