Tuesday, October 10, 2006: Aero Theatre will do a 7:30 PM screening of a newly restored and uncut version of She (1935, The Douris Corporation, 95 min.), directed by Lansing C. Holden and Irvin Pichel. “I am Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” Producer Merian C. Cooper (King Kong) tries his hand at the oft-adapted adventure fantasy classic by H. Rider Haggard and comes up with what remains, to this day, the most entertaining, eye-popping version. Unlike the enjoyable mid-1960’s Hammer studios take on She starring Ursula Andress, which recast its tale in the African desert, this mesmerizing escapist fare is set in the Arctic, with intrepid explorer, Randolph Scott encountering man-eating cannibals before coming up against the even more formidable She Who Must Be Obeyed. Helen Gahagan is the imperious, goddess-like ruler of the lost kingdom of Kor, a woman haunted by her immortality after bathing in the flame of eternal life and waiting eons for the man of her dreams – Scott! Cooper had originally hoped for the film to be shot in color, but alas, it was not to be. Now thanks to Legend Films and the personal shot-by-shot supervision of fabled effects wizard, Ray Harryhausen, Cooper’s original vision has been realized in a new, eye-popping, colorized and uncut restoration (with 8 additional minutes not seen in the movie since 1935!). With Nigel Bruce, Helen Mack. Special guests for the evening will include Ray Harryhausen, Ray Bradbury and Forrest J. Ackerman, plus a discussion following the film with Ray Harryhausen. Preceding the screening, there will be a reception open to the public at Every Picture Tells A Story, 1311-C Montana Ave., Santa Monica (right across the street from the Aero).
For more information: American Cinematheque, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CAÂ 90028. Telephone: 323.466-FILM Fax: 323.461.9737Â On the web: American Cinematheque