<< September 2018 >>

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Rat Film: September's Movie at Moffitt

Film - Documentary | September 5 | 7-9 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library

 Library

Movies @ Moffitt is the student-to-student monthly documentary spotlight and viewing. M@M is free.

Synopsis in a nutshell: across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. "Rat Film" is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them--to explore the history of...   More >

 Must have a UCB student ID for entrance.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

West Side Story

Film - Feature | September 9 | 4-6:20 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Outdoor Screen

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way . . .” In West Side Story, the gang’s all here: the Jets and their neighborhood nemesis the Sharks in the back alleys of late-fifties NYC. They’re finger-snappin’ tough and rowdy—JDs down to their white Ts and leather. (Steve Seid)

Friday, September 14, 2018

Film Screening: "My life in China"

Film - Documentary | September 14 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Kenneth Eng, Independent Film Director

 Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

A story of migration is passed down from father to son, as we retrace the precarious steps he took in search of a better life. Ultimately asking the question, what does it mean to be both Chinese and American?

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Seventh Seal

Film - Feature | September 19 | 3:10-4:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

It may be folly to think that life and thus death could hold any secrets. With The Seventh Seal Bergman spoke to this modern query in a medieval setting rendered at once awesome and intimate in chiaroscuro. A knight, Antonius Block (Max von Sydow), and his squire Jöns return disillusioned from the Crusades to the hysteria of plague-infested fourteenth-century Sweden. On the shore Block encounters...   More >

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The President

Film - Feature | September 20 |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

An iron-fisted tyrant finds himself on the run—with only his young grandson as company—in Makhmalbaf’s modern parable of power and uprising, inspired by the Arab Spring and its accompanying discontents. A sudden coup turns an unnamed country’s once-powerful president and his grandson into fugitives; posing as street musicians, they seek refuge among the very people this dictator once oppressed,...   More >

Friday, September 21, 2018

La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet

Film - Feature | September 21 | 3:30-6:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Wiseman and cameraman John Davey follow a series of rehearsals and performances at the Paris Opera Ballet. Observing great dancers like Agnès Letestu and Nicolas Le Riche in works choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev, Pina Bausch, and others, the film also explores the administration and behind-the-scenes effort that make the performances possible. Wiseman “haunts the stairways, rehearsal rooms, and...   More >

La terra trema

Film - Feature | September 21 | 7-9:40 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Visconti’s masterpiece of austere lyricism was shot in the Sicilian village of Aci Trezza. There, fishermen are kept in poverty by middle-class wholesalers. The Valastro family, led by the impassioned young N’toni, attempt to overcome this oppression and are ostracized in their ancient community, where the elders are content to complain about their exploitation in knowing proverbs, and the young...   More >

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library

Film - Documentary | September 22 | 2-5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Wiseman’s latest documentary provides welcome confirmation of the survival of intelligent life in discouraging times. Ex Libris demonstrates the dedication of the New York Public Library, with eighty-eight branches spread across five boroughs, to support and reflect the vibrant diversity of the city at its best. Observing board meetings, celebrity speaker series, and galas; behind-the-scenes work...   More >

The Apple

Film - Feature | September 22 | 6-7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After the screening, enjoy a Film to Table dinner at Babette, the cafe at BAMPFA. Join an intimate group of fellow filmgoers for a four-course, prix-fixe meal in a convivial, dinner-party atmosphere. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at babettecafe.com (film tickets must be purchased separately).

Samira Makhmalbaf’s directorial debut (at age seventeen) blends a fictionalized plot over a...   More >

The Phantom Carriage

Film - Feature | September 22 | 8-9:40 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ingmar Bergman called Victor Sjöström’s film “the keystone of my cinematographic world.” Film historian Peter Cowie observes: “By 1920, Sjöström was at the peak of his career. He was eager to experiment with form, even if it meant tampering with the work of one of Sweden’s most respected authors, the Nobel Prize–winning Selma Lagerlöf.” The film creates a complex flashback structure in adapting...   More >

Friday, September 28, 2018

High School

Film - Feature | September 28 | 3:30-4:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Establish that you can be a man and take orders,” the dean of discipline at Philadelphia's Northeast High admonishes a student hauled into the office for a minor infraction. At this middle-class, mostly white school, obedience to authority is lesson number one. Taken on its release in 1969 as an antiestablishment cry against institutional conformity, Wiseman’s documentary has acquired added...   More >

Blow-Up

Film - Feature | September 28 | 7-8:50 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

For his first English-language film, Michelangelo Antonioni set a metaphysical mystery in the world of fashion, at a time when the director’s metaphysics had itself become a fad; the movie and its meaning were the talk of the swingingest parties of 1966. Photographer David Hemmings snaps images of Vanessa Redgrave and an older man apparently trysting in a London park; later, analyzing the...   More >

Saturday, September 29, 2018

A Hard Day’s Night

Film - Feature | September 29 | 3:30-5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This is a lot more than just a funny film with the Beatles, though it is that. Bringing together influences ranging from the BBC’s Goon Show to the Marx Brothers and the razzle-dazzle cutting of TV commercials, Richard Lester invented a style of film editing that expressed the consciousness just emerging from the culture that made (and then embraced) the Beatles. As it follows the adventures of...   More >

The Day I Became a Woman

Film - Feature | September 29 | 6-7:20 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The first feature from Marziyeh Meshkini (Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s wife) is an intense, allegorical triptych covering the challenges of life as a woman in Iran. Whether depicting a girl separated from her male playmates when she “becomes a woman,” a surreal bicycle race between chador-clad young women, or an elderly widow on a shopping expedition, Meshkini highlights systems of possession and...   More >

The Rite

Film - Feature | September 29 | 8-9:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 BAMPFA

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The Rite is one of Bergman’s most stylized and political films. A Kafkaesque chamber drama originally written for the stage, this production was made for TV so that Bergman and his crew could utilize extensive closeups of the performers’ faces against minimalist set decor. Three itinerant actors, played by Bergman regulars Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand, and Anders Ek, are accused of taking...   More >