THE BILL MURRAY STORIES director Tommy Avallone will participate in a Q&A after the 7:30 PM show on Monday, Oct 22 at the Ahrya Fine Arts.
Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present the latest installment in our popular Anniversary Classics Abroad program, 60th anniversary screenings of the Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film of 1958, Jacques Tati’s MON ONCLE.
Tati made only six feature films over the course of his career (including Jour de Fete, Playtime, and Traffic), and this comedy—his first film in color—is considered one of the highlights.
Tati had introduced the character of Mr. Hulot in Mr. Hulot’s Holiday, his highly praised film from 1953. He once again plays the character of Hulot in this more ambitious satire of modern technology and its dehumanizing effect on family life. Jean-Pierre Zola and Adrienne Servantie play a married couple in thrall to a sterile, workaday world. Alain Becourt plays their young son who finds liberation with his playful uncle.
As in many of Tati’s films, Mon Oncle pays homage to the masters of silent comedy. There is very little dialogue in the film; instead the humor is visual, where the slightly futuristic settings are as important as the human characters. The ingenious sets were designed by Jacques Lagrange at the Victorine Studios outside Nice.
Variety wrote, “Jacques Tati’s film has inventiveness, gags, warmth and a ‘poetic’ approach to satire.” Leonard Maltin declared, “Tati’s first color film is a masterpiece… Continuous flow of sight gags (including the funniest fountain you’ll ever see) makes this easygoing, nearly dialogue-less comedy a total delight.”
The film has also had an enduring impact on many other directors. At the AFI Festival in 2010, David Lynch presented a screening of Mon Oncle and announced that it was one of the films that had the greatest influence on him.
Monica Film Center
Friday, 10/19: Q&A following 7:20 PM show with Rémi Kessler (producer/director); Mel Tillekeratne (advocate); & Alisa Orduña (Senior Advisor to the City Manager on Homelessness, City of Santa Monica). Moderated by Maryam Zar (Chair, Westside Regional Alliance of Councils).
Saturday, 10/20: Q&A following 7:20 PM show with Rémi Kessler (producer/director); Rudy Salinas (advocate); special guests; and team members of United Way of Greater LA’s Everyone In campaign.
Sunday, 10/21: Q&A following 7:20 PM show with Rémi Kessler (producer/director); Claudia Perez (advocate with lived experience); & Maryam Zar (Chair, Westside Regional Alliance of Councils).
Monday, 10/22: Q&A following 7:20 PM show with Rémi Kessler (producer/director); Bill Parent (Chair of the Santa Monica Social Services Commission and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee on Homelessness); Tara Barauskas (Executive Director, Community Corporation of Santa Monica)
Tuesday, 10/23: Q&A following 7:30 PM show with Rémi Kessler (producer/director); Claudia Perez (advocate with lived experience); Mary Kirchen(Founder, Housing Works); and Anne Miskey(C.E.O., Union Station Homeless Services).
Wednesday, 10/24: Q&A following 7:30 PM show with Rémi Kessler (producer/director); Rudy Salinas (advocate); and executives from L.A. Family Housing.
Town Center 5
Thursday, 10/25: Q&A following 7:30pm show with Rémi Kessler (producer/director); Mel Tillekeratne (advocate); plus special guests.
STELLA’S LAST WEEKEND Q&A with stars Nat Wolff, Alex Wolff and Writer/director and star Polly Draper following the 7:00 PM show on Friday, Oct 12th at the Monica Film Center.
WOBBLE PALACE Q&A with director, cast and crew moderated by Tierney Finster on Friday, 10/12 after the 7:40 PM show at the NoHo 7. Director Eugene Kotlyarenko will also participate in a Q&A on Sunday, 10/14 after the 7:50 PM show.
7:50 PM – Q&A with directors Elan and Jonathan Bogarin and moderated by the Sundance Institute’s Tabitha Jackson.
3:10 PM – Creative Distribution panel with directors Elan and Jonathan Bogarin and Sundance Institute’s Liz Manashil.
7:50 PM – “Cleaning Up Grief and Loss” with directors Elan and Jonathan Bogarin, Sarah Troop of Order of the Good Death, and Julie Naylon of No More Wire Hangers.
3:10 PM -“End of Life” with directors Elan and Jonathan Bogarin and Betsy Trapasso of Death and the Arts.
7:50 PM – “The Soundtrack of a Life” with Sundance Institute’s Peter Golub and Composer Troy Herion.
7:50 PM – Q&A with Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style moderated by Abby Davis.
THE SAMUEL PROJECT Q&A with Hal Linden and Ryan Ochoa Friday, 10/05 at the Town Center after the 7:10 PM show and at the Music Hall following the 7:40 PM show.
This Halloween season Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 65th anniversary screening of the 1953 horror thriller HOUSE OF WAX, starring horrormeister Vincent Price, in 3-D.
The film was a remake of Warner Bros.’ Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) with the added sensation of three-dimensional technology. This version is noteworthy for its creative use of 3-D and emphasis on storytelling over gimmicks.
Directed by Andre de Toth from a screenplay by Crane Wilbur (adapted from the earlier film and the play The Wax Works by Charles Belden). Toth, a Hungarian émigré and workman director who remarkably had one eye, which rendered him unable to see the 3-D effects of his most accomplished movie. House of Wax was the first color 3-D feature film from a major studio, and its’ success at the box office fueled the first 3-D craze that swept Hollywood in the early 1950s.
Vincent Price stars as a wax sculptor-artist of an early twentieth-century New York wax museum who is disfigured in a fire set by his greedy business partner. He returns to open a new house of wax figures that create a show business sensation of shock and terror, with a horrifying secret – his wax effigies are now filled with corpses.
After primarily supporting parts, Price relished the leading role that launched him into the front ranks of screen villainy, and he spent the rest of his movie career closely identified with the horror-terror genre in such films as House on Haunted Hill, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, and Theater of Blood.
A strong supporting cast included Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, and in roles early in their careers, future Oscar-nominee Carolyn Jones (Bachelor Party, TV’s The Addams Family) and action star Charles (Bronson) Buchinsky (Death Wish), who is somewhat pitiable in the role of madman Price’s mute assistant.
The novelty of wearing polaroid glasses to view the 3-D effects (including a paddleball-pitchman and the original museum fire) helped lure audiences away from their television sets in the fifties.
Variety aptly predicted “this film will knock ‘em for a ghoul.” The film was successfully reissued twice, in 1971 and again in the second 3-D fad of the early 1980s. In 2014, the movie was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress in the National Film Registry.
The 65th anniversary screening in 3-D shows at the Ahrya Fine Arts in Beverly Hills on Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 PM. 3-D glasses provided to view the fun.
Format: 3-D DCP