The Wednesday, October 18th program is a 6:30 PM screening of WINGS, (1927, Paramount, 139 min.). The American Cinematheque celebrates the 85th Anniversary of the Egyptian Theatre with a screening of William A. Wellman’s classic, the first movie to ever win the Academy Award for Best Picture. This WWI epic features breath-taking aerial stunts blended with real battle footage. But there is also a struggle of the heart as two pilots/friends (Richard Arlen, Charles “Buddy” Rogers) rival for the love of the same woman. Meanwhile, “It Girl” Clara Bow waits patiently for the man she loves. With an early Gary Cooper appearance and Oscar winning costume designer Edith Head’s (THE STING; REAR WINDOW; SABRINA) first film. A toast to the Egyptian’s 85th anniversary, sponsored by Coppola Winery & Vineyards, birthday cake and a booksigning with William Wellman, Jr. in-person for The Man & His Wings: William A. Wellman and the Making of the First Best Picture will precede the screening. Live musical accompaniment by Robert Israel.
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