Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sun, Jul 20, 2014

Double Feature!
Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Art Directors Guild Film Society. Sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter.

A historical drama based on real events, THE DEVILS (1971) was assailed as scandalous, censored and banned upon its first release and to this day it is still not permitted to be screened in its original form. Directed by Ken Russell and starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave, it remains a tour de force of superior design and dramatic visual storytelling, largely due to the imaginative contributions of its production designer Derek Jarman. Artist, scenic designer, screenwriter, film director, cinematographer, gay-rights and AIDS activist, and consummate gardener, Jarman was truly the Renaissance artist of his generation. Rarely exhibited, this screening of THE DEVILS allows the ADG Film Society to explore and celebrate many of Jarman’s arresting visual creations for works as diverse as CARAVAGGIO (1986), WAR REQUIEM (1989), EDWARD II (1991), all part of his legacy as a total filmmaker; reminding us that the most important contributions of great designers is not just in their sets, but the depth of their concepts, curiosities and collaborations with their creative colleagues.

Introduction by production designer Thomas A. Walsh.
1971, Warner Bros., 108 min, UK, Dir: Ken Russell

Director Ken Russell’s adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s The Devils of Loudun remains one of the most disturbingly memorable films of the early 1970s. In 17th-century France, Cardinal Richelieu’s minions use the womanizing of activist priest Urban Grandier (Oliver Reed) as an excuse to investigate his "diabolic possession" of the local nuns, including the demented, hunchbacked Mother Superior Sister Jeanne (an unforgettable Vanessa Redgrave).

2008, Kino Lorber, 76 min, UK, Dir: Isaac Julien, Bernard Rose

This poetic documentary profiles artist, filmmaker and gay activist Derek Jarman. Tilda Swinton (who made her feature debut in Jarman’s CARAVAGGIO) wrote and narrated the film, which also includes numerous clips from Jarman films as well as footage from the director’s personal archives.

Screening format: digibeta (THE DEVILS)
Aero Theatre • Sun, Jul 20, 2014 • 5:30pm

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