Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Thu, Mar 8, 2018 - Wed, Mar 14, 2018
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WES ANDERSON AND FRIENDS

Few contemporary directors have mastered as many varied tones as Wes Anderson, not only from movie to movie but within the same films. There's the combination of youthful enthusiasm and disillusionment in RUSHMORE, the balance between playful fantasy and melancholy regret in THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU, and the juxtaposition of intimate character details with a sweeping vision of a fictional New York in THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS. Deeply empathetic yet wry and ironic, Anderson's voice is perhaps the most original in American comedy since Preston Sturges.

With a stylized approach to dialogue and visuals, Anderson’s films have a storybook quality that somehow makes their characters ring truer to life - even when the film isn’t live-action. The new stop-motion animated ISLE OF DOGS features the voices of such Anderson regulars as Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Tilda Swinton and Edward Norton (along with stellar newcomers including Bryan Cranston, Greta Gerwig and Yoko Ono) in a futuristic tale of a boy searching for a lost pet.

In honor of the new film, we’re screening some of the director’s early work - but with an Anderson-esque twist, pairing each title with a compatible second feature by another filmmaker. The road movie THE DARJEELING LIMITED is joined by another that takes place in India, Jean Renoir’s THE RIVER. Eccentric adventurers brave exotic worlds in both THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU and THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI. The screwball shenanigans and European setting of THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL mirror Ernst Lubitch’s TO BE OR NOT TO BE. Few filmographies can connect the dots of cinematic history as entertainingly as Wes Anderson’s.

Series programmed by Grant Moninger and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Jim Hemphill and John Hagelston.

Aero TheatreThu, Mar 8, 2018 - Wed, Mar 14, 2018
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Thu, Mar 8, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Fri, Mar 9, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Family Matinee!
Sat, Mar 10, 2018 - 3:00pm
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Sun, Mar 11, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Tue, Mar 13, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Free Advance Screening!
Wed, Mar 14, 2018 - 7:30pm
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