<< Week of June 17 >>

Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Eyes of Orson Welles

Film - Feature | June 16 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Best known for his television documentary The Story of Film: An Odyssey, filmmaker Mark Cousins here adopts the form of a film essay, a letter from himself to Orson Welles. In this idiosyncratic and highly personal work, he muses on Welles’s life, career, and visual imagination. Cousins gained rare access to hundreds of sketches, drawings, and paintings made by Welles, and he uses these images to...   More >

Stop Making Sense

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Under the leadership of David Byrne, Talking Heads evolved from a prototypically cerebral New York art-rock band to a musically adventurous ensemble incorporating influences from funk, salsa, and world beat. Stop Making Sense captures the infectious energy of their live show while eschewing the MTV clichés of quick cuts, gratuitous crowd shots, and exploding smudge pots. From the opening chords...   More >

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Screening and Discussion: Welcome to the Neighborhood

Film - Short | June 19 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Mildred Howard, Artist; Leigh Raiford, Associate professor of African American studies, UC Berkeley; Lawrence Rinder, BAMPFA director and chief curator, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

We celebrate Juneteenth with a screening and discussion featuring artist Mildred Howard, whose work is on view in About Things Loved: Blackness and Belonging. Following a presentation of the new documentary Welcome to the Neighborhood, the artist joins in conversation with Leigh Raiford, UC Berkeley associate professor of African American studies, and Lawrence Rinder, BAMPFA director and chief...   More >

The Lady from Shanghai

Film - Feature | June 19 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Welles turned a mediocre novel into a brilliant film by overturning all the expectations of the crime thriller. Although the film remains an absorbing intrigue—the story of a murder plan that unfolds as a yacht makes its luxurious way along the Pacific—every scene is a showcase for Welles’s cinematic inventiveness, and the whole adds up to a significant statement on the evils of money lust....   More >

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Prairie Trilogy

Film - Feature | June 20 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

John Hanson and Rob Nilsson uncover a forgotten progressive history with this rousing trilogy of shorts on the life of North Dakota poet and socialist organizer Henry Martinson, that “sunniest of radicals” (Village Voice) who fought against economic exploitation from the 1900s to his death in 1981. Originally made between 1977 and 1980 as three separate films (Prairie Fire, Rebel Earth, and...   More >

Friday, June 21, 2019

The Big Heat

Film - Feature | June 21 | 6:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In the German Langs—in Dr. Mabuse, Spies, M—one can’t tell the cops from the robbers, and Lang was no less cynical in his Hollywood noirs. In The Big Heat, Glenn Ford gives a fine performance of inward obsession as a police detective who engages in a crusade against organized crime and police corruption. But the moral and magnetic center of the film is Gloria Grahame; as the girlfriend of a...   More >

Transit

Film - Feature | June 21 | 8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As a fascist occupation descends on France, refugees—including a German camp survivor who assumes a dead writer’s identity (Franz Rogowski) and the writer’s unwitting wife (Paula Beer)—gather in the sunlit purgatory of Marseille, seeking passage out of an increasingly dangerous Europe. It’s a classic scenario for a World War II thriller, but Christian Petzold’s Transit is no period piece:...   More >

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Song of the Sea

Film - Animated | June 22 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The Irish director behind The Secret of Kells returns with this gorgeous hand-drawn animated feature inspired by Irish legends, Celtic folk art, and modernist painters like Klee and Kandinsky. “One of the most blissfully beautiful animated films ever made” (Carlos Aguilar, Toronto Review), the film tells of the young children Saoirse and Ben, whose mother disappeared into the sea the night that...   More >

Another Dawn: (Distinto amanecer)

Film - Feature | June 22 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Labor activists, cabaret singers, and corrupt politicians stalk the back streets of Mexico City in Bracho’s stylized film noir, which adds a unique revolutionary spin to that genre’s rain-soaked, tenebrous aesthetics. “An antifascist noir comparable to and in some ways superior to Casablanca”(J. Hoberman, New York Review of Books), the film stars the great Pedro Armendáriz as a union organizer on...   More >