Egyptian and
Aero Theatres
Hollywood & Santa Monica
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 - Sun, Aug 7, 2016
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Director Michael Cimino (February 3, 1939 - July 2, 2016) was one of the great visionaries of the cinema, a chronicler of America at its best and worst, of its promise and its failures. After a successful career in advertising, Cimino turned to screenwriting and co-wrote the DIRTY HARRY sequel MAGNUM FORCE; that job led to a second collaboration with Clint Eastwood, THUNDERBOLT AND LIGHTFOOT, which Cimino directed. A modern-day Western, that film exhibited the dynamic, detailed visual sense that Cimino, a former art and architecture student, would bring to all of his subsequent movies; it also combined an elegiac longing for a lost America with muscular action and rich characterizations.

All of these traits would define Cimino’s follow-up, the 1978 masterpiece THE DEER HUNTER, which won the director an Academy Award and enabled him to embark on his most ambitious production, HEAVEN’S GATE. That Western served as a summing up of all that had come before in the films of John Ford and other masters while taking the genre in new, startling directions; it also was prescient about the kinds of class debates that would define American political discourse from 1980 forward. Cimino continued to explore class, race and politics in later films such as YEAR OF THE DRAGON (a controversial gem featuring one of Mickey Rourke’s greatest performances) and THE SICILIAN, and managed to bring a personal touch to his underrated 1990 remake of DESPERATE HOURS (again starring Rourke).

Film critic and longtime friend of the director F.X. Feeney, who will introduce these screenings, offered this perspective on the cinema of Michael Cimino: “Michael had a romantic and fanciful nature - and that emerges in the bravura sweep of his movies, the sense that his men and women are living a grand dream of themselves, powered by their own ambitious fantasies - yet his movies never, ever imitate other movies.”

Series compiled by Gwen Deglise and Grant Moninger. Program notes by Jim Hemphill.

Film critic F.X. Feeney will introduce each screening.
Both TheatresWed, Aug 3, 2016 - Sun, Aug 7, 2016
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Thu, Aug 4, 2016 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre

Films in this Series at the Aero

Wed, Aug 3, 2016 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre