Q&A with Pawel Pawlikowski, director of the Oscar shortlisted film COLD WAR, following the 5:20 pm show on Saturday, January 12th at the Royal in West LA. His previous film IDA won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2014. Click here for tickets.
Filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda will participate in a Q&A following the 1:20pm screening of his Oscar shortlisted, Palme d’Or winning masterpiece, SHOPLIFTERS, on Sunday, January 13th at the Laemmle Royal in West LA. Click here for tickets. NPR film critic Ella Taylor will moderate.
And then there were nine. Eighty-seven nations submitted one film each to compete for the 2019 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and last month the Academy announced its shortlist. Cinephiles can now or very soon see all but one of these extraordinary movies, which tell stories of Europe, the Middle East, North and South America, and Asia, on a Laemmle screen:
|Birds of Passage (Colombia), dirs.: Cristina Gallego/Ciro Guerra|
|The Guilty (Denmark), dir: Gustav Moller|
|Never Look Away (Germany), dir: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck|
|Shoplifters (Japan), dir: Hirokazu Kore-eda|
|Ayka (Kazakhstan), dir: Sergei Dvortsevoy (this one is still looking for a U.S. distributor)|
|Capernaum (Lebanon), dir: Nadine Labaki|
|Roma (Mexico), dir: Alfonso Cuaron|
|Cold War (Poland), dir: Pawel Pawlikowski|
|Burning (Korea), dir: Lee Chang-dong|
The Academy will announce the final five nominees on January 22. Read Nancy Tartaglione’s Deadline Hollywood post about the shortlist, including a couple surprising omissions, here.
Are there any 2018 films you think should have made the cut? Or do you think AMPAS did well?
Whether they expose, enlighten, or simply entertain, we love seeing documentaries on the big screen. That’s why we’re delighted to team with the Academy on a special program that kicks off the new year: OSCARS SPOTLIGHT: DOCUMENTARIES, an opportunity to see all of the vital and compelling films on the Academy’s nominations shortlist at our Santa Monica and Pasadena theaters. All Q&A’s will be at the Santa Monica location unless otherwise noted. There may be additional Q&A’s so stay tuned.
|Thursday, 1/03 at 7pm||FREE SOLO|
|Saturday, 1/05 at 11am||COMMUNION Q&A with director Anna Zamecka|
|Sunday, 1/06 at 11am||OF FATHERS & SONS Q&A with director Talal Derki|
|Tuesday, 1/08 at 7pm||THE SILENCE OF OTHERS Q&A with director Robert Bahar|
|Wednesday, 1/09 at 7pm||DARK MONEY
|Thursday, 1/10 at 7pm||CHARM CITY co-producer Meryam Bouadjemi|
|Saturday, 1/12 at 11am||HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING|
|Sunday, 1/13 at 11am||ON HER SHOULDERS|
|Monday, 1/14 at 7pm||DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS|
|Tuesday, 1/15 at 7pm||SHIRKERS|
|Wednesday 1/16 at 7pm||CRIME + PUNISHMENT|
|Thursday, 1/17 at 7pm||MINDING THE GAP
|Saturday, 1/19 at 11am||WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR|
|Sunday, 1/20 at 11am||RBG|
|Monday, 1/21 at 11am||THREE IDENTICAL STRANGERS|
Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a musical holiday treat, the 35th anniversary screening of Barbra Streisand’s groundbreaking romantic drama, YENTL.
After starring in many acclaimed and popular films, Streisand made her directorial debut with this adaptation of a provocative Isaac Bashevis Singer story, Yentl the Yeshiva Boy. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards and won the Oscar for Original Song Score by Michel Legrand, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. Streisand also became the first woman to win a Golden Globe for directing.
Streisand first thought of making a straight dramatic film of Singer’s story — she pursued the rights in the late 1960s, after her successful film debut in Funny Girl — but it took 15 years to realize her dream. After many rejections, her friends Marilyn and Alan Bergman suggested bringing the story to life as a musical film, which enabled Streisand to win over skeptical (and chauvinistic) Hollywood executives by guaranteeing that she would once again sing on screen.
Singer’s story tells of a young woman living in a Polish village at the turn of the 20th century. She is determined to get an education, but the strict Orthodox Jewish customs of the time forbid women from entering religious schools. So she disguises herself as a boy and makes a strong impression in her classes. But her personal life gets complicated when a man she loves (Mandy Patinkin) persuades her to marry his own fiancée (Amy Irving), who then begins to develop romantic feelings for her new “husband.”
Way ahead of its time in examining complex transgender relationships, the film became a box office hit and earned Oscar nominations for Irving, the inventive production design, and two of the songs written by the Bergmans and Legrand, including a song that would become one of Streisand’s signature numbers, “Papa Can You Hear Me?”
Nehemiah Persoff, Steven Hill, Allan Corduner and Miriam Margolyes co-star. The elegant cinematography is by David Watkin (Out of Africa, Chariots of Fire, Moonstruck). Streisand wrote the screenplay with Jack Rosenthal. She went on to direct other films at a time when female filmmakers were still a rarity.
Pauline Kael wrote of Yentl, “It has a distinctive and surprising spirit. It’s funny, delicate, and intense—all at the same time.” Newsweek’s Jack Kroll called the film “a delight and at times an astonishment.”
Alan Bergman, our special guest speaker, co-wrote two Academy Award-winning songs, “The Windmills of Your Mind” from The Thomas Crown Affair and “The Way We Were.” He and his wife earned many other nominations, and in 1982, they had the distinction of being the only songwriters ever to write lyrics for three of the five songs nominated for best song, including the theme from the smash hit comedy, Tootsie.
Over the course of their careers, they collaborated with composers Michel Legrand, Marvin Hamlisch, Quincy Jones, Dave Grusin, John Williams, and many others. They have also written for the theater and television, and Alan Bergman still has an active career singing in nightclubs.
YENTL screens at 7:30pm on December 27th at the Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills. Oscar-winning songwriter Alan Bergman and film critic Stephen Farber in person for a discussion and Q&A. Click here for tickets.
ART IN THE ARTHOUSE happily welcomes back artists DAPHNE HILL and ANNA STUMP, this time to the Royal for a festival of color just in time for the holidays. Swing by our gallery for a look at their newest work. The exhibit runs through February, 2019.
About the exhibit
Successful collaboration in the world of painting is a rare phenomenon. The duo of HILL and STUMP, known for their breathtaking floral compositions, have nourished a unique and productive partnership. In a kind of creative symbiosis, they appear to “finish each other’s sentences,” layering each piece and editing each other to create something entirely new. Stump comments, “Our process is almost egoless because we can’t, as individual artists, get attached to anything we do. Hill confirms, “We never call a piece finished unless we’re both happy with it.”
Each application of paint is separated from the next by a layer of clear resin, lending depth and brilliance to the compositions. Their work includes nods to Rococo foliage, gilt decoration, Japanese motifs, and Impressionism. Artists such as JAKUCHU, FRAGONARD and SARGENT, as well as the light and spectacle of the Southern California landscape serve as inspiration.
In this exhibit, curated for Art in the Arthouse by Tish Laemmle, the magic of the flower is utilized as a vehicle for light and form to express itself. Nothing is overlooked. Whether realized or abstracted, each individual mum, magnolia, or cactus blossom is rendered until it glows. The artists work together in their studio in San Diego and also maintain a space in the El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles. Hill has recently become bicoastal, returning to her childhood home of Tennessee while Stump has become involved in the blooming High Desert community. Both teach art in college and at a men’s maximum security prison.
– Tish Laemmle, curator
Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series celebrate the 60th anniversary of one of the most beloved and acclaimed musicals of all time, GIGI.
The film won nine Academy Awards in 1958, including Best Picture, Best Director Vincente Minnelli, Best Adapted Screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner, and Best Scoring by Andre Previn of the original songs by Lerner and his frequent collaborator, Frederick Loewe. At the time, that was the most Oscars ever awarded to a single film, and GIGI also has the distinction of being one of only three films in cinema history to win every Oscar for which it was nominated.
GIGI was also perhaps the last great musical created for the screen. Produced by Arthur Freed for MGM, it follows in the tradition of other original musicals sponsored by the Freed unit, including ‘Meet Me in St. Louis,’ ‘Singin’ in the Rain,’ ‘The Band Wagon,’ and an earlier best picture winner, ‘An American in Paris,’ which was also directed by Minnelli and written by Lerner. After GIGI, almost all the memorable Hollywood musicals were adapted from Broadway successes like ‘West Side Story,’ ‘My Fair Lady,’ ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘Oliver!,’ and ‘Cabaret.’
GIGI came about partly as a result of the phenomenal stage success of Lerner and Loewe’s ‘My Fair Lady,’ which conquered Broadway in 1956. The pair was looking for a follow-up, and that is how they happened to strike up a partnership with Freed and Minnelli, masters of the MGM musical. It was Leslie Caron, the star of ‘An American in Paris’ along with Lili (which earned her an Oscar nomination), who suggested the idea of adapting ‘Gigi’ into a musical.
Freed had a few qualms, since the source material was not exactly wholesome family entertainment (the bedrock of most MGM musicals). The 1944 novella by French author Colette told the story of a young woman groomed by her grandmother and great-aunt to be a courtesan in turn-of-the-century Paris. Censorship was just beginning to loosen in Hollywood, and Freed and Lerner felt they could mask the sordid subject sufficiently to get by with it. Adults would understand the racy underpinnings while family audiences could remain happily oblivious and enjoy the scenery and the songs.
Still, the daring subject matter undoubtedly helped to win the movie critical acclaim as well as Academy recognition. The New York Times’ Bosley Crowther wrote, “it is not only a charming comprehension of the spicy confection of Colette, but it is also a lovely and lyrical enlargement upon that story’s favored mood and atmosphere.” Leonard Maltin concurred, calling the film “exquisitely filmed, perfectly cast, with memorable Lerner & Loewe score.” Variety hailed “a very fair lady indeed… Miss Caron is completely captivating and convincing in the title role.”
Co-starring with Caron were Louis Jourdan, Maurice Chevalier (who earned an honorary Oscar that year), Hermione Gingold, Eva Gabor, and Isabel Jeans. The score includes the Oscar-winning title song, the lively “The Night They Invented Champagne,” and a memorable duet by Chevalier and Gingold, “I Remember It Well.” The film also won awards for cinematography, production design, and for the elegant costumes by the brilliant Cecil Beaton.
Our 60th Anniversary Screening of GIGI screens Saturday, December 8, at 7:30 PM at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills. Click here for tickets.
This December, classic disaster films are coming to the NoHo 7 by land, by sea, and by air!
Our “Disaster December” Throwback Thursday series begins on Thursday, December 6th with EARTHQUAKE! Doors open at 7pm, trivia starts at 7:30, and movies begin at 7:40pm. Check out the full schedule below!
December 6: Earthquake
After an earthquake destroys Los Angeles, architect Stewart Graff (Charlton Heston) tries to rescue his estranged wife (Ava Gardner), help with the ongoing rescue efforts taking place around him, and locate his girlfriend (Geneviève Bujold). Richard Roundtree and Lorne Green also star. TICKETS.
December 13: The Poseidon Adventure
The Poseidon, an ocean liner larger than the Queens Elizabeth and Mary combined, is charting its course on New Year’s Eve. Just after midnight, Captain Harrison (Leslie Nielsen) spots the mother of all tidal waves. The ship is overturned, with only a handful of survivors. The ten lucky ones — including Mike Rogo (Ernest Borgnine), Linda Rogo (Stella Stevens), Acres (Roddy McDowall), Belle Rosen (Shelley Winters), and Manny Rosen (Jack Albertson) — led by no-nonsense minister Frank Scott (Gene Hackman), desperately attempt to climb from the top of the ship (now submerged) to the bottom (now “the top”). TICKETS.
December 20: Airport
Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin star in this hit disaster movie that began the genre. Based on Arthur Hailey’s 1968 novel of the same name, the film follows an airport manager trying to keep his airport open during a snowstorm while the a Boeing 707 crew tries to safely land after a terrorist detonates a bomb on board. Also starring Jean Seberg, Jacqueline Bisset, and George Kennedy. TICKETS.
December 27: No Screening
Details about January #TBT screenings are coming soon. Remember to check www.laemmle.com/tbt for updates!