<< Week of February 17 >>

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, Part I: A Portrait of Our Time

Film - Feature | February 17 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

At once the Expressionist portrayal of its times—the malaise of post–World War I Berlin—and a breathtaking detective story, this silent masterpiece gives us the sensational adventures of “the great unknown,” the man who holds all the cards: Dr. Mabuse, the master of disguises. In the frenetic and duplicitous city, Mabuse (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) constantly reinvents his own identity (he is the...   More >

Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, Part II: Inferno, a Play of People in Our Time

Film - Feature | February 17 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Part II of Lang’s epic thriller traces a web of stories and details Mabuse’s descent. Everyone (his victims, his lover, the state’s attorney who resolutely pursues him) has become, at some point, spectator of his terrifying will. Only at the end, when the system sustaining his authority is breached, will the mastermind become the spectator of his own nightmares.

A Touch of Sin

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Jia Zhangke takes on the collateral damage of China’s maniacal growth. Four violent deeds are ripped from the headlines and explosively restaged to illustrate everyday citizens pushed to the edge . . . of the economy. Taking cues from wuxia legend King Hu, A Touch of Sin links the lore of martial arts to base survival in contemporary China. Stunning in their visual charge, the four overlapping...   More >

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Monrovia, Indiana

Film - Documentary | February 19 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After the February 16 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).

Following the 2016 national election, Frederick Wiseman headed to Monrovia, Indiana,...   More >

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

"82 Names: Syria, Please Don't Forget Us" - Screening

Film - Documentary | February 20 | 12:50-2 p.m. | 105 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Félim Mcmahon, Technology and Human Rights Program Director, Human Rights Center, Berkeley Law; Rafif Jouejati, Free Syria Foundation; Nidal Betare, People Demand Change

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Human Rights Center, Middle Eastern Law Students Association

82 Names is the story of Mansour Omari, a Syrian Human Rights Activist who was imprisoned for nine months and tortured by the Assad Regime. Omari smuggled out scraps of clothes recording the names of all 82 of his cellmates. After the film screening, Director Maziar Bahari will speak about the importance of confronting historical conflict through memorials; and what the Holocaust can teach us...   More >

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Autobiography of a Princess

Film - Feature | February 20 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Institute for South Asia Studies

Madhur Jaffrey stars as the titular princess, flawlessly inhabiting the role written with her in mind. Living modestly in London, the daughter of a once-powerful maharajah invites her father’s tutor, Cyril Sahib (James Mason), for tea and 16mm movies to celebrate her late father’s birthday and to reminisce about the glorious time of his rule. As the princess projects archival footage and...   More >

Dusk Chorus

Film - Documentary | February 20 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

For decades, the Italian sound artist and composer David Monacchi has made recordings of biodiverse regions as part of his Fragments of Extinction project, with the dual purpose of saving these unique soundscapes and creating his own compositions. In Dusk Chorus, his high-tech fieldwork in the equatorial rainforests of the Amazon is documented by filmmakers Saravanja and D’Emilia. A tree emits a...   More >

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Screening: 5 Broken Cameras

Film - Documentary | February 21 | 6 p.m. | 132 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Law Students for Justice in Palesitne

An Oscar-award winning documentary about a Palestinian farmer's non-violent resistance of the Israeli army.

Black Interiors: Spirit

Film - Series | February 21 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Black interiors are the life worlds of black peoples often denied them in normative modes of cultural circulation. Spirit is black radical energy. In Lynne Sachs’s Sermons and Sacred Pictures we are introduced to the work of Reverend L. O. Taylor, who captured the essence of the black church in a series of recordings from the 1930s and ’40s. We meet Bessie Jones in Bess Lomax Hawes’s...   More >

On Screen: Misleading Innocence (Tracing What a Bridge Can Do)

Film - Documentary | February 21 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 310 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Misleading Innocence (tracing what a bridge can do) explores the story of the planning and politics of a series of overpasses on Long Island, commissioned in the 1920s and 1930s by Robert Moses.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Liliom

Film - Feature | February 22 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lang’s wonderfully inventive Liliom, which has a musical lightness akin to René Clair’s films, fell into almost complete obscurity soon after its release. Made in France, the first stop on Lang’s self-imposed exile from Germany, this tragicomedy is based on Ferenc Molnar’s fantastical play about earth, heaven, and purgatory. Charles Boyer stars in one of his best roles, and Antonin Artaud appears...   More >

Shakespeare Wallah

Film - Feature | February 22 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Institute for South Asia Studies

In Shakespeare Wallah (wallah means “peddler”), a family of English Shakespearean actors find themselves lost in the new India, reduced to giving performances at golf clubs, schools, and the palaces of declining maharajahs. Their conflict is heightened when the daughter of the family falls in love with a young Indian playboy. The Kendal family—mother, father, and daughter—play themselves in the...   More >

Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

Film - Feature | February 23 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Prompted by producer Seymour Nebenzahl to do a sequel to his highly successful pair of Mabuse films of 1922, Lang took the opportunity to make what he would later call “an allegory to show Hitler’s processes of terrorism.” The Testament of Dr. Mabuse was quickly banned by Joseph Goebbels, minister of propaganda under the newly formed Nazi government. This thriller-melodrama exploring themes of...   More >

The Guru

Film - Series | February 23 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Institute for South Asia Studies

James Ivory called The Guru “the most unseen and most mysterious of our movies . . . Merchant Ivory’s version of a sixties trip.” The film is centered around a sitar virtuoso (Uptal Butt) whose life is disrupted when he accepts an English pop star (Michael York) as a pupil and is simultaneously sought out by an exuberant young Englishwoman (Rita Tushingham) who decides to devote herself to him...   More >