The Mystery of Picasso
The Cold Heart
The Flavor of Green Tea over Rice
Grand Tour Italiano, 1905–1914
Presented in partnership with San Francisco Silent Film Festival
The director of the Cineteca di Bologna presents an enthralling collection of silent travelogues from Italy. The early twentieth-century grand tour wends from Sicily through Amalfi, Rome, Bologna, and Milan before ending in Venice.View Details
BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
A presentation of this year’s prizewinners and honorable mentions in the film and video category of the Eisner Prize competition, UC Berkeley’s highest award for creative media making.View Details
Film to Table dinner follows the May 11 screening
A warm and ribald comedy based on the idea that food is the life of a community. Orson Welles once called The Baker's Wife “a perfect movie,” and star Raimu “the greatest actor of the cinema.”View Details
Sergei Bondarchuk’s Academy Award–winning adaptation of Tolstoy’s revered novel, following good-hearted Pierre, battle-scarred Andrei, and tempestuous Natasha through the tumult of the Napoleonic Wars, was hailed by Roger Ebert as “the definitive epic of all time”; it demands to be seen on the big screen.View Details
In the second part of Bondarchuk’s epic adaptation, young Natasha becomes engaged to military man Andrei, but his protracted absence leaves her vulnerable.View Details
In Part III of War and Peace, the emphasis is on the war: it is 1812 and Napoleon’s armies are crossing into Russia. Pierre visits the battlefield as a casual observer and finds himself in the midst of chaos, while Andrei rediscovers his love of life through a brush with death.View Details
The final installment in the four-part epic opens as the Russian army retreats, leaving Moscow in flames; it closes as the city rebuilds, and life and love begin again.View Details
“No matter where you turn, fate sticks out a foot to trip you”: this lean, mean little movie sums up the film noir philosophy. “Detour isn’t just a masterpiece, it’s . . . a jagged chunk of the American psyche” (Village Voice).
Join the BAMPFA Student Committee for their annual festival showcasing short films made by students in Berkeley and the wider Bay Area.
A series of extraordinarily revealing domestic details forms a portrait of middle-class marriage, domestic tension, and reconciliation. One of Ozu’s less screened works, recently digitally restored.
New Digital Restoration
Film to Table dinner follows the March 9 screening
Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, this colorful documentary glimpse of the seventy-five-year-old Picasso captures the fecund nature of his creative process. “One of the most exciting and joyful movies ever made” (Pauline Kael).
Austrian pianist Karl Ulrich Schnabel was also an experimental filmmaker, and this rediscovered film displays a surprising aesthetic affinity with the psychodramas of avant-garde filmmakers like Maya Deren, Kenneth Anger, and Stan Brakhage.
Film to Table dinner follows the February 16 screening
The eternal Frederick Wiseman trains his camera on small-town America in the age of Trump, observing the citizens of Monrovia, Indiana, after the 2016 national election.
This poignant documentary spotlights one of the greatest photographic chroniclers of Cold War–era America, mingling Winogrand’s images with archival materials and musings from eminent curators, photographers, and friends.
The newest essay film by Jean-Luc Godard is “a kaleidoscopic bulletin on the state of our world” (Variety). Winner of the first Special Palme d’Or award in the history of the Cannes Film Festival.
An intriguing overview of Egypt’s political history in the modern age, Nasser’s Republic examines the transformative influence of the country’s second president, Gamal Abdel Nasser, on the Arab world.
A waitress finds herself pregnant and out of options in Lupino’s dissection of small-town values and women’s choices (or lack of them), made with “a startling blend of compassion and invention” (New Yorker).
Glawogger’s documentary starts from a global question—Is hard manual labor a thing of the past?—and finds the unflinching answer in portraits of grueling and dangerous professions in Ukraine, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and China.
Glawogger takes us deep into the megacities of Mexico City, Bombay, Moscow, and New York, telling stories of people struggling at the bottom of the urban food chain.
Film to Table dinner follows the January 12 screening
De Sica’s tale of a father and son searching the streets of Rome for their stolen bicycle is a masterwork of Italian neorealism, “an allegory at once timeless and topical” (Village Voice).