It’s Lights… Camera… Action… and Cinematheque

at the Ace Hotel’s Commune

Film starts rolling at: 7:30pm

All Ages // FREE entrance

701 E Palm Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, CA


We screen rarely seen cinematic gems at Cinemathèque every Thursday night (except Thanksgiving) in the Clubhouse. These are neglected masterpieces you won’t see anywhere else, curated by John Steppling – a film critic, screenwriter and historian who knows the annals of rare film like no one else. Come nerd out, have a drink and catch these on the glimmering big screen while you can.

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Tonight’s Special Screening:

The Asphalt Jungle

Directed by John Huston, 1950

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Jean Hagen, Sam Jaffe, Louis Calhern, James Whitmore, and, in a minor but key role, Marilyn Monroe (who was an unknown at the time)

Film Synopsis:

The Asphalt Jungle is a brilliantly conceived and executed anatomy of a crime — or, as director John Huston and scripter Ben Maddow put it, “a left-handed form of human endeavor.” Recently paroled master criminal Erwin “Doc” Riedenschneider (Sam Jaffe), with funding from crooked attorney Emmerich (Louis Calhern), gathers several crooks together in Cincinnati for a Big Caper. Among those involved are Dix (Sterling Hayden), an impoverished hood who sees the upcoming jewel heist as a means to finance his dream of owning a horse farm. Hunch-backed cafe owner (James Whitmore) is hired on to be the driver for the heist; professional safecracker Louis Ciavelli (Anthony Caruso) assembles the tools of his trade; and a bookie (Marc Lawrence) acts as Emmerich’s go-between. The robbery is pulled off successfully, but an alert night watchman shoots Ciavelli. Corrupt cop (Barry Kelley), angry that his “patsy” (Lawrence) didn’t let him in on the caper, beats the bookie into confessing and fingering the other criminals involved. From this point on, the meticulously planned crime falls apart with the inevitability of a Greek tragedy. Way down on the cast list isMarilyn Monroe in her star-making bit as Emmerich’s sexy “niece”; whenever The Asphalt Jungle would be reissued, Monroe would figure prominently in the print ads as one of the stars. The Asphalt Jungle was based on a novel by the prolific W.R. Burnett, who also wrote Little Caesar and Saint Johnson (the fictionalized life story of Wyatt Earp). ~ via Hal Erickson, Rovi of

Make sure to check out the Interview that we featured last week between Ace Hotel and the curator to the evening, John Steppling:


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It’s the perfect warm up to Doo Wop in the Desert, which is only 2 1/2 weeks away!!