CRUEL AND UNUSUAL director Vadim Jean will participate in a Q&A after the 7:10 PM show at the Monica Film Center on Friday, June 2.
RANDOM TROPICAL PARADISE writer-director Sanjeev Sirpal and the cast will introduce the 9:55 PM screening on Friday, June 9 and the 5 PM screening on Saturday, June 10.
35th Anniversary Screening of DINER (1982)
Followed by a Q&A with Producer Mark Johnson
Saturday, June 10, at 7:30 PM at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre
Presented in 35mm
Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a 35th anniversary screening of one of the best loved film of the 1980s, Barry Levinson’s DINER. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with producer Mark Johnson hosted by film critic Stephen Farber.
Levinson made his directorial debut with this feature set in his native Baltimore in 1959, and he earned an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.
The frequently uproarious comedy-drama, set to a rousing soundtrack of hits from the period, follows a group of friends who hang out at their favorite diner as they try to navigate the perilous path from adolescence to adulthood. Long before Mad Men, this film skewered the blatant sexism that was rampant in the era.
The extraordinary cast, many of them new to movies, includes Steve Guttenberg, Daniel Stern, Paul Reiser, Mickey Rourke, Kevin Bacon, Tim Daly, and Ellen Barkin. Levinson encouraged his cast to improvise, and their rapport helped to electrify the film.
Time’s Richard Corliss wrote that Diner was “wonderfully cast and played.” People Magazine declared, “All the performances are remarkable… But the ultimate triumph is Levinson’s. He captures both the surface and the soul of an era with candor and precision.”
Mark Johnson won the Academy Award for producing the Best Picture of 1988, Rain Man, also directed by Levinson. His many other credits include The Natural, Good Morning Vietnam, Avalon, Bugsy, Donnie Brasco, A Perfect World, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Notebook, and the award-winning TV series Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and Rectify. He has chaired the foreign language committee of the Motion Picture Academy for many years.
Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics series present two of the less frequently revived films from the Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock: a 75th anniversary screening of the World War II-era thriller, SABOTEUR, and a 45th anniversary screening of one of his final films, FRENZY. See two films for the price of one on June 6th at the Ahrya Fine Arts, NoHo 7, and Pasadena Playhouse 7. Presented on DCP.
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Both films are variations on one of Hitchcock’s favorite themes, that of the wrong man in jeopardy—a story that he first explored in one of his early British classics, The 39 Steps, and that he reworked in such American films as Spellbound, Strangers on a Train, and North by Northwest.
In Saboteur Robert Cummings plays a munitions factory worker suspected of setting a destructive industrial fire and forced to go on the lam to prove his innocence. The tart and witty screenplay was penned by Peter Viertel, Joan Harrison, and Dorothy Parker and centers on a conspiracy by a group of softspoken but sinister American Fascists. The Statue of Liberty finale is one of Hitchcock’s memorable set pieces. Priscilla Lane, Otto Kruger, and Norman Lloyd costar. The New York Times called it “a swift, high-tension film.”
In Frenzy, Hitchcock filmed in his native England for the first time in more than two decades. Jon Finch plays the innocent man accused of a series of grisly murders by the notorious “Necktie Strangler.” British actors Barry Foster, Anna Massey, Billie Whitelaw, Alec McCowen, and Vivien Merchant costar. This thriller was written by acclaimed playwright Anthony Shaffer (Sleuth) and received the best reviews of Hitchcock’s late career. Roger Ebert noted that “Frenzy is a return to old forms for the master of suspense,” and Leonard Maltin declared, “All classic Hitchcock elements are here, including delicious black humor, several astounding camera shots.”
Kyle Abraham, one of Wendy Whelan’s frequent dance partners who appears in the film, will participate in a Q&A after the 7:50pm screening of RESTLESS CREATURE: WENDY WHELAN at the Royal on Friday, June 9.
MAURIZIO CATTELAN: BE RIGHT BACK director Maura Axelrod, along with Philippe Vergne, director of L.A. MOCA, will be on hand for a Q&A on Friday 6/2 after the 7:30PM show at the Music Hall. The first 50 people in the theater will get a bag designed by Maurizio Cattelan exclusively for the film, limited edition (only 200 made).
PASADENA ART SHOW ’17
Thursday June 1, 6-9 PM
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Art in the Arthouse is delighted to present THE PASADENA ART SHOW ’17. Please join us to celebrate our local artists in an intimate theatre setting. Our special event features a slide show on the big screen, artist talks, and of course, the wine, cheese and conversation Art in the Arthouse is known for. Meet the artists and stay for the art!
About the Exhibit
Our third annual Pasadena community show brings together a diverse group of artistic talent culled from the surrounding community. Beyond the inherent eclecticism, there is a shared commitment to create compelling work, zoomed in on aesthetics in what might be considered a bluntly un-aesthetic time. The pieces vary from drawings and digital manipulations to refined paintings and musings through the spirit of animals. Through it all, the intentional act of “making art” – in contrast to the ephemeral and self-absorbed social media imagery that pervades our culture – inform the group’s collective conscience.
Art in the Arthouse celebrates these unique 20+ artists and salutes them for having the courage to see, and allowing others to see, in new ways. The exhibit runs for several months, with sales benefitting the Laemmle Foundation and its support of humanistic and environmental efforts in the L.A. region. Enjoy!
– Joshua Elias, curator
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Laemmle Playhouse 7
673 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
96 SOULS writer-director Stanley Jacobs and cast members Greg Rose, Grinnell Morris, Sid Veda, Kevin Rock, Toyin Moses, Darla Haun, and ShaiFali will participate in a Q&A after the 7:10 PM screening at the Music Hall on Friday, May 26.