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Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Fri, Jul 20, 2018 - Thu, Jul 26, 2018
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Born Christa Päffgen in Cologne, Germany, Nico (October 16, 1938 - July 18, 1988) was the godmother of goth. Originally a fashion model in Berlin, she began to appear in magazine and television advertisements in the late 1950s; when she caught the eye of Federico Fellini, he cast her in a small part in LA DOLCE VITA. A couple more minor roles followed, but more importantly, she began to sing, and in 1965, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones introduced her to Andy Warhol.

With a Garbo-esque combination of beauty and aloofness, Nico was a perfect Warhol superstar and appeared in several of the artist’s films. When Warhol took pioneering alternative rockers the Velvet Underground under his wing, he suggested Nico as their “chanteuse.” Though the combination produced some striking live performances and the classic THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO album, the pairing was not entirely a happy one, and by 1967, Nico was a solo performer, releasing such bleak, avant-garde efforts as THE MARBLE INDEX and DESERTSHORE.

During the 1970s, Nico became involved with French director Philippe Garrel, providing music and a statuesque presence for several of his films including THE INNER SCAR. The two were lovers for most of the decade, as well as heavy heroin addicts - a bittersweet combination that Garrel would memorialize a few years after Nico’s death in I CAN NO LONGER HEAR THE GUITAR, in which Johanna ter Steege stands in for the singer.

NICO, 1988 is a less ambiguous portrait of the star’s final months. Anchored by a bravura performance from Trine Dyrholm, the biopic follows Nico on the cusp of 50, as she struggles to rebuild her career and a relationship with her son. This story of the woman behind the icon is as brave and uncompromising as the sepulchral music that earned Nico legions of fans around the world.

Series compiled by Gwen Deglise, John Hagelston and Grant Moninger. Program notes by John Hagelston.

Egyptian TheatreFri, Jul 20, 2018 - Thu, Jul 26, 2018
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Fri, Jul 20, 2018 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian
Sat, Jul 21, 2018 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
Sun, Jul 22, 2018 - 7:30pm
Egyptian Theatre
Advance Member Screening!
Thu, Jul 26, 2018 - 7:30pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian