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Aero Theatre
Between Euclid St. and 14th St. 1328 Montana Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Double Feature: 

Khachaturian, 2003, 83 min.

Peter Rosen’s visionary film traces the tumultuous career of Armenian-Soviet composer Aram Khachaturian while also exposing the harsh realities of the Soviet regime for artists. It is a story rich in contradictions: Was Khachaturian playing the fool for Stalinism, or composing music that cried out against its evils? Was he a Soviet favorite musical son, or a sacrificial lamb? An Armenian composer, rooted to his heritage, or the New Socialist Man? Among his many works, Khachaturian is known for the “Gayane Ballet Suite,” featured in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, and for the iconic “Sabre Dance.” Shot in Yerevan, Armenia. Tiblisi, Georgia, Moscow and New York, Khachaturian won Best Documentary at the Hollywood Film Festival and was an official selection of the Biarritz, Haifa and Montreal International film festivals.   

Los Angeles Premiere! Jascha Heifetz: God’s Fiddler, 2012, 88 min. Dir. Peter Rosen.

World-renowned violinist Jascha Heifetz was a legendary but mysterious figure whose story embodies the dual nature of artistic genius: the paradox of how a mortal man lives with immortal gifts that he must honor, but which exact a lifelong price. Are the man and the artist the same person? What is the price each pays? And who was the man behind the music? Not since Paganini had there been such a magician on the violin. The first modern violin virtuoso, about whom Itzhak Perlman says in the film, “When I spoke with him, I thought, ‘I can’t believe it. I’m talking with God.’”   

Discussion between films with director Peter Rosen and producer Dora Kuhn. 

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