Join us at the American Cinematheque for the 2015 installment of our Art Directors Guild Film Society monthly screenings. Kicking off the series is SOTTO… SOTTO, one of Italian director Lina Wertmuller’s most sumptuous cinematic feasts thanks to the design work of Gianni Giovagnoni and Enrico Job, followed in coming months by such richly visualized feature films as AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND.
The pointy-eared Mr. Spock of the planet Vulcan became one of the most universally recognizable characters on Earth thanks to the talents of Leonard Nimoy (March 26, 1931 - February 27, 2015). This series remembers his work in several of the STAR TREK feature films (with director Nicholas Meyer joining us), as well other work in film, television and theater including "The Outer Limits," 1978's INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS and a filmed production of his one-man-show VINCENT.
The journeys of Agnès Varda - captured so beautifully in the recent five-part documentary series "From Here To There" - have brought the director around the world, exploring film and other arts in many different cultures. Join us for a few episodes from the series, along with Varda's features CLÉO FROM 5 TO 7, Jane Birkin doc JANE B. FOR AGNÈS V., and offbeat romance KUNG-FU MASTER!, costarring her son Mathieu Demy (who will appear in person) and a young Charlotte Gainsbourg.
Like his titular role in ZORBA THE GREEK, actor Anthony Quinn had an appetite for life that was infectious, and 100 years after his birth, his charismatic performances still resonate with moviegoers from all walks of life. Series also includes LA STRADA, VIVA ZAPATA!, LUST FOR LIFE and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA.
Blasted into public consciousness - and controversy - by the first X-rated cartoon, FRITZ THE CAT, legendary writer-director-producer Ralph Bakshi’s career in animation spans an astounding 50 years. He joins us in person for double features of HEAVY TRAFFIC / AMERICAN POP and THE LORD OF THE RINGS / WIZARDS, and will also be selling his art and presenting a clip of his new film for the audience!
While there are gems scattered throughout each decade of Robert Altman's oeuvre, the director arguably reached his zenith in the 1970s, during that brief window of cinema history when filmmakers of independent vision had regular access to studio resources. With such masterpieces as the hazy anti-Western MCCABE AND MRS. MILLER (1971), neo-noir THE LONG GOODBYE (1973) and bravura ensemble piece NASHVILLE (1975), Robert Altman blazed as one of the brightest auteurs of New Hollywood.