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TOKYO STORY

If, in our century, something sacred still existed, if there were something like a sacred treasure of the cinema, then for me that would have to be the work of Yasujiro Ozu… Never before and never again since has the cinema been so close to its essence and its purpose: to present an image of man in our century, a usable, true and valid image in which he not only recognizes himself, but from which, above all, he may learn about himself. — Wim Wenders

Ozu’s TOKYO STORY—starring the great Setsuko Hara and voted the “greatest film of all time” in a 2012 Sight & Sound poll—will screen this week at the Aero as part of the American Cinematheque’s new Tuesday Matinee series.

TOKYO STORY

Tuesday, August 20, at 1 pm.

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.

Yasujiro Ozu, Tokyo Story, from top: cast; Chishû Ryû (left) and Setsuko Hara; Chieko Higashiyama and Hara; Sô Yamamura (left) and Haruko Sugimura; Hara and Ryû; cast.

KIAROSTAMI AT THE AERO

The touring retrospective of the films of Abbas Kiarostami is here. A Taste of Kiarostami—presented by the American Cinematheque at the Aero in Santa Monica over the next four days—opens with a double bill of LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE (2012, shot in Japan) and the director’s last work 24 FRAMES (2017).

On Friday and Saturday TASTE OF CHERRY (winner of the Palme d’Or in 1997), TEN (2002), the fictional documentary CLOSE-UP (1990), and THE WIND WILL CARRY US (1999) will screen.

The retrospective will close with a trilogy of films set in the Iranian village of Koker—a matinee program beginning at 2 pm.

A series of Kiasrostami shorts—chiefly from the 1970s—will play each day before the features, and on opening night the director’s son Ahmad Kiarostami will be on hand to introduce the screening.

LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE and 24 FRAMES—AHMAD KIAROSTAMI IN PERSON

Thursday, August 8, at 7:30 pm.

TASTE OF CHERRY and TEN

Friday, August 9, at 7:30 pm.

CLOSE-UP and THE WIND WILL CARRY US

Saturday, August 10, at 7:30 pm.

WHERE IS THE FRIEND’S HOUSE?, AND LIFE GOES ON, and THROUGH THE OLIVE TREES

Sunday, August 11, at 2 pm.

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue, Los Angeles.

Abbas Kiarostami, from top: Taste of Cherry; Ten; The Wind Will Carry Us; Like Someone in Love; from the Koker Trilogy; Kiarostami in the 1990s, photograph by Everett; Close-Up; 24 Frames. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker’s estate, the performers, the photographers, IFC Films, and Janus Films.

JIM JARMUSCH AT THE AERO

This week—in a co-presentation of the American Cinematheque and Beyond FestJim Jarmusch will present his new comedy THE DEAD DON’T DIE.

The film stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Iggy Pop, Steve Buscemi, Tom Waits, Selena Gomez, Danny Glover, Caleb Landry Jones, and Carol Kane, and the director will be on hand for a post-screening Q & A.

THE DEAD DON’T DIE

Wednesday, June 5, at 7:30 pm.

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.

The Dead Don’t Die, from top: Bill Murray (left), Chloë Sevigny, and Adam Driver; Iggy Pop; Selena Gomez; Murray; Tilda Swinton. Images courtesy the filmmaker and Focus Features.

PASOLINI AT THE AERO

Ahead of the belated Los Angeles release of Abel Ferrara‘s ingenious Pasolini biopic, the American Cinematheque and Luce Cinecittà celebrate the great Italian filmmaker in the program The Passion of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

The director—a radical public intellectual who embraced a vivid cinematic treatment of fable-into-allegory as a means to circulate his poetry to a wider audience—made twelve features before his death at age 53. Nine of them will screen at the Aero, all in 35mm.

Pasolini’s epic “Trilogy of Life” is here—THE DECAMERON, THE CATERBURY TALES, and ARABIAN NIGHTS—as well as his earlier mythology series: OEDIPUS REX, TEOREMA, MEDEA (with Maria Callas), and the rarely screened PIGSTY, starring Pierre Clémenti and Jean-Pierre Léaud.

The retrospective will open with SALÒ—Pasolini’s polarizing take on Sade’s 120 Days of Sodom—and close with perhaps the most straightforward Christ-story ever told, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW (1964).

SALÒ and PIGSTY

Thursday, May 16, at 7:30 pm.

THE DECAMERON and OEDIPUS REX

Friday, May 17, at 7:30 pm.

THE CANTERBURY TALES and TEOREMA

Saturday, May 18, at 7:30 pm.

ARABIAN NIGHTS and MEDEA

Sunday, May 19, at 7:30 pm.

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ST. MATTHEW

Monday, May 20, at 7:30 pm.

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.

Pier Paolo Pasolini, from top: The Decameron; Silvana Mangano and Terence Stamp in Teorema (2); Maria Callas and Pasolini (right) in 1969 on the set of Medea; Pierre Clémenti in Pigsty; Pier Paolo Pasolini, Trilogia della vita, edited by Giorgio Gattei (Bologna: Cappelli, 1975), still from Arabian Nights on the cover, courtesy and © Cappelli; Pasolini as Geoffrey Chaucer in The Canterbury Tales, reading Boccaccio’s Il Decameron; Salò.

ASSAYAS DOUBLE BILL AT THE AERO

To mark the release of NON-FICTION—the new film from Olivier Assayas—the American Cinematheque presents a double feature of Assayas’ 1996 cult film IRMA VEP and a 35mm presentation of his 2008 masterpiece SUMMER HOURS. Both screen on Thursday.

NON-FICTION will screen the following night.

IRMA VEP and SUMMER HOURS

Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 pm.

NON-FICTION

Friday, May 3, at 7:30 pm.

Aero Theatre

1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica.

From top: Maggie Cheung in Irma Vep; Jérémie Renier (left) and Olivier Assayas on set, Summer Hours; Édith Scob and Juliette Binoche in Summer Hours; Renier, Dominique Reymond, and Charles Berling in Summer Hours; Jean-Pierre Léaud (right) and Cheung in Irma Vep.