Film - Animated | December 9 | 2-3:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Shakespeares romantic fantasia meets its imaginative match in Trnkas bejeweled stop-motion adaptation. Here, the filmmaker trades in his traditional wood sculptures to work with a smooth, pale plastic material that adds just the right level of otherworldly, delicate beauty. With figurines so refined they seem carved out of dreams (his Titania and Puck are especially wondrous), and several... More >
Film - Feature | December 9 | 4:30-5:40 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, released in 1920, probably remains the ultimate expression of narrative through set design; even the exquisitely chiseled face of Conrad Veidt seems cut to reflect the angled shadows and interiors through which he somnambulistically slips, under the control of the evil Caligari. The films tableau-like backgrounds emerged from the Sturm expressionist group, which... More >
Film - Series | December 9 | 5:30 p.m. | Lawrence Hall of Science
During its 50th anniversary year, the Lawrence Hall of Science is presenting a series of inspiring science films, introduced by scientists from UC Berkeley and beyond.
Inventing Tomorrow follows several inspiring teens as they prepare their projects and experiments for the the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).
This film will be introduced by the documentary's filmmakers.
Film - Documentary | December 9 | 7-8:40 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Featuring an impressive cast of art world characters, including artists Jeff Koons, Larry Poons, Gerhard Richter, and Njideka Akunyili Crosby as well as curators, critics, collectors, and dealers, The Price of Everything is a lively exploration of the uneasy but inextricable relationship between art and money. While the history of collecting art is not new, auctioning work by living artists has... More >
Film - Feature | December 12 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In sixteenth-century Japan, with the pandemonium of civil wars a looming presence in their lives, the potter Genjuro and his wife long to be rich and safe, respectively. But artistic vanity draws Genjuro into the paradisiacal realm of a phantom enchantress. In a parallel tale, Genjuros brother-in-law Tobei, out for military glory, achieves a generals rank for his fraudulent exploitsanother... More >
Film - Feature | December 13 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Marriage and infidelity have rarely been treated as intelligently as in Liv Ullmanns masterful adaptation of a screenplay by none other than Ingmar Bergman, her ex-director and, intriguingly, her ex-lover. Framed within the reminiscences of an elderly man (Erland Josephson), Faithless tracks the adulterous romance between a conductors wife and a narcissistic filmmaker. Tracking how love... More >
Film - Feature | December 14 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Ten years after neorealisms waning came Ermanno Olmi, with his deceptively simple style of observation. In Il posto, an ingenuous lad just out of school is stuffed into a suit, shoved out of his suburban home, and pointed toward Milan in search of un posto sicuro: a steady job. We follow Domenicos progress through the dehumanizing labyrinth of the corporate world; along the way he finds and... More >
Film - Feature | December 15 | 3:30-4:50 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A young, shut-away Chinese emperor becomes enraptured by a nightingales songand then by its mechanical reproductionin Trnkas magical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale. A baroque music box brought to life, The Emperors Nightingale is stop-motion at its most lavish, featuring some of Trnkas greatest designs: refined porcelain figurines bedecked in ornate costumes, a court... More >
Film - Feature | December 15 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
A powerful study of that enduring status symbol, the uniform, and a piercing critique of its importance in German society, The Last Laugh is the story of a proud hotel doormans demotion to lavatory attendant and his fall from grace in the eyes of neighbors and relatives who had previously respected him. Working in close collaboration with writer Carl Mayer, cameraman Karl Freund, and actor Emil... More >
Film - Documentary | December 15 | 8-10 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
In eleventh-century Japan, two children are kidnapped and sold into slavery while their mother, Tamiki, withers away on a distant island, dreaming only of being reunited with them. After many years the son assumes his rightful post as provincial governor and sets about deposing the cruel bailiff who brought tragedy upon his family. As in Greek tragedy, this films distanced determinism vies with... More >