Billy Wilder Theater
Thursday, January 13, 7pm
Co-presented by the Consulat General de France
The archfiend Fantômas was created by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre in early 1911. The villain, in top hat and black mask, strode across the rooftops of Paris with a dagger in one hand, casting his murderous shadow over the city. Born via pulpy paperbacks, he quickly attracted high culture admirers. The Society of the Friends of Fantômas included Cocteau, Max Jacob, Picasso, Apollinaire, and Colette. Magritte and Juan Gris painted him; Kurt Weill composed music for him. In celebration of his 100th birthday, we will screen Louis Feuillade’s haunting, essential silent film Le Mort Qui Tue (1913) with live accompaniment by James Fearnley (The Pogues), followed by a discussion with Fantômas scholar Robin Walz, French director Jean-Pierre Gorin, Los Angeles Times and NPR film critic Kenneth Turan and moderated by writer Howard Rodman and a birthday party in the courtyard with music by Pink Frankenstein (from Bardot A Go Go!).
ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Tickets are required, and are available at the Billy Wilder Theater Box Office one hour prior to start time. Limit one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Hammer members receive priority seating, subject to availability. Reservations not accepted, RSVPs not required. Parking is available under the museum for $3 after 6:00pm, bikes park for free and many public transit lines run directly to the museum. See our website for more info.
Hammer Public Programs
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024