Neile Adams, Steve McQueen
Neile Adams (Mrs. Steve McQueen from 1956 – 1972) will appear on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. for a book signing of her autobiography, "My Husband, My Friend," and a Q&A prior to a screening of the film, "The Great Escape" starring Steve McQueen at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre; 6712 Hollywood Boulevard; Los Angeles, CA 90028.
The film is being presented as part of the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre's retrospective salute to the late iconic actor, Steve McQueen, in honor of what would have been his 82nd birthday on March 24, 2012. A Mini Film Series of seven movies starring Steve McQueen will be presented from March 29 – April 1, 2012.
The slate of films includes: Thursday, March 29th at 7:30 p.m. – Double Feature: "Bullitt" and "The Hunter;" Friday, March 30th at 7:30 p.m. – Double Feature: "Papillon" and "Soldier In The Rain;" Saturday, March 31st at 6:30 p.m.: Neile Adams' Book Signing of "My Husband, My Friend" and Q&A preceding the screening of "The Great Escape;" and Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – Double Feature: "The Thomas Crown Affair" and "The Getaway."
Tickets are $11 each for General Admission; $9 for Seniors (65 and over) and Students with current I.D. and $7 for American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre Members. The Box Office opens one and half hour before the first program of the day/evening and closes 30 minutes after the last film of the evening begins. Tickets can be purchased by calling Fandango at 1-800-FANDANGO (1-800-326-3264), and then entering the express code for the Egyptian Theatre which is 2206. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.fandango.com/egyptiantheatre_aaofx/theaterpage. For further information please call the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre's 24-hour information line at 323-466-3456 or visit online at http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/low-rider-the-super-charged-cinema-of-steve-mcqueen.
From his escape-artist anti-heroes in "Papillon" and "The Great Escape" to his hardboiled loners in "The Cincinnati Kid" and "Junior Bonner," to his speed-demon cop in "Bullitt," actor Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980) blazed across the screen with the same intensity and competitive spirit he brought to his off-screen passion for racing. One of the most popular and acclaimed actors of his generation, McQueen is arguably even more popular now, emerging as a kind of archetype for the ideal Hollywood male star: defiantly independent (but nursing a wounded soul), always close to the boiling point, a man of few words and much action. In other words, the King of Cool.
More About The Films To Be Screened:
Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. - Double Feature: "Bullitt," 1968, Warner Bros., 113 minutes, directed by Peter Yates. In this pared-to-the-bone thriller, über-cool San Francisco police detective Sergeant Bullitt (Steve McQueen) goes up against mob hit men, as well as ambitious bureaucrat Chalmers (Robert Vaughn), as he struggles to safeguard a witness. With Jacqueline Bisset.
Thursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – Double Feature: "The Hunter," 1980, Paramount Pictures, 97 minutes, directed by Buzz Kulik. Steve McQueen plays bounty hunter Ralph "Papa" Thorson in this action-packed bio-pic, the actor's last film. With Eli Wallach and Ben Johnson. Print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Friday, March 30, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. – Double Feature: "Papillon," 1973, Warner Bros., 150 minutes. McQueen gives one of his greatest performances in the true story of French convict Henri "Papillon" Charriere and his confinement in the hellish penal colony of French Guiana. Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner ("Planet of the Apes," "Patton"), with support from Dustin Hoffman as McQueen's myopic buddy Louis Dega. Print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive.
"Soldier In The Rain," 1963, Warner Bros., 88 minutes, directed by Ralph Nelson. Steve McQueen and Jackie Gleason star in this military buddy comedy as Sergeants Eustis Clay and Maxwell Slaughter, the former a country bumpkin and the latter an aging career soldier with his glory days behind him. Tuesday Weld co-stars as dizzy teenager Bobby Jo Pepperdine. Print courtesy of UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. – Neile Adams (Mrs. Steve McQueen from 1956 – 1972) signs copies of her autobiography "My Husband, My Friend" and is interviewed in a Q&A prior to the screening of the film, "The Great Escape," 1963, Park Circus, 172 minutes, directed by John Sturges. World War II drama chronicling the real-life, large-scale prison camp escape of Allied POWs in Germany, featuring
Steve McQueen in his (literally) breakout role as Captain Virgil Hilts, "The Cooler King." Nail-biting suspense and exhilarating action are punctuated with just the right amount of raucous humor, aided by composer Elmer Bernstein's rousing score. With James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Richard Attenborough, James Donald and Donald Pleasence.