Cecil B. DeMille’s “Madam Satan,” dance-dissected, March 15 5

Dance · Film
Delighted to announce my talk, “Theodore Kosloff & Cecil B. DeMille Meet Madam Satan” concerning the notorious early talkie-musical, co-sponsored by the American Cinematheque and the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. The “illustrated lecture” is slated for Saturday March 15, 2 pm, coupled with a screening of MADAM SATAN (MGM, 1930), at the Egyptian ...

Koehler Clips: Sondheim, Fosse, Nicolas Rey

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For those of us who think that the decline of the American musical theater (putting aside “The Book of Mormon,” coming back soon to the Pantages) is a pretty sad spectacle, we have a nice fix of the real thing with “Six by Sondheim,” an ingeniously conceived look at Stephen Sondheim’s art directed by his ...

The 11th Commandment: Honor DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments” (1923)

Architecture & Design · Film
Tomorrow night, Wednesday December 4, 2013, a fantastic event: the 90th anniversary of Cecil B. DeMille’s THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, in a special screening accompanied by live music. The screening will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the grand re-opening of the Egyptian Theatre. Part of the Lasky-DeMille Centennial Celebration co-presented with Hollywood Heritage, with the support ...

Insanely great movies to sear Egyptian screen @ NOIR CITY

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Yes, it’s that time of year again. Film festival overload, otherwise known as April. The American Cinematheque and the Film Noir Foundation join forces for the 15th annual Festival of Film Noir. Shady dames and murderous mobsters converge for dark tales of jaded gumshoes, femmes fatale and menacing heavies in gloriously gritty black and white. ...

My dad, Dana Andrews, at the Egyptian Wednesday 1

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Looking forward to viewing the early film noir, Laura, directed by Otto Preminger and starrring Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb and Dana Andrews.Hosted by The American Cinematheque, the screening takes place next Wednesday night at the Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. The showcase includes bonus appearances. Introducing the film will be Dana Andrews’ daughter, Susan Andrews.Author ...

Ninety-year-old men in tights: “Robin Hood” at the Egyptian Theatre

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Ninety years ago, Douglas Fairbanks and wife Mary Pickford, joined by Charlie Chaplin, turned out for the premiere of Fairbanks’ swashbuckling adventure at their pal Sid Grauman’s new Hollywood movie palace. This evening went down in history as the very first Hollywood movie premiere. Fairbanks historian Tracy Goessel will introduce the film with live piano ...

Heart of pulp: Sam Fuller centenary retrospective @ the Aero

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A nice note from our friends at Larry Edmunds Bookshop: August 12 marked what would have been the 100th birthday for one of the most influential and interesting filmmakers out there, Mr. Sam Fuller. His life , so full of adventures before he ever thought of directing, makes his autobiography, “A Third Face” a fantastic, ...

Wim Wenders in-person at Aero Theatre retrospective

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Director Wim Wenders began his career as a member of the new German cinema movement of the 1970s; along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Werner Herzog, he brought German culture and film to an international audience. Throughout his career, Wenders has been interested in identity and landscape, coupled with a deep sense of observation and ...

Happy birthday, Egyptian Theatre!

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Okay, doll, you’re 89 years old, but in this town that’s a drop in the bucket! In L.A., we like our ladies well preserved — jowls, cheekbones, and posteriors properly nipped and tucked. So hang on, Egyptian Theatre, you’re a great survivor. And a genuine happy birthday, as well, to the 30-year old American Cinematheque, ...

Ken Russell & Dr. Kildare tackle Tchaikovsky

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It was touching to see Richard Chamberlain with his wild-man director of forty years ago, Ken Russell, at Sunday’s screening of the octogenarian’s exuberant Tchaikovsky biopic, “The Music Lovers” (1970). The reversal of the usual post-screening Q&A set-up also seemed fitting. The actor and the white-haired cinema maestro sat not before the audience, on a stage, but ...