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    Sunday, November 25, 2018
    3 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    2000,
    (100 mins)
    A great filmmaker pays homage to another: Bergman’s television play documents a behind-the-scene moment from the creation of Victor Sjöström’s silent film classic The Phantom Carriage, one of Bergman’s favorite works.
    Screening in Theater 2; regular film ticket prices apply
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    3:30 PM
    Sunday, November 25, 2018
    3:30 PM
    Stanley Kubrick,
    United Kingdom, United States,
    1968,
    (159 mins)

    50th Anniversary Rerelease

    Kubrick harnesses the widescreen, epic format for an intensely metaphysical experience in space and time. Since 2001’s release fifty years ago, “no movie has matched its solemnly jaw-dropping techno-poetic majesty” (Variety).
    Screening includes intermission
    7 PM
    Sunday, November 25, 2018
    7 PM
    Luchino Visconti,
    France, Italy,
    1974,
    (121 mins)

    Imported 35mm Print

    When aging professor Burt Lancaster rents the upper flat of his palazzo to a Roman matron and her gigolo, his life’s denouement is invaded by la dolce vita.
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    3:10 PM
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    3:10 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    1982,
    (188 mins)
    This chronicle of an early twentieth-century theatrical family, told from the perspective of a young brother and sister, is comic and tragic, opulent and intellectual, mystical and autobiographical. Bergman called it “the sum total of my life as a filmmaker.”
    Special admission: General: $15; BAMPFA members: $11; UC Berkeley students: $7; UC Berkeley faculty and staff, non-UC Berkeley students, disabled persons, ages 65+ and 18 & under: $12.
    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    7 PM
    (84 mins)
    Three works bear personal witness to collective histories, from Auschwitz to the Japanese internment to postwar Japan: Rea Tajiri’s History and Memory, Abraham Ravett’s The March, and Jeffrey Skoller’s recent The Unimagined Lives of Our Neighbors.
    • Jeffrey Skoller
      In Person
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    Thursday, November 29, 2018
    7 PM
    Shinsuke Ogawa,
    Japan,
    1968,
    (108 mins)

    Archival Print

    Ogawa’s battle-scarred call-to-arms follows Japanese student activists and radical laborers fighting against forced eviction. A classic of activist documentary by an essential but little-known filmmaker.
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    7 PM
    Friday, November 30, 2018
    7 PM
    Luchino Visconti,
    France, Italy,
    1976,
    (129 mins)

    Imported 35mm Print

    Giancarlo Giannini in Visconti’s final work, a sumptuous, sensuous adaptation of the d’Annunzio novel. “One of Visconti’s most beautiful films [and] one of his most terse, most dramatically economical” (New York Times).
    7:30 PM
    Friday, November 30, 2018
    7:30 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    2000,
    (100 mins)
    A great filmmaker pays homage to another: Bergman’s television play documents a behind-the-scene moment from the creation of Victor Sjöström’s silent film classic The Phantom Carriage, one of Bergman’s favorite works.
    Screening in Theater 2; regular film ticket prices apply
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    Saturday, December 1, 2018
    5:30 PM
    Jiří Trnka,
    Czechoslovakia,
    1954,
    (86 mins)
    This riotous antiauthoritarian satire—a stop-motion adaptation of the famous Czech antiwar novel—follows a beer-loving, order-ignoring infantryman who “speaks truth to power” by simply repeating its idiocies. Screening with The Two Frosts.
    7:30 PM
    • Film
    Saturday, December 1, 2018
    7:30 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    1966,
    (85 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    Exploring the strange symbiosis between a speechless actress (Liv Ullmann) and her nurse companion (Bibi Andersson), this is “Bergman at his most brilliant” (Time Out).
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    12:30 PM
    Sunday, December 2, 2018
    12:30 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    1973,
    (284 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    Bergman’s masterful reconstruction of the dissolution of a “perfect twosome” (Erland Josephson and Liv Ullmann) is “a movie of . . . extraordinary intimacy” (New York Times).
    Presented with intermissions
    Sunday, December 2, 2018
    7 PM
    Sara Driver,
    United States,
    2017,
    (78 mins)
    Found footage, home movies, and contemporary interviews chronicle the artistic emergence of Jean-Michel Basquiat, who used New York City as both a canvas and a stage. “A treasure” (Hollywood Reporter).
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    7:00 PM
    Wednesday, December 5, 2018
    7:00 PM
    (84 mins)

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    A selection of Trnka’s 1960s masterpieces: politically defiant, visually innovative, surrealist, and satirical. Includes  Archangel Gabriel and Mistress Goose, based on a story from the Decameron, and Trnka’s last film, the great antiauthoritarian parable The Hand.
    • Jan Pinkava
      Introduction
      Jan Pinkava is creative director of Google Spotlight Stories and an Academy Award–winning director; his career in animation spans a quarter century, including thirteen years at Pixar, where he wrote a
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    • Film
    Thursday, December 6, 2018
    7 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    1968,
    (103 mins)
    Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow star in “Bergman’s simple, masterly vision of normal war and what it does to survivors. Set a tiny step into the future, the film has the inevitability of a common dream” (Pauline Kael).
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    Friday, December 7, 2018
    4 PM
    Sara Driver,
    United States,
    2017,
    (78 mins)
    Found footage, home movies, and contemporary interviews chronicle the artistic emergence of Jean-Michel Basquiat, who used New York City as both a canvas and a stage. “A treasure” (Hollywood Reporter).
    7 PM
    • Film
    Friday, December 7, 2018
    7 PM
    Fritz Lang,
    Germany,
    1926,
    (149 mins)

    The Complete Version

    Evil leaders, enslaved citizens, the orgiastic super-rich, and messiah robots populate Lang’s dystopian classic. Now over ninety years old, and still one of the most essential, influential science fiction films of all time.
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    5:30 PM
    Saturday, December 8, 2018
    5:30 PM
    Billy Wilder,
    United States,
    1960,
    (125 mins)

    Digital Restoration
    Film to Table dinner follows the December 8 screening

    Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray, and Shirley MacLaine in a riotously acidic tale of sex and corporate success. This winner of Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Art Direction is “an American classic” (New York Times).
    7:40 PM
    Saturday, December 8, 2018
    7:40 PM

    Four-course dinner with wine pairing

    Following our screening of Billy Wilder's riotously acidic tale of sex and corporate success, join fellow cinephiles at our table for dinner and discussion. Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray, and Shirley MacLaine star in this American classic, which won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Art Direction.
    At Babette
    $75 per person. Film and dinner tickets must be purchased separately. Call Babette at (510) 684-3046 with questions.
    Saturday, December 8, 2018
    8 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    1970,
    (101 mins)
    Bergman’s second color film is one of his sparest and most straightforward, involving four people who escape to a remote Swedish island, yet remain unable to escape the injustice of the modern world. “One of Bergman’s most beautiful films” (New York Times).
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    2 PM
    • Families
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Sunday, December 9, 2018
    2 PM
    Jiří Trnka,
    Czechoslovakia,
    1959,

    35mm Archival Print
    Recommended for ages 12 & up

    This bewitching stop-motion adaptation of Shakespeare’s romantic tale is a masterpiece of surpassing, balletic beauty that plays out amidst a garlanded, pastel dreamscape. With short The Devil’s Mill.
    • Jan Pinkava
      Introduction
      Jan Pinkava is creative director of Google Spotlight Stories and an Academy Award–winning director; his career in animation spans a quarter century, including thirteen years at Pixar, where he wrote a
    Sunday, December 9, 2018
    4:30 PM
    Robert Wiene,
    Germany,
    1920,
    (77 mins)

    4K Digital Restoration

    The quintessential German Expressionist film translates narrative and psychology into stunning set design.
    • Judith Rosenberg
      On Piano
    Sunday, December 9, 2018
    7 PM
    Nathaniel Kahn,
    United States,
    2018,
    (98 mins)
    Featuring an impressive cast of art world characters, including artists Jeff Koons and Gerhard Richter, this documentary is a lively exploration of the uneasy but inextricable relationship between art and money.
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    Wednesday, December 12, 2018
    6 PM
    MATRIX artist Arthur Jafa and UC Berkeley professor Stephen Best talk about the move from the cinema screen to the gallery, the politics of aesthetics, and the turn toward “Afropessimism.”
    Included with admission
    7 PM
    • Film
    Wednesday, December 12, 2018
    7 PM
    Kenji Mizoguchi,
    Japan,
    1953,
    (96 mins)

    BAMPFA Collection
    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick

    In sixteenth-century Japan, a potter has his head turned by a phantom enchantress, with predictable results. “A shattering experience, among the greatest movies ever made” (New York Times).
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    • Film
    Thursday, December 13, 2018
    7 PM
    Liv Ullmann,
    Sweden,
    2000,
    (155 mins)

    Imported 35mm Print

    Marriage and infidelity have rarely been treated as intelligently as in Liv Ullmann’s masterful adaptation of a screenplay by Ingmar Bergman, featuring a narcissistic filmmaker also named Bergman. “An unqualified triumph” (Los Angeles Times).
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    6:30 PM
    • Film
    Friday, December 14, 2018
    6:30 PM
    Ermanno Olmi,
    Italy,
    1961,
    (93 mins)
    Olmi’s humane, funny, and heartbreaking portrait of a young man embarking on his first job in Milan captures the alienation and regimentation of the working world.
    8:30 PM
    Friday, December 14, 2018
    8:30 PM
    Billy Wilder,
    United States,
    1960,
    (125 mins)

    Digital Restoration
    Film to Table dinner follows the December 8 screening

    Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray, and Shirley MacLaine in a riotously acidic tale of sex and corporate success. This winner of Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Art Direction is “an American classic” (New York Times).
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    3:30 PM
    Saturday, December 15, 2018
    3:30 PM
    Jiří Trnka,
    Czechoslovakia,
    1948,
    (82 mins)

    35mm Archival Print
    Recommended for ages 6 & up

    Trnka’s adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about a young Chinese emperor enraptured by the song of a mechanical nightingale is awash in lavish storybook imagery. With short Why UNESCO?
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    Saturday, December 15, 2018
    6 PM
    F. W. Murnau,
    Germany,
    1924,
    (90 mins)
    A proud hotel doorman falls from grace in Murnau’s classic of German Expressionism, whose roving camerawork and hallucinatory imagery “changed the way that movies were made” (Dave Kehr).
    • Judith Rosenberg
      On Piano
    8 PM
    Saturday, December 15, 2018
    8 PM
    Kenji Mizoguchi,
    Japan,
    1954,
    (126 mins)

    BAMPFA Collection

    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).
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    2 PM
    Sunday, December 16, 2018
    2 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    1975,
    (176 mins)

    Full-Length Television Version

    Liv Ullmann gives a devastating performance in Bergman’s wrenching portrait of a successful psychiatrist on the brink of mental collapse. Bergman: “Regard it as a surgeon’s scalpel. Not everyone will welcome it.”
    Presented with an intermission
    6:30 PM
    Sunday, December 16, 2018
    6:30 PM
    Akira Kurosawa,
    Japan,
    1943,
    (80 mins)

    BAMPFA Collection

    A young man learns dedication and discipline in life—and judo—in Kurosawa’s debut film, “a must for Kurosawa admirers” (Los Angeles Times).
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    Wednesday, December 19, 2018
    7 PM
    (74 mins)
    See the range of Trnka’s craftmanship and artistry, from early hand-drawn cartoons to surrealist interventions to the expressive beauty of his stop-motion beginnings. The program includes Romance with Double Bass, The Gift, Springman and the SS, and more. 
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    Thursday, December 20, 2018
    7 PM
    Ermanno Olmi,
    Italy,
    1978,
    (186 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    Olmi won the Cannes Palme d’Or with this intimate epic of life, love, and work among three peasant families in turn-of-the-century Italy, a film of majesty made from minutiae. “A fully articulated work of cinematic art” (Andrew Sarris).
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    Friday, December 21, 2018
    4 PM
    Nathaniel Kahn,
    United States,
    2018,
    (98 mins)
    Featuring an impressive cast of art world characters, including artists Jeff Koons and Gerhard Richter, this documentary is a lively exploration of the uneasy but inextricable relationship between art and money.
    Friday, December 21, 2018
    7 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    1982,
    (183 mins)

    Theatrical Version

    This chronicle of an early twentieth-century theatrical family, told from the perspective of a young brother and sister, is comic and tragic, opulent and intellectual, mystical and autobiographical.
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    Saturday, December 22, 2018
    6 PM
    Milos Forman,
    Czechoslovakia,
    1967,
    (75 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    A small-town party thrown by the local fire brigade soon goes up in flames in Forman’s takedown of bureaucracies big and small. Both sweet-natured and biting enough to worry Czech authorities, this satire is also “a tragicomedy of old age” (Raymond Durgnat).
    8 PM
    Saturday, December 22, 2018
    8 PM
    Billy Wilder,
    United States,
    1960,
    (125 mins)

    Digital Restoration
    Film to Table dinner follows the December 8 screening

    Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray, and Shirley MacLaine in a riotously acidic tale of sex and corporate success. This winner of Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Art Direction is “an American classic” (New York Times).
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    Sunday, December 23, 2018
    2 PM
    Sara Driver,
    United States,
    2017,
    (78 mins)
    Found footage, home movies, and contemporary interviews chronicle the artistic emergence of Jean-Michel Basquiat, who used New York City as both a canvas and a stage. “A treasure” (Hollywood Reporter).
    Sunday, December 23, 2018
    4 PM
    Milos Forman,
    Czechoslovakia,
    1967,
    (75 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    A small-town party thrown by the local fire brigade soon goes up in flames in Forman’s takedown of bureaucracies big and small. Both sweet-natured and biting enough to worry Czech authorities, this satire is also “a tragicomedy of old age” (Raymond Durgnat).
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    Wednesday, December 26, 2018
    4 PM
    Nathaniel Kahn,
    United States,
    2018,
    (98 mins)
    Featuring an impressive cast of art world characters, including artists Jeff Koons and Gerhard Richter, this documentary is a lively exploration of the uneasy but inextricable relationship between art and money.
    6:30 PM
    Wednesday, December 26, 2018
    6:30 PM
    Edmund Goulding,
    United States,
    1932,
    (113 mins)

    35mm Archival Print

    Edmund Goulding’s masterpiece of set design and art direction tracks the denizens of Berlin’s Grand Hotel before the rise of fascism. The all-star cast includes Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, and John Barrymore.
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    Thursday, December 27, 2018
    12 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    1983,
    (312 mins)

    Full-Length Television Version

    A rare theatrical presentation of Bergman’s magnum opus in its full-length television version, which runs more than five hours. Bergman himself described the project as “the sum total of my life as a filmmaker.”
    Presented with intermissions
    7 PM
    Thursday, December 27, 2018
    7 PM
    Billy Wilder,
    United States,
    1960,
    (125 mins)

    Digital Restoration
    Film to Table dinner follows the December 8 screening

    Jack Lemmon, Fred MacMurray, and Shirley MacLaine in a riotously acidic tale of sex and corporate success. This winner of Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Art Direction is “an American classic” (New York Times).
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    2:30 PM
    • Families
    • Film
    Friday, December 28, 2018
    2:30 PM
    Charlie Chaplin,
    United States,
    1925, reedited 1942,
    (72 mins)

    Recommended for ages 8 & up

    A hapless prospector tries his luck in the frozen north in a film that glitters with some of Charlie Chaplin’s most memorable nuggets of comedy.
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    Friday, December 28, 2018
    4:15 PM
    Yasujiro Ozu,
    Japan,
    1951,
    (125 mins)

    BAMPFA Collection

    An exquisite, faintly melancholy portrait of a family, with Setsuko Hara as the daughter on whose marriage everything depends. “I wanted to depict the cycles of life, the transience of life” (Ozu).
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    • Film
    Friday, December 28, 2018
    7 PM
    F. W. Murnau,
    Germany,
    1926,
    (107 mins)
    Murnau’s version of the Faust legend is a masterwork of chiaroscuro lighting, and helped redefine what black-and-white cinematography could accomplish. Emil Jannings stars as a subtly mischievous Mephistopheles.
    • Judith Rosenberg
      On Piano
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    • Families
    • Film
    Saturday, December 29, 2018
    3 PM
    Hayao Miyazaki,
    Japan,
    2001,
    (125 mins)

    English-language version
    Recommended for ages 8 & up

    In this Oscar-winning animated fantasy, a ten-year-old girl and her parents stumble upon an abandoned theme park that turns out to be a true magic kingdom.
    5:30 PM
    • Film
    Saturday, December 29, 2018
    5:30 PM
    Ermanno Olmi,
    Italy,
    1961,
    (93 mins)
    Olmi’s humane, funny, and heartbreaking portrait of a young man embarking on his first job in Milan captures the alienation and regimentation of the working world.
    7:45 PM
    Saturday, December 29, 2018
    7:45 PM
    Masahiro Shinoda,
    Japan,
    1969,
    (100 mins)

    BAMPFA Collection

    Shinoda’s “remix” of a classic Japanese bunraku puppet play finds live actors, puppets, and their handlers all part of the action, heightened by a Brechtian divide between “story” and “telling” and a jarring score by Toru Takemitsu.
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    Sunday, December 30, 2018
    3 PM
    Fritz Lang,
    Germany,
    1919,
    (75 mins)
    Lang’s extravagant globetrotting serial moves from San Francisco’s Chinatown to Peru and Asia as an adventurer battles the worldwide criminal gang known as The Spiders, led by femme fatale Lio Shia.
    • Judith Rosenberg
      On Piano
    Sunday, December 30, 2018
    4:45 PM
    Fritz Lang,
    Germany,
    1919,
    (100 mins)
    The continuation of Lang’s sensational serial, a time capsule of European exotica.
    • Judith Rosenberg
      On Piano
    7 PM
    • Film
    Sunday, December 30, 2018
    7 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    1966,
    (85 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    Exploring the strange symbiosis between a speechless actress (Liv Ullmann) and her nurse companion (Bibi Andersson), this is “Bergman at his most brilliant” (Time Out).
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