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Art Directors Guild Announce 2017 Summer Film Series

A special summer film series, entitled “Production Design: Legacy, Pageantry and Artistry”, will kick off at the end of April and run through July.  The screening series, co-presented by the Art Directors Guild (ADG) and American Cinematheque, will feature moderated panels by ADG members and production designers John Muto, ADG, Thomas A. Walsh, ADG and John Iacovelli, ADG.  Screenings will be held in two locations: the American Cinematheque’s Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood) and the Max Palevsky Theatre at the Aero (1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica). All screenings starting at 5:30 pm.

Here is the schedule of films.  Be sure to check dates and time, for some details are subject to change.

ALGOL (1920) and THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (1919) Double Feature

A TRIBUTE TO GERMAN ART DIRECTOR WALTER REIMANN Featuring New Restorations from the Munich Film Museum.

Sunday, April 30, 5:30 PM at the Egyptian Theatre

In the late twenties, the German Cinema experienced its first shining moments as reflected in the ideals and promise of the short-lived Weimar Republic. Its cinema was uncensored, exploring changing social mores during the advent of the machine age. An exciting new experimental cinema was born, one that popularized and elevated the art movement known as Expressionism. An undisputed leader in this movement was artist and art director, Walter Reimann. Emmy®-winning Production Designer JOHN IACOVELLI ADG will moderate a panel of experts including BRITT SALVESEN, curator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and the Prints & Drawings Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. They will explore the legacy of Reimann’s work while the audience will have the rare privilege to view two rare and restored pristine prints of his films, which will be introduced by STEFAN DRÖESSLER of the Munich Film Museum.

ALGOL (ALGOL. EINE TRAGÖDIE DER MACHT) is a 1920 German science fiction film about an alien from the planet Algol. The coal miner (Emil Jannings) encounters the demonic Algol, who divulges the secret of harnessing the rays of the star Algol as a source of energy; the miner becomes the most powerful man in the world, with every country dependent on his energy supply. A sci-fi morality tale with inventive art direction by Walter Reimann, this tinted and toned restoration features a recorded score by Stephen Horne. With English subtitles.

THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (DAS KABINETT DES DOKTOR CALIGARI). Director Robert Weine’s weird masterpiece is arguably the most striking and historically important work of German Expressionist silent cinema. Conrad Veidt is mesmerizing as Cesare, the pasty-faced somnabulist sent forth by psychotic asylum head Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) to do his evil bidding, specifically kidnapping beautiful waif Jane (Lil Dagover).

VATEL (2000)


Sunday, May 21, 5:30 PM at the Egyptian Theatre

Directed by Roland Joffé (The Mission), Production Designed by Jean Rabasse (Jackie): Oscar®-nominated for Design, VATEL is a truly amazing visual achievement. Set in 17th century France, Vatel is the story of a commoner who, through wit and talent, rose to become the “master of the house” overseeing every detail of the sprawling country estate and mansion of the Prince de Conde, cousin to King Louis XIV. In the film, the entire French court, hundreds of nobles, descend upon Vatel, intent on gorging themselves on his renowned feasts and marveling at his incredible spectacles. Meanwhile, Vatel (Gérard Depardieu) embarks upon a dangerous love affair with the King’s ravishing mistress (Uma Thurman). Moderating the discussion on Vatel, a Production Designer for the 17th Century, will be Designer and Film Society founder, JOHN MUTO ADG.

BAMBI (1942) and TYRUS (2015)


Sunday, June 25 5:30 PM at the Egyptian Theatre (double feature)

Tyrus Wong, one of the most celebrated Chinese-American artists of the 20th century, is the subject of Pamela Tom’s 2015 documentary TYRUS. Renowned Production Designer, illustrator, painter, muralist, ceramicist, lithographer, designer and kite maker, Tyrus Wong’s art covers more than film. Known best for transforming the process of art in animation in the well-loved Disney film BAMBI, Wong’s settings in the 1942 film utilized his expertise in landscape painting duplicating the technique of the Chinese Song Dynasty. Oscar nominated classic Bambi received praise for its “haunting visual style” and will be the second feature of the evening. In 2001, in formal recognition of his influence on “Bambi,” Mr. Wong was named a Disney Legend.  Later Tyrus worked as a production illustrator for Warner Bros. and was a Hallmark greeting card designer, where some of his cards sold more than a million copies. He recently died at age 106. Moderating the discussion with the Tyrus filmmaker PAMELA TOM between the double feature will be Production Designer THOMAS A. WALSH ADG.



Sunday, July 30 at the Egyptian Theatre (double feature)

In keeping with this season’s theme of legacy, pageantry and artistry, THE DRAUGHTSMAN’S CONTRACT (1982) and PROSPERO’S BOOKS (1991) will be screened in tribute to director, screenwriter, artist and filmmaker Peter Greenaway. The Draughtsman’s Contract, a stylish and beautifully rendered twisted murder mystery set on a rural English country estate in 1694, was his first feature length film.

To compliment, Prospero’s Books is Greenaway’s highly imaginative and magical retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, staring Sir John Gielgud. Panelists will include The Draughtsman’s Contract’s Cinematographer, CURTIS CLARK ASC, and it will be moderated by Production Designer, THOMAS A. WALSH ADG.

*Film Schedule subject to change

Representing the Art Directors Guild is Debbie Patton, ADG Awards and Events Director. Working with Patton are the American Cinematheque’s Gwen Deglise, Margot Gerber and Grant Moninger.

General admission: $12. American Cinematheque members: $8. Students/Seniors with valid ID: $10. All screenings start at 5:30 p.m. 24-hour ticket information is available at 323-466-FILM (3456). Advance tickets can be purchased on Search by zip code (Egyptian Theatre 90028, Aero Theatre 90403) to locate respective theatre listings.