The Black Film Ambassador: The Ecstatic World of Albert Johnson

October 30–November 26, 2021

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.

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  • Charulata

  • Passing Through

  • Daughters of the Dust

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

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  • Charulata

    Satyajit Ray
    India, 1964
    • Saturday, October 30 4:30 PM
    Introduced by Edith Kramer

    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).

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  • Passing Through

    Larry Clark
    United States, 1977

    Presented in collaboration with Film Quarterly

    • Sunday, October 31 2 PM
    Larry Clark and Josslyn Luckett in Conversation

    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).

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  • Daughters of the Dust

    Julie Dash
    United States, 1991
    • Sunday, November 14 7 PM
    Introduced by Ra Malika Imhotep

    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.

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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    Jacques Demy
    France, 1964
    • Friday, November 26 4:30 PM

    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.

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