This Week At The New Beverly: Roman Polanski, Federico Fellini, Nicole Holofcener & more!

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This Week At The New Beverly

Our full schedule is available online:

Friday & Saturday, July 30 & 31

Roman Polanski double bill

The Ghost Writer
2010, UK / France / Germany, 128 minutes
written & directed by Roman Polanski based on a Robert Harris novel, starring Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Kim Cattrall, Jon Bernthal, Tim Preece, Olivia Williams, Tom Wilkinson
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:05 & 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Berlin International Film Festival Silver Bear award winner Best Director Roman Polanski

The Ghost Writer is the kind of impeccable adult entertainment, able to alternate edge-of-your-seat episodes with bleakly comic moments, that Hitchcock used to specialize in and that Polanski himself realized so successfully in Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby.
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

4 Stars - This movie is the work of a man who knows how to direct a thriller. Smooth, calm, confident, it builds suspense instead of depending on shock and action. - Roger Ebert

An extraordinarily precise and well-made political thriller - the best thing Polanski has done since the seventies, when he brought out the incomparable Chinatown - David Denby, The New Yorker

- plus on the same bill -

Knife in the Water
1962, Poland, 94 minutes
dir. Roman Polanski, starring Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz
Fri: 10:00; Sat: 5:35 & 10:00

Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award

Polanski's first feature, a model of economic, imaginative film-making which, in many ways, he has hardly improved upon since. - Geoff Andrew, Time Out

A lean, mean movie shot through with dry wit and executed with expert precision. - Film 4

Saturday, July 31

Amoeba Music & Phil Blankenship present
New Beverly Midnights

Producer / Story writer Anita Rosenberg will appear IN PERSON, schedule permitting, to discuss the movie!

Modern Girls
1986, USA, 84 minutes - Not Available On DVD!
dir. Jerry Kramer, starring Virginia Madsen, Cynthia Gibb, Clayton Rohner, Daphne Zuniga, Chris Nash, Pamela Springsteen
11:59pm, All Tickets $7

Features great footage of 1980s Los Angeles!

Zuniga and Madsen are two of the most beautiful women in the recent history of the movies - Roger Ebert

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday, August 1, 2 & 3

Two by Federico Fellini

Fellini Satyricon
1969, Italy / France, minutes
dir. Federico Fellini, starring Martin Potter, Hiram Keller, Max Born, Salvo Randone, Mario Romagnoli
Sun: 6:00 only; Mon/Tue: 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Nominated for the Best Director Academy Award

Federico Fellini's Satyricon is easily his most lurid and bizarre work... a rich and lyrical masterpiece. - Jonathan Crow, All Movie Guide

4 Stars - It is so much more ambitious and audacious than most of what we see today that simply as a reckless gesture, it shames these timid times. Films like this are a reminder of how machine-made and limited recent product has become. - Roger Ebert

- plus on the same bill -

Fellini's Roma
1972, Italy / France, 128 minutes
dir. Federico Fellini, starring Peter Gonzales Falcon, Fiona Florence, Britta Barnes, Pia De Doses, Marne Maitland, Renato Giovannoli
Sun: 8:30 only; Mon/Tue: 10:00, Watch The Trailer!

Cannes Film Festival Technical Grand Prize winner

4 Stars - Roger Ebert

Precisely the kind of cinematic valentine to the Eternal City that only Federico Fellini could create. - Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide

Wednesday & Thursday, August 4 & 5

Two by Nicole Holofcener

Please Give
2010, USA, 90 minutes
written & directed by Nicole Holofcener
starring Catherine Keener, Rebecca Hall, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt
7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Holofcener is at the top of her game.
- Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

The pitch-perfect performances help Holofcener stir up feelings that cut to the heart of what defines an ethical life. There's no movie around right now with a subject more pertinent. It'll hit you hard.
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

- plus on the same bill -

Friends with Money
2006, USA, 88 minutes
written & directed by Nicole Holofcener
starring Catherine Keener, Jennifer Aniston, Frances McDormand, Jason Isaacs, Joan Cusack, Timm Sharp, Scott Caan
9:20, Watch The Trailer!

Independent Spirit Award Winner Frances McDormand Best Supporting Female

Holofcener possesses a genius for creating exquisitely realized characters who seem to have led full, rich, complicated lives before the film's first scene takes place, and will go on living complex, idiosyncratic existences long after they disappear from the screen. Of course, it doesn't hurt that she has four of the best actresses in Hollywood as the leads, especially Keener.
- Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club

A quiet but devastating ensemble piece, both acerbic and sweet, "Friends" blends empathy and a great sense of comic timing with the richness of Holofcener's trademark take-no-prisoners observations. - Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times


Advance tickets may be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets by clicking HERE. Advance tickets are not sold at the box office.

Currently, only general admission tickets may be purchased via this link. Discounted student, senior, etc. tickets may not be purchased in advance at this time. As always, any available tickets will also be sold at the theater box office the day of the event. Purchasing advance tickets is generally unnecessary for most shows, as the only programs that ever come close to selling out are special event shows with special guests, etc. Plenty of tickets are available at the door for nearly all of our programs.

Coming Soon:

6 & 7: De Palma / De Niro double: The Untouchables & Hi, Mom!
8 & 9: Walt & El Grupo & The Three Caballeros
13 & 14: Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Micmacs & The City Of Lost Children
14: Acts of Violence with writer / director Il Lim in person
15 & 16: Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets & Goodfellas
18 & 19: You Only Live Twice & Billion Dollar Brain
20: Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction
22 & 23: Michael Caine in Harry Brown & Get Carter
25 & 26: Tapeheads & The Big Picture
27 & 28: Night of the Hunter & Fritz Lang's M
29 & 30: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure w/ Bogus Journey

Schedule subject to change

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