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  • It's a Wrap!

    Celebrate our final weekend at the PFA Theater with special screenings, live music, family fun, and gifts for members.

Past Films

  • The Kid

    • Sunday, August 2 3:30 PM
    Charlie Chaplin
    United States, 1921

    Part of It’s a Wrap! celebrating our final weekend in the PFA Theater.
    Followed by a demonstration-workshop in the art of pantomime with Charlie Chaplin impersonator Damian Blake. Bring the whole family to learn how to walk like Chaplin!



    The film that established Chaplin's signature fusion of slapstick and pathos, and the first to costar Jackie Coogan. 

  • Tokyo Story

    • Sunday, August 2 8:15 PM
    Yasujiro Ozu
    Japan, 1953

    Part of It’s a Wrap! celebrating our final weekend in the PFA Theater


    This simple, sad story of the gap between generations in a Japanese family revealed to Western viewers the poetic acuteness of Ozu's style, and features one of Japanese cinema’s greatest performances in Setsuko Hara’s role as a becalmed, utterly determined young woman. "Wonderful . . . one of the manifest miracles of cinema" (New Yorker). 

  • City Lights

    • Saturday, August 1 4:00 PM
    Charlie Chaplin
    United States, 1931

    Part of It’s a Wrap! celebrating our final weekend in the PFA Theater


    “Chaplin’s most masterful blend of pathos and comedy . . . You can’t leave the planet without seeing this movie at least once” (SF Chronicle).

  • Bicycle Thief

    • Saturday, August 1 8:45 PM
    Vittorio De Sica
    Italy, 1949

    Part of It’s a Wrap! celebrating our final weekend in the PFA Theater


    De Sica’s masterpiece of a father and son searching the streets of Rome for their stolen bicycle is considered one of the greatest films ever made. “An allegory at once timeless and topical” (Village Voice).

  • Zero for Conduct

    • Friday, July 31 9:30 PM
    Jean Vigo
    France, 1945

    Free screening! 

    Enfant terrible Jean Vigo's lyric, anarchic account of rebellion in a boarding school is poetry, wild in hatred and tender in remembrance.

  • They Live By Night

    • Friday, July 17 8:45 PM
    Nicholas Ray
    United States, 1949

    Ray's lyrical, passionate debut following a pair of fugitive innocents influenced films from Pierrot le Fou to Bonnie and Clyde.

  • The River

    • Wednesday, July 15 7:30 PM

    IB Technicolor Print!

    Based on a novel by the author of Black Narcissus, Renoir’s wise, warm Technicolor masterpiece follows several young girls coming of age on the River Ganges. “The artist, medium, and location combine, as though effortlessly, to produce an experience of surpassing loveliness” (NY Times)

  • Earth

    • Sunday, July 12 6:15 PM

    BAM/PFA Collection Print! Judith Rosenberg on piano. Dovzhenko's great film poem to the Ukraine he loved. "Dovzhenko seldom recaptured the pantheistic phosphorescence of this hymn both to nature and to the glittering new tractors and ploughs destined to transform it” (NFT, London)

  • Nazarín

    • Friday, July 10 7:00 PM
    Luis Buñuel
    Mexico, 1958

    Archival Print!

    Gabriel Figueroa’s cinematography lends stark beauty to an unforgiving landscape in this Buñuel classic about a priest whose charity is his undoing.

  • The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

    • Sunday, June 28 7:30 PM
    John Ford
    United States, 1962

    James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles, and Lee Marvin star in John Ford’s legendary Western, “one of the enduring masterpieces of that cinema which has chosen to focus on the mystical processes of time” (Andrew Sarris).

  • Au hasard Balthazar

    • Saturday, June 27 8:20 PM
    Robert Bresson
    France, 1966

    Bresson found the perfect protagonist for this film in a donkey, "born, like all beings, to suffer and die needlessly and mysteriously. . . . A morbidly beautiful flower of cinematic art" (Andrew Sarris).

  • Sansho the Bailiff

    • Thursday, June 25 7:30 PM
    Kenji Mizoguchi
    Japan, 1954

    BAM/PFA Collection Print!

    Bring all your senses and your handkerchief to this haunting tale of a family (led by Kinuyo Tanaka) victimized by the cruel practices of feudal Japan, “developed with intuition, cunning, and an overarching sense of tragedy” (SF Weekly)