<< Week of December 24 >>

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Film - Feature | December 23 | 2-3:20 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

On the brink of bankruptcy in the 1970s, New York City’s expansive urban blight proved to be the perfect petri dish for a thriving downtown art scene. Not yet twenty, Jean-Michel Basquiat was a ubiquitous and inspiring presence in a community that included Jim Jarmusch and this film’s director, Sara Driver. They and other veterans of the scene share recollections of Basquiat. Combining rarely...   More >

The Firemen’s Ball

Film - Feature | December 23 | 4-5:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

It’s winter in a small mountain town in Czechoslovakia, and time for the Firemen’s Ball, an annual comedy of errors to which the firemen, mostly elderly, look forward with delight, especially at the prospect of the inevitable beauty-queen contest. Raymond Durgnat writes, “Before Milos Forman turned his beady, quizzical eye on the follies and frailties of the American scene, he had trained it on...   More >

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

The Price of Everything

Film - Feature | December 26 | 4-5:40 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Featuring an impressive cast of art world characters, including artists Jeff Koons, Larry Poons, Gerhard Richter, and Njideka Akunyili Crosby as well as curators, critics, collectors, and dealers, The Price of Everything is a lively exploration of the uneasy but inextricable relationship between art and money. While the history of collecting art is not new, auctioning work by living artists has...   More >

Grand Hotel

Film - Feature | December 26 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In a masterpiece of set design and art decoration, director Edmund Goulding creates an atmosphere at once intensely realistic and allegorical. The claustrophobic picture of European grandeur in its last, pre-fascist gasps is enhanced by the ensemble cast: Greta Garbo as a world-weary prima donna; Joan Crawford as a sensuous stenographer with an eye on Wallace Beery’s pocketbook; Lionel Barrymore...   More >

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Fanny and Alexander

Film - Feature | December 27 | 12-5:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bergman’s dreamlike family chronicle is set in turn-of-the-century Sweden, where the members of an upper-middle-class theatrical clan are sheltered by their own theatrics from the deepening chaos of the outside world. Bergman has the grace in this most graceful film not to view their histrionics and eccentricities as neuroses. One tumultuous year in the life of the Ekdahl family is viewed through...   More >

The Apartment

Film - Feature | December 27 | 7-9:05 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

After the December 8 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).

“One thing I dislike more than being taken too lightly is being taken too seriously,”...   More >

Friday, December 28, 2018

The Gold Rush

Film - Feature | December 28 | 2:30-3:40 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Charlie Chaplin said that The Gold Rush was the film for which he would like to be remembered; it glitters with some of his most memorable nuggets of comedy. In the frozen wastes of the Klondike, where hordes endure hardship in the quest for gold, Chaplin's hapless Lone Prospector takes shelter in the cabin of a hungry giant, who hallucinates Charlie into a startlingly convincing chicken. In...   More >

Early Summer

Film - Feature | December 28 | 4:15-6:20 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The radiant Setsuko Hara is a happily single young woman who, in the eyes of her traditional family, can’t be happy at all until she’s married. Unbeknownst to them, however, she has her eyes set on someone, a widower with a young child. About Early Summer, Ozu stated, "I was interested in getting much deeper than just the story itself; I wanted to depict the cycles of life, the transience of...   More >

Faust

Film - Feature | December 28 | 7-8:40 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Black-and-white cinematography was redefined in Murnau’s Faust: this is a film shot in darkness and light. Lotte Eisner’s elegiac description sets the mood for Murnau’s version of the legend, starring Emil Jannings as the subtly mischievous Mephistopheles, and Swedish actor Gösta Ekman as a subtly homoerotic Faust: “This film starts with the most remarkable and poignant images the German...   More >

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Spirited Away

Film - Feature | December 29 | 3-5:05 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ever the nostalgic fabulist, Hayao Miyazaki builds a passage between modern, everyday Japanese life and the half-remembered realms of spirits and folklore in this compelling adventure, winner of numerous international prizes including the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. En route to their new suburban home, ten-year-old Chihiro and her parents stumble upon an abandoned theme park that turns out...   More >

Il posto

Film - Feature | December 29 | 5:30-7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ten years after neorealism’s waning came Ermanno Olmi, with his deceptively simple style of observation. In Il posto, an ingenuous lad just out of school is stuffed into a suit, shoved out of his suburban home, and pointed toward Milan in search of un posto sicuro: a steady job. We follow Domenico’s progress through the dehumanizing labyrinth of the corporate world; along the way he finds and...   More >

Double Suicide

Film - Feature | December 29 | 7:45-9:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Masahiro Shinoda’s first film for Japan’s avant-garde Art Theatre Guild, Double Suicide strikingly reinterprets Monzaemon Chikamatsu’s famed 1720 bunraku puppet play involving the doomed love between a married paper-shop owner and a courtesan; here, it’s not just the play that is presented, but the entire presentation of the play. We begin with the kurogo (men dressed in black who traditionally...   More >