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  • Dizzy Heights: Silent Cinema and Life in the Air

    2/23/12 to 2/26/12

    Copresented by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, this series explores the intersection of silent cinema and aviation. It was film that first allowed moviegoers to vicariously experience flight. The screen was alive with speculations on how life might be lived in a futuristic... View

  • Dark Past: Film Noir by German Emigrés

    3/1/12 to 4/15/12

    Hollywood was the great beneficiary of the exodus of filmmakers from Hitler's Germany in the 1930s. Directors such as Otto Preminger, Max Ophuls, Douglas Sirk, Billy Wilder, and Fritz Lang skillfully transformed the low-budget B-movie into what we now call film noir. Characterized... View

  • The Library Lover: The Films of Raúl Ruiz

    3/2/12 to 4/15/12

    Surreal, hilarious cerebral, surprising, entertaining-the films of Chilean director Raúl Ruiz are unlike anything else in contemporary cinema. We present eight films (plus one short) by the celebrated filmmaker, who died last year. A self-proclaimed “library lover,” Ruiz... View

  • Afterimage: James Ivory, Three Films from Novels

    3/3/12 to 4/7/12

    Our tribute to director James Ivory focuses on Merchant-Ivory adaptations of contemporary American novels: Mr.... View

  • A Tribute to José Saramago (1922–2010)

    3/4/12

    Join us for a special screening of José and Pilar, a 2010 portrait film from director Miguel Gonçalves Mendes that focuses on the Nobel Prize–winning Portuguese novelist and playwright José Saramago.

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  • San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival

    3/9/12 to 3/17/12

    Join us for the thirtieth San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, featuring films from China, the Philippines, New Zealand, Cambodia, South Korea, the United States, and even a rarity from Burma.

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  • Special Event: Kevin Brownlow on Napoleon

    3/30/12

    We are pleased to welcome esteemed film historian Kevin Brownlow to the PFA Theater for an illustrated talk on the restoration of Abel Gance's epic 1927 film Napoleon. Copresented with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. Preceded by a reception and book signing, ticketed... View

  • Costume Designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis, Behind the Scenes: The Art...

    4/5/12 to 4/6/12

    Acclaimed costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis (Raiders of the Lost Ark; Michael Jackson's Thriller; The Blues Brothers) takes us behind the scenes of Hollywood costume design, with an illustrated talk followed by a screening of ¡Three Amigos! (with Steve Martin, Chevy... View

  • Cine/Spin

    4/12/12

    Cal DJs spinning solo or in teams take on silent and silenced films from the PFA Collection: Jean Cocteau's The Blood of a Poet and surprise surreal shorts. Join us for this BAM/PFA tradition. Presented with the BAM/PFA Student Committee.

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  • 55th San Francisco International Film Festival @ BAM/PFA

    4/20/12 to 5/3/12

    BAM/PFA is honored to once again be the exclusive East Bay venue for the San Francisco International Film Festival. Join us for forty-two films-features, shorts, documentaries, experimental films-from over thirty countries.

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  • Afterimage: Films of Michael Glawogger

    5/4/12 to 5/6/12

    We are honored to host Austrian director, writer, and cinematographer Michael Glawogger, who is best known for his trilogy of powerful films that examine working life in a global economy. We screen a selection of Glawogger's documentaries, narratives, and experimental films and... View

  • Film and Video Makers at Cal

    5/6/12

    The Eisner Prize is UC Berkeley's highest award for creativity. This program presents work by this year's winners in film and video, Rebecca Ramage and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, along with a diverse sampling of videos from the competition.

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  • Peter Greenaway: Cinema and Painting

    6/8/12 to 6/9/12

    We present two films by British director Peter Greenaway that explore Rembrandt's most famous painting, The Night Watch. Rembrandt's J'Accuse purports to explain the mysteries hidden in plain sight in the painting, revealing a Golden Age murder mystery, while Nightwatching... View

  • From the Collection

    6/8/12

    A treasury of over forty trailers culled from the PFA Collection.

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  • Three Czech New Wave Classics

    6/9/12 to 6/29/12

    A rare opportunity to see three Czech New Wave classics in 35mm: Vera Chytilová's surrealist comedy Daisies (1966) and inventive masterwork Fruit of Paradise (1970), and Jaromil Jires's cult classic Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1969).

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  • Afterimage: Three Nights with Nathaniel Dorsky

    6/10/12 to 6/24/12

    Local filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky-whose exhilarating 16mm silent films relish in the possibilities of image making-joins us for three evenings of special screenings of his work. Our series kicks off on June 10, with New York–based curator Mark McElhatten joining Dorksy in... View

  • Gregory Peck: An Agreeable Gentleman

    6/13/12 to 6/29/12

    Academy Award–winner, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, and Cal alum Gregory Peck stands tall in these eight films from his illustrious career. An iconic figure of the forties, fifties, and beyond, Peck was known for his reserve, integrity, and rich, honeyed voice. Our... View

  • Tribute to Ken Russell (1927–2011)

    6/14/12

    As a tribute to Ken Russell, the flamboyant and provocative British filmmaker who died last year at age eighty-four, we screen Gothic, his extravagantly excessive 1986 tale of the birth of Frankenstein.

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  • Behind the Scenes: The Art and Craft of Cinema, Editor Curtiss Clayton

    6/20/12 to 6/22/12

    Film editor Curtiss Clayton takes us Behind the Scenes of the art and craft of cinema with an illustrated talk and the screening of three of the more than thirty films he has edited: Gus Van Sant's To Die For (1995); Rick (2003), starring Bill Pullman, which Clayton also directed... View

  • One-Two Punch: Pulp Writers Dorothy B. Hughes, Mickey Spillane,...

    6/23/12 to 6/30/12

    In this second round of One-Two Punch, several great pulp contenders duke it out for supremacy: Dorothy B. Hughes (In a Lonely Place, Fallen Sparrow), Mickey Spillane (My Gun is Quick, The Girl Hunters), and Elmore Leonard (Stick, Valdez is Coming). Get a seat ringside and prepare... View

  • A Theater Near You

    7/6/12 to 7/15/12

    Join us for our ongoing series featuring new prints of classic films and contemporary releases of particular interest. We bring you a new 35mm print of Jean-Luc Godard's seminal Weekend (1967); plus three noteworthy films from 2011, Corinna Belz's Gerhard Richter Painting; This is... View

  • Bellissima: Leading Ladies of the Italian Screen

    7/6/12 to 8/31/12

    This summer, take a tour through postwar Italian film, with visits to major cinematic landmarks as well as less traveled byways. Each stop along the route brings an encounter with another unforgettable actress: Anna Magnani, Giulietta Masina, Gina Lollobrigida, Sophia Loren,... View

  • Always for Pleasure: The Films of Les Blank

    7/8/12 to 8/30/12

    Join us for a celebration of the rich body of work of local documentary filmmaker Les Blank, whose films take us on a journey through the back roads and main streets of American regional culture. Music, food and dancing are central to Blank's films, as are the poetry and passion... View

  • Cool World

    7/12/12 to 8/24/12

    Who are the coolest American actors from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s? We asked you to vote and Cool World presents the winners: Paul Newman, Sidney Poitier, Tuesday Weld, Pam Grier, Jane Fonda, Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Winona Ryder, River Phoenix, Matt Dillon, Johnny... View

  • The Eternal Poet: Raj Kapoor & the Golden Age of Indian Cinema

    7/19/12 to 8/11/12

    One of the most influential figures in Indian film history, the actor/director/producer Raj Kapoor helped popularize many of the tropes that make up commercial Indian cinema, or “Bollywood,” today. His series of box-office hits from the late 1940s and early 1950s are at once... View

  • Russian Inferno: The Films of Alexei Guerman

    7/29/12 to 8/23/12

    Russian filmmaker Alexei Guerman, born in 1938 in Leningrad, has achieved cult status among many enthusiastic cineastes. Guerman's aim is to portray the historical truth of an era, which he achieves with visually stunning films that boast long, elaborate tracking shots and crisp... View

  • Universal Pictures: Celebrating 100 Years

    8/3/12 to 8/31/12

    Join us in celebrating the hundred-year legacy of Universal Pictures, a studio known for challenging the distinctions between fine art and popular entertainment. We present a wide range of Universal's productions, including much-admired classics (All Quiet On the Western Front),... View

  • Summer Cinema on Center Street

    8/4/12 to 8/18/12

    Join us for a series of free outdoor events-including music, movies, and more-at the site of our future home on Center Street in downtown Berkeley (between Shattuck and Oxford). The theme is cerebral cinema and the headliners are three campy classics from the fifties and sixties,... View

  • Free Outdoor Screening

    8/24/12

    Spread out a blanket on the sculpture garden lawn for our annual free outdoor screening. This year's selection, Pretty Poison, culminates our summer-long Cool World series, featuring the coolest actors from four decades of American film, as selected by our audience. Anthony... View

  • Life Is Short: Nikkatsu Studios at 100

    9/1/12 to 10/27/12

    Join us to celebrate the centenary of Japan's venerated Nikkatsu studios, “just maybe the coolest film production house of all time” (Chuck Stephens, Criterion). Our series covers nearly every Nikkatsu decade and includes a 1921 samurai work, Japan's first sound film, a 1939... View

  • Alternative Visions

    9/5/12 to 11/28/12

    This rendition of our annual series of experimental films, presented in conjunction with the UC Berkeley course on avant-garde film, features rare local presentations by filmmakers from around the world. With humor, passion, and intelligence they explore the possibilities of... View

  • L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema

    9/6/12 to 10/30/12

    African American filmmakers associated with the L.A. Rebellion, a group that coalesced at the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television from the late 1960s through the 1980s, were the first to forge a sustained alternative black cinema practice in the United States. Our series... View

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