<< Week of June 12 >>

Sunday, June 9, 2019

War and Peace, Part II: Natasha Rostova

Film - Series | June 9 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The second part of Bondarchuk’s epic adaptation opens in 1807 as Napoleon and Tsar Alexander negotiate in Tilsit. Meanwhile, far from the world of politics, young Natasha attends a grand ball, waltzes with Prince Andrei, and is soon engaged to him. However, his protracted absence leaves the emotionally volatile Natasha vulnerable. The film features a remarkable wolf-hunting sequence where...   More >

The Eyes of Orson Welles

Film - Feature | June 9 | 7 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 >

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Citizen Kane

Film - Feature | June 12 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Inventing modern cinema is a tough act to follow,” Orson Welles remarked later in his career. Indeed, Rosebud may be the cinema’s most beloved red herring, for the mystery of newspaper magnate Charles Foster Kane is solved early on—it is lonely at the top—but Citizen Kane’s gothic, labyrinthine modernism remains its great mystery. It’s as distanced as Kane himself, protecting the power of enigma...   More >

Thursday, June 13, 2019

La réligieuse: (The Nun)

Film - Feature | June 13 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Banned for two years in France for its supposedly excessive attack on the Church, Rivette’s adaptation of Denis Diderot’s famous novel of eighteenth-century convent life became a cause célèbre. Anna Karina plays a young woman, Suzanne, whose parents force her to enter a convent. The institution proves prisonlike and on a deeper level of individual repression, is revealed as an arena for sexual...   More >

Stop Making Sense: Free Outdoor Screening!

Film - Feature | June 13 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Under the leadership of David Byrne, Talking Heads evolved from a prototypically cerebral New York art-rock band to a musically adventurous ensemble incorporating influences from funk, salsa, and world beat. Stop Making Sense captures the infectious energy of their live show while eschewing the MTV clichés of quick cuts, gratuitous crowd shots, and exploding smudge pots. From the opening chords...   More >

Friday, June 14, 2019

Story of a Great Love: (Historia de un gran amor)

Film - Feature | June 14 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bracho’s decades-spanning tale of two star-crossed lovers turns doomed romance into the highest of operatic entertainment, and showcases the charisma of legendary singer/actor Jorge Negrete, a.k.a. “El Charro Cantor.” A young boy watches his father’s life and fortune destroyed by an unscrupulous moneylender; he’s aided first by a kindly priest, and then by the moneylender’s daughter. But what...   More >

Saturday, June 15, 2019

War and Peace, Part III: The Year 1812 (Voyna i mir)

Film - Series | June 15 | 1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In Part III of War and Peace, the emphasis is on the war: it is 1812 and Napoleon’s armies are crossing into Russia. Nobles discuss politics at their opulent tables as violence rages elsewhere. Pierre visits the battlefield as a casual observer and finds himself in the midst of chaos, while Andrei rediscovers his love of life through yet another brush with death. Bondarchuk moves between the...   More >

War and Peace, Part IV: Pierre Bezukhov (Voyna i mir)

Film - Series | June 15 | 3:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As Part IV begins, the Russian army is in retreat, and Moscow soon goes up in flames (a stunning display of film pyrotechnics). Pierre is drawn fully into the conflict at last; taken prisoner, he is witness to new cruelties. Andrei and Natasha reach a kind of peace, and as war recedes and Moscow rebuilds, life and love begin again. The series concludes where it started, with the words: “If evil...   More >

Transit

Film - Feature | June 15 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As a fascist occupation descends on France, refugees—including a German camp survivor who assumes a dead writer’s identity (Franz Rogowski) and the writer’s unwitting wife (Paula Beer)—gather in the sunlit purgatory of Marseille, seeking passage out of an increasingly dangerous Europe. It’s a classic scenario for a World War II thriller, but Christian Petzold’s Transit is no period piece:...   More >

King Creole

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In Rock ’n’ Film, David E. James describes how Elvis movies transformed classic backstage musicals into rock ’n’ roll musicals by mobilizing his particular combination of “a masculine outlaw aggressiveness and a feminine romantic vulnerability.” Taking place in the streets and nightclubs of New Orleans, King Creole is the only Elvis film that “attempted to articulate his complex relation to...   More >