Dedicated to a pillar of the Bay Area film scene, film critic, curator, and educator Albert Johnson (1925–1998) the films in this series gesture toward the breadth of his interests and provide a welcome opportunity to celebrate his brilliant legacy.Read full description
Daughters of the Dust
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
In this paean to Catherine Deneuve, French design, 1960s chic, MGM musicals, and Michel Legrand, a boy and girl love, lose, love again, and lose again against an assortment of fabulous wallpaper.
Experienced in sequences, from the perspectives of several generations of women, this film creates a fabric of universal themes: the conflicts between personal and collective history, and spiritual and industrial life.
Introduced by Ra Malika Imhotep
Presented in collaboration with Film Quarterly
Passing Through theorizes that jazz is one of the purest expressions of African American culture, now hijacked by a white culture that brutally exploits musicians for profit. “An invaluable film-outcry” (Albert Johnson).
Larry Clark and Josslyn Luckett in Conversation
A shared interest in literature draws the wife of a political journalist to her husband’s cousin. One of Ray’s finest works, this is “a gracious, dignified character study” (Albert Johnson).
Introduced by Edith Kramer