Film - Documentary | July 9 | 6-8 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden
BLUE ALCHEMY: Stories of Indigo is a feature-length documentary about indigo, a blue dye that has captured the human imagination for millennia. It is also about people who are reviving indigo in projects that are intended to improve life in their communities, preserve cultural integrity, improve the environment, and bring beauty to the world. BLUE ALCHEMY was filmed in India, Japan,... More >
$25, $20 Garden members
Film - Documentary | July 24 | 5:15-8 p.m. | Castro Theater
Thirty years ago, a group of young, enthusiastic, and caring friends came together with a goal that was both simple and complex: to provide health care for all, particularly the poor in the developing world. This inspiring documentary charts the success of Partners in Health, an NGO which builds hospitals and delivers health care throughout the world as they work to bend the arc toward justice.
Tickets go on sale June 20. Buy tickets online or by calling 415-621-0556
Film - Feature | July 26 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Kurosawas adaptation of an American detective novel is both a superb, suspenseful thriller, and a Dostoyevskian metaphysical probe into the ambiguities of guilt and innocence. In one of his finest performances, Toshiro Mifune portrays a wealthy executive who must pay ransom for the release of his chauffeurs son when the boy is mistaken for his son by a kidnapper. Kurosawa creates a constant,... More >
Film - Feature | July 28 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Nell, a sullen, suppressed spirit more tempted than temptress, is hired to babysit a suburban brat in a Manhattan hotel. Jed, a pilot on layover, sees Nell as an easy landing and glides over to room 807, a bottle in his pocket. Charlotte Armstrong probably didnt have Marilyn Monroe in mind when she created Nell (or maybe she did: Nells last name is Munro); however, Monroe infuses the character... More >
Film - Feature | July 28 | 8:45 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
This sequel to Yojimbo finds Kurosawa with tongue firmly in cheek as he and Mifune liven up the samurai plotline with a welcome dose of satire and some pointed digs at the way of the warrior. Mifunes Sanjuro is a wandering, remarkably un-noble samurai just looking for a place to sleep and drink (not necessarily in that order), but unfortunately not even he can ignore the plight of several... More >
Film - Feature | July 29 | 6 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Andrei Konchalovskys debut feature is expressed with a deft simplicity of style and rare quality of emotion (Michel Ciment). The First Teacher spares no illusions in showing the hardships and hostility encountered by a former Red Army soldier in a rural Central Asian locale (todays Kyrgyzstan), where he is sent to teach. Although he himself is not well educated, his strength is his belief in... More >
Film - Feature | July 29 | 7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Free on Our Outdoor Screen!
Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and come early for live music with the All of Us trio playing favorites from the musical at 7:00! Refreshments available.
When youre a Jet, youre a Jet all the way . . . In West Side Story, the gangs all here: the Jets and their neighborhood nemesis the Sharks in the back alleys of late-fifties NYC. Theyre finger-snappin... More >
Film - Feature | July 29 | 8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Based on a novel by Georges Simenon, Panique adapts the elements of classic film noira murder, a femme fatale, a romantic obsession, a frame-up, all rendered in unforgiving black-and-whiteinto bitter and brilliant satire. Michel Simon plays Monsieur Hire, né Hirovich, an observant loner whose awkward, faintly supercilious demeanor keeps him at a distance from his neighbors. His attraction to a... More >
Film - Feature | July 30 | 5 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
(Mlyn i krzyz). In his wonderfully creative cinematic interpretation of Pieter Bruegel the Elders masterpiece The Way to Calvary (at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna), director Lech Majewski utilizes film and computer technologies to create a multilayered world of sixteenth-century Flanders under the brutal Spanish occupation. Majewski goes inside a masterpiece, and [creates] a new one in... More >
Film - Feature | July 30 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Before the so-called New Wave, père Melville went his own experimental way with this low-budget film set in the heart of the Asphalt Jungle, New York. Melvilles Manhattan is how he found it, as dark as it is beautiful. A French journalist (played by Melville himself) and a photographer follow the story of a missing French diplomat who, it seems, has died in the apartment of his mistress. The... More >