Film - Feature | January 26 | 3 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Hayao Miyazaki might consider his single greatest work to be not one of his films, but rather the thousand-page manga epic Nausicaä that he labored to complete between 1982 and 1994. In Nausicaä, genetically engineered weapons have burned civilization to the ground, leaving behind the seeds of a new global ecology that has made humans aliens on their own planet. A thousand years after the holocaust, Nausicaäs eponymous princessa girl both soldier and scientistseeks to reconcile the last remnants of her stillwarring species with the monstrous biological order overtaking earth. Although this movie adaptation represents an early draft of the storyone Miyazaki would change considerably as the manga evolvedit was and remains a stirring, sweeping epic of war and adventure, and one of the best science fiction films made anywhere during the 1980s.