<< Week of August 21 >>

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Distant Voices, Still Lives

Film - Feature | August 20 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Liverpool has an unusual gravity. Witness Davies’s richly detailed portrait of working-class life and you’ll feel the extreme pull of the Liverpudlian past. It’s an homage to (and a forgiveness of) the daily trepidations of growing up in a brute household, ruled over by a stern father (the grand Pete Postlethwaite) and a doting mum (Freda Dowie). But Davies also finds strange comfort in this...   More >

Obit.

Film - Documentary | August 20 | 7 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 >

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Quiet Passion

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Relating the life of Emily Dickinson, Davies imbues the simple structure of the biopic with the elliptical intensity of poetry. Cynthia Nixon conveys ferocious intelligence and unexpected warmth in her portrayal of the quietly radical poet, who moves through a life of attachments, losses, and private striving, toward an urgent confrontation with eternity—all while embedded deep within her family...   More >

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The New Babylon

Film - Feature | August 24 | 5 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 >

High and Low

Film - Feature | August 24 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Kurosawa’s 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 chauffeur’s son when the boy is mistaken for his son by a kidnapper. Kurosawa creates a constant,...   More >

Friday, August 25, 2017

Of Time and the City

Film - Feature | August 25 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A lyrical cinepoem about Davies’s hometown of Liverpool from 1945 to 1973, Of Time and the City taps many of the themes from his earlier narrative films—Catholicism, homosexuality, violence, death, loss, childhood, and the glory of cinema. Davies narrates the film; his reflections and emotive delivery are laced with candor and irony and mixed with favorite lines by other writers and poets. The...   More >

Movie in the Park at James Kenney Community Center

Film - Animated | August 25 | 7:40-10 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Corner of Bancroft & Telegraph

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Come along for a relaxing evening in the park to watch a movie under the stars! Meet new friends, hang out with old ones, or just come for the movie (who doesn't love Zootopia?).

You can either meet us at the James Kenney Community Center at 8:15 PM, or meet us on campus outside of the MLK student union at 7:40 PM to travel to the park together.

Just bring yourselves, warm clothing, and a...   More >

Talk to Her

Film - Feature | August 25 | 8:40 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Almodóvar won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for this 2002 film, a detour for the director in its focus on masculine rather than feminine friendships and its restrained, earnest approach to such bonds. Javier Cámara and Darío Grandinetti star as two men who meet first at a dance performance by Pina Bausch, then in a hospital where each is caring for a woman in a coma. A friendship...   More >

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The Long Day Closes

Film - Feature | August 26 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“The music of the years gone by”: with Nat “King” Cole singing “Stardust” while the camera slowly moves past tattered movie posters and down a dim studio street, Davies ushers us gently, lovingly into another world. This is a land of music and shadows and light, also known as 1956 Liverpool, where an eleven-year-old boy gazes through windows and dreams of pictures. The Long Day Closes maps some...   More >

Bad Education

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Gael García Bernal stars in Almodóvar’s intricate hybrid of film noir, melodrama, autobiography, and Catholic Church exposé, “which continues Almodóvar’s excavation of the deepest emotions that dwell within established film genres” (New York Times). Merging separate timelines and stories along with sexual identities, Bad Education tracks back from a Madrid scriptwriter’s reunion with a former...   More >