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American Cinematheque heats up the Egyptian this weekend when they expand their annual Tiki Sunday to fill three days with films and events. Friday night the festivities were kicked off with a screening of George Roy Hill’s epic film, Hawaii, starring Julie Andrews.

Saturday July 7th at 4pm there will be a can't-miss screening of rare, 1960s tiki-themed television clips from the collection of artist Kevin Kidney.

Stay after the screening for a Luau at 5pm with live music from King Kukelele and his Friki Tikis, the Polynesian Paradise Dancers, and an island-themed dinner featuring teriyaki chicken and a rum punch

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Following the luau Saturday night at 7pm, there will be a double-feature of The Sophisticated Misfit, a documentary about artist Shag, along with His Majesty O’Keefe. Inbetween the two films there will be a discussion with Shag and the director of The Sophisticated Misfit, Mark Chervinsky.

Details about the films after the jump...

THE SOPHISTICATED MISFIT, 2007, Smee Entertainment, 65 min. Mark Chervinsky directed this four-year exploration of the world of Shag, the unlikeliest of Los Angeles artistic icons...Shag's world is one of early 1960's furniture, cocktail hours, sprawling ranch houses, built-in wet bars, and jet-set style. He embraces a simpler time. But his artwork is filled with subtle, humorous winks of the eye acknowledging that this period wasn't quite so simple. The smiling women in their mod dresses hold secrets. The festive party scene in the go-go '60's home isn't really what it seems. With Whoopi Goldberg, Patton Oswalt, Paul Frank and Shag. Winner of the Maverick Filmmaker Award at the 2007 Newport Beach Film Festival.

HIS MAJESTY O'KEEFE, 1954, Warner Bros., 91 min. Director Byron Haskin brings a bracing exuberance to this tall tale of stranded-in-Micronesia sea captain Burt Lancaster's quest to manipulate his native hosts into helping him build a trading empire. Joan Rice is the enchanting island girl who ends up being queen to his king. The spectacular Fiji Islands locations were stunningly photographed by the great cinematographer Otto Heller

The tiki party wraps up Sunday with a screening of Miss Sadie Thompson, Starring Rita Hayworth.

MISS SADIE THOMPSON, 1953, Sony Repertory, 91 min. Dir. Curtis Bernhardt (POSSESSED). After having to leave Hawaii when her Honolulu singing job goes kaput, hard-luck dame Sadie Thompson (Rita Hayworth) is stranded on the isle of Samoa which is home to a U.S. Army base. She's befriended by well-meaning, lovable GI hunk Aldo Ray as well as his soldier pals (including a young Charles Bronson). But dirty-minded lay minister and self-righteous gadabout Jose Ferrer, laying over with his wife on a trip, believes she is nothing more than a common prostitute and is offended by her presence. He takes it upon himself to make Sadie's life a living hell until he can get her deported back to the States. Although Rita's singing voice was dubbed by Jo Ann Greer, you would never know it during the musical numbers - she is positively dynamite performing "Hear No Evil," "The Heat Is On," and "Blue Pacific Blues." Originally shot in 3-D, this is a terrific color remake of W. Somerset Maugham's classic tale Miss Thompson, first filmed in 1932 as RAIN by director Lewis Milestone with Joan Crawford.

The Egyptian 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028

Movies Only (valid for all movies on Saturday only):
General: $12; Senior/Student: $10; Cinematheque Member: $9
Luau Dinner Only: $20 (includes film admission for 4 PM show and dinner.)
All Movies (4 PM and 7:30 PM Movies), plus the Luau Dinner:
General: $27; Senior/Student: $25; Cinematheque Member: $24

(Movie descriptions quoted from the American Cinematheque website)