MAINELAND director Miao Wang and producer Damon Smith will participate in Q&A’s at the Music Hall following the 4:50 PM screenings on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10.
With the opening of SICARIO: DAY OF THE SOLEDAD at the end of June, our Throwback Thursday series takes a look at some earlier tales of American misadventures “Down in Mexico.”
Our Throwback Thursday (#TBT) series is presented in partnership with Eat|See|Hear every Thursday at 7:30pm at the NoHo 7 in North Hollywood. Check out the full schedule below. For tickets and our full #TBT schedule, visit laemmle.com/tbt.
June 7: The Wild Bunch (1969)
Sam Peckinpah’s controversial revisionist Western follows an aging outlaw gang trying to adapt as the Old West transitions to the New West along the US-Mexico border. William Holden, Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, Edmond O’Brien, Ben Johnson, and Warren Oates star. Format: Blu-ray. Click here for tickets.
June 14: Touch of Evil (1958)
A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town, co-starring, written and directed by Orson Welles. The film also stars Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Joseph Calleia, Marlene Dietrich, and Zsa Zsa Gabor. Format: DCP. Click here for tickets.
June 21: ¡Three Amigos! (1986)
Steve Martin, Martin Short and Chevy Chase star as three silent movie actors known as the Three Amigos who travel to a small Mexican town for what they think is a public appearance. Instead, they realize they have been mistaken for their screen characters and the townspeople ask them to help fight an evil bandit. Format: Blu-ray. Click here for tickets.
June 28: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Fugitive bank robbers unknowingly seek temporary refuge in a truck stop populated by vampires. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino, the film stars George Clooney, Tarantino, Harvey Keitel, and Juliette Lewis. Format: DCP. Click here for tickets.
MARY SHELLEY director Haifaa Al-Mansour will participate in Q&A’s at the Monica Film Center after the 7 o’clock screenings on Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26. Stephen Saito of MOVEABLEFEST.COM will moderate Friday’s Q&A and Christy Lemire of the L.A. Film Critics Association will moderate Saturday’s.
On the day after Memorial Day, Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present one of the greatest of all war films, Oscar’s Best Picture of 1978, THE DEER HUNTER.
Actor John Savage will participate in a Q&A at the 40th anniversary screening on Tuesday, May 29th at 7:15pm at the Ahrya Fine Arts theater in Beverly Hills. Click here for tickets.
The film won four other Oscars, including Best Director for Michael Cimino and Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Walken. Robert De Niro earned a nomination for Best Actor, and Meryl Streep earned her very first nomination for her performance in the film. Deric Washburn wrote the screenplay from a story that he created with Cimino, Louis Garfinkle, and Quinn Redeker. Master cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond shot the film, and Peter Zinner was the editor.
This epic vision of working class America follows three steelworkers from Pennsylvania as they journey halfway across the world to fight in Vietnam. De Niro, Walken, and John Savage play the three best friends. The first hour of the film immerses us in the routines of their lives as they prepare for the wedding of Savage’s character.
In the second section the three friends find themselves in a North Vietnamese prison camp, where they endure horrific physical and psychological torture before making a heroic escape.
In the third section, they try to readjust to life back home but find this re-entry just as traumatic as their wartime experiences. George Dzundza and John Cazale (who played Fredo in the first two ‘Godfather’ films and who died before the release of THE DEER HUNTER) round out the cast.
Roger Ebert praised “one of the most emotionally shattering films ever made.” In Newsweek Jack Kroll wrote, “THE DEER HUNTER is a film of great courage and overwhelming emotional power, a fiercely loving embrace of life in a death-ridden time.” The Wall Street Journal’s Joy Gould Boyum declared, “It is one of the boldest and most brilliant American films in recent years.”
Frank Rich, then the critic for Time magazine, added, “De Niro, Walken, John Savage…and Meryl Streep are all top actors in an extraordinary film.” In addition to its Oscars, the film was named best picture of the year by the New York Film Critics Circle.
The film was also greeted by protests by some activists who felt that the movie falsified the complexities of the Vietnam War and demonized the North Vietnamese. But Cimino argued persuasively that the film was intended to belong to an antiwar tradition that went back to one of the very first Oscar-winning films, ‘All Quiet on the Western Front.’ The film was added to the National Film Registry in 1996, an honor reserved for films deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
John Savage had his first important screen role in THE DEER HUNTER, and he went on to star in Milos Forman’s film of the classic counterculture musical, ‘Hair,’ in the film version of Joseph Wambaugh’s best-selling novel, ‘The Onion Field,’ Richard Donner’s ‘Inside Moves,’ Oliver Stone’s ‘Salvador,’ ‘The Godfather Part III,’ Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ and ‘Summer of Sam.’ He also distinguished himself in the theater, playing in the original production of David Mamet’s ‘American Buffalo,’ among other roles. In addition to many TV appearances, he has worked as a producer and composer as well as an actor.
ALWAYS AT THE CARLYLE director Matthew Miele will participate in Q&A’s at the Monica Film Center on Friday and Saturday, May 18 and 19, after the 7:10 PM shows. Jenelle Riley of Variety will join him for the Friday screening, Jazz Tangcay of Awards Daily for the Saturday screening.
LOOKIN’ UP star Steve Guttenberg will participate in a Q&A at the NoHo after the 7:30 PM screening on Thursday, May 17.