Friday, October 14, 2011

LAND OF THE PHARAOHS Screening And Panel on October 23rd

Art Directors Guild Film Society and American Cinematheque
To Screen Land of the Pharaohs (1955), Designed by Oscar® Winner Alexander Trauner, with Panel Discussion to Follow

Ultimate Hollywood-Egyptian Cult Classic Will Screen
at Hollywood’s Historic Egyptian Theatre
October 23, 5:30 p.m.

LOS ANGELES, October 13, 2011— The Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and American Cinematheque will screen 
CinemaScope epic Land of the Pharaohs (1955), Hollywood’s revisionist tale of ancient Egypt and the construction of the pyramids, with a panel discussion to follow, on Sunday, October 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood).

Production-designed by Oscar® winner Alexander Trauner (Children Of Paradise, Irma La Douce, The Apartment), directed by Howard Hawks (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), written by William Faulkner (The Sound And The Fury), starring Joan Collins (Dynasty, Star Trek) and Jack Hawkins (Where The Rainbow Ends), Land of the Pharaohs offers an original take on the building of the pyramids. ADG and American Cinematheque describe the film as “a classic Hollywood mixture of palace passion and big screen spectacle. The film is a ravishing visual collaboration of art direction, set decoration, costume design, and cinematography, shot in Egypt with a cast of over 10,000 extras.”

Land of the Pharaohs is the last in this year’s ADG Film Society/ American Cinematheque series highlighting the work of renowned Production Designers and their creative collaborators.

A panel discussion, moderated by Production Designers John Muto and Tom Walsh, will follow the screening, spotlighting the unique challenge of designing Land of the Pharaohs; in particular, according to Muto, “the deft re-imagining of pyramid architecture that provides the film with its amazing, never-to-be-forgotten climax.” The panel will feature Art Director Jim Hewitt, author of the just published Egypt Visual Sourcebook: For Artists, Architects, and Designers. Other panelists will follow.

“It’s high drama on the upper Nile!” according to John Muto. “A sexy captive princess seduces the Pharaoh, poisons the queen, and plots worse mischief; meanwhile, slaves build the grandest tomb of all time – but with a very special surprise. Designer Alexander Trauner is ”a legend in the history of film design,” Muto adds. “Likewise, the film features directing legend Howard Hawks, writing legend William Faulkner, and film goddess Joan Collins. As far as we know, this is the one and only time these four giants of the cinema ever collaborated!”
Martin Scorsese has said: "When I first saw it as a kid, LAND OF THE PHAROAHS became my favorite film.For ticket information:

Representing the ADG are Guild President Tom Walsh and Muto. Working with them are the American Cinematheque’s Gwen Deglise and Grant Moninger. General admission: $11. American Cinematheque members: $7. Students/Seniors with valid ID: $9. All screenings start at 5:30 p.m. 24-hour information is available at 323-466-FILM (3456). 

About the Art Directors Guild:The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents nearly 2,000 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, and Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; and Set Designers and Model Makers. Established in 1937, ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society; an annual Awards Banquet, a creative/technology community (5D: The Future of Immersive Design) and Membership Directory; a bimonthly professional magazine (Perspective); and extensive technology-training programs, creative workshops and craft and art exhibitions. The Guild’s Online Directory/Website Resource is at
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About American Cinematheque:Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a 501 C 3 non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on Dec. 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman’s first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In January 2005, the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. For more information about American Cinematheque, visit the website at
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