<< Week of January 19 >>

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Film - Documentary | January 19 | 1:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“Words have power,” says Toni Morrison, and she would know. With a warm gleam in her eye, Morrison recalls her life growing up and how she became an author, editor, and champion of new African American literary voices. Featuring archival footage and interviews with Oprah Winfrey, Angela Davis, Robert Gottlieb, Hilton Als, and many more, The Pieces I Am places the affable and insightful Pulitzer-...   More >

Variety Lights

Film - Feature | January 19 | 4:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In his first film, Fellini shared directorial credit with Alberto Lattuada. Critics have traditionally attributed the film’s idiosyncratic tenor and imagery to Fellini, although, as film historian Mira Liehm wrote, “both [directors] were intrigued by the Pirandellian unknowable worlds and by the existential quest for identity . . . the multiple personalities of . . . protagonists caught in a...   More >

The State of Things

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

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

“If the viewer does not feel hit in his stomach after seeing this film, my work has been useless,” declared director Stere Gulea of his wrenching drama involving a medical worker swept up in state corruption and violence, “one of the most powerful accounts of the Romanian Revolution” (Film Society of Lincoln Center). As Ceauşescu’s regime begins to crumble, an idealistic hospital employee...   More >

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

In Focus: Shorts by Agnès Varda, Program 1: Play and Politics

Film - Documentary | January 22 | 3:10 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

These short films made in the sixties are both political and playful, in keeping with the times. A collection of photographs Varda took on her visit to Cuba in the winter of 1962–63 forms the basis of the innovative Salut les cubains, narrated by Varda and actor Michel Piccoli, which captures the revolutionary spirit and reveals individuals alive with hope for the future. A snapshot of Bay Area...   More >

Notorious

Film - Feature | January 22 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As Hitchcock told François Truffaut, Notorious involves “the old conflict between love and duty.” Cary Grant is in love with Ingrid Bergman, but his job as an intelligence agent demands that he let her marry another man. Bergman, who undertakes the expiation of her guilt for her Nazi father’s treason, suffers a similar conflict. In this film Hitchcock hit his stride, using camera movements and...   More >

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Amarcord

Film - Feature | January 23 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In Amarcord Fellini calls on the free-spirited fantasies of his later films, as well as the bittersweet comedy and intimate sense of detail of the early ones, to evoke a year in the life of this the small Italian coastal town of Rimini in the mid-1930s. Amarcord is filled with phantasmagorical gems from the director’s imagination. But the film is also rooted in history, filtered through memory:...   More >

Friday, January 24, 2020

Varda by Agnès

Film - Documentary | January 24 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A cinema institution unto herself, the delightfully irreverent Agnès Varda conducts a personal career retrospective as only she can: with accomplished skill, inimitable charm, wit, reverie, and copious wonder. The many outlets of her boundless creativity (photography, art, filmmaking, and architecture) coalesce as Varda shares insight into her artistic fancies and flights in the many projects of...   More >

Dune

Film - Feature | January 24 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Lynch turned down the chance to direct Return of the Jedi to adapt Frank Herbert’s legendary science fiction novel about interplanetary palace intrigues and warring clans. Flamboyant producer Dino De Laurentiis hoped for an audience-friendly franchise like Star Wars, but wound up with a baffling, dreamlike missive from the Lynchian subconscious, where language is merely a sound effect, doublings...   More >

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Fritz Lang’s Indian Epic, Part I: The Tiger of Eschnapur

Film - Feature | January 25 | 1 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Institute for South Asia Studies

A man-eating tiger, an entrancing temple dancer, a menacing maharajah: such are the thrills and perils encountered by a German architect in India in Fritz Lang’s two-part epic The Tiger of Eschnapur and The Indian Tomb. After decades of exile in Hollywood, Lang returned to Germany in 1958 to direct the films, working from a script that he and Thea von Harbou had originally developed in 1920. The...   More >

Fritz Lang’s Indian Epic, Part II: The Indian Tomb

Film - Feature | January 25 | 3:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Institute for South Asia Studies

In the second half of Lang’s two-part epic, our German hero tries to escape with his beloved, the temple dancer Seetha, but is captured and imprisoned in a dungeon. Meanwhile, a palace rebellion threatens to depose the maharajah. The film reaches a pinnacle of exoticism with Debra Paget’s eye-popping, censor-defying “snake dance.”

The Paper Will Be Blue

Film - Feature | January 25 | 5:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A clueless tank crew wanders Bucharest’s chaotic streets during one epoch-changing night in Radu Muntean’s humanistic portrait of people who aren’t concerned with making history, just trying to live through it. It’s the night of December 22, 1989, now famous as the date when dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu’s regime finally toppled: madness, paranoia, and revolution are in the air, but the young...   More >

I vitelloni

Film - Feature | January 25 | 7:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

I vitelloni is sufficiently rooted in neorealism to convey an authentic sense of environment, yet touched with the ether of memory in its evocation of youthful boredom and rootlessness in Rimini, the provincial town where Fellini grew up. The vitelloni are the not-so-young sons of the middle class, perpetually unemployed mother’s pets whittling their lives away in childish pursuits. (“They shine...   More >