Aero Theatre
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Series at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 - Sun, Aug 12, 2012

Named for its Italian origins, the “spaghetti Western” was among the hottest dishes on the movie menu in the 1960s, with a group of brash, ambitious Italian filmmakers reinventing the most quintessentially American of genres. Stripping the form of its romantic patriotism and replacing it with bare-bones brutality and satire, the spaghetti Western incorporated widescreen framing, sweaty close-ups and expressive sound design (most often courtesy of composer Ennio Morricone), changing the way Westerns looked, sounded and felt. Small budgets bought plenty of bang for the lira, and relentless action and rootless antiheroes could be counted on to deliver appreciative audiences. Following Film Forum’s lauded program in New York, the American Cinematheque inherits this comprehensive salute to the spaghetti Western, and offers a look at the Wild West from a few thousand miles east.

Thu, Jul 12, 2012 - Sat, Aug 4, 2012

To unveil the Aero Theatre's new state-of-the-art 4K digital projector, we have programmed a Summer of classic films, screening in gorgeous DCP presentations as you’ve never seen them at the Aero!

Fri, Jun 15, 2012 - Sun, Jul 1, 2012

Join us for music films of all varieties (and verités), including D.A. Pennebaker’s Bob Dylan portrait DON’T LOOK BACK and his trio of concert salutes MONTEREY POP, “Jimi Plays Monterey” and “Shake! Otis at Monterey”; Adam Bhala Lough’s THE CARTER about prolific and oft-incarcerated rapper Lil’ Wayne; Alan Parker’s PINK FLOYD – THE WALL; Jimmy Murakami’s WHEN THE WIND BLOWS featuring music by David Bowie; Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads concert doc STOP MAKING SENSE; the only surviving full-length film of STAX REVUE 1967; and a tribute to actor-musician Levon Helm (1940-2012) with Martin Scorsese’s THE LAST WALTZ and Michael Apted’s COAL MINER’S DAUGHTER.

Fri, Jun 8, 2012 - Sun, Jun 24, 2012

The name’s Bond - James Bond! Author Ian Fleming’s Agent 007 has been thrilling moviegoers for half a century, ever since Albert “Cubby” Broccoli and Harry Saltzman’s Eon Productions first brought the character to the big screen in 1962. Join us for a retrospective of Bond films at both the Aero and Egyptian Theatres.

Thu, May 31, 2012 - Thu, Jun 14, 2012

Between 1969 and his death at age 37 in 1982, brilliant enfant terrible German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder made 30 films and numerous television productions, including the fifteen-hour mini-series BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ. Even as he averaged 2 to 3 films per year, his work maintained a meticulous, rigorous style, marked by stunning shot composition, laser-precision blocking and deep characterization ranging from bitterly crystal clear to hypnotically allusive. Fassbinder returned to the same themes and fixations again and again, like pushing on a bruise: money, sex, pride and cruelty. Join us for a retrospective of his work.

Thu, May 24, 2012 - Mon, Dec 31, 2012

Actor, director and mogul Raj Kapoor (1924 - 1988) was one of the giants of Indian cinema and is synonymous with the rise of the monolith known as Bollywood. Largely unknown in North America - except of course to millions of fans of South Asian descent - Kapoor is revered not only in India but throughout the former Soviet empire, the Middle East and beyond for the films he made during the Golden Age of Indian cinema. Join us at the American Cinematheque for monthly screenings of the Bollywood films of Raj Kapoor. Kicking off the series in May is AWAARA (THE VAGABOND) at the Egyptian.