BIG BEAR stars Adam Brody, Zach Knighton, and Pablo Schreiber will participate in a Q&A following the 9:40 PM screening at the Monica Film Center on Friday, September 22.
Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 50th anniversary screening of one of the most delightful and innovative romantic comedies ever made, Stanley Donen’s Two for the Road.
Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney star as a couple trying to come to terms with the changes in their marriage over a 12-year period.
Screenwriter Frederic Raphael, who had won an Oscar for writing Darling two years earlier, received another nomination for Best Original Screenplay for his groundbreaking, time-traveling script for Two for the Road.
Donen, the director of such films as Singin’ in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Funny Face, and Charade, here created one of his most provocative works.
This excavation of a marriage centers on half a dozen trips through the south of France taken by Mark and Joanna Wallace (Finney and Hepburn). But these trips are not presented in chronological order. In fact, the different time sequences are intercut breezily throughout the film. This experiment in non-linear storytelling was clearly influenced by some of the movies of the French New Wave during the 60s. But this was the first major Hollywood film to try to translate that innovative approach to a more mainstream commercial picture. Reactions were mixed at the time, but the film’s reputation has grown in later years, and many now cite it as one of their all-time favorite romantic films.
Life magazine’s Richard Schickel was one of the few to appreciate it in 1967. As he wrote, “Mr. Donen has always been one of the truly stylish directors of light comedy, but here he has surpassed himself and in the process made it clear that the commercial filmmaker no longer has to be bound by the traditions of the past.” Leonard Maltin calls it a “perceptive, winning film… beautifully acted.”
The supporting cast includes William Daniels, Eleanor Bron, Claude Dauphin, Nadia Gray, and Jacqueline Bisset in one of her very first screen roles. Other key contributors to the film include cinematographer Christopher Challis, whose glorious images of the French Riviera dazzle the eye, and multiple Academy Award-winning composer Henry Mancini, who regarded this lyrical score as one of his personal favorites.
Co-star William Daniels, who portrays a hilariously finicky American tourist, had a busy year in 1967. In addition to this film, he co-starred in The President’s Analyst and also played Dustin Hoffman’s father in The Graduate. His other films include A Thousand Clowns, The Parallax View, Oh God!, and Warren Beatty’s Reds. He played John Adams in the acclaimed stage musical, 1776, and reprised his role in the 1972 movie version. Daniels played John Quincy Adams in the TV miniseries, The Adams Chronicles, and also had major roles in the series St. Elsewhere, Boy Meets World, and Grey’s Anatomy. Tickets are available here.
SHOT director Jeremy Kagan and actor Noah Wyle will participate in a Q&A at the Monica Film Center following the 7:30pm show on Saturday, Sept 23. Mr. Kagan and Adam Winkler, author of ‘Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America’ and Professor of Constitutional Law at the UCLA School of Law will participate in a Q&A on Sunday, Sept 24 following the 5:00pm show.
Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present the 35th anniversary of Blake Edwards’ gender-bending musical comedy VICTOR/VICTORIA from 1982.
It will screen on Tuesday, September 19 at the Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills, with special guest Lesley Ann Warren, Oscar-nominated as Best Supporting Actress for her role. Presented on DCP. Click here for tickets.
Julie Andrews, who was celebrated as Broadway’s My Fair Lady in the 1950s, and Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins in the 1960s, emerged from a decade long career slump in the 1970s to some of the best notices of her career in 1982’s Victor/Victoria, written and directed by her husband, Blake Edwards (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Pink Panther).
Andrews put a whole new spin on her musical sweetheart persona by playing a down-on-her-luck singer in 1930s Paris who finds fame, fortune and romance disguised as a man pulling off a female impersonator act.
A skillful supporting cast added to the merriment, including James Garner as a Chicago gangster who falls for Andrews, Alex Karras as his bodyguard, Robert Preston as a gay cabaret performer who coaches Andrews in the masquerade, and Lesley Ann Warren as Garner’s moll.
Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, including Andrews as best actress, Edwards for best screenplay adaptation, and Preston and Warren in the supporting acting categories. Henry Mancini and Leslie Bricusse won the Oscar for their delightful Original Song Score.
Roger Ebert applauded it as “a classic movie sex farce…not only a funny movie, but a warm and friendly one.”
Vincent Canby in The New York Times heaped praise on the entire cast, especially Andrews, Garner, and Preston, “each giving the performance of his and her career in a marvelous fable about mistaken identity, sexual role-playing, love, innocence and sight gags.”
Canby also had kudos for Warren (“squeaky-voiced Norma is enchantingly self-possessed and very comic.”) and for Edwards (“His chef d’oeuvre, his cockeyed, crowning achievement.”)
Our special guest Lesley Ann Warren began her lengthy show biz career on the stage, debuting on Broadway in 1963, which led to her being cast in the title role of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Cinderella in 1965. Following her work as Walt Disney’s main ingénue (The Happiest Millionaire) et al, she graduated to more mature roles in television movies in the 70s before being cast in Victor/Victoria, and played the archetypal dumb blonde with such aplomb that Stanley Kauffmann of the New Republic was impressed that Warren “plays her as if the character had just been invented.”
Warren is also known for playing Miss Scarlet in the cult movie Clue, and for recent recurring TV guest roles in series such as Will & Grace, Desperate Housewives, and Blunt Talk.
The 35th anniversary screening of Victor/Victoria, with a Q&A with Lesley Ann Warren, plays Tuesday, September 19 at 7:30 pm at the Ahrya Fine Arts theatre in Beverly Hills. Click here for tickets.
We are pleased to direct your attention to Los Angeles City College, which will host a one night star-studded live reading of the comedy classic Back to School September 6 as part of the launch of their new Rodney Dangerfield Institute! There will also be a Q&A with the actors from the original film followed by a VIP meet-and-greet. More information is here.
It’s a good cause and one we are especially happy to support because Laemmle Theatres éminence grise Bob Laemmle attended LACC for a year, an experience that was formative in getting him re-focussed after his first attempt at college was not fruitful. So we want to promote the important role played by community colleges in general, and LACC in particular. Also because we love Back to School. “Why don’t you call me sometime when you have no class.”
Filmmaker Tarik Saleh and lead actor Fares Fares of the thrilling new Egyptian drama THE NILE HILTON INCIDENT will participate in Q&A’s following the 7:10 PM show on Friday, September 1 at Royal and following the 7:20 PM show on Saturday, September 2 at Playhouse.