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Friday, November 28

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403

7:30pm

On a short list of the greatest screen musicals ever made, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN began with legendary MGM producer Arthur Freed giving screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green a stack of songs he'd written early in his career (with partner Nacio Herb Brown) - including "Broadway Melody," "You Are My Lucky Star" and the title song - with the simple request to weave a story around the numbers. What emerged was a sublime marriage of song and dance, innocence and nostalgia, heart-tugging romance and surreal comedy (especially in co-star Donald O'Connor's show-stopping "Make 'Em Laugh" routine). Co-director Kelly shines as silent-movie idol Don Lockwood, whose career (and leading lady, hilariously played by Jean Hagen) are imperiled by the coming of sound - until he hooks up with lovely ingenue Debbie Reynolds. The brilliant supporting cast includes Millard Mitchell, Douglas Fowley and the great Cyd Charisse, whose long-legged "Broadway Melody" ballet with Kelly nearly steals the show!

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SINGIN' IN THE RAIN

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403

7:30pm

On a short list of the greatest screen musicals ever made, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN began with legendary MGM producer Arthur Freed giving screenwriters Betty Comden and Adolph Green a stack of songs he'd written early in his career (with partner Nacio Herb Brown) - including "Broadway Melody," "You Are My Lucky Star" and the title song - with the simple request to weave a story around the numbers. What emerged was a sublime marriage of song and dance, innocence and nostalgia, heart-tugging romance and surreal comedy (especially in co-star Donald O'Connor's show-stopping "Make 'Em Laugh" routine). Co-director Kelly shines as silent-movie idol Don Lockwood, whose career (and leading lady, hilariously played by Jean Hagen) are imperiled by the coming of sound - until he hooks up with lovely ingenue Debbie Reynolds. The brilliant supporting cast includes Millard Mitchell, Douglas Fowley and the great Cyd Charisse, whose long-legged "Broadway Melody" ballet with Kelly nearly steals the show!

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Saturday, November 29

GONE WITH THE WIND

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403

7:30pm

Southern vixen Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) only has eyes for sensitive Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) - but wise-cracking hellraiser Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) is determined to win her heart, even if that means surviving the burning of Atlanta, the destruction of Scarlett's beloved Tara and the overthrow of the Old South itself.

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Sunday, November 30

CINEMA PARADISO

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403

7:30pm

A young Sicilian boy who loses his father to war strikes up a friendship with an aging projectionist; eventually, the boy takes over his mentor's job and becomes a filmmaker himself - but he loses the love of his life along the way. A gloriously romantic and unabashedly sentimental love letter to the romance of the movies. With Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin. In Italian with English subtitles.

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Wednesday, December 3

BIG EYES

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403

7:30pm

Advance Member Screening! Screenwriters Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski In Person!

American Cinematheque Members are treated to an advance screening of Tim Burton's much anticipated BIG EYES, starring Amy Adams as painter Margaret Keane. Screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski join us for a discussion after the film.

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Thursday, December 4

Sunday, December 7