SELMA (and maybe soon-to-be-Marvel) director Ava DuVernay will sit down with director Euzhan Palcy for a discussion about her career, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of A DRY WHITE SEASON, in which she directed Marlon Brando in an Oscar-nominated performance. The evening concludes with the world premiere of a new restoration of charming music-based fantasy SIMÉON, which is set in the Caribbean. Ms. Palcy is the first black, female filmmaker to make a movie at a major studio, as well as the first black woman to win the French Oscar equivalent, the Cesar Award. A complimentary JM and Clement rum reception precedes the double bill.
We reach the end of the 1950s in our countdown of 75 years of the Aero with a French film double feature of Jacques Tati's 1958 comedy MON ONCLE (the English-language version he shot simultaneously with the French film) and François Truffaut's seminal French New Wave classic THE 400 BLOWS, from 1959.
In honor of the Aero Theatre's 75th anniversary, we've been picking a film to represent every year from 1940 to present day; we reach 1960 with this Federico Fellini classic. Marcello Mastroianni was catapulted into superstar status as the sensitive tabloid reporter juggling the affections of several women (voluptuous movie star Anita Ekberg, icy mistress Anouk Aimee and neurotic girlfriend Magali Noël) while making the rounds of the spirit-destroying nightlife of the Via Veneto.
Max Ophüls Double Feature! Special Prints! Introduction by Max Ophüls' Great-Grandson Andréas-Benjamin Seyfert!
Max Ophüls mixes romance and world politics in the French-language FROM MAYERLING TO SARAJEVO (his last film before emigrating to Hollywood), a tale of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand's love for a Czech aristocrat, threatening his life and his country in a chain of events that led to World War. Then, in the swooningly romantic LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN, Joan Fontaine carries a life-long torch for a debonair composer.