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Talk on STREAMLINE MODERNE DESIGN + Capra's 1937 LOST HORIZON

The new science of aerodynamics was emerging in the early 1930s and influenced all forms of design. Known as Streamlining, industrial designers and architects embraced this efficient and elegant form of design. From cars to architecture and appliances, the “Streamline Moderne” style reflected growth and the popularity of speed, travel and technology throughout the 1930s. John Thomas, President of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, will present an overview of the influence and variety of the Streamline Moderne design.

LOST HORIZON is one of many Hollywood movies where the art direction and set design embraced the new style; its sets, created by Stephen Goosen, represent Shangri-La in high Streamline Moderne. A screening of the film will follow the talk.

[Note: At the time of this event scheduling the Cinematheque has unfortunately not specified if LOST HORIZON will be presented in 35mm or DCP digital--but if this is later announced this listing will be updated to provide that information].

Ronald Colman finds long-sought-for harmony – and love – in the Himalayan mountains. Director Frank Capra’s adaptation of James Hilton’s novel combines edge-of-your-seat adventure with an exploration of what it means to be at peace with oneself. Brilliantly mounted on all levels, from the supporting cast including Jane Wyatt and Sam Jaffe to the Shangri-La set. Over the years, an effort was made to find and re-insert some of the film's original footage that had been deleted at the insistence of Columbia studio head Harry Cohn.

Cohn disliked the original ending of the movie, which was substantiated from audience reaction at a Santa Barbara preview and ordered Capra to shoot a new ending which both he and screenwriter Robert Riskin strongly protested, but the version that will be shown includes a third version based upon the total footage the Capra had available. More on this can be read at the following weblink...

http://pov.imv.au.dk/Issue_22/section_2/artc1A.html

Tickets: General admission tickets are $11. American Cinematheque and Art Deco Society members pay $7. You can buy your tickets online in advance on Fandango at the following weblink, but you need to specify the 2pm showtime to take you to the final ticket purchase webpage. Or you can buy tickets at the door. The theatre is large so most of the time tickets are still available for Saturday matinee programs (although there are no guarantees obviously).

https://www.fandango.com/transaction/ticketing/redvines/ticketboxoffice.aspx?row_count=0&date=3%2f16%2f2013&mid=96785&tid=AAOFX

Parking: The only viable parking option is pay lot parking since meters will expire during the length of this Art Deco Society program. However, the least expensive lot in the entire area (even less than the Hollywood & Highland complex underground parking) is the nearby (1 1/2 short blocks away) Church of the Blessed Sacrament's rear parking lot off Selma and N. Cherokee Avenue where parking is only a $5 flat fee (vs. most of the neighborhood which is $8-10). It is marked by a "$5 Parking" stand up sign placed in front of the lot's entrance on Selma and the lot stays open until 2am.

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  • Jasmine

    Great presentation - really enjoyed it!

    March 16, 2013

  • Sheilah

    Boo hoo hoo, looks like I won'be getting off work in time, have to work sats thru march then free at last! sorry guys

    March 14, 2013

  • Christina

    Wish I could make it for my favorite design style. You guys are in for a beautiful time!

    March 14, 2013

  • Tom S.

    Hi, Jon and Group:

    My nephew's birthday party is this Saturday. I hate to imagine that I'm old enough to have a 38 year old nephew :-).

    See you all soon! Enjoy!

    March 11, 2013

  • Sheilah

    This sounds really swell! I often work on sats' till 3pm am going to plan to end my day earlier with fingers crossed

    February 21, 2013

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