The Conformist (1970), designed by Oscar-winning Production Designer Ferdinando Scarfiotti (The Last Emperor, Toys and Last Tango in Paris) will headline the next Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society’s 2018 screening series “Production Design: Designers on Design” at the Egyptian Theater on Sunday, May 20 at 5:30 pm. A conversation will follow with Emmy-nominated Production Designer Hannah Beachler ADG (Black Panther, Moonlight, Creed) exploring Scarfiotti’s enduring contributions to Production Design and the ‘Hollywood Thirties Art Deco’ look in cinema. The annual 2018 ADG Screening Series highlighting the work of renowned Production Designers and their creative collaborations, is in association with American Cinematheque and sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter.

“The Conformist and Scarfiotti’s body of works are both impressive and inspiring and have raised the bar for all of us,” said Art Director and moderator Michael Allen Glover ADG. “We look forward to hearing Hannah Beachler’s perspective, both on the film’s artistry and how it may have influenced her approach to design for the moving image.” 

Hannah Beachler is the first-ever female production designer of a Marvel film, the box-office hit Black Panther. She received an Emmy-nomination for Beyoncé: Lemonade in addition to the 2016 Art Directors Guild Award. Her other credits include Moonlight (2016), Creed (2015) and Fruitvale Station (2013).

Ferdinando Scarfiotti (1941-1994) was an Italian art director who began his career designing magnificent stage productions for Luchino Visconti's operas and plays, including Der Rosenkavalier, Falstaff andSimon Boccanegra, among many others. Although theater was in his blood, he was a huge movie fan. Oscar-winning Director Bernardo Bertolucci asked Scarfiotti to design The Conformist where he established the Hollywood Thirties Art Deco look and launched his film career. He won an Academy Award® for his artistic production design on The Last Emperor (1987), whose fabulous red and gold both established and embellished the glory of the Forbidden City in China, and he received an Oscar nomination for Toys (1992). His other films include Scarface (1983), Death in Venice (1971), Last Tango in Paris (1972), American Gigolo (1980) among many others.

In The Conformist, Marcello Clerici is a member of the secret police in Mussolini's Fascist Italy. He and his new bride travel to Paris for their honeymoon, where Marcello also plans to assassinate his former college professor, an outspoken anti-Fascist living in exile. But when Marcello meets the professor's young wife, both his romantic and his political loyalties are tested. 

Representing the Art Directors Guild are Film Society Co-Chairs Thomas A. Walsh ADG, John Muto ADG, Michael Allen Glover ADG, John Iacovelli ADG and Debbie Patton, ADG Director of Awards and Events. Working with them are the American Cinematheque’s Gwen Deglise, Margot Gerber and Grant Moninger. General admission: $12. American Cinematheque members: $8. Students/Seniors with valid ID: $10. All screenings start at 5:30 PM; 24-hour information is available at 323-466-FILM (3456).

For Information about the 2018 ADG Film Series click here.

For ticket information, go to American Cinematheque's website.

Established in 1937, the Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents 2,500 members who work throughout the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; Set Designers, Model Makers and Previs Artists. The ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society, an annual Awards Banquet, a creative/technology community (World Building Institute), a bimonthly craft magazine (Perspective); and extensive technology-training programs, figure drawing and other creative workshops and year-round Gallery 800 art exhibitions. The Guild’s online directory and website resources are at Connect with the Art Directors Guild on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a 501(c)(3) non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on Dec. 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman's first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In January 2005 the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica.

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