<< Week of September 1 >>

Sunday, September 1, 2019

War and Peace, Part I: Andrei Bolkonsky

Film - Feature | September 1 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1969, Roger Ebert proclaimed Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace “the definitive epic of all time,” and no film has come along since to contradict that assessment. Bondarchuk undertook the adaptation of the revered Russian novel with all the resources of the Soviet state at his disposal, including priceless museum artifacts as props and literal armies of extras. He also drew on a full arsenal of...   More >

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Close-Up: In Focus: Abbas Kiarostami

Film - Series | September 4 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Marilyn Fabe

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Post-screening lecture by Marilyn Fabe.
Marilyn Fabe is the author of Closely Watched Films and was the longtime teacher of the popular BAMPFA lecture/screening series Film 50: History of Cinema.

A film buff on trial for impersonating the famed Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf becomes the centerpiece of Kiarostami’s continuously surprising treatise on the intersections of cinematic fiction,...   More >

Dreams of Suitcases and a Blue Lobster: Latin Surrealism

Film - Series | September 4 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This program brings together short films that share an interest in exploring cinema’s oneiric, disturbing, and irrational potential. Within The Blue Lobster, a lost treasure from Barranquilla, Colombia, about a foreign secret agent investigating radioactive lobsters, one can detect the roots of what would later become magic realism. Álvaro Cepeda Zamudio [and co-filmmaker Gabriel García Márquez]...   More >

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Naked Spaces: Living Is Round

Film - Feature | September 5 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Trinh T. Minh-ha, Director

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The homes, daily ceremonies, and ordinary “living spaces” of Senegal, Mali, and four other West African countries are showcased in this elegantly composed, “anti-ethnographic” essay film from acclaimed Berkeley-based filmmaker/theorist/professor Trinh T. Minh-ha. “A film on the poetics of dwelling,” as Trinh’s own website puts it, Naked Spaces has little interest in the arid explanations of...   More >

The Love Bugs: One couples lifelong obsession with insects

Film - Documentary | September 5 | 8-8:45 p.m. | 2040 Valley Life Sciences Building

 Pacific Coast Entomological Society, Essig Museum of Entomology

 Pacific Coast Entomological Society, Essig Museum of Entomology

Over the course of 60 years, Lois and Charlie O’Brien, two of the foremost entomologists and pioneers in their field, traveled to more than 67 countries and quietly amassed the world’s largest private collection of insects.

Friday, September 6, 2019

War and Peace, Part I: Andrei Bolkonsky

Film - Feature | September 6 | 3:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1969, Roger Ebert proclaimed Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace “the definitive epic of all time,” and no film has come along since to contradict that assessment. Bondarchuk undertook the adaptation of the revered Russian novel with all the resources of the Soviet state at his disposal, including priceless museum artifacts as props and literal armies of extras. He also drew on a full arsenal of...   More >

War and Peace, Part II: Natasha Rostova

Film - Feature | September 6 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The second part of Bondarchuk’s epic adaptation opens in 1807 as Napoleon and Tsar Alexander negotiate in Tilsit. Meanwhile, far from the world of politics, young Natasha attends a grand ball, waltzes with Prince Andrei, and is soon engaged to him. However, his protracted absence leaves the emotionally volatile Natasha vulnerable. The film features a remarkable wolf-hunting sequence where...   More >

Saturday, September 7, 2019

War and Peace, Part I: Andrei Bolkonsky

Film - Feature | September 7 | 12 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In 1969, Roger Ebert proclaimed Sergei Bondarchuk’s War and Peace “the definitive epic of all time,” and no film has come along since to contradict that assessment. Bondarchuk undertook the adaptation of the revered Russian novel with all the resources of the Soviet state at his disposal, including priceless museum artifacts as props and literal armies of extras. He also drew on a full arsenal of...   More >

War and Peace, Part II: Natasha Rostova

Film - Feature | September 7 | 3:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The second part of Bondarchuk’s epic adaptation opens in 1807 as Napoleon and Tsar Alexander negotiate in Tilsit. Meanwhile, far from the world of politics, young Natasha attends a grand ball, waltzes with Prince Andrei, and is soon engaged to him. However, his protracted absence leaves the emotionally volatile Natasha vulnerable. The film features a remarkable wolf-hunting sequence where...   More >

War and Peace, Part III: The Year 1812

Film - Feature | September 7 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In Part III of War and Peace, the emphasis is on the war: it is 1812 and Napoleon’s armies are crossing into Russia. Nobles discuss politics at their opulent tables as violence rages elsewhere. Pierre visits the battlefield as a casual observer and finds himself in the midst of chaos, while Andrei rediscovers his love of life through yet another brush with death. Bondarchuk moves between the...   More >

War and Peace, Part IV: Pierre Bezukhov

Film - Feature | September 7 | 7:45 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As Part IV begins, the Russian army is in retreat, and Moscow soon goes up in flames. Pierre is drawn fully into the conflict at last; taken prisoner, he is witness to new cruelties. Andrei and Natasha reach a kind of peace, and as war recedes and Moscow rebuilds, life and love begin again. The series concludes where it started, with the words: “If evil men are linked with one another and are...   More >