The Aero & Egpytian Theatre


Few French monarchs left a more ornate legacy than Louis XIV (reign: 1643-1715). Known as the Sun King, he established the palace at Versailles, and his patronage brought some of Europe's most beautiful art to its walls. In particular, the art of tapestry weaving in France blossomed during his reign, and these colorful and glittering works, handwoven after designs by the most renowned artists, became the ultimate expression of status, power, taste, and wealth.

We pay tribute to the Sun King's legacy with a selection of films set in the period. One of the first of these, the early talkie The Iron Mask, stars Douglas Fairbanks as the swashbuckling savior of the king, who has been imprisoned and replaced by his twin. A more recent vintage is Vatel, starring Gérard Depardieu as a steward enlisted to feed and entertain the visiting Louis XIV, becoming entangled with the king's mistress.

 

Vatel

Date: Sunday, January 17, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Aero Theatre, Santa Monica



Directed by Roland Joffe
(France, UK, Belgium, 2000, 102 minutes)

When an impoverished nobleman (Julian Glover) needs to impress the king, he turns to his chateau's steward, François Vatel (Gérard Depardieu). During a three-day visit from Louis XIV (Julian Sands), Vatel puts food, drink and entertainment before the court, in the process attracting the affection of the king's mistress (Uma Thurman). Tom Stoppard's adaptation of this tale of royal intrigue is richly nuanced, and Vatel's Oscar-nominated art and set decoration, as well as music by Ennio Morricone, offer feasts for the senses. With Tim Roth.

Curator Charissa Bremer-David will present a brief multimedia presentation of the exhibition Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV.


 

The Iron Mask

Date: Sunday, March 6, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood



Directed by Allan Dwan
(1929, 95 minutes)
Tickets available through American Cinematheque

Douglas Fairbanks is at his swashbuckling best as D'Artagnan in this adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas classic. When twin heirs are born to the king, Cardinal Richelieu (Nigel De Brulier) has one shipped off to Spain and the other raised as Louis XIV. When Louis is later kidnapped, imprisoned in an iron mask and replaced by his twin, it's up to D'Artagnan and the Three Musketeers to set the French monarchy right. Produced with music and sound effects as well as a couple of sequences where Fairbanks speaks, the film was seen by its star as his farewell to the silent era.

Curator Charissa Bremer-David will present a brief multimedia presentation of the exhibition Woven Gold: Tapestries of Louis XIV.