<< Week of August 12 >>

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.”