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American Cinematheque’s “Hits”; Urban World Sneak; and New Yimou Film Set for AAIFF

American Cinematheque's "Hits"; Urban World Sneak; and New Yimou Film Set for AAIFF

American Cinematheque's "Hits"; Urban World Sneak; and
New Yimou Film Set for AAIFF

Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz and Aaron Krach

>> American Cinematheque Plans Retrospective As Farewell To Raleigh Studios

Putting a cap on their screenings at Raleigh Studios before moving into
their new digs at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, the American
is presenting “The American Cinematheque’s Greatest Hits
.” This six weekend retrospective was curated in part by
Cinematheque members who voted for their favorite films. Directors who
have been subjects of Cinematheque tributes that will be appearing with
their films include Monte Hellman (“Two Lane Blacktop“), Robert Wise
(“The Set-Up“), Curtis Harrington (“What’s the Matter With Helen“) and
Andre de Toth (“Play Dirty“). Other highlights include Olivier Assayas’
1994 film “Cold Water,” episodes of John Cassavetes’ 1959 television
series “Johnny Staccato,” Sam Fuller’s “White Dog” (1982, starring
Kristy McNichol), Lina Wertmuller’s 1974 film “Swept Away” and 1996’s
Delicate Art of the Rifle” with director Dante Harper appearing in
person. For more information, please call 323/466-3456, or go to:

>> New Nava Film and Jackson Session on Tap for Urban World

The Urban World Film Festival has announced a small part of its lineup for
the 2nd annual event, set to run from August 5-9, 1998 in New York. While
the opening night premiere screenings have yet to be announced, the
closing night film will be the world premiere of “Why Do Fools Fall In
,” directed by Gregory Nava (“My Family – Mi Familia,” “Selena“) and
starring Larenz Tate (“love jones“), Vivica A. Fox (“Soul Food“), Halle
Berry (“Bulworth“) and Lela Rochon (“Waiting to Exhale“). In addition,
the festival is presenting a one-on-one actor’s workshop with Samuel L.
Jackson (“Jackie Brown,” “Eve’s Bayou“). The complete lineup will be
announced soon.

>> AAIFF Snags Yimou’s Latest

Zhang Yimou’s latest film, “Keep Cool,” will premiere at the Asian
American International Film Festival. AAIFF will unspool July 24th
through August 7th in New York City. Yimou makes a change from his
previous historical dramas with “Keep Cool,” which is set in
contemporary Beijing. following a lovesick bookseller who is in love
with a liberated young woman but is already involved with someone else.
Most of the cast has appeared in previous Yimou films.

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