<< Week of January 12 >>

Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Elephant Man

Film - Feature | January 12 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In recreating the story of John Merrick, the Victorian who was reputed to be “the ugliest man alive,” David Lynch effects a study of prejudice, voyeurism, and human dignity. Merrick was born with neurofibromatosis, giving him an enlarged head, a twisted spine, and facial deformities. As an adult, he is a virtual prisoner of a traveling freak show until the surgeon Frederick Treves (Anthony...   More >

The Oak

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Returning to Romania after a decades-long exile in Paris, theater director and filmmaker Lucian Pintilie fashioned this blisteringly apocalyptic parable/farce, appropriately set during the last days of Ceauşescu’s rule. A willfully independent Bucharest schoolteacher and a talented doctor find their skills are no match for the incompetence, brutality, and general insanity of Romania, where...   More >

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Languages of the Landscape: The Cedar Mesa Perishables Project

Film - Documentary | January 15 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Laurie Webster, Independent Researcher and Visiting Scholar, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona

 Archaeological Research Facility

A documentary film discussing diverse approaches to the study of these collections, relationships of these technologies to the desert landscape, and cultural continuities with modern Pueblo traditions.

The Night of the Hunter

Film - Feature | January 15 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

An atmospheric allegory of good and evil, The Night of the Hunter stars Robert Mitchum as Harry Powell, a pulpitless preacher with LOVE and HATE tattooed on his knuckles. Hot after some purloined booty, Powell chases two innocent children across a menacing rural landscape where only nature stands fast against man’s moral decay. Charles Laughton’s Southern Gothic masterpiece takes on a fabulous...   More >

Thursday, January 16, 2020

The White Sheik

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Fellini’s first solo directorial effort is a farce about the collision of fantasy and reality. A pair of provincial newlyweds (Leopoldo Trieste and Brunella Bovo) arrive in Rome with plans for a visit with relatives and an audience with the Pope. But first, the naive young bride sets out to meet her heartthrob, the White Sheik (Alberto Sordi), hero of a fumetto photo-comic strip—leading to a...   More >

Friday, January 17, 2020

Faces Places

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this remarkable documentary about art, society, life, and death, Varda teams up with hipster artist JR on a road trip to rural France and its working-class communities, where they meet with the locals and create installations of large-scale photographic portraits. The tender friendship that is formed between Varda and JR is just one element of this enchanting work that binds two kindred...   More >

Saturday, January 18, 2020

My Life as a Zucchini

Film - Animated | January 18 | 2:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

This wonderfully creative film has been celebrated for its stylized stop-motion animation and sympathetic treatment of life’s hardships. Our protagonist, a boy nicknamed Zucchini, comes to live in a foster home for orphans, where he eventually learns to trust and love others. This accomplished debut feature from director Claude Barras, based on a script by Céline Sciamma (Girlhood, Tomboy), was...   More >

Le bonheur

Film - Feature | January 18 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this strikingly colorful, lyrical film, Varda contemplates happiness. François, a carpenter, is happy with his wife; he is happier still when he takes a mistress. For him it is not a question of loving one or the other; he loves both, and wants them to share a life together. This triangular relationship is examined within a circular structure. The film begins and ends with blissful family...   More >

Daniela Gesundheit: Alphabet of Wrongdoing

Film - Feature | January 18 | 5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Alphabet of Wrongdoing is the newest musical project from Snowblink’s Daniela Gesundheit, exploring ceremonial Jewish prayer songs and blessings that encircle themes of reckoning, forgiveness, mortality, striving, and atonement, reimagined for secular audiences and secular spaces. The texts and melodies are traditional and ancient; the context and arrangements are modern, impressionistic, and...   More >