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Friday, January 11th 2008

11:44 AM

Spirited Away

  • Posted by: Steve Biodrowski
  • Event Date & Time: Hayao Miyazaki Retrospective
  • Location: Aero Theatre - 1328 Montana Avenue in Santa Monica

The American Cinematheque will present a weekend of anime films by director Hayao Miyazaki on the weekend of February 1-2.From the press release:

  • Creator of some of the most breathtakingly beautiful films in the history of animation, including SPIRITED AWAY, PRINCESS MONONOKE, LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO and KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE, Japanese director and animator Hayao Miyazaki has combined ageless, mythic storytelling, a profoundly spiritual approach to man and the natural world, and a gallery of fearless young heroines into his own unmistakable art. Born in 1941 in Tokyo, the son of an airplane manufacturer (Miyazaki's love for planes
    and flying shows in almost all his films), he grew up influenced by writers such as Antoine de Saint-Exupery and Rosemary Sutcliff, and the tremendously popular manga comics of Osamu Tezuka, creator of Astro-Boy. After apprenticing on a numberof anime features and TV series in the late 1960s and 1970s, Miyazaki emerged as a director with CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO in 1979, followed soon after by the astonishing NAUSICAƄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (based on his own manga) and LAPUTA: CASTLE IN THE SKY. Working with his own animation house, Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki has exerted an amazing degree of individual control over the design and production of his films. Join us at the Aero for the magic of Miyazaki's classic films on the big screen,  a delight for the whole family!

Here is the schedule:

  • NAUSICAA, VALLEY OF THE WIND (1984) - Friday, February1 @ 7:30pm
  • MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (198 - Saturday, February 2 @ 4pm
  • SPIRITED AWAY - Saturday, February 2 @ 7:30pm

The screening of NAUSICAA is of particular interest, because the film's only theatrical exposure in the U.S. was in a cut and dubbed form; the other two films received somewhat more respectful treatment.

Get more info at the Aero Theatre's website.

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