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Thu, May 12, 2011 - Sat, May 14, 2011
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LONESOME COUNTRY: AN IN PERSON TRIBUTE TO MONTE HELLMAN

A true American original, Monte Hellman has directed - over the course of one of the strangest and most elliptical careers in Hollywood - a small, brilliantly consistent group of movies. The cryptic gallery of drifters, drag racers, conflicted soldiers and mute cockfighters in Hellman’s films all seem to inhabit the same desolate landscape: a world where, as Hellman puts it, “Love has been rejected, but people still have a nostalgia for it.” His films have a beautifully stark atmosphere to them - part serene vision, part apocalypse. From TWO-LANE BLACKTOP and COCKFIGHTER to THE SHOOTING and BACK DOOR TO HELL, he seems the unholy offspring of Michelangelo Antonioni and Sam Fuller.

Like a character from one of his own movies, Hellman has gathered elusive fragments of myth around him: a producing credit on RESERVOIR DOGS; his partnerships with Jack Nicholson (four films) and Warren Oates (three films); the long years between projects. Indeed, in 2010 and early 2011 Hellman wowed critics and festival goers with his newest film, his first feature in 21 years, the mysterious mood piece ROAD TO NOWHERE. The film has been dubbed by Variety “the twin peak to his 1971 masterpiece TWO-LANE BLACKTOP,” and this month has its Los Angeles premiere with the American Cinematheque.

Join us for a tribute to the career of Monte Hellman, which also includes a screening of RIDE IN THE WHIRLWIND.

We are thrilled to welcome Monte Hellman to the Egyptian Theatre!

Series compiled by Grant Moninger and Gwen Deglise. Program note additions by Beth Hanna.

Monte Hellman will appear in person for all three nights of the series tribute.
Egyptian TheatreThu, May 12, 2011 - Sat, May 14, 2011
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Monte Hellman In Person!
Thu, May 12, 2011 - 7:30pm
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Monte Hellman In Person!
Fri, May 13, 2011 - 7:30pm
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Los Angeles Premiere! Monte Hellman In Person!
Sat, May 14, 2011 - 7:30pm
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