Sunday, December 30, 2018
Film - Feature | December 30 | 3-4:15 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Langs extravagant The Spiders shares affinities with other serials of its day, notably those made by Louis Feuillade in France and by Louis J. Gasnier and Donald MacKenzie in the US. Lang also drew inspiration from sensational newspaper items and contemporary pulp fiction. The story begins in a high-society club in San Francisco where Kay Hoog, an American sportsman, tells of a message he found... More >
Film - Feature | December 30 | 4:45-6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
This second installment of The Spiders continues the characters continent-crossing pursuit of a diamond-shaped head of Buddha that is supposed to make the woman who wears it ruler of Asia. Lang indulges in the exotic and creates mysterious, labyrinthine architectural sets, with caves, underground chambers, and vaults serving The Spiders as clandestine meeting places.
Film - Feature | December 30 | 7-8:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
The temptation is to take Bergmans masterpiece for granted. It is probably the most famous of all those modern, post-Pirandellian films concerned with themselves as works of art. It also contains one of the most truly erotic sequences on film, demonstrating what can be done on screen with told material. An actress named Elizabeth (Liv Ullmann) elects to become silent and is put into the care of... More >