Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
Saturday, October 11 | 5:00 p.m.
The trio of Steve Martin, Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels and future Oscar-winning composer-songwriter Randy Newman teamed up to write this nostalgic and uproarious comedy that pays tribute both to silent cinema and the great tradition of American Westerns. Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short play a team of movie heroes who mistake a plea to defend a Mexican village for a job offer, only to find themselves ill-equipped to do battle with the evil “El Guapo” (Alfonso Arau of The Wild Bunch). The Magnificent Seven’s own Elmer Bernstein composed the rousing orchestral score, while screenwriter Newman contributed original songs (including the infectious title tune) and provided the voice of the “singing bush.” The end result is one of director John Landis’s most charming and delightful films, and Deborah Nadoolman Landis’s mariachi-inspired costumes for the Amigos are unforgettable.
1986, 105 minutes, color, 35mm | Directed by John Landis; written by Steve Martin, Lorne Michaels and Randy Newman; with Chevy Chase, Steve Martin, Martin Short, Alfonso Arau, Tony Plana, Patrice Martinez.
An American werewolf in london
Saturday, October 11 | 7:30 p.m.
In person: writer-director John Landis and costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis
John Landis’s groundbreaking mixture of hilarious comedy and state-of-the-art terror is one of the most influential of all contemporary horror films. Then-newcomers David Naughton and Griffin Dunne play best friends whose hitchhiking tour across the bleak English countryside comes to a brutal end at the claws of a murderous beast on a foggy moor. Waking in a hospital bed in the British capital, Naughton finds that the frights are far from over, despite the attentions of comely nurse Jenny Agutter. Horror and humor had long been a popular mix, as comedy greats like Bob Hope and Abbott & Costello had proved, but An American Werewolf pushed the genre to a new level, with its unusual combination of R-rated laughs, startling bloodshed and genuine emotion paving the way for such films as Re-Animator and Shaun of the Dead. Deborah Nadoolman Landis’s costume designs subtly delineate the differences between the happy-go-lucky American tourists and the chilly Brits. 1981 was the year the Academy instituted a competitive category for Makeup, and Rick Baker’s remarkably innovative creature designs and transformation sequences resulted in his becoming the first winner in the new category.
1981, 97 minutes, color, DCP | Written and directed by John Landis; with David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne, John Woodvine.