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1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 - Sun, Mar 6, 2016
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Born to a working-class family in London, Alan Rickman (February 21, 1946 - January 14, 2016) took to the arts at a young age, initially following in his older brother’s footsteps as a graphic designer. But acting was his real passion, and in the early 1970s he successfully auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Steady stage roles grounded in the classics led Rickman to the Royal Shakespeare Company, and his work as the Vicomte de Valmont in the RSC’s Broadway transfer of Les Liaisons Dangereuses earned the actor a Tony nomination.

Hollywood soon came calling, and what it saw in the performer was a first-class bad guy; Bruce Willis wouldn’t have seemed nearly as heroic in DIE HARD if Rickman’s German terrorist wasn’t so menacing. His juicy turn as the Sheriff of Nottingham in ROBIN HOOD: PRINCE OF THIEVES won Rickman BAFTA’s Best Supporting Actor award, and the title role of TV’s “Rasputin” earned him an Emmy and a Golden Globe. His role as Severus Snape in the HARRY POTTER franchise, is at first glance another frightening antagonist - Harry Potter’s least favorite teacher of Potions and Defense Against the Dark Arts. Yet by the series’ end, Snape is seen as someone much more complex, thanks largely to Rickman’s performance.

And so it is with the actor himself. Look past the blockbusters and Rickman’s versatility is quickly evident. From sophisticated romance (TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY; SENSE AND SENSIBILITY) to sci-fi comedy (GALAXY QUEST, THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY), there wasn’t a character beyond his range. His final screen appearance, as a lieutenant general in the new British thriller EYE IN THE SKY, is another to treasure: thoughtful, commanding and thoroughly memorable.

Series compiled by Grant Moninger and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by John Hagelston.

DIE HARD screenwriter Steven De Souza and GALAXY QUEST director Dean Parisot appear for discussions after their films.
Aero TheatreThu, Mar 3, 2016 - Sun, Mar 6, 2016
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Thu, Mar 3, 2016 - 7:30pm
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Screenwriter Steven De Souza In Person!
Fri, Mar 4, 2016 - 7:30pm
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Director and Screenwriter In Person!
Sat, Mar 5, 2016 - 7:30pm
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Free Members-Only Event!
Sun, Mar 6, 2016 - 7:30pm
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