Events & Appearances

Los Tallos Amargos + Interview with Alan K. Rode – June 8 2019, Million Dollar Theater @ Million Dollar Theater
Jun 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

split layout of two photos: Million Dollar Theater exterior fancy facade on left, movie still from Argentine thriller Los Tallos Amargos - black and white bedroom scene of woman reclining mostly covered by bed sheet -- on right“Los Tallos Amargos” at the Million Dollar Theatre

Los Tallos Amargos (1956)
Saturday, June 8, 2 p.m.
Million Dollar Theatre, downtown L.A.
307 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Alan K. Rode is scheduled to be interviewed by journalist and Hollywood Foreign Press Association Board Member Gabriel Lerman about the Film Noir Foundation’s restoration of this classic Argentinian thriller.

Co-presented by the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles
Black & white; 35mm
Spanish, with English subtitles
90 minutes

A free Q&A session about the theatre will follow the screening. Stay in your seat to learn more about its history and architecture!

About the Film

Los Tallos Amargos (The Bitter Stems), is an Argentinian film noir directed by Fernando Ayala, who is widely considered to be one of Argentina’s most important directors. Carlos Cores stars as Alfredo Gaspar, a down-on-his-luck journalist who partners with a Hungarian immigrant to create a fake journalism correspondence school as a get-rich-quick scheme. They find success initially, but Gaspar’s paranoia begins to grow, and he can’t outrun his conscience forever.

For years, only substandard prints of this film were available. In late 2014, the original negative was found in the collection of an Argentinian collector. The UCLA Film & Television Archive restored the film in a 35mm format, with funding provided by the Film Noir Foundation and Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Charitable Trust. We’re thrilled to present this restored version of the film at Last Remaining Seats!

Read more about Los Tallos Amargos and film noir at LA Conservancy . . .

AKR Interview for Screening of “Curtiz” at San Francisco Jewish Film Festival – July 20, 2019 @ Castro Theatre
Jul 20 all-day

Special Screening of “CURTIZ” with Interview of Alan K. Rode

photo of Castro Theatre neon lit marquee in San FranciscoThe 39th Annual San Francisco Jewish Film takes place July 18 – August 4th, 2019. Screenings will be at San Francisco’s famed Castro Theatre and several other theaters in Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, and San Rafael. On Friday, July 20, 2019, Alan K. Rode will be interviewed by Eddie Muller for the special screening of “CURTIZ” at Castro Theatre . . .  Details to follow.

The Festival features a large selection of films from independent artists around the world. The festival attracts over 35,000 moviegoers each year and offers over 120 screenings throughout the Bay Area.

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Castro Theatre Ticket Info:

American Cinematheque Book Club: Virtual Interview with Alan K. Rode – 5pm PT – August 2, 2020 ZOOM @ ZOOM - Virtual Event
Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm

The American Cinematheque’s AC Book Club presents: Michael Curtiz – A Life In Film

Online discussion with author Alan K. Rode at 5:00 PM PDT on Sunday, August 2nd.

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. . .  to receive a link to the Zoom discussion. Your link will be sent earlier on the day of the discussion.

About the Book

Academy Award-winning director Michael Curtiz (1886–1962) – whose best-known films include CASABLANCA (1942), YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942), MILDRED PIERCE(1945) and WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954) – was in many ways the anti-auteur. During his unprecedented 27-year tenure at Warner Bros., he directed swashbuckling adventures, westerns, musicals, war epics, romances, historical dramas, horror films, tearjerkers, melodramas, comedies and film noir masterpieces. The director’s staggering output of 180 films surpasses that of the legendary John Ford and exceeds the combined total of films directed by George Cukor, Victor Fleming, and Howard Hawks.

photo of biographical book Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame star for director Michael CurtizIn the first biography of this colorful, instinctual artist, Alan K. Rode illuminates the life and work of one of the film industry’s most complex figures. A native of Hungary, Curtiz immigrated to the United States in 1926. In Hollywood, Curtiz earned a reputation for his explosive tantrums, but few directors elicited more memorable portrayals from their casts. In addition to his study of the director’s remarkable legacy, Rode investigates Curtiz’s dramatic personal life, discussing his enduring creative partnership with his wife, screenwriter Bess Meredyth. This meticulously researched biography provides a nuanced understanding of one of the most talented filmmakers of Hollywood’s golden age.

About the AC Book Club

The relationship between books and movies goes back to the dawn of cinema. As the medium matured, the written word grew beyond source material to include scholarship on film. Part of the American Cinematheque’s mission is to shed light on Hollywood history and the filmmaking process, so we spotlight authors with relevant books whenever possible – often partnering with our friends down the boulevard, Larry Edmunds Bookshop.

During these days of virtual cinema, the American Cinematheque AC Book Club will continue that initiative with webinar presentations from authors who will shed light on various corners of the movie industry. Join us for the AC Book Club!