Between 1969 and his death at age 37 in 1982, brilliant enfant terrible German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder made 30 films and numerous television productions, including the fifteen-hour mini-series BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ. Even as he averaged 2 to 3 films per year, his work maintained a meticulous, rigorous style, marked by stunning shot composition, laser-precision blocking and deep characterization ranging from bitterly crystal clear to hypnotically allusive. Fassbinder returned to the same themes and fixations again and again, like pushing on a bruise: money, sex, pride and cruelty. Join us for a retrospective of his work.
Actor, director and mogul Raj Kapoor (1924 - 1988) was one of the giants of Indian cinema and is synonymous with the rise of the monolith known as Bollywood. Largely unknown in North America - except of course to millions of fans of South Asian descent - Kapoor is revered not only in India but throughout the former Soviet empire, the Middle East and beyond for the films he made during the Golden Age of Indian cinema. Join us at the American Cinematheque for monthly screenings of the Bollywood films of Raj Kapoor. Kicking off the series in May is AWAARA (THE VAGABOND) at the Egyptian.
Join us at the American Cinematheque for the 75th anniversary of the Art Directors Guild (established in 1937) and the 2012 installment of our Art Directors Film Society monthly series. Kicking off the series in May is a screening of the rip-roaring 1929 Douglas Fairbanks adventure THE IRON MASK, followed by a discussion on the art direction.
Join us at the American Cinematheque for a hilarious program of featherbrained fascists and dimwitted dictators, including Woody Allen's BANANAS, Mel Brooks' THE PRODUCERS, Charlie Chaplin's THE GREAT DICTATOR, Leo McCarey's DUCK SOUP starring the Marx Brothers, Paul Mazursky's MOON OVER PARADOR, Arthur Hiller's THE IN-LAWS and “You Nazty Spy!” starring the Three Stooges.
Guests In Person Including Norman Lloyd, Julie Adams, & Marsha Hunt!
This year’s program features impeccable new prints preserved by the Film Noir Foundation and Universal, including rarities such as Elliott Nugent's shady take on THE GREAT GATSBY, starring Alan Ladd, and Jean Negulesco's supernatural noir THREE STRANGERS, starring Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre! Plus, OKAY, AMERICA, AFRAID TO TALK, NAKED ALIBI, and SLAUGHTER ON 10TH AVENUE.
Please join us for a retrospective of Steve McQueen’s most exciting films, including screenings of THE HUNTER, THE GETAWAY, THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR and SOLDIER IN THE RAIN - in honor of McQueen's March 24th birthday.