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The guest and star of the 2012 festival is Jerry Schatzberg – director of legendary films from the early 1970s, such as The Panic in Needle Park starring Al Pacino and Scarecrow with Pacino and Gene Hackman. Schatzberg is one of the most important filmmakers to come out of the rebellious 1960s that criticized American reality and the myth of the American dream. The Panic in Needle Park, based upon the book by James Mills, is one of the first American films to talk about addiction among young people. Schatzberg’s Scarecrow, a road movie about two vagabonds, won the Cannes Film Festival. AFF 2012 also features lesser-known Schatzberg films such as Puzzle of a Downfall Child starring Faye Dunaway, Street Smart with Christopher Reeve and Morgan Freeman. Schatzberg is also an accomplished photographer, and his famed photographs often depict rock and cinema stars (Hendrix, Dylan, Zappa, The Beatles, Polanski, Coppola, and Forman).

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This year’s retrospective will also focus on one of the most eccentric auteurs of American cinema, the author of The Royal Tenenbaums, The Darjeeling Limited and the film that opened last year’s Cannes festival, Moonrise Kingdom. Gaggles of unusual, often neurotic outsiders and misfits lost in alien surroundings populate director Wes Anderson’s cinematic worlds. Full of absurd scenes, his dialogues sparkle with brilliant humor, virtually unprecedented in Hollywood. His favorite actors include Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Gene Hackman, George Clooney and Edward Norton.

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The 3rd AFF also features four key Hollywood films by legend and outsider Nicholas Ray, a director revered by the French New Wave artists, who saw him as one of the most important auteurs of American cinema, and our repertoire includes the cult Rebel Without a Cause starring James Dean, the existential noir In a Lonely Place with the phenomenal Humphrey Bogart, one of the most bizarre Westerns ever Johnny Guitar with Joan Crawford, and a harrowing study of dependence on cortisone in Bigger Than Life with an outstanding performance by James Mason.

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To celebrate 100 years of Universal Studios, festival viewers will be treated to big screen version of three legendary horror films: Tod Browning’s Dracula starring Bela Lugosi, James Whale’s Frankenstein and Karl Freund's The Mummy with Boris Karloff.

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