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Egyptian and
Aero Theatres
Hollywood & Santa Monica
Sun, Apr 28, 2019 - Sun, Aug 4, 2019
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Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Art Directors Guild Film Society. Sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter.

It is the production designer who reads the script and lets his or her imagination run free, looking at nothing and seeing everything, all the possibilities. In consultation with the director and in even closer collaboration with the cinematographer, set decorator and costume designer, the production designer creates the foundations upon which the narrative story’s visual aspirations and realities are built.

Join us at the American Cinematheque for the 2019 installment of the Art Directors Guild Film Society monthly screenings. Kicking off the series in April is Disney classic MARY POPPINS, a practically perfect musical fantasy starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke and featuring a seamless combination of live action and animation. In May, Ursula Andress and Marcello Mastroianni face off in a lethal battle of the sexes in THE 10TH VICTIM, an Italian sci-fi satire that’s equally notable for Piero Poletto’s futuristic pop-art production design.

June brings one of the greatest modern sci-fi films, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND; joining us for this screening of the 40th-anniversary restoration is the film’s production designer, Joe Alves. In August, the 2019 season concludes with Woody Allen’s fantasy romance THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO. Set during the Great Depression, the film moves between color and black-and-white as its characters (played by Jeff Daniels and Mia Farrow) move between real and “reel” worlds; production designer Stuart Wurtzel, a master of the New York School, will explain how it was done in a post-screening Q&A.

Series compiled by Thomas Walsh, John Muto and John Iacovelli. Program notes by Thomas Walsh and John Hagelston.

All screenings will include presentations and discussions on production design with experts.
Both TheatresSun, Apr 28, 2019 - Sun, Aug 4, 2019
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

In Person Guests!
Sun, Apr 28, 2019 - 5:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
In Person Guests!
Sun, May 19, 2019 - 5:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
Production Designer Joe Alves In Person!
Sun, Jun 23, 2019 - 5:30pm
Egyptian Theatre

Films in this Series at the Aero

Production Designer Stuart Wurtzel In Person!
Sun, Aug 4, 2019 - 5:30pm
Aero Theatre