This Week At The New Bev: John Cassavetes, Scott Pilgrim, Samurai classics, Car Wash & Used Cars, Grindhouse Film Fest & More!

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This Week At The New Beverly

Our full upcoming schedule is available online:

Thursday, November 11 - Final Night!

Two Starring Marilyn Monroe

Cinephiles, especially those who frequent the New Beverly Cinema, may come to feel after a while that they've seen it all, or have at least come close to it. But that claim doesn't hold up if you haven't seen Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe as just two little girls from Little Rock (and if just that idea doesn't slay you, you need to cheer up!). You're in need if Russell knocking "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love" out of the park while surrounded by a gym full of muscular and hilariously, um, indifferent dancers is a musical number you have yet to witness. And certainly if you haven't gazed upon Monroe completely owning "Diamonds Are a Girls' Best Friend" on the big screen, then your cinematic education is sporting a gaping Technicolor hole. But it's your lucky week! There's a brand-new print of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) in town ready to fill in that hole - The New Beverly's got it, and it's a must-see. Hawks stages and films the musical numbers with a dazzling confidence, which makes all the more room for the cast's terrific chemistry and comic timing. Russell is the tart in the blend, while Monroe serves up the cream, and the two go together splendidly. But superb supporting help from the likes of Charles Coburn, Elliot Reid and little George Winslow, whose dry delivery makes it even easier to steal the scenery right out of Monroe's clutches, make for the very best diamond-encrusted cherry on top.

The antics don't stop with Hawks' glittering cruise chip musical comedy, however. The second half of a terrific Marilyn Monroe double feature is Billy Wilder's acerbic comedy The Seven-Year Itch (1953), starring Monroe as the upstairs neighbor who makes life a misery of temptation for the very married Tom Ewell. While the movie is not considered up to Wilder's usual standard, it's still packed with laughs born of desperation and fearless sexual innuendo. And it is the movie, after all, that gave birth to one of Monroe's most iconic poses-- a gust of wind from a passing subway car whooshing up through a sidewalk grating, lifting her billowing skirt above her knees and up toward the firmament of Hollywood legend while the superstar beams with unexpected pleasure.

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
1953, USA, 91 minutes - Beautiful New 35mm Print!
directed by Howard Hawks, starring Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn, Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, George Winslow
Thurs: 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

You won't find a more elegant take on '50s va-va-voom vulgarity or a more joyous paean to the cheesecake self-empowerment of two little girls from Little Rock. - David Fear, Time Out New York

- plus on the same bill -

The Seven Year Itch
1955, USA, 105 minutes
directed by Billy Wilder, written by Billy Wilder & George Axelrod, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts, Robert Strauss, Oskar Homolka, Marguerite Chapman
Thurs: 9:25, Watch The Trailer!

Possibly Marilyn Monroe's finest film. What further recommendation do you need?  - Film 4

Friday & Saturday, November 12 & 13

Two by John Cassavetes

1959, USA, 81 minutes
written & directed by John Cassavetes, starring Ben Carruthers, Lelia Goldoni, Hugh Hurd, Anthony Ray
Fri: 7:30; Sat: 3:40 & 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

Arguably the founding work of the American independent cinema.

- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

Shadows is an unfinished picture in every sense of the word. Yet it is fitfully dynamic, endowed with a raw but vibrant strength, conveying an illusion of being a record of real people, and it is incontestably sincere. - Bosley Crowther, The New York Times

- plus on the same bill -

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
1978, USA, 109 minutes
written & directed by John Cassavetes, starring Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel, Robert Phillips, Morgan Woodward
Fri: 9:15; Sat: 5:20 & 9:15, Watch The Trailer!

It's a one-of-a-kind gangster drama with an impeccable performance by Ben Gazarra. - Film 4

Friday & Saturday, November 12 & 13

Both nights will feature special guests plus a Q&A moderated by comedian Doug Benson, schedule permitting. Both shows are SOLD OUT! Any tickets that become available will be sold at the door the night of the event on a first come, first served basis to those waiting in a stand by line.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
2010, USA / UK / Canada, 112 minutes
directed by Edgar Wright, written by Edgar Wright & Michael Bacall based on the Bryan Lee O'Malley graphic novels, starring Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Mark Webber, Ellen Wong, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Alison Pill & more!
Fri: 11:59pm; Sat: 11:59pm, All Tickets $7, Watch The Trailer!

Its speedy, funny, happy-sad spirit is so infectious that the movie makes you feel at home in its world even if the landscape is, at first glance, unfamiliar. - A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Sunday & Monday, November 14 & 15

Samurai Rebellion
1967, Japan, 128 minutes
Japanese with English subtitles
directed by Masaki Kobayashi, starring Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Takeshi Katô, Tatsuyoshi Ehara, Etsuko Ichihara
Sun: 5:30; Mon: 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

As extreme a samurai film as I've seen in both senses (the ethics and the violence), and one of the best. - Roger Ebert

The film's escalation of tension is almost unbearable, and Mifune erupts with a ferocity that's as righteous as it is ultimately tragic, for Kobayashi refuses to soften the film's devastating imbalance of power. - Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times

- plus on the same bill -

The Sword of Doom
1966, Japan, 119 minutes
Japanese with English subtitles
directed by Kihachi Okamoto, starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Yûzô Kayama, Yôko Naitô, Toshirô Mifune
Sun: 8:00; Mon: 10:00

A film defined by its meticulously precise construction.
- Nick Schager, Slant Magazine

Tuesday, November 16

Eric Caidin and Brian Quinn
with Grindhouse Releasing present

The Grindhouse Film Festival

A Tribute to Brian Muir

Join us at the New Beverly Cinema on Nov. 16th as we celebrate the life of writer Brian (Domonic) Muir, who left the planet after a long battle with cancer on Sept. 19, 2010. The main course of our double-dose of half-pint horrors begins with CRITTERS (1986 written by Muir), in which oddball intergalactic bounty hunters hunt toothy, furry creatures from another world as they eat their way through a small mid-western town. This is a newly discovered (in Muir's closet!) 35mm print, and is the only complete print of the film to be shown in L.A. since the original release. For dessert, enjoy an extra helping of THE CHILDREN (1980), in which a radioactive cloud turns the town's tykes into murderous psychopaths with black fingernails. Brian didn't write it, but there was nothing he loved more than seeing a kid acting bratty in public and shouting, "Cut off their hands!!" Spend an evening with family, friends and fans as we raise our popcorn to a talent who left us far too early.

Admission: $8.00


1986, USA, 82 minutes
directed by Stephen Herek, written by Brian (Domonic) Muir
starring Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Billy Green Bush, Scott Grime, Nadine Van der Velde, Don Opper, Billy Zane and Lin Shaye
Tues: 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

What makes Critters more than a ripoff are its humor and its sense of style. This is a movie made by people who must have had fun making it. - Roger Ebert

- plus on the same bill -

The Children
1980, USA, 93 minutes
directed by Max Kalmanowicz, starring Martin Shakar, Gil Rogers, Gale Garnett, Shannon Bolin and Tracy Griswold
Tues: 9:30, Watch The Trailer!

Wednesday & Thursday, November 17 & 18

Used Cars co-writer Bob Gale will appear IN PERSON, schedule permitting, to introduce the Wednesday screening! Used Cars director of photography Don Morgan will introduce the Thursday screening & take questions following the film, schedule permitting.

Car Wash
1976, USA, 97 minutes
directed by Michael Schultz, starring Darrow Igus, Otis Day, James Spinks, Antonio Fargas, The Pointer Sisters, Richard Pryor, George Carlin
Wed & Thurs: 7:30, Watch The Trailer!

3 1/2 Stars - All of this is held together by the music, which is nearly wall-to-wall, and by the picture's tremendous sense of life. It's one thing to have an idea like this - a zany, sometimes serious day in the life of a car wash - and another thing to make it work. But the screenplay and the direction juggle the characters so adroitly, this is almost a wash-and-wax M*A*S*H. - Roger Ebert

- plus on the same bill -

Used Cars
1980, USA, 113 minutes
directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Robert Zemeckis & Bob Gale, starring Kurt Russell, Jack Warden, Gerrit Graham, Frank McRae, Deborah Harmon, Joe Flaherty, Michael McKean
Wed & Thurs: 9:25, Watch The Trailer!

Has the pacing and energy of a 1930's zany screwball comedy, but is much darker in spirit. - Dan Jardine, All Movie Guide

Loud, vulgar, and unrepentantly raunchy, Used Cars occasionally careens into the strident mugging and lowbrow gratuity made popular by Animal House two years earlier. But taken as a rancid, festering slice of Americana, it seems more potent than ever.
- Scott Tobias, The Onion AV Club


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:

19 & 20: Antonioni's Le amiche & The Passenger
21-23: Something Wicked This Way Comes & Escape To Witch Mountain
26 & 27: Tony Curtis in Sweet Smell of Success & Some Like It Hot
27: The Monster Squad
28 & 29: Two by Roger Corman starring Vincent Price - Tales of Terror & The Haunted Palace
30: Adam Green's Hatchet & Hatchet II - Uncut & Unrated!

3 & 4: Godard's Breathless & Contempt
10 & 11: Alan Rudolph's Trouble In Mind & The Moderns
11: Home Alone - 20th Anniversary
12 & 13: Andrei Tarkovsky's Solaris
14: Grindhouse Fest - Black Christmas & Silent Night, Bloody Night
21: Grindhouse Fest - Christmas Evil & New Years Evil
26-28: The Godfather & The Godfather: Part II
29 & 30: The Godfather: Part III - 20th Anniversary

Schedule subject to change

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