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35mm special 8:15p screening of Jean Renoir's GRAND ILLUSION

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Vista Theatre

4473 Sunset Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

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35mm screening of Jean Renoir's classic GRAND ILLUSION

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PLEASE NOTE we are honored to co-present this movie with the amazing film organization La Collectionneuse @la.collectionneuse.presents (https://lacollects.com/)

Part of our UNEXPECTED HOLIDAY CLASSICS series. Wednesday, December 18, 2019 @ 8:15p, The Vista: GRAND ILLUSION (1937, Rialto, directed by Jean Renoir, 35mm, 117mns)

SPECIAL NOTE: This is a special prime time screening at 8:15pm of one of the greatest movies ever made on 35mm. Join us and bring the family to see one of the greatest international classics of all time. On 35mm!

Jean Renoir’s 1937 masterwork Grand Illusion is one of the greatest movies of all time. In fact, when Criterion first started releasing movies, they served their first two slots for Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai and Renoir’s Grand Illusion.

These also happen to be the two movies this programmer would show the aliens if they ever wanted two examples of our greatest cinematic art.

Grand Illusion is one of those movies whose full brilliance continues to grown on you over time like a beautiful flower that continues to bloom to its full blossom inside your heart.

Following the struggles of a group of French prisoners of war during World War I, Grand Illusion begins as a movie about life in a prisoner of war camp only to subtly grow to a movie about how we are more divided along lines of class than nation in this world than a prison escape movie to end with one of the greatest third acts in all of cinema (which happens to take place around Christmas time).

Starring one of France’s most beloved golden age actors, the always charismatic and vital Jean Gabin, along with a cast of Renoir regulars, Grand Illusion somehow gets right at the heart of what it means to be human with a tolerance and empathy only achieved by the most sublime works of heart.

This movie is so good and effective at proving the shared humanity of all peoples that the Nazis considered it “Enemy Number One” when World War II began. The Nazis felt if people saw it, they would be reminded of the futility of war, propaganda, and hate in the face of shared human longing.

The most wonderful irony is that the Nazis stored a print of this movie in their vaults. And it was in the Nazi vaults that the print was discovered at the end of the War, untouched, perfectly preserved, and ready to be shared with the entire world.

When asked what the greatest movie of all time was, Orson Welles was prone to say “Grand Illusion and something else. . .”. It was Orson Welles who wrote Jean Renoir’s eulogy in the newspaper when Renoir passed.

This programmer shares with Mr. Welles the belief that Jean Renoir is the greatest filmmaker cinema has ever produced.

Best always,

Craig Hammill

35mm Secret Movie Club Founder.Programmer


TICKETS: Tickets for all our events are available online at:


or through each individual event on our Facebook Page:


We also make tickets available at the Vista Box Office.

Important Warning: Never buy tickets from anyone you do not know personally. We have noticed a rise in fraudulent scalpers on our social media and elsewhere. It’s always better to just write us directly at:

secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com to inquire about tickets.

OUR 35MM POLICY: We strive to show as many movies as possible on film. This means that we work to screen the majority of our movies on 35mm prints. Though we do occasionally screen movies on 16mm prints when we do special pop-up events at non-theatrical locations or a 35mm print is not available.

We will screen a movie digitally if its original medium was digital. This usually means that we screen what’s called a DCP or Digital Cinema Print. Almost all movies shot in recent years are digital and screen on DCPs.

In some rare instances, a film print will arrive to us in such poor condition that we deem it will be more distracting than entertaining or a last minute consideration will arise unexpectedly that we have to reserve the right to screen a DCP in an emergency. However, we will make all best efforts to alert the audience immediately if we have to screen a DCP alternate when a 35mm print was advertised.

Situations where we have had to substitute a DCP for an advertised 35mm print have thankfully only occurred a handful of times in our history. But we do need to reserve this right to insure the best possible presentation of a movie for our audience.

ORIGINAL POSTERS: We do limited edition 100 original poster runs for almost all of our movies. We sell these posters at the events and do our best to let our audience see the design at least 1-2 weeks ahead of a screening via our email and social media.

We are currently working to launch our website and online movie store in the Fall of 2019 so you can peruse our entire backlog and get posters of your favorite movies and/or by your favorite designers. Stay tuned!

SCREENING LOCATION(S): The majority of our movies screen at The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

We screen 1-2 documentaries with Director Q&A's a season at the Los Feliz 3, 1822 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027, 8 blocks from the Vista.

We also do occasional pop-up screenings at fun historic spaces around Los Angeles. So please double check the address to make sure you’re heading to the right location!

REFUNDS: We will honor all refund requests made through Eventbrite 24 hours or more before the listed start time of the screening. After that, no refunds.

HOW DOES A SECRET MOVIE CLUB SEASON PASS WORK: If you buy a Secret Movie Club All-Access Season Pass (access to all movies we’re showing within one season), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout that time (including any screenings or special events we may announce at a later time; so your value may increase!).

This is our best deal at $6.50/per movie if you know you’re going to see the majority of movies in a season.

These passes are available up to the start time of the first screening of a season at https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com

If you decide to buy the SEASON PASS and have already bought an individual ticket, just write us: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com and we’ll issue you a refund for the individual ticket(s) you bought so you can get the all-access pass.

With the All-Access Season Pass, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket. You’re a VIP now and never have to worry about a movie selling out. We always save you a seat.

HOW DOES A SERIES PASS WORK: If you want to see all the movies in a particular series but not necessarily all the movies in a season this is the way to go and is our next best deal (at $9/per movie) after the Season Pass.

The price of each Series Pass depends on how many movies we show in that series. So for instance if we are showing 7 movies in the series, the pass would cost $63 (or $9 per movie). If we are showing 4 movies in that series, the pass would cost $36, and so on.

You can buy a Series Pass through any individual Eventbrite link for a movie in that series.

We generate a special list with your name on it for that series. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

CONCESSIONS: The Vista Concessions counter is open for all our events. So you will always have access to popcorn, soda, candy, coffee the works!

PARKING/PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The Vista has no dedicated parking lot. Thankfully, there is parking in the residential areas around the Vista Theater. Just plan to get to the theater 20 minutes early so you have enough time to park, walk to the theater, get your tickets, get a seat.

Make sure you read the street signs! Hillhurst and Sunset Drive tend to be the best for street parking. Avoid Rosalia and Commonwealth as they have permit-only parking rules. We don’t want any Secret Movie Clubbers getting parking tickets.

There are many great public transportation options near the Vista including a Metro subway stop at the Vermont/Sunset station which is about 4 blocks from the Vista Theater.

SHOWTIMES: We screen most of our movies before or after the Vista’s official movies. This is why most of our showtimes are either at 11:59pm or on weekend mornings.

Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket to make sure you can make that showtime.

MAILING LIST: We started as a secret email list way back in April 2016. In respect to our origins (and because the programmer is superstitious), we will always announce our upcoming seasons, special events, and speakers via the email list first before posting to any other social media. If you’d like to get on the secret email list, email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com.

OTHER QUESTIONS: You can always email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com or send a message through our Facebook page: @secretmovieclub35mm

We work to respond asap within receipt of your email or message.

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