<< Week of January 16 >>

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Destiny

Film - Feature | January 13 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Made shortly after Lang’s mother died, Destiny is “the director’s most thoughtful and compassionate meditation on mortality” (Patrick McGilligan). Inspired by a dream from Lang’s childhood, the film is a fantasy/allegory set in three historical periods—ancient Baghdad, seventeenth-century Venice, and imperial China—bracketed by a modern-day framing story. Destiny was Lang’s first film to gain him...   More >

Hall of Mirrors: Four Films by Warren Sonbert

Film - Feature | January 13 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Warren Sonbert (1947–1995) was one of the seminal figures working in American experimental film before his premature death from complications relating to AIDS. Hall of Mirrors (1966), made while Sonbert was a student at New York University, is a triptych in which each part rhymes beautifully with the whole; it features cameos by Warhol superstars Rene Ricard and Gerard Malanga. Divided Loyalties...   More >

Ugetsu

Film - Feature | January 13 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 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, Genjuro’s brother-in-law Tobei, out for military glory, achieves a general’s rank for his fraudulent exploits—another...   More >

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Artist’s Talk: Masako Miki

Film - Feature | January 16 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In conjunction with her current MATRIX exhibition, Japan-born, Berkeley-based artist Masako Miki will talk about Shinto traditions in Japan, how they address questions of boundaries in life, and how these ideas have developed and manifested in her felt sculptures and installation work.

Everlasting Moments

Film - Feature | January 16 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Based on the life of Maria Larsson—wife, mother, and pioneering photographer—Everlasting Moments is a lovingly detailed portrait of a Finnish woman in early twentieth-century Sweden, a volatile place marked by war, temperance movements, and labor uprisings. Married to the erratic Sigfrid Larsson, alcoholic manual laborer and consummate charmer, Maria struggles to provide for her ever-expanding...   More >

Workingman's Death

Film - Feature | January 16 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Michael Glawogger (who died in 2014) wondered if, in the digital age, heavy manual labor is disappearing, or maybe just becoming invisible. In this film the megadirector offers portraits of grueling work and fearless workers, allowing us to reimagine what work is and what survival means in the twenty-first century, when it’s every man for himself, and God has replaced the state. In illegal...   More >

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Harp of Burma

Film - Feature | January 17 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A fatalistic elegy for the war dead, Harp of Burma links beauty with a sense of loss, and loss with salvation. Burma at the close of World War II is a no-man’s-land, a quiet emptiness where there used to be life. But the Himalayas still move villagers to dream and captured Japanese soldiers to sing in sweet harmony; Burma is still “Buddha’s country.” Mizushima, a harp-playing scout with the...   More >

Friday, January 18, 2019

Bicycle Thief

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

De Sica’s neorealist tale finds the despair of postwar Italy evident in the faces of its men. Though the film also explores how women cope with poverty, it devotes most of its energy to documenting Rome’s streets and the depressed, unemployed men who populate them, anxiously waiting for work. One such man is Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani), who miraculously lands a job hanging movie posters...   More >

Nosferatu

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In Nosferatu, F. W. Murnau departed from the artifice associated with German Expressionism to invest the natural world with an unnerving incandescence that surpasses any studio-created image. Filming on location, he managed to draw from the jagged profiles of the Carpathian Mountains, and the narrow streets and distorted architecture of a Baltic village, the most horrific sense of all: that of a...   More >

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Gold Rush

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Charlie Chaplin said that The Gold Rush was the film for which he would like to be remembered; it glitters with some of his most memorable nuggets of comedy. In the frozen wastes of the Klondike, where hordes endure hardship in the quest for gold, Chaplin's hapless Lone Prospector takes shelter in the cabin of a hungry giant, who hallucinates Charlie into a startlingly convincing chicken. In...   More >

Megacities

Film - Feature | January 19 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Mexico City has grown so enormous that no one knows where it ends. Bombay’s population is so dense it can’t be counted. Michael Glawogger takes us deep into these and the other “megacities,” Moscow and New York, telling stories of people struggling at the bottom of the urban food chain. These are the working poor, with jobs that keep them and their families barely alive—like Babu Khan, who sifts...   More >

When a Woman Ascends the Stairs

Film - Feature | January 19 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Hideko Takamine portrays the consummate Mikio Naruse heroine: high-minded, determined, and out of her element in a sordid world. Here it is the back-street bars of Tokyo’s Ginza district, which Naruse re-creates in all its busy detail and nighttime poetry. Keiko is a mama-san, or bar hostess, a modern, lower-scale incarnation of the geisha. A widow at thirty, and exploited by her selfish family,...   More >