<< Week of August 06 >>

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Le cercle rogue

Film - Feature | August 6 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Alain Delon, a highline thief who lives in studied elegance when he’s not languishing in jail, plans an elaborate jewelry-store heist with two cohorts picked up almost at random: an escaped convict (Gian-Maria Volonté) and an alcoholic lapsed lawman rescued from a lost weekend (a great role for Yves Montand). The popular French actor André Bourvil is superbly cast against type as the nemesis cop,...   More >

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

With this gorgeous picture set among a small Ukrainian sect, Sergei Paradjanov “was the first to indicate the degree to which folklore and local artistic tradition could once again become a source of visual wealth in Soviet national cinema. In the beautiful but fierce Carpathian Mountains, an environment of overwhelming Christian-pagan rituals, demonology, and constant struggle with overpowering...   More >

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The New Babylon

Film - Feature | August 10 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

We present The New Babylon with Dmitri Shostakovich’s original symphonic score for the silent film. Originally banned for its excess and aestheticism, this energetic avant-garde extravaganza represents a culmination of the experimental Factory of the Eccentric Actor (FEKS), founded by directors Kozintsev and Trauberg. Set in the 1871 Paris Commune and centered around a posh department store...   More >

Friday, August 11, 2017

In a Lonely Place

Film - Feature | August 11 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ray must have been after the corrosive core of doubt and mistrust at the center of Dorothy B. Hughes’s most pathological novel (1947) when he took on Andrew Solt’s terrific adaptation. Hughes’s riveting story about Dix Steele, a serial killer trolling the streets of Los Angeles for women, was discarded like one of the novel’s many victims. Still, this repurposing of Dix (Humphrey Bogart) as a...   More >

Obit.

Film - Documentary | August 11 | 8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

It’s no surprise that the small team of journalists on the obituaries desk at the New York Times are a thoughtful group and make for excellent subjects in this witty and illuminating documentary. Filmmaker Vanessa Gould conceived of the subject for Obit. after being interviewed by a staff writer at the Times following the death of a friend. Her film sheds light on how deaths are covered by the...   More >

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Un flic

Film - Feature | August 12 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, and Richard Crenna star in Melville’s last feature, a consummate cops-and-robbers tale of remarkable set pieces and an even more remarkable sense of nihilism. A windswept seaside bank robbery, a hospital breakout, a giddily ludicrous train heist: Melville’s nearly wordless action scenes are miracles of staging, timing, and movement, and prove that suspense can...   More >

Pepi, Luci, Bom, and Other Girls Like Mo

Film - Feature | August 12 | 8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

(Pepi, Luci, Bom, y otras chicas del montón). Madrid’s nascent punk and gay underground provides the fertile setting of Almodóvar’s debut feature, a manic slice of screw-you life that could outshock even early John Waters with its transgressive energy. Swearing vengeance on a rapist cop, “modern girl” Carmen Maura (beginning a collaboration with Almodóvar that would last decades) joins forces...   More >