Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Mon, Feb 17, 2020
7:30pm

JOHN SAYLES: INDEPENDENT
Double Feature! Director John Sayles In Person!
MATEWAN / CITY OF HOPE
Co-presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program
Discussion between films with CITY OF HOPE actor Vincent Spano and director John Sayles, who will sign his new book, Yellow Earth, in the lobby at 6:30 PM.
L.A. Premiere of New Restoration!

MATEWAN
1987, Park Circus/MGM, 132 min, USA, Dir: John Sayles

Based on a true incident in the impoverished but coal-rich hills of West Virginia in the 1920s, writer-director John Sayles’ masterpiece is an unforgettable portrait of a community struggling to assert itself under the crushing dominance of capitalist greed. Chris Cooper (ADAPTATION) turns in his finest performance as labor organizer Joe Kenehan, with tremendous support from a cast that includes James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell, David Strathairn and Sayles himself. The cinematography by Haskell Wexler (WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST, and winner of the 1992 ASC Lifetime Achievement Award) perfectly captures the haunted, bone-weary desperation of the miners and their families.


CITY OF HOPE
1991, Sony Repertory, 129 min, USA, Dir: John Sayles

Director John Sayles demonstrates both his talent for characterization and his insightful approach to social issues with this ambitious ensemble piece. Vincent Spano plays the son of a contractor involved in a bitter property dispute that threatens to tear apart the New Jersey city where he lives, while Joe Morton plays an idealistic city councilman struggling to build a constituency. Their stories extend into the lives of dozens of supporting characters across race and class lines, all of whom are fully developed and painfully real. A thoughtful and moving portrait of early 1990s American life that is unfortunately even more relevant today in its vision of urban corruption and political maneuvering.


Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Mon, Feb 17, 2020 • 7:30pm

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