In Focus: Writing for Cinema

January 16–February 27, 2019

  • It Happened One Night

  • The Fallen Idol

  • Things to Come

  • Upcoming
  • Past
  • Past

Upcoming Films

  • Autobiography of a Princess

    James Ivory
    United Kingdom, 1975
    • Wednesday, February 20 3:10 PM
    James Ivory and Ajay Gehlawat in Conversation

    The adoring daughter (Madhur Jaffrey) of a once-powerful maharajah invites her father’s tutor (James Mason) to tea, and stories begin to flow, in Ivory’s critique of colonial memory. With shorts The Sword and the Flute and The Creation of Woman.  

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  • It Happened One Night

    Frank Capra
    United States, 1934

    Digital Restoration

    • Wednesday, February 27 3:10 PM
    Victoria Riskin and Joseph McBride in Conversation

    Runaway heiress Claudette Colbert and reporter Clark Gable meet cute in this racy Depression-era romp with Oscar-winning repartee by Robert Riskin.

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Past Films

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    • Wednesday, February 13 3:10 PM
    Fritz Lang
    Germany, 1931

    Digital Restoration
    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    This film is also screening (without in-person speakers) on:
    Sunday, January 20, 2 PM
    Friday, February 8, 8 PM

    A precursor to American noir, Lang’s masterpiece is a terrifying excursion into an urban underworld where there are few moral distinctions between organized crime and organized law enforcement. With Peter Lorre in his definitive performance.

    Introduction by David Thomson

  • Things to Come

    • Wednesday, January 30 3:10 PM
    Mia Hansen-Løve
    France, 2016

    Philosophy professor Isabelle Huppert competently juggles career and family—until an unexpected series of events forces her to rethink her entire life—in Hansen-Løve’s festival favorite. “Huppert is extraordinary” (Time).

    Mia Hansen-Løve and Linda H. Rugg in Conversation

  • The Fallen Idol

    • Wednesday, January 23 3:10 PM
    Carol Reed
    United Kingdom, 1948

    Graham Greene and Carol Reed’s gripping, gorgeously visualized thriller about a boy, a butler, and the butler’s secrets “reminds us of the glories of the black-and-white cinema at its peak” (New York Observer).

    David Thomson and Michael Ondaatje in Conversation

  • Everlasting Moments

    • Wednesday, January 16 3:10 PM
    Jan Troell
    Sweden/Denmark, 2008

    Added Screening!

    Based on the life of Maria Larsson—wife, mother, and pioneering photographer in early twentieth-century Sweden—this exquisite period piece has much to tell us today about the bonds of family and the liberating power of art.

    Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell and Linda H. Rugg in Conversation