Celebrated film historian David Thomson offers a seven-week lecture/screening series examining directors who worked in Hollywood but were somehow at odds with the studio system. They were mavericks, such as Nicholas Ray, whose films we present in retrospective form this season, or foreigners, émigrés who saw American culture and society through a distinct lens. These classics by Howard Hawks, Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Nicholas Ray, Douglas Sirk, and Billy Wilder critique aspects of postwar American society that were soon to be shattered and rejected by the counterculture movement of the sixties—bring on Hippie Modernism, BAMPFA’s major new exhibition. The films in Hollywood Outsiders and On Dangerous Ground: The Cinema of Nicholas Ray are stark reminders of how dramatic this cultural shift away from 1950s conformity and repression truly was.
David Thomson’s passion for and mastery of these films, their makers, and their historical context has long been evident in his writing and thinking. A gifted public speaker, he will present a lecture of approximately twenty-five minutes before each film and lead a postscreening discussion; each presentation will run approximately three hours.
Susan Oxtoby, Senior Film Curator
General admission: $13.50
BAMPFA members: $9.50
UC Berkeley students: $7.50
65+, disabled persons, UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, and 18 & under: $10.50