For more than 30 years, "The Night of the Ad Eaters" has screened jaw-dropping advertising from around the globe, including North and South America, Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. These classic and contemporary spots offer something for everyone, with both celebrities and ordinary Joes hawking everything from cars and clothing to booze and sex in a riotous cavalcade of commerce. Join us for highlights from this amazing touring program, including commercials directed by Jean-Luc Godard, Roman Polanski, and David Lynch and starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Catherine Deneuve and many more.
Arguably the first great Shakespeare film, Laurence Olivier directs and stars as the 15th-century warrior king HENRY V; it's followed by the 1930s-set RICHARD III, in which Ian McKellen brings his acclaimed Royal National Theatre performance to the big screen with stellar support from Annette Bening, Robert Downey Jr., Kristin Scott Thomas, Jim Broadbent and Maggie Smith.
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The most untamed hallucinogenic freakout ever funded by a Hollywood studio, Ken Russell’s Altered States is an undiluted arthouse trip that still delivers crazed grindhouse thrills. Research scientist Eddie Jessup (an intense William Hurt, in his film debut) seeks ultimate truth in an obsessive study that combines sensory deprivation and powerful psychotropic drugs. But will he push too far when the subject is himself? Pushing himself in a singular direction unseen in his body of work either before or after, Russell fuses a dense screenplay by Paddy Chayevsky (Network) and his trademark visual style of dazzling excess with 2001: A Space Odyssey’s sound-and-light extravaganza and a Jodorowsky-esque mystical sheen, exploring both spirituality and the common bond of man as psychosexual body horror. Far from being mere pseudo-intellectual beard-stroking (although co-star Bob Balaban sports a forest’s worth of impressive facial hair here), Altered States is bizarre, exhilarating and waaaaay far out.
Dir. Ken Russell, 1980, 102 min.
Gene Wilder stars as mysterious pied piper Willy Wonka in this musical adaptation of writer Roald Dahl’s children’s classic, as five lucky holders of the Golden Tickets and their parents venture inside the enchanted Wonka Chocolate Factory.
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Marilyn Monroe, Lack Lemmon and Tony Curtis star in the Billy Wilder comedy classic. Two men disguise themselves as women and join an all girls jazz band to hide from the mob. Marilyn plays the drop dead gorgeous singer who tempts them to give up their disguises.
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Few French films in the ’70s caused more of a ruckus than this hilarious smack in the face to the establishment, featuring Gerard Depardieu and the late Patrick Dewaere as a pair of charismatic, animalistic drifters stealing and screwing their way across the French countryside. Adapted from his own novel by Bertrand Blier, this landmark assault on bourgeois materialism provides Blier’s signature off-kilter whimsy at every unexpected turn, as the anarchic attached-at-the-hip duo do the Kerouac-ian shake, aided by three of France’s most amazing actresses of any era: Miou-Miou, Isabelle Hupert and Jeanne Moreau, who caps her role with a scene that still potently shocks forty years on. Just as seismic as the film’s attitude towards middle-class morality is its impossibly cool editing rhythms — throughout, we pop in and out of emotional and physical transitions as seismically as Lawrence of Arabia’s blowing-out-a-match-becomes-the-sunrise. Silly, sad, vicious, and tender, this is Blier at his finest, best seen with an audience courtesy of this 35mm print flown in directly from France!
Dir. Bertrand Blier, 1974, 35mm, 113 min.
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Julien Temple's bizarre and hilarious fictional documentary charts the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols through the eyes of its calculating manager. Mixing animation and live footage of some of the Pistols' most electrifying performances, the film presents the band's success as an elaborate scam perpetrated by McLaren to make "a million pounds" at the expense of record companies, outraged moralists, the British royal family, and even the fans and band members themselves.
Director Joss Whedon joins us in person for a screening of his new modern adaptation of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love. You must be a Member of the American Cinematheque to be invited to attend this free screening. For information on becoming a Member.
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12:00pm to 7:00pm
Rise'n Shine USA Coming Home TV convention with the stars of "Queer as Folk US". Here´s the chance to meet the stars of your favorite show, talk to them, get your autograph or have a photo taken with them. Besides there is a unique chance to meet a lot of other fans from around the world! During some special event such as Meet&Greet, Cocktail Reception and VIP Dinner, there will be lots of time to meet the stars more closely.