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Thursday, August 2, 2018

The Lovers of Montparnasse

Film - Feature | August 2 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The Lovers of Montparnasse is really about a wrecked man unable to rise above the gravity of his failure. In the sad gestures of Philipe (who himself would soon die), we realize that Modigliani’s paintings are the artifacts of a fall. (Steve Seid)

Astronomy Night at UC Berkeley

Film - Documentary | August 2 | 7:30-10:30 p.m. | 131 Campbell Hall

 Department of Astronomy

This month's Astronomy Night @ UC Berkeley features our first ever film screening about the search for pulsars (a rapidly rotating stellar remnant), followed by a Q&A with the director of the film and a pulsar expert!

As always, come join us at Campbell Hall on the UC Berkeley campus on the first Thursday of every month for a FREE night of astronomy and stargazing on the roof with our fleet of...   More >

Friday, August 3, 2018

Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000

Film - Feature | August 3 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The cinema of Alain Tanner has always made room for society’s dropouts and dreamers, and nowhere more so than in his most celebrated work (coauthored by John Berger), which tracks a ragtag group of Swiss strangers, brought together by chance and a shared anticapitalist spirit, and the little refuge they create for themselves in the face of political and economic failures. (Jason Sanders)

To Joy (Till glädje)

Film - Feature | August 3 | 7:30-9 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In To Joy Bergman dedicates his full attention to a theme that will recur in smaller filmic moments throughout his career: the idea of music’s redemptive power. (Mark Sandberg)

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Ivan’s Childhood

Film - Feature | August 4 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Few debuts match the unequivocal power of Tarkovsky’s Ivan’s Childhood, a technical tour-de-force of flying crane shots, absurd angles, and arresting lighting merged with a powerful tale of war, violence, and childhood. (Jason Sanders)

Rendezvous de Juillet

Film - Feature | August 4 | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Becker’s spirited portrait of Left Bank youth was the first film to examine the struggles of this generation that emerged from the war with neither the guilt nor the sadness of their parents, but rather with a feverish desire for action, and a despair at the prospect of a meaningless life. (Judy Bloch)

Sunday, August 5, 2018

To Joy (Till glädje)

Film - Feature | August 5 | 3-4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In To Joy Bergman dedicates his full attention to a theme that will recur in smaller filmic moments throughout his career: the idea of music’s redemptive power.(Mark Sandberg)

Charles, Dead or Alive

Film - Feature | August 5 | 5-6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Many directors can capture the significance of political thought; this nimble, witty, lucid film shows that Tanner is one of the few who can capture its joy.

Le Havre

Film - Feature | August 5 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Le Havre is a love letter to France, in particular to a half-imaginary, half-vanished realm of proletarian Frenchness incarnated in the films and popular music of the first half of the 20th century” (A. O. Scott, New York Times).

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Passenger

Film - Feature | August 8 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A penetrating political thriller, The Passenger, set in the Sahara, is also a desert film, and it resembles the much earlier L’avventura—a desert island film—with its horizontal vistas and its theme of absence.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Andrei Rublev

Film - Feature | August 9 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Based on the life of the fifteenth-century Russian icon painter, Andrei Rublev uses history to confront the present, investigating not only humanity’s seemingly endless capacity for cruelty, but the responsibility of an artist to either fight it or record it.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Touchez pas au grisbi

Film - Feature | August 10 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Becker’s mood of existential fatalism and world-weary toughness prefigures the countless heist films to come; from Jean-Pierre Melville to Jules Dassin and Jean-Luc Godard, Quentin Tarantino to John Woo, filmmakers may be inspired by Grisbi, but have still rarely matched it.

A Lesson in Love

Film - Feature | August 10 | 7:30-9 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bergman’s version of a Cary Grant comedy of remarriage can’t 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.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Messidor

Film - Feature | August 11 | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Inspired by a true-crime story and taken over from French director Maurice Pialat, Messidor is no uplifting paean to freedom, but a testament to the grueling relentlessness of having everywhere to go, but nowhere to stay.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

A Lesson in Love

Film - Feature | August 12 | 3-4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bergman’s version of a Cary Grant comedy of remarriage can’t 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.

Step

Film - Feature | August 12 | 4-5:40 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Outdoor Screen

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Praised as one of the most entertaining and heartwarming of recent documentaries, Amanda Lipitz’s 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.

The Mystery of Oberwald

Film - Feature | August 12 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 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.

Le trou

Film - Feature | August 12 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 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). Becker’s last film, Le trou is one of the great prison escape films, and a profound meditation on freedom and confinement.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Light Years Away

Film - Feature | August 15 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Tanner’s 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.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Solaris

Film - Feature | August 16 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

On the planet Solaris, scientists believe, the ocean’s 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 >

Friday, August 17, 2018

My Journey Through French Cinema

Film - Feature | August 17 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 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.

All These Women

Film - Feature | August 17 | 7:30-9 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This was Bergman’s 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.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Touchez pas au grisbi

Film - Feature | August 18 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Becker’s 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 murderer’s 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 who’d like to relieve them of it.

The Mirror

Film - Feature | August 18 | 8-9:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Shards of memories—dreams of an individual, collective nightmares—do 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.”

Sunday, August 19, 2018

All These Women

Film - Feature | August 19 | 3-4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This was Bergman’s 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.

In the White City

Film - Feature | August 19 | 4:30-6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

One of the key works of eighties European cinema, Tanner’s poem/film in praise of solitude and the flâneur finally finds a protagonist able to happily unmoor himself from work and consumerist obligation, and to instead spend time “sleeping, walking, dreaming,”

Identification of a Woman

Film - Feature | August 19 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

By the eighties, for Antonioni to make a love story is necessarily to make a mystery, as well as a bit of science fiction. Identification of a Woman centers around an improbability: Niccolo, a film director, is searching for both the perfect star for “a film in the form of a woman,” and the perfect woman in his life.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

L’avventura

Film - Feature | August 22 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

While exploring a volcanic island on a yachting expedition, a troubled young woman named Anna disappears, leaving her lover Sandro (Gabriele Ferzetti) and close friend Claudia (Monica Vitti) to search in vain, and fall in love. L’avventura unfolds against Anna’s very palpable absence, a love story in a void.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Stalker

Film - Feature | August 23 | 7-7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A sci-fi tale that unwinds in the environs of the soul takes the form of a nightmarish quest for nothing less than truth itself. In a plot employing the roughest outlines of a novel by Soviet sci-fi writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, a writer and a scientist follow a shaven-headed “stalker” into forbidden territory, a dangerous wilderness known as the Zone.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Le trou

Film - Feature | August 24 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 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). Becker’s last film, Le trou is one of the great prison escape films, and a profound meditation on freedom and confinement that “exists in the same spiritual screen realm as Renoir’s Grand Illusion and Bresson’s A Man Escaped” (Telluride Film...   More >

Beyond the Clouds

Film - Feature | August 24 | 8:45-10:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The eighty-three-year-old Antonioni returned to filmmaking after a ten-year absence (triggered by a debilitating stroke that left him unable to speak) with this resolutely idiosyncratic treatise on that most old-fashioned of themes: beauty. Its four separate episodes, set in France and Italy, are based on stories in Antonioni’s collection That Bowling Alley on the Tiber: Tales of a Director.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

The Breadwinner

Film - Feature | August 25 | 3:30-5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A beautifully animated feature-length drama based on the novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner is set in Afghanistan, circa 2001, where an eleven-year-old girl is forced to pretend she is a boy after her father is wrongfully imprisoned by the Taliban.

La notte

Film - Feature | August 25 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

La notte takes place over one night, in one city, Milan. Still, Antonioni’s characters are pilgrims in strange lands and times—in L’eclisse, for instance, Alain Delon, in love, will say, “I feel like I’m in a foreign country.” In La notte, that foreign territory is a marriage of ten years being questioned for the first time.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Chung Kuo China

Film - Feature | August 26 | 2-4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

"Chung Kuo Cina is a film about a China seen but not known, observed, but not explained, and that is its wonderful power and its secret happiness." (Sam Rohdie)

Stalker

Film - Feature | August 26 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A sci-fi tale that unwinds in the environs of the soul takes the form of a nightmarish quest for nothing less than truth itself. In a plot employing the roughest outlines of a novel by Soviet sci-fi writers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, a writer and a scientist follow a shaven-headed “stalker” into forbidden territory, a dangerous wilderness known as the Zone.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

L'eclisse

Film - Feature | August 29 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

L’eclisse opens with a nearly wordless sequence in which Vittoria (Monica Vitti), within the art-strewn walls of her lover’s home, breaks off their affair. Vittoria drifts downtown and into a love affair with her mother’s young stockbroker, Pierre (Alain Delon).

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Sacrifice

Film - Feature | August 30 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Filmed in Sweden, The Sacrifice is set in Tarkovsky country: a vast, airy home on a remote Baltic island whose shores evoke the edge of the world—much as the green acre in Solaris seemed a planet unto itself, the farther one got from Earth.

Friday, August 31, 2018

La vie est à nous

Film - Feature | August 31 | 4-5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

La vie est à nous is a lyrical film essay, a truly collective effort by some of the finest writers, directors, and cinematographers working in France in the thirties, yet one that bears the strong imprint of Jean Renoir, who supervised the project.

Red Desert

Film - Feature | August 31 | 7-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Red Desert was shot in the industrialized North of Italy, where Monica Vitti, as the wife of an electronics engineer, suffers what would be called a nervous breakdown at any other time, in any other place.