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    • Film
    Sunday, June 25
    5 PM
    Akira Kurosawa,
    Japan,
    1950,
    (88 mins)

    Archival Print

    An act of violence is replayed through the eyes of witnesses and protagonists, each seeing a different thing, in “one of the most brilliantly constructed films of all time, a monument to Kurosawa’s greatness, and a landmark in film history” (James Monaco).
    At BAMPFA
    7 PM
    Sunday, June 25
    7 PM
    Jean-Pierre Melville,
    France,
    1969,
    (145 mins)
    Melville’s drama of the French Resistance, starring Lino Ventura and Simone Signoret, “grips tighter than a Gestapo handcuff. . . . A film of noirish compositions and fantastic cool” (The Independent).
    At BAMPFA
    Series Melville 100
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    7 PM
    Tuesday, June 27
    7 PM

    Members' Event!

    Members' reception celebrating BAMPFA's summer exhibitions
    At BAMPFA
    Members
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    Wednesday, June 28
    6 PM
    A presentation and open discussion on the work of Ugo Rondinone in conjunction with his exhibition the world just makes me laugh.
    At BAMPFA
    Wednesday, June 28
    6:01 PM
    The artist behind the world just makes me laugh talks about themes of wonder, sadness, and the sublime in his work.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Wednesday, June 28
    7:00
    Jean-Pierre Melville,
    France,
    1961,
    (130 mins)

    New Digital Restoration

    Two of the French New Wave’s most iconic actors, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Emmanuelle Riva, star as a cleric and a Communist drawn together through love. “A triumph of mood, setting, and innuendo” (Criterion Collection).
    At BAMPFA
    Series Melville 100
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    Thursday, June 29
    7 PM
    Max Ophuls,
    United States,
    1949,
    (82 mins)

    Based on The Blank Wall by Elizabeth Sanxay Holding

    Housewife Joan Bennett must cope with a killing, blackmail, and the everyday pressures of domesticity in this stunning suburban noir. “An underrated gem” (Phillip Lopate).
    At BAMPFA
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    Friday, June 30
    7 PM
    Akira Kurosawa,
    Japan,
    1958,
    (134 mins)
    Mifune swashbuckles his way through this supremely entertaining samurai adventure, the plot inspiration for Star Wars.
    At BAMPFA
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    5:30 PM
    • Film
    • Cal Students
    Saturday, July 1
    5:30 PM
    Alfred Hitchcock,
    United States,
    1951,
    (103 mins)

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
    Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith

    A tennis star and a stranger offer to kill off each other’s relatives in Hitchcock’s polished adaptation (cowritten by Raymond Chandler). “A gripping, palm-sweating piece of suspense” (Variety).
    At BAMPFA
    Cal Students
    8:15 PM
    Saturday, July 1
    8:15 PM
    René Clément,
    France,
    1959,
    (115 mins)

    Based on The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

    Clément’s adaptation is a dazzling sea-blue film noir starring Alain Delon as an idle, lethal young American in Europe.
    At BAMPFA
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    2
    4:30 PM
    • Film
    Sunday, July 2
    4:30 PM
    Julien Duvivier,
    France,
    1947,

    New Digital Restoration

    Duvivier’s long-unseen Simenon adaptation, starring Michel Simon and Viviane Romance, is an “allegory of wartime collaborationism and the cruel madness of rumor, fear and spite” (Village Voice).
    At BAMPFA
    6:30 PM
    Sunday, July 2
    6:30 PM
    Akira Kurosawa,
    Japan,
    1954,
    (208 mins)
    A ragtag group of samurai band together to protect a village from bandits in Kurosawa’s masterpiece, often cited as one of the ten best films ever made.
    At BAMPFA
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    7 PM
    Wednesday, July 5
    7 PM
    Fritz Lang,
    United States,
    1953,
    (90 mins)

    Based on “The Gardenia” by Vera Caspary

    Switchboard operator flatmates Anne Baxter, Ann Sothern, and Jeff Donnell mix with predatory sketch artist Raymond Burr and cynical newspaperman Richard Conte in  Lang’s combination of women’s picture and film noir.
    At BAMPFA
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    12:15 PM
    Thursday, July 6
    12:15 PM
    At BAMPFA
    Free admission; no advance reservation required
    4–7 PM
    Thursday, July 6
    4–7 PM
    Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursday and get an up-close view of treasures from the BAMPFA collection.
    At BAMPFA
    Free admission
    4–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Thursday, July 6
    4–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    7 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Thursday, July 6
    7 PM
    Steven Okazaki,
    United States,
    2016,
    (80 mins)
    Oscar-winning Bay Area filmmaker Steven Okazaki pays tribute to the ferocious charisma and larger-than-life talents of the great Mifune in this supremely entertaining documentary.
    At BAMPFA
    • Steven Okazaki
      In Person
    All Day
    Thursday, July 6
    All Day
    Galleries free all day.
    At BAMPFA
    Admission free
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    4–9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Friday, July 7
    4–9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Friday, July 7
    7 PM
    Jean-Pierre Melville,
    France,
    1966,
    (145 mins)

    Imported Print

    Aging gangster Lino Ventura escapes from jail but winds up being sucked into one last heist in Melville’s well-drilled policier.
    At BAMPFA
    Series Melville 100
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    11:30 AM
    Saturday, July 8
    11:30 AM
    Get inspired by Charles Howard’s dreamlike paintings, then make your own surreal compositions.
    At BAMPFA
    Ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)
    Free for kids plus one adult
    Families
    • Beth Krebs
      Artist in person
      Beth Krebs is an artist and educator with an MFA from Rutgers University.
    Saturday, July 8
    1 PM
    Get inspired by Charles Howard’s dreamlike paintings, then make your own surreal compositions.
    At BAMPFA
    Ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)
    Free for kids plus one adult
    Families
    • Beth Krebs
      Artist in person
      Beth Krebs is an artist and educator with an MFA from Rutgers University.
    Saturday, July 8
    1:30 PM
    The curator of Divine Visions, Earthly Pleasures explores the intersection of Indian painting and music.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    2:30–9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Saturday, July 8
    2:30–9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Saturday, July 8
    3 PM
    A special musical performance in conjunction with Divine Visions, Earthy Pleasures: Five Hundred Years of Indian Painting.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Saturday, July 8
    3 PM
    Read the beginning of this graphic novel about sisters on a road trip from San Francisco to Colorado and pick up a copy to keep reading at home.
    At BAMPFA
    Recommended for ages 8 and up (younger kids welcome as listeners)
    Free for kids plus one adult
    Families
    • Jennifer Gordon
      Reading led by
      Jennifer Gordon is a librarian at Malcolm X Elementary School, Berkeley.
    Saturday, July 8
    6:30 PM
    Margy Kinmonth,
    United Kingdom,
    2016,
    (85 mins)
    “Stunning research and archive footage conjures Revolutionary Russia and the courage of artists in the avant-garde” (State Magazine).
    At BAMPFA
    8:30 PM
    Saturday, July 8
    8:30 PM
    Akira Kurosawa,
    Japan,
    1955,
    (100 mins)
    Mifune gives a daring performance as an eccentric patriarch with a neurotic fear of the atomic bomb. “The final effect is overwhelming, and perhaps Kurosawa’s most sweeping statement on the human condition” (Film Forum).
    At BAMPFA
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    11 AM–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Sunday, July 9
    11 AM–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Sunday, July 9
    5 PM
    Margy Kinmonth,
    United Kingdom,
    2016,
    (85 mins)
    “Stunning research and archive footage conjures Revolutionary Russia and the courage of artists in the avant-garde” (State Magazine).
    At BAMPFA
    6:45 PM
    Sunday, July 9
    6:45 PM
    Otto Preminger,
    United States,
    1947,
    (99 mins)

    Studio Vault Print
    Based on the novel by Elizabeth Janeway

    Joan Crawford is torn between married lawyer Dana Andrews and tormented army gunner Henry Fonda. “That rarest of Hollywood entities: a realist romance” (Los Angeles Times).
    At BAMPFA
    7 PM
    • In-Person
    Sunday, July 9
    7 PM

    Programmed by Land and Sea

    Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (Lichens) and Gabie Strong present their sonic experiments in BAMPFA’s reverberant setting.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission. Seating for Full is limited.
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    7 PM
    Wednesday, July 12
    7 PM
    Akira Kurosawa,
    Japan,
    1957,
    (107 mins)
    Kurosawa’s Noh-influenced version of Macbeth is “the most brilliant and original attempt ever made to put Shakespeare on screen” (Time). Mifune is paired with the legendary Isuzu Yamada in “a partnership of titans” (Film Forum).
    At BAMPFA
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    4–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Thursday, July 13
    4–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    7 PM
    Thursday, July 13
    7 PM
    William Wellman,
    United States,
    1931,

    Based on the novel by Dora Macy (Grace Perkins)

    Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Blondell expose Hippocratic hypocrisy—and plenty of skin—in this medical melodrama, also featuring Clark Gable.
    At BAMPFA
    14
    4–9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Friday, July 14
    4–9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Friday, July 14
    6 PM

    Programmed by Chika Okoye and David Brazil

    Three young poets lay out a constellation of possibilities for linguistic art.
    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Series Readings 2017
    6:30 PM
    • Film
    Friday, July 14
    6:30 PM
    Julien Duvivier,
    France,
    1947,

    New Digital Restoration

    Duvivier’s long-unseen Simenon adaptation, starring Michel Simon and Viviane Romance, is an “allegory of wartime collaborationism and the cruel madness of rumor, fear and spite” (Village Voice).
    At BAMPFA
    Friday, July 14
    8:30 PM
    Jean-Pierre Melville,
    France, Italy,
    1953,
    (104 mins)

    Imported Print

    A sleazy loverboy on the Riviera meets his match in his young victim’s older sister—a nun (Juliette Gréco) just out of the convent—in this delirious combination of French fatalism, postwar despair, noir angles, and heated melodrama.
    At BAMPFA
    Series Melville 100
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    11 AM–9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Saturday, July 15
    11 AM–9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Saturday, July 15
    6:30 PM
    Margy Kinmonth,
    United Kingdom,
    2016,
    (85 mins)
    “Stunning research and archive footage conjures Revolutionary Russia and the courage of artists in the avant-garde” (State Magazine).
    At BAMPFA
    8:15 PM
    • Film
    Saturday, July 15
    8:15 PM
    Julien Duvivier,
    France,
    1947,

    New Digital Restoration

    Duvivier’s long-unseen Simenon adaptation, starring Michel Simon and Viviane Romance, is an “allegory of wartime collaborationism and the cruel madness of rumor, fear and spite” (Village Voice).
    At BAMPFA
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    11 AM–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Sunday, July 16
    11 AM–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    5 PM
    Sunday, July 16
    5 PM
    Andrei Konchalovsky,
    USSR,
    1966,
    (96 mins)

    BAMPFA Collection Print

    Konchalovsky’s first feature, set in a Kirghiz village shortly after the Revolution. “Expressed with a deft simplicity of style and a rare quality of emotion” (Michel Ciment).
    At BAMPFA
    Sunday, July 16
    7:00
    Jean-Pierre Melville,
    France,
    1961,
    (130 mins)

    New Digital Restoration

    Two of the French New Wave’s most iconic actors, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Emmanuelle Riva, star as a cleric and a Communist drawn together through love. “A triumph of mood, setting, and innuendo” (Criterion Collection).
    At BAMPFA
    Series Melville 100
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    7 PM
    Wednesday, July 19
    7 PM
    (81 mins)
    As part of Canyon Cinema’s fiftieth-anniversary celebrations, Gehr makes a rare visit to the Bay Area to present a selection of his recent digital films: Picture Taking, Autumn, Transport, and A Commuter’s Life (What a Life!).
    At BAMPFA
    In Conversation
    • Ernie Gehr
    • Ken Eisenstein
      Ken Eisenstein is an Assistant Professor at Bucknell University.
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    4–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Thursday, July 20
    4–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    7 PM
    Thursday, July 20
    7 PM
    Akira Kurosawa,
    Japan,
    1960,
    (148 mins)
    Kurosawa charts corporate evil as a company is torn from within by scandal, greed, and lust. “Enron meets Hamlet” (Film Forum). “Better than Shakespeare” (Francis Ford Coppola).
    At BAMPFA
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    Friday, July 21
    11:30 AM

    Free Admission

    Young poets compete in two poetry slam sessions.
    At BAMPFA
    Free admission
    Series Readings 2017
    Friday, July 21
    3 PM

    Free Admission

    Young poets compete in two poetry slam sessions.
    At BAMPFA
    Free admission
    Series Readings 2017
    4–9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Friday, July 21
    4–9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    6:30 PM
    • Film
    Friday, July 21
    6:30 PM
    Lance Comfort,
    United Kingdom,
    1946,
    (90 mins)

    Archival Print
    Based on the novel by Vera Caspary

    A beatific housewife, a smitten husband, and a trail of dead spouses dwell in an isolated Connecticut house in this gothic tale of “disordered emotions.”
    At BAMPFA
    8:30 PM
    • Film
    Friday, July 21
    8:30 PM
    Otto Preminger,
    United States,
    1944,
    (88 mins)

    Based on the novel by Vera Caspary

    Detective Dana Andrews is enthralled by a portrait of elusive Gene Tierney in Preminger’s sleek noir, a study in duplicity that asks not just whodunit, but what “it” is. Featuring Clifton Webb and Vincent Price as preening rivals.
    At BAMPFA
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    11 AM–9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Saturday, July 22
    11 AM–9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Saturday, July 22
    6 PM
    Mathilde Damoisel,
    France, Switzerland,
    2016,
    (104 mins)
    This new documentary offers an overview of the Ottoman Empire and its decline, the essential backstory of our world today.
    At BAMPFA
    8:15 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    • Cal Students
    Saturday, July 22
    8:15 PM
    Akira Kurosawa,
    Japan,
    1961,
    (110 mins)

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    Mifune is a sly, amoral mercenary in a town ruled by killers in Kurosawa’s tongue-in-cheek anti-epic. “A visually faultless and highly sophisticated satire on violence and human weakness” (Sight and Sound).
    At BAMPFA
    Cal Students
    • Steven Okazaki
      Introduction
      Steven Okazaki is an Academy Award–winning Bay Area filmmaker and the director of Mifune: The Last Samurai. Note: Okazaki introduces the July 22 screening only.
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    11 AM–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Sunday, July 23
    11 AM–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Sunday, July 23
    4:30 PM
    Mathilde Damoisel,
    France, Switzerland,
    2016,
    (104 mins)
    This new documentary offers an overview of the Ottoman Empire and its decline, the essential backstory of our world today.
    At BAMPFA
    7 PM
    Sunday, July 23
    7 PM
    Servando González,
    United States,
    1965,
    (99 mins)

    Based on the novel by Helen Eustis

    In post–Civil War Tennessee, a young boy escapes abuse at home only to encounter Americana gone berserk in this eerily faithful rendering of Eustis’s novel. Anthony Perkins costars.
    At BAMPFA
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    7 PM
    Wednesday, July 26
    7 PM
    Akira Kurosawa,
    Japan,
    1963,
    (143 mins)
    A kidnapping becomes a moral dilemma for executive Mifune in “one of the best detective thrillers ever filmed” (New York Times).
    At BAMPFA
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    4–7 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Thursday, July 27
    4–7 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Thursday, July 27
    7 PM
    Pedro Almodóvar,
    Spain,
    1988,
    (88 mins)
    Longtime Almodóvar icon Carmen Maura is but one of many women on the verge in Almodóvar’s international breakthrough, a riotous blend of screwball comedy and fifties melodramas that’s “as crowd-pleasing as it is color-coordinated” (J. Hoberman).
    At BAMPFA
    28
    4–9 PM
    • Art
    • In-Person
    Friday, July 28
    4–9 PM

    Drop-in Art Making

    At BAMPFA
    Included with admission
    Friday, July 28
    7 PM
    Roy Ward Baker,
    United States,
    1952,
    (76 mins)

    Based on Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong

    Marilyn Monroe and Richard Widmark make an unstable pair in this psychological thriller involving a suicidal young woman and the jaded pilot who hopes to use her as a quick fling.
    At BAMPFA
    8:45 PM
    • Film
    Friday, July 28
    8:45 PM
    Akira Kurosawa,
    Japan,
    1962,
    (96 mins)
    Kurosawa’s spirited follow-up to Yojimbo finds Mifune leading a band of comically inept samurai. “A superb parody” (Donald Richie).
    At BAMPFA
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    6 PM
    Saturday, July 29
    6 PM
    Andrei Konchalovsky,
    USSR,
    1966,
    (96 mins)

    BAMPFA Collection Print

    Konchalovsky’s first feature, set in a Kirghiz village shortly after the Revolution. “Expressed with a deft simplicity of style and a rare quality of emotion” (Michel Ciment).
    At BAMPFA
    7:30 PM
    • Film
    • Free
    Saturday, July 29
    7:30 PM
    Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins,
    United Kingdom, United States,
    1961,
    (185 mins)

    Free on Our Outdoor Screen!

    Sharks and Jets sing, dance, and rumble their way through the streets and back alleys of late-fifties NYC in a dizzying rush of youth that knows no bounds.
    At BAMPFA
    Series Screen Play
    8 PM
    • Film
    Saturday, July 29
    8 PM
    Julien Duvivier,
    France,
    1947,

    New Digital Restoration

    Duvivier’s long-unseen Simenon adaptation, starring Michel Simon and Viviane Romance, is an “allegory of wartime collaborationism and the cruel madness of rumor, fear and spite” (Village Voice).
    At BAMPFA
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    Sunday, July 30
    5 PM
    Lech Majewski,
    Poland, Sweden,
    2010,
    (92 mins)

    BAMPFA Collection Print

    Bruegel’s painting The Way to Calvary is brought to life in this inventive interpretation featuring Rutger Hauer, Michael York, and Charlotte Rampling. “An extraordinary example of both art-historical examination and CGI as a passport to unknown lands” (Village Voice).
    At BAMPFA
    Sunday, July 30
    7 PM
    Jean-Pierre Melville,
    France,
    1959,
    (84 mins)
    A French journalist uncovers the death of a French diplomat in New York in Melville’s low-budget, semi-documentary noir.
    At BAMPFA
    Series Melville 100
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    7 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    • Cal Students
    Wednesday, August 2
    7 PM
    Akira Kurosawa,
    Japan,
    1961,
    (110 mins)

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    Mifune is a sly, amoral mercenary in a town ruled by killers in Kurosawa’s tongue-in-cheek anti-epic. “A visually faultless and highly sophisticated satire on violence and human weakness” (Sight and Sound).
    At BAMPFA
    Cal Students
    • Steven Okazaki
      Introduction
      Steven Okazaki is an Academy Award–winning Bay Area filmmaker and the director of Mifune: The Last Samurai. Note: Okazaki introduces the July 22 screening only.
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    12:15 PM
    Thursday, August 3
    12:15 PM
    At BAMPFA
    Free admission; no advance reservation required
    Thursday, August 3
    4–7 PM
    Drop by our art study centers on Free First Thursday and get an up-close view of treasures from the BAMPFA collection.
    At BAMPFA
    Free admission
    7 PM
    • Film
    Thursday, August 3
    7 PM
    Jean-Pierre Melville,
    France,
    1963,
    (108 mins)
    Serge Reggiani suspects Jean-Paul Belmondo of being a stool pigeon in this Melvillean roundabout of ambiguity and betrayal.
    At BAMPFA
    Series Melville 100
    All Day
    Thursday, August 3
    All Day
    Galleries free all day.
    At BAMPFA
    Admission free
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    6:30 PM
    Friday, August 4
    6:30 PM
    Robert Montgomery,
    United States,
    1947,
    (101 mins)

    Based on the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes

    Luckless veteran Robert Montgomery heads for a border town during its annual fiesta to avenge a friend’s death in this atmospheric postwar noir scripted by Ben Hecht.
    At BAMPFA
    8:40 PM
    Friday, August 4
    8:40 PM
    Don Siegel,
    United States,
    1964,
    (87 mins)

    New Print
    Based on Ride the Pink Horse by Dorothy B. Hughes

    Siegel provides his usual tense, no-nonsense direction in this early made-for-TV movie adaptation of Ride the Pink Horse, starring Robert Culp and set in New Orleans. With Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz in performance.
    At BAMPFA
    5
    6 PM
    • Film
    Saturday, August 5
    6 PM
    Jean-Pierre Melville,
    France,
    1963,
    (108 mins)
    Serge Reggiani suspects Jean-Paul Belmondo of being a stool pigeon in this Melvillean roundabout of ambiguity and betrayal.
    At BAMPFA
    Series Melville 100
    8:15 PM
    • Film
    Saturday, August 5
    8:15 PM
    Pedro Almodóvar,
    Spain,
    2016,
    (99 mins)
    Based on stories by Alice Munro, Almodóvar’s latest follows a middle-aged woman as she tries to make sense of her relationships with her husband, her daughter, and the world around her. “Haunting and hypnotic” (Rolling Stone).
    At BAMPFA