Film - Feature | August 12 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Bergmans version of a Cary Grant comedy of remarriage cant approach screwball but is rather oddball, and not just in its elliptical flashback format. The amorous adventures of a gynecologist make a queasy premise for laughs so it is fitting that (as usual) the women carry the day.
Film - Feature | August 12 | 4-5:40 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Outdoor Screen
Praised as one of the most entertaining and heartwarming of recent documentaries, Amanda Lipitzs Step follows the Lethal Ladies step team from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, an inner city charter school that helps underserved girls prepare for college.
Film - Feature | August 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Intrigued by the possibilities presented by the then-new format of video, Antonioni made this experimental work, based on the Jean Cocteau drama The Two-Headed Eagle and starring a regal Monica Vitti.
Film - Feature | August 12 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Le Trou denounces injustice and celebrates solidarity, leaving you to ponder what happens when those values collide (J. Hoberman, New York Times). Beckers last film, Le trou is one of the great prison escape films, and a profound meditation on freedom and confinement.
Film - Feature | August 15 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Tanners first English-language work finds the director trading his native Switzerland for the windswept beauty of Ireland, and constitutes a kind of homecoming for this auteur who began his career at the British Film Institute, inspired by the Free Cinema Movement.
Film - Feature | August 16 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
On the planet Solaris, scientists believe, the oceans surface has an intelligence that can absorb human memory and materialize the objects of our thoughts. Psychologist Chris Kelvin joins the veteran cosmonauts in the Solaris project only to find them maddened from years of literally cohabitating with their unconscious desires. Kelvin himself becomes host to the presence of his dead wife and... More >
Film - Feature | August 17 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 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.
Film - Feature | August 17 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
This was Bergmans first film in color, and he prepared for the transition with fastidious care. Set in the music world, the film is a satire about pompous males and the women who stroke their vanity while getting just what they want from them.
Film - Feature | August 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Beckers heist-film masterpiece was voted the finest French crime movie ever made in a critics poll conducted by Positif. Jean Gabin, Jeanne Moreau, and a murderers row of French character actors star in this tale of a weary gangster (Gabin) and his partner dealing with a stolen stash of gold bars and the many individuals whod like to relieve them of it.
Film - Feature | August 18 | 8-9:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Shards of memoriesdreams of an individual, collective nightmaresdo not merely haunt Tarkovsky's most challenging work, they are the film, which invents, as Ingmar Bergman noted, a new language, true to the nature of film . . . life as a dream.