Ford Retrospective at the Aero Theatre

John Ford directed more than 100 films during a prolific career that began in the silent era and continued until the end of the studio system. Ford is remembered as a master of the Western, but his comedies and dramas are just as superb, reflecting American culture at its best, along with all its imperfections. Don’t miss the remainder of this rare retrospective presented by The American Cinematheque.

Sunday, January 24th at 7:30 PM marks a double feature of what is arguably Ford’s two best Westerns: “The Searchers” and “Stagecoach.” John Wayne stars in both films, first as a vengeful bigot who spends years in a search for the niece (Natalie Wood) who was kidnapped by renegade Indians, only to face a tough decision when his prejudice conflicts with his dedication to family. Although he wasn’t even nominated for his portrayal of Ethan Edwards, Wayne gives a definitive performance as a man conflicted with powerful emotions when forced to examine his racism in a very personal manner.

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Classic Movies Now Available on Demand

Late last year, Turner Classic Movies and Universal Studios Home Entertainment teamed up to offer classic movie fans made-to-order DVDs of rare vintage films. These digitally re-mastered titles (never available before on DVD) include features from the TCM archives. New titles will become available each quarter, and three of the latest picks are early Cary Grant vehicles!

The films that become available on DVD can be purchased by request via TCM.com. Particularly interesting (for selected titles) is the added bonus of introductions provided by TCM host Robert Osborne and additional supplemental materials compiled by the TCM archives, such as still galleries, behind-the-scenes photos, never-before-seen interview segments, original movie trailers, trivia, biographies, and more. Exclusive TCM premieres will air as each movie becomes available.

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FREE Year Membership with the American Cinematheque with the Purchase of a Year!

The American Cinematheque is giving away one year of membership FREE with the purchase of one year if you join by December 31, 2009. Membership prices will rise for the first time in many years as of January 1, 2010, as well as the ticket prices. Member ticket prices will remain the same however, so now is a GREAT time to join.

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North By Northwest 50th Anniversary Edition Screened at AFI Festival

North by Northwest is now available in Blu-ray! In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock’s sleek masterwork, Warner Home Video performed a spectacular restoration, issuing a 50th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray and DVD. The special festival screening was scheduled the night before the November 3rd release, giving a few lucky people the first look at a Hitchcock film in a way it has never been seen before.

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Martin Landau, Mark Rydell and Lyle Kessler Present "The Total Picture Seminar"

“The Total Picture Seminar” is a two day immersion into the collaborative experience of filmmaking with actor Martin Landau, director Mark Rydell, and screenwriter Lyle Kessler. This one-time special event geared toward filmmakers, actors, writers and anyone involved in the creative process of filmmaking is a close up and personal look at the inter-relationship of the three critical disciplines of narrative filmmaking.

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