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LACMA: They Live

January 18 @ 7:30 pm

$5 – $10
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In 1988, master horror/suspense filmmaker John Carpenter (The Thing, Escape from New York and, most importantly, Halloween) made an action thriller about aliens surreptitiously taking over the Earth by planting subliminal messages everywhere and turning humans into mindless consumers. Thirty years later, the impact of that film, They Live, is still being felt—Shepard Fairey adapted the graphic style of the pernicious sales message for his art. Under the pseudonym Frank Armitage, Carpenter adapted the Ray Nelson short story “Eight O’clock In the Morning” into a rousing, hilarious, and ultimately unforgettable commentary on consumer culture starring wrestling star turned actor Roddy Piper and Keith David—a lesson that awes still on its 30th anniversary. They Live plays the way it was intended to be seen—in a 35mm print. 1988, 94 minutes, Color, 35mm | Written by Ray Nelson; screenplay by John Carpenter; directed by John Carpenter; with Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster

In conjunction with Film Independent at LACMA

LACMA | Bing Theater

$5 for LACMA Film Club and Film Independent members. Members of these two groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, December 14. Limit two tickets per membership. Proof of member status is required to reserve tickets during advance reservation period. | Purchase Tickets

$7 for LACMA members, students with valid ID, and seniors (65+); $10 for the general public. Members of these four groups can purchase tickets starting at 12 pm on Thursday, December 21


January 18
7:30 pm
$5 – $10
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
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