Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sun, Nov 3, 2019

Actor Willem Dafoe In Person!
Willem Dafoe is an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actor who is internationally respected for bringing versatility, boldness and dare to some of the most celebrated films of our time. His artistic curiosity in exploring the human condition leads him to projects all over the world, large and small, Hollywood films as well as independent cinema.

Don’t forget to turn your clock back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night as daylight savings ends at midnight on Nov. 3.

This screening is free with RSVP to:

Please arrive early; RSVP is not a guarantee of seating. American Cinematheque Members will have priority seating when the doors open one hour prior to showtime. For more information on Membership, email

4-Film Marathon! PLATOON, 1986, Park Circus/MGM, 120 min. Dir. Oliver Stone. Oliver Stone brings his own Vietnam War experiences to the big screen embodied in Pvt. Taylor (Charlie Sheen) in what stands as one of the definitive portraits of men at war. Well-intentioned Willem Dafoe and demonic Tom Berenger are flip sides of the same coin, two feuding sergeants and elder-brother role models who will take Sheen through his nightmarish trial by fire. Forest Whitaker is also among the ranks. Won Oscars for Best Picture and Director.

THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, 1988, Universal, 164 min. Dir. Martin Scorsese. An insightful, intensely personal adaptation of the Nikos Kazantzakis novel that dares to portray Jesus as human as well as divine. Willem Dafoe is a realistic, believable Christ beset by doubt, whose faith and selflessness finally triumph in the ultimate self-sacrifice. This indelibly moving film features a dream cast, with Harvey Keitel as an idealistic Judas tortured by unfolding destiny and a luminous Barbara Hershey as a sensual, sensitive Mary Magdalene.

THE LIGHTHOUSE, 2019, A24, 109 min. Dir. Robert Eggers. From Robert Eggers, the visionary filmmaker behind modern horror masterpiece THE WITCH, comes this hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson star in the atmospheric drama, whose B&W cinematography (by Jarin Blaschke) and 1.19:1 aspect ratio recall the silent era. “Has abject misery ever been such fun to watch? Has soul-sick dread ever looked so gorgeous? The world of THE LIGHTHOUSE is harsh, austere, forbidding and cruel. But - I swear, by Poseidon's beard - I can't wait to go back.” – Glen Weldon, NPR.

SHADOW OF THE VAMPIRE, 2000, Lionsgate, 90 min. Dir. Elias Merhige. This fictional meditation about F.W. Murnau (John Malkovich) and the making of NOSFERATU is based on the conceit that the director was so determined to make the most authentic movie ever that he employed a real vampire, Max Schreck (Willem Dafoe), to play the title character. Attributing Schreck's weird behavior and ghastly appearances to "Method" acting, Murnau indulges his leading man's every exigency, shooting only at night and at the remote locations the "actor" calls home. But Schreck hungers for human blood, and as cast and crew fall ill at a terrifying rate, Murnau races to finish his film before Schreck finishes him. An exceedingly witty exploration of creation, in which demanding artist and demanding star - the genius and the monster - reveal their uncontrollable, potentially destructive but unusually seductive compulsions.

Discussion following THE LIGHTHOUSE with actor Willem Dafoe.
Screening format: 35mm except THE LIGHTHOUSE (DCP)
Aero Theatre • Sun, Nov 3, 2019 • 2:00pm