Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sat, Nov 30, 2019
3:00pm

Free Triple Feature!
SATIRICAL CINEMA: Using Comedy to Undermine Hate - THE GREAT DICTATOR, THE PRODUCERS & JOJO RABBIT

“I feel like JOJO RABBIT is in good company with comedies like THE GREAT DICTATOR where we’re poking fun but also trying to warn how serious things are right now. It’s also a reminder that Hitler was really recent in terms of human history and we’ve got to keep talking about it, because the dynamics that caused it aren’t going away.” - Taika Waititi

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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 andrew@americancinematheque.com.

THE GREAT DICTATOR
1940, Janus Films, 127 min, USA, Dir: Charlie Chaplin

The physical resemblance between the Tramp and another famous man with a little black mustache was not lost on Chaplin. In his first all-talking picture, he plays both a Jewish barber and his double, Adenoid Hynkel, the absolute ruler of Tomainia. As Hynkel and his henchmen Herring and Garbitsch engineer the persecution of Jews and the invasion of neighboring Osterlich, the amnesiac barber may be the only person innocent enough to stop them. Throughout the film Chaplin powerfully exploits the deflating power of parody, while in the finale he abandons both character and comedy to deliver an impassioned plea for human tolerance. With Paulette Goddard, Reginald Gardiner, Jack Oakie.


THE PRODUCERS
1968, Rialto Pictures, 88 min, USA, Dir: Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks’ directorial debut is one of his finest, and it won him the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. This outrageous look at two Broadway producers - conniving con man Zero Mostel and sheepish, going-along-for-the-ride Gene Wilder (nominated for Best Supporting Actor) - deciding to get rich by selling shares in what they believe will be a guaranteed flop is certainly one of the funniest comedies of the 1960s. The pair’s production “Springtime for Hitler” (“Don’t be stupid, be a smarty! Come and join the Nazi party!”) inadvertently becomes a so-bad-it’s-good hit, and their grandiose designs on big-time wealth comically crumble. Watch for Dick Shawn as acid-casualty actor LSD, who becomes a surprise star as the jive-talking Führer, and Kenneth Mars as the humorless, ex-German soldier playwright.


JOJO RABBIT
2019, 108 min, Dir: Taika Waititi

Writer-director Taika Waititi (THOR: RAGNAROK, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE), brings his signature style of humor and pathos to his latest film, JOJO RABBIT, a World War II satire that follows a lonely German boy (Roman Griffin Davis) whose worldview is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Johansson), Best Adapted Screenplay (Waititi), and Best Film Editing (Tom Eagles).


Screening format: DCP
Aero Theatre • Sat, Nov 30, 2019 • 3:00pm