MY ART writer-director Laurie Simmons and actors Lena Dunham and John Rothman will participate in a Q&A at the Ahrya Fine Arts on Friday, January 19 after the 7:20 PM screening. Additionally, Ms. Simmons will be joined by journalist-author Nancy Griffin for a Q&A after a special 1:50 PM screening dedicated to women (and friends!) on Sunday, January 21.
Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series launch our Anniversary Classics Abroad program for 2018 with one of the most influential and highly acclaimed of all foreign films: Federico Fellini’s autobiographical masterpiece, 8 ½.
8 ½ screens Wednesday, January 17 at 7pm in Encino, Pasadena, and West LA. Click here for tickets.
Fellini had already won two Oscars in the 1950s, and in 1963, 8 ½ scored the most Oscar nominations of any foreign film up to that time, with a total of five, including Best Director and Best Original Screenplay (by Fellini, Ennio Flaiano, Tullio Pinelli and Brunello Rondi). It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and Piero Gherardi won for his stunning black-and-white costume design.
Marcello Mastroianni, who had starred in Fellini’s international smash, La Dolce Vita, three years earlier, plays Guido Anselmi, a film director struggling to complete his newest film while also juggling a wife, a mistress, and several other women as he meditates on sexuality, religion, and mortality.
The film is set primarily at a lavish spa, where Guido’s personal and professional turmoil is continually interrupted by poignant childhood memories and wickedly witty fantasies. Esteemed Italian novelist Alberto Moravia compared the film to James Joyce’s stream-of-consciousness novel, Ulysses, and the film’s visual flourishes changed the entire language of cinema.
The New Republic’s Stanley Kauffmann wrote, “In terms of execution I cannot remember a more brilliant film… We see a wizard at the height of his wizardry.”
Writing in Esquire, Dwight Macdonald called 8 ½ “the most brilliant, varied, and entertaining movie since Citizen Kane.”
In addition to Mastroianni, the cast includes Anouk Aimee, Sandra Milo, Claudia Cardinale, Rossella Falk, and Barbara Steele. Other important collaborators include cinematographer Gianni di Venanzo and composer Nino Rota, whose jaunty circus melodies help to propel the movie.
8 ½ had a major influence on directors all over the world, including Mike Nichols, Paul Mazursky, Woody Allen, Francois Truffaut, and recent Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino.
This year intrepid moviegoers will have a chance to see every one of the shortlisted foreign films in theaters. The Academy received submissions from around the world, 92 nations in all, and has whittled them down to these lucky nine. (Anne Thompson of Indiewire has a good breakdown about the snubs and surprises here.)
We open the Hungarian drama ON BODY AND SOUL this Friday at the Music Hall. We’ve been playing the hit Swedish comedy THE SQUARE since November. We have Fatih Akin’s IN THE FADE (Germany), starring a fierce Diane Kruger, right now at the Royal and starting Friday at the Playhouse and Town Center. (We’ll also host Mr. Akin in person for a Q&A at the Royal this Friday.) The following weekend we’ll open THE INSULT (Lebanon), and bring back FELICITE (Senegal) and THE WOUND (South Africa). We’ll have Russia’s LOVELESS in February and Israel’s FOXTROT in early March. We don’t yet have FANTASTIC WOMAN (Chile) dated but most likely will soon. Travel the world via movie theater seat. Much more affordable than the airlines, and better leg room!
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Come celebrate with LAEMMLE LIVE! It’s our first anniversary and we are launching season two with an encore performance by Santa Monica High School’s Chamber orchestra performing Bartök Divertimento and solo works. Joni Swenson and Jason Aiello, Music Directors. Guest host KUSC Announcer Rich Capparela, who opened our series last year, shares his musical wit and wisdom.
Samohi has a long tradition of musical excellence. Several factors contribute to the strength of the music program including strong elementary and middle school programs, a supportive community, and an outstanding music faculty. Courses offered are Beginning Orchestra, String Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, Sinfonia Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Students receive one hour per week of sectional small group instruction taught by paid coaches funded by the Samohi Orchestra Parents Association. Join us January 21. Come for the music, stay for the cake!
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Monica Film Center
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Support Your Local P.T.A. every Throwback Thursday in January with four classic Paul Thomas Anderson films in North Hollywood. See the movies how they’re meant to be seen… in The Valley! Anderson’s latest, PHANTOM THREAD, opens in Pasadena on January 12th and comes to Claremont, Encino, NoHo, and Santa Monica on January 19th.
Our Throwback Thursday series begins at the NoHo 7 on Thursday, January 4th with BOOGIE NIGHTS. Doors open at 7pm, trivia starts at 7:30, and movies begin at 7:40pm. Our weekly #TBT series is presented in partnership with Eat|See|Hear. Check out the full schedule below!
January 4: Boogie Nights
Set in 1977, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a nightclub, rises from a nobody to a celebrity adult entertainer, and soon the whole world seems to know his porn alter ego, “Dirk Diggler.” Featuring an amazing, award-winning cast, including Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, John C. Reilly, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Don Cheadle, William H. Macy, and many more. Format: DCP. Click here for tickets.
January 11: There Will Be Blood
An epic set in the booming West coast oil fields at the turn of the 20th century, BLOOD follows the rise of a prospector (Daniel Day-Lewis) who becomes a wealthy oilman after the strike of a lifetime. Nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor and Director, and winner for Actor and Cinematography. Format: DCP. Click here for tickets.
January 18: Hard Eight
Professional gambler Sydney teaches John the tricks of the trade. John does well until he falls for cocktail waitress Clementine. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. Reilly, Philip Baker Hall, and Samuel L. Jackson. Format: DVD (the only format made available to us). Click here for tickets.
January 25: Magnolia
An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. The stellar cast includes Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, Tom Cruise, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Robards, Ricky Jay, and Luis Guzmán. Format:
DCP Blu-ray (Distributor unable to provide DCP). Click here for tickets.
Oscar-shortlisted doc AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL: TRUTH TO POWER directors Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, producer Richard Berge, and Former Vice President Al Gore will participate in a Q&A at the Fine Arts after the 5PM screening on Sunday, January 7. Jenelle Riley of Variety will moderate. Click here for tickets.
About the film:
A decade after AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Former Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight, traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.
Artist, activist, and filmmaker Ai Weiwei will participate in a Q&A at the Royal theater in West LA after a special screening of his Oscar-shortlisted documentary HUMAN FLOW at 10AM on Saturday, January 6th. Ella Taylor of NPR will moderate. Click here for tickets.
About the film:
Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact.
Captured over the course of an eventful year in 23 countries, the film follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretches across the globe in countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, France, Greece, Germany, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey.