Escape Artist: A Tribute to John Carpenter In Person!

Title: Escape Artist: A Tribute to John Carpenter In Person!
Location: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA
Dates: September 17-19
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Description:The American Cinematheque presents a three-day tribute to the director of HALLOWEEN, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, etc. The fest screens six films, two per night on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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For the past four decades, director John Carpenter has created some of the most consistently entertaining and brilliantly crafted films in American cinema, from his savage urban western ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, through his chiller HALLOWEEN and his adrenaline-fueled action epic ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK. Carpenter’s films have shown an amazing consistency, creating wickedly modern twists on traditional genres (THE THING) without losing playfulness or individuality. As his career has progressed, Carpenter has shown the range of a classical studio director, helming not only action and horror films but love stories (STARMAN) and even a philosophical comedy (MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN). Yet for all his old-school craftsmanship, Carpenter is first and foremost a maverick with a fiercely independent sensibility and a willingness to confront contemporary America's most troubling social and political issues. In addition to his work as a director, Carpenter has written the screenplays and composed the soundtrack music for almost all of his movies.

Friday, September 17 – 7:30 PM Double Feature

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, 1981, Studio Canal, 99 min. Dir. John Carpenter. Kurt Russell delivers one of cinema’s most legendary performances as ornery, one-eyed Snake Plissken, a sentenced-to-die anti-hero sent into maximum-security prison in a Manhattan of the future to rescue U.S. President Donald Pleasence from villain Isaac Hayes. A highly entertaining tall tale with influences ranging from comic books to apocalyptic science fiction to spaghetti westerns! With Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau.

ESCAPE FROM L.A.,1996, Paramount, 101 min. Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell) returns in a savagely funny satire of political extremism in late 20th-century America. After an earthquake devastates Los Angeles, the city separates from the rest of the country and becomes an island for violent outcasts. Yet in John Carpenter’s vision, the warring gangs are hardly more dangerous than a culturally conservative president (played to perfection by a wry Cliff Robertson) who exploits his constituents’ fear and ignorance to rise to power. Discussion between films with director John Carpenter.

Saturday, September 18 – 7:30 PM Double Feature

THEY LIVE, 1988, Universal, 97 min. Dir. John Carpenter. Construction worker Roddy Piper learns that the world has been taken over by grinning skull-headed aliens who are permeating society with subliminal messages to mindlessly consume. (Sound like some corporations you know?) Glimpsing the truth with the aid of special sunglasses that strip away the phony layers of manufactured reality, he and fellow drifter Keith David join the underground to rebel against the mind control in this searingly satirical sci-fi jaunt, one of Carpenter’s best and wildest films. Co-starring Meg Foster.

New 35mm Print! BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, 1986, 20th Century Fox, 99 min. Dir. John Carpenter. Ultra-colorful adventure in the grand tradition of 1930s serials, starring Kurt Russell as a cocky truck driver who finds himself battling ancient Chinese warlords and hideous demons to save feisty Kim Cattrall ("Sex and the City"). A great guilty pleasure, and one of Carpenter’s most purely entertaining genre films. Trailer | Buy Tickets

Sunday, September 19 – 7:30 PM

THE THING, 1982, Universal, 109 min. A modern classic. Director John Carpenter re-imagined the 1951 sci-fi classic THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD, produced by Howard Hawks as something darker, fiercer and altogether more disturbing, pitting sombrero-wearing helicopter pilot Kurt Russell and a crew of Arctic scientists (Wilford Brimley, Donald Moffat, Richard Dysart) against a ravenous, shape-shifting alien being. Also stars Keith David and David Clennon. Trailer

Halloween (1978)HALLOWEEN, 1978, 91 min. A landmark in modern horror - and one of the most phenomenally successful independent films ever made - John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN set the standard for dozens of oversexed-teens-meet-serial killer movies to come, including SCREAM and SCARY MOVIE. Jamie Lee Curtis (in her first major role) stars as the resilient Laurie, aware that evil stalks the shady streets and living rooms of her small town, in the form of escaped psychopath Michael Myers. Co-starring Donald Pleasence, P.J. Soles and Nancy Loomis.