<< July 2018 >>

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Camille

Film - Feature | July 1 | 4:30-6:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

George Cukor’s direction breathes new life into the cluttered theaters, bustling boudoirs, and shining hypocrisies of Alexandre Dumas fils’s nineteenth-century Paris, where the classy courtesan inhabits a lush and sensual world but is denied “perfect love.”

Story of a Love Affair

Film - Feature | July 1 | 7-9 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Set in Milan, a sparklingly lurid cityscape, Story of a Love Affair tells of a wealthy industrialist who hires a private eye to investigate the past of his young wife, Paola (Lucia Bosè).

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Mur Murs

Film - Feature | July 4 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Venturing from Venice Beach to Watts, Varda looks at the murals of Los Angeles as backdrop to and mirror of the city’s many cultures circa 1980.

Red Desert

Film - Feature | July 4 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Red Desert was shot in the industrialized North of Italy, where Monica Vitti, as the wife of an electronics engineer, suffers what would be called a nervous breakdown at any other time, in any other place.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Port of Call

Film - Feature | July 5 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The issues facing the young working-class girl Berit are a grotesquely hypocritical mother, a troubled past, difficulties building a future with her present lover, and a friend who dies after a back-alley abortion...   More >

Friday, July 6, 2018

The Other Side of Hope

Film - Feature | July 6 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The Other Side of Hope lays bare the administrative obstacles encountered by migrants seeking asylum far from the conflicts that displace them. Khaled (Sherwan Haji) emerges from a pile of coal on a ship docked in Helsinki.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Lady Without Camellias

Film - Feature | July 7 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lucia Bosè plays a Milanese shop girl who achieves a quick success on the screen because of her looks and charm, but who cannot move up into more challenging roles. She thus finds herself unable to advance or retreat, and there is no one to blame, not even herself. (Andrew Sarris, Village Voice)

Ninotchka

Film - Feature | July 7 | 8:15-10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Garbo, Lubitsch, and the screwball comedy come together in this film in a most astonishing result: the closest thing to a convincing socialist heroine the English-speaking cinema has yet produced. It’s a nice payoff to the screwball tradition: that it had the freedom to offer even this surprise. (James Harvey, Romantic Comedy)

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The Red Shoes

Film - Feature | July 8 | 4-5:45 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Outdoor Screen

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Jack Cardiff’s wonderfully fluid and lustrous photography perfectly captures the fairy-tale origins of Powell and Pressburger’s masterpiece of color and motion, which has as its exquisite centerpiece a nearly twenty-minute ballet sequence. (Jonathan L. Knapp)

The Match Factory Girl

Film - Feature | July 8 | 5:15-6:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Kaurismäki’s early masterpiece and blackest of comedies stars Kati Outinen as Iris, a factory worker whose lonely existence is punctuated by glimmers of hope—a pink party dress, the attention of a man at a bar, a pregnancy—that all result in humiliation and heartbreak.

I vinti (The Vanquished)

Film - Feature | July 8 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

These three moral tales ostensibly on the subject of the dehumanized behavior of postwar youth do little to provide an explanation for it.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Secrets of Women

Film - Feature | July 11 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Secrets of Women is essential early Bergman, offering glimpses of what is to come but with a freshness of spirit that gracefully eludes the tropes of genius.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

My Journey Through French Cinema

Film - Documentary | July 12 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

One of the great directors of world cinema takes viewers on an idiosyncratic tour of the history of French film in this delightful documentary, which offers an entire lifetime of cinema knowledge and passion within its running time.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Two-Faced Woman

Film - Feature | July 13 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Condemned by the National Legion of Decency and released soon after Pearl Harbor, Cukor’s frothy comedy Two-Faced Woman gained further notoriety for being Garbo’s last before her self-exile from movies. All that aside, the movie is very funny and Garbo is hilarious as a wholesome but exuberant ski instructress who impersonates her own “twin” in order to lure her husband (Melvyn Douglas) back from...   More >

La vie de Bohème

Film - Feature | July 13 | 8:30-10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Forget Puccini: Kaurismäki declared that his aim in this film was to rescue Henri Murger’s novel Scènes de la vie de Bohème from the opera and its bourgeois proprieties. As usual with Kaurismäki, the effort is both ironic and improbably sincere.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Goupi mains-rouges

Film - Feature | July 14 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Becker’s droll satire plays out on several uneasy social borders—between city and country folk, family and outside community, men and women. Filmed in stunning shadows, it is haunting in its mixture of lighthearted and gallows humor.

Le amiche

Film - Feature | July 14 | 8:15-10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Le amiche follows the lives of four aimless young women as observed by a newcomer, Clelia, who has returned to her native Turin to open a fashion salon.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Brink of Life

Film - Feature | July 15 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Brink of Life pursues Bergman’s fascination with the inner lives of women to a maternity ward where three women await the blessed event with mixed attitudes—and fates.

The Man Without a Past

Film - Feature | July 15 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Aki Kaurismäki has an unsentimental soft spot for the working class, albeit well hidden behind artfully sardonic realism. More than the memorably long-faced antiheroes of The Match Factory Girl and Drifting Clouds, the hero of this film—call him M—has reason to be deadpan: drifting into a strange city, he is set upon by thugs who leave him for dead and render him amnesiac.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Dernier atout

Film - Feature | July 18 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Filmed during the German Occupation of France, Becker’s delightful “official” directorial debut owes a debt to the American gangster pictures that it was purposefully designed to take the place of, with Hollywood content having been banned by the Nazis.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Il grido

Film - Feature | July 19 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

We are more familiar with Antonioni’s spaces of bourgeois existence, but in this wonderful early work, he returns to “the landscape I remember from my childhood,” the desolate vistas of the Po Valley, to film a study of a man who, deserted by his mistress, sets out with his little daughter in search of peace of mind and a new life.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Falbalas

Film - Feature | July 20 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A talented yet vain couturier runs roughshod over workers, friends, and lovers in Becker’s vividly realist drama on Parisian haute couture, which makes a fascinating companion piece to Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread and counts among its admirers none other than Jean-Paul Gaultier.

Prison

Film - Feature | July 20 | 7:30-9 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bergman’s first major work, Prison makes a strong case for the proclamation that opens it: “Human life is an inferno.” Gunnar Fischer’s hard-edged expressionist cinematography is ideally suited to the harsh subject matter.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Seeing and Reading: Graphic Design Workshop with Mary Banas

Film - Feature | July 21 | 1-2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This intensive graphic design workshop led by designer and CCA professor Mary Banas will offer participants a chance to engage the imagery and poetry from Way Bay 2 in a new way, experiment with a Risograph printer, and create a collaborative book to take home. Using collage and physical layout techniques, we will design book spreads and print them on the Art Lab Risograph machine. This workshop...   More >

The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill

Film - Feature | July 21 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Saturated with local color, Judy Irving’s film weaves elements of nature documentary and personal portraiture into a tale of love and survival in the urban jungle. This is the story of a flock of wild cherry-headed conures—descendants of escaped or abandoned pets—and one ponytailed man, Mark Bittner, who, like the birds, has endured hardship and displacement but eventually flourished in the...   More >

Blow-Up

Film - Feature | July 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

For his first English-language film, Antonioni set a metaphysical mystery in the world of fashion, at a time when the director’s metaphysics had itself become a fad; the movie and its meaning were the talk of the swingingest parties of 1966.

Drifting Clouds

Film - Feature | July 21 | 8:30-10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“A beautiful, melancholy work that all but restores humanism to contemporary cinema. Who but Kaurismäki could make a comedy about unemployment, and turn it into a soulful, transcendent statement about hope and survival?” (James Quandt).

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Prison

Film - Feature | July 22 | 3-4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bergman’s first major work, Prison makes a strong case for the proclamation that opens it: “Human life is an inferno.” Gunnar Fischer’s hard-edged expressionist cinematography is ideally suited to the harsh subject matter.

Antoine et Antoinette

Film - Feature | July 22 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The first of Becker’s three loosely plotted postwar films on the changing structure of French life, Antoine et Antoinette follows one young working-class couple in a cramped, overcrowded Paris, and the husband’s desperate search for a missing lottery ticket.

The Other Side of Hope

Film - Feature | July 22 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Khaled (Sherwan Haji) emerges from a pile of coal on a ship docked in Helsinki. A refugee from Syria, searching for the sister who is his only surviving relative, he is quickly absorbed into the bureaucracy of exile. It is only after exchanging blows with newly minted restaurateur Wikstrom (Sakari Kuosmanen), who finds Khaled sleeping next to the garbage bins of the Golden Pint restaurant, that...   More >

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Harp of Burma

Film - Feature | July 25 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A fatalistic elegy for the war dead, Harp of Burma links beauty with a sense of loss, and loss with salvation. Burma at the close of World War II is a no-man’s-land, a quiet emptiness where there used to be life. But the Himalayas still move villagers to dream, and captured Japanese soldiers to sing in sweet harmony; Burma is still “Buddha’s country.”

Thursday, July 26, 2018

La salamandre

Film - Feature | July 26 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Two self-proclaimed writers attempt to retell how a young woman shot her uncle in Tanner and cowriter John Berger’s intelligent portrait of the free and the defiant—and of the dead-end jobs, old men, and “nitwits” that get in their way.

Friday, July 27, 2018

The End of the Ottoman Empire

Film - Feature | July 27 | 4:30-6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Back by popular demand! This documentary offers an overview of the Ottomans, who ruled three continents for six centuries, and explains how the decline of the Ottoman Empire throughout the nineteenth century and up to 1925 informs current politics.

Full: Affirmative Action

Film - Feature | July 27 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Affirmative Action is an evening-length collaborative production foregrounding concepts of transparency, radical diversity, and inclusion. Composed by five musicians of color (Zachary Watkins, Raven Chacon, Sharmi Basu, Morgan Craft, and Ava Mendoza) and performed by the two white cis men of The Living Earth Show, Affirmative Action highlights the “lens of whiteness” through which artists of...   More >

Casque d’or

Film - Feature | July 27 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Romantic fatalism, the French cinema of lost ideals, is associated with the 1930s, but it held sway well into the sixties. Seeing Casque d’or, one can see why Becker was a hero for the New Wave directors.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Casque d’or

Film - Feature | July 28 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Romantic fatalism, the French cinema of lost ideals, is associated with the 1930s, but it held sway well into the sixties. Seeing Casque d’or, one can see why Becker was a hero for the New Wave directors.

Zabriskie Point

Film - Feature | July 28 | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Michelangelo Antonioni’s California epic trades the empty boulevards of suburban Rome for the desert vistas of Death Valley, the petrochemical purgatory of Ravenna for the billboard-bedecked avenues of Los Angeles.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Curator’s Talk: Matthew Coleman on Peter Hujar

Film - Feature | July 29 | 3-4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this exhibition walk-through, BAMPFA Curatorial Assistant Matthew Coleman explores Hujar’s distinctive and arresting photographic style and imagery.

Édouard et Caroline

Film - Feature | July 29 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In an unfashionable Paris apartment, a pianist and his wife quarrel over a missing waistcoat and a shortened evening dress as they prepare for an upcoming recital in Becker’s delightfully airy, Lubitsch-like portrait of love and life in a slowly modernizing urban France.

The Middle of the World

Film - Feature | July 29 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The Middle of the World describes a love affair between Paul, a Swiss engineer running for political office, and Adriana, an Italian immigrant working as a waitress. This cool, highly erotic, teasingly ambiguous film is one of the few convincing, truly modern treatises on love, one not divorced from the contexts of politics, class, and geography.