<< Week of August 19 >>

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.