<< Week of June 24 >>

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Christ Stopped at Eboli: (Cristo si è fermato a Eboli)

Film - Feature | June 23 | 2 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In the mountain village of Gagliano, in the impoverished Lucania region of south-central Italy, a proverb reflects the unchanging nature of the inhabitants’ isolation: even Christ stopped at Eboli, the town at the bottom of the bare and craggy hill. In 1935 Carlo Levi, the leftist writer, physician, and painter, was banished by the Fascist government to three years’ exile in Gagliano. His...   More >

Northern Lights

Film - Feature | June 23 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Northern Lights is Cine Manifest’s goal of creating politically charged features made manifest, a stunning, gritty recreation of Midwestern agrarian life circa 1915, a sort of prequel to The Grapes of Wrath. Both Midwesterners themselves, directors Hanson and Nilsson root out the origins of the Nonpartisan League, a short-lived grassroots political movement that organized against corporate...   More >

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Human Desire

Film - Feature | June 26 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lang’s remake of Renoir’s La bête humaine reunites his stars from The Big Heat. Glenn Ford is just back from the Korean War, ignoring the advances of his landlord’s daughter and heading straight for Gloria Grahame’s seductively puckered mouth. Problem is, Grahame has a husband. Lang replaces Renoir’s humanism with a sense of determinism and perverse doom, continually arranging the characters...   More >

Human Desire

Film - Feature | June 26 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lang’s remake of Renoir’s La bête humaine reunites his stars from The Big Heat. Glenn Ford is just back from the Korean War, ignoring the advances of his landlord’s daughter and heading straight for Gloria Grahame’s seductively puckered mouth. Problem is, Grahame has a husband. Lang replaces Renoir’s humanism with a sense of determinism and perverse doom, continually arranging the characters...   More >

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Over-Under, Sideways-Down

Film - Feature | June 27 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Over-Under, Sideways-Down explores the politics of everyday life in America through the experiences of a working-class couple, Roy and Jan Stannis, who live with their two children in a cramped tract home. An assembly line worker in a steel plant, Roy entertains the fantasy of moving from the local semi-pro baseball team, for which he plays third base, to the big leagues. “It’s just a matter of...   More >

Friday, June 28, 2019

Three by Kenneth Anger

Film - Short | June 28 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Keenly attuned to the mythopoeic resonance of popular songs, Kenneth Anger’s films presaged the use of rock ’n’ roll in narrative cinema as well as the way that cinema would later be employed to give rock songs a visual dimension for TV. The three films on this program illustrate his uncanny genius and his ability, as David E. James writes, to visualize “the ambiguities of rock ’n’ roll’s social...   More >

The Eyes of Orson Welles

Film - Feature | June 28 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Best known for his television documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey, filmmaker Mark Cousins here adopts the form of a film essay, a letter from himself to Orson Welles. In this idiosyncratic and highly personal work, he muses on Welles’s life, career, and visual imagination. Cousins gained rare access to hundreds of sketches, drawings, and paintings made by Welles, and he uses these images to...   More >

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Dont Look Back

Film - Documentary | June 29 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“If Bob Dylan isn’t exactly an ‘event’ of the sixties, surely he is a felt presence for the decade. Marrying the social impulse of Woody Guthrie to the rhythms of rock-and-roll is only part of his achievement. To look once more at him now, through the direct-cinema prism of Dont Look Back, is to see him navigate the difficult terrain between art and commerce, between Woodstock nation and...   More >

Twilight: (Crepúsculo)

Film - Feature | June 29 | 8:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

One of Mexican cinema’s great flores del mal, Twilight renders a world of darkness and shadows, where rational thought rails against irrational desire—and fails. Arturo de Córdova stars as a successful, forward-looking professional whose views on Mexico’s progress are obscured by a destructive passion for his best friend’s wife, the alluring Gloria Marín. “Don’t stay in the light, come into the...   More >