THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST subject Andrew Wakefield will participate in Q&A’s after the 7:20 PM screenings at the Monica Film Center on Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7.
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.
NO MAPS ON MY TAPS director George T. Nierenberg will participate in Q&A’s following the 7:30pm shows on Friday 9/15, Saturday 9/16, and following the 5pm show on Sunday 9/17. Q&A’s will be followed by a spectacular tap performance by Sarah Reich and Anissa Lee on Friday night and Lee Howard on Sunday 5:00 showing. The Saturday night special tap guest performer will be announced.
Correction: An early version of this post incorrectly stated the director would attend every screening.
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.
|YEAR BY THE SEA filmmaker Alexander Janko and producer Laura Goodenow will introduce and participate in Q&A’s opening weekend at the Town Center, Royal, and Playhouse on the following schedule:|
4:10p > Town Center post-film Q&A
7:10p > Town Center pre-film INTRO
7:00p > Royal post-film Q&A
10:00p > Royal pre-film INTRO
1:20p > Town Center post-film Q&A
4:10p > Town Center pre-film INTRO
4:00p > Playhouse post-film Q&A
7:00p > Playhouse pre-film INTRO
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.
TROPHY filmmakers Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau and subject John Hume will participate in a Q&A moderated by Alec Baldwin after the 7 PM screening at the Monica Film Center on Friday, September 15. Add’l Q&A’s with just the filmmakers after the 1:40 and 4:20 shows on Saturday, September 16.