The American Cinematheque presents Roman Polanski: New and Classic Films at the Egyptian Theatre (September 17 – 18) and at the Aero Theatre (September 17 – 24). This series highlighted by a sneak preview of Polanski’s latest film OLIVER TWIST (2005, TriStar Pictures, 135 min.).
Coming off the Oscar-winning achievement of THE PIANIST, and his upcoming Charles Dickens adaptation OLIVER TWIST (TriStar Pictures) due in theatres in late September, director Roman Polanski is hotter than he’s been at any time since his glory years of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, when he turned out a seemingly unstoppable series of brilliantly paranoid dramas, thrillers and black comedies, including ROSEMARY’S BABY, CUL-DE-SAC, REPULSION, THE TENANT, A KNIFE IN THE WATER and arguably his greatest masterpiece, the epochal Los Angeles noir CHINATOWN.
But has he ever really disappeared? Despite a much-publicized absence from the U.S. due to ongoing legal issues and the career ups and downs of any major director, Polanski has managed to weather the tastes of a changing public with surprising grace and nimble intelligence. Now more than ever, he’s poised to reclaim his position as one of the great post-modern directors along with Kubrick, Godard, Bergman, Fassbinder and precious few others. To celebrate the release of OLIVER TWIST, there will be a short series of some of Polanski’s greatest films(CHINATOWN, ROSEMARY’S BABY), along with a handful of his most rarely-screened gems (CUL-DE-SAC, THE TENANT, A KNIFE IN THE WATER).
Screenings are at the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the historic 1922 Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Las Palmas) in Hollywood and at the Max Palevsky Theatre at the Aero Theatre (1328 Montana Ave) in Santa Monica.
For more info, visit the American Cinematheque website.