July 2018

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    4:30 PM
    • Film
    Sunday, July 1, 2018
    4:30 PM
    George Cukor,
    United States,
    1936,
    (108 mins)

    Film to Table dinner follows

    Cukor breathes new life into Alexandre Dumas’s nineteenth-century Paris, where an elegant courtesan (Garbo, in an exquisite performance) inhabits a lush and sensual world but is denied “perfect love.”
    Sunday, July 1, 2018
    7 PM
    Michelangelo Antonioni,
    Italy,
    1950,
    (110 mins)

    Imported Print

    Antonioni’s first feature is loosely based on The Postman Always Rings Twice, but turns a torrid love story into a tale of corruption and betrayal in postwar industrial society.
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    • Film
    Wednesday, July 4, 2018
    5 PM
    Agnès Varda,
    France, United States,
    1980,
    (81 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    Venturing from Venice Beach to Watts, the great Agnès Varda looks at the murals of Los Angeles as backdrop to and mirror of the city’s many cultures circa 1980.
    7 PM
    • Film
    Wednesday, July 4, 2018
    7 PM
    Michelangelo Antonioni,
    France, Italy,
    1964,
    (113 mins)
    Antonioni’s first color film draws images of alarming beauty from environmental apocalypse as an industrialist’s wife (Monica Vitti) suffers a nervous breakdown. “Never has so bleak a vision of contemporary life been projected with more intensity” (Time).
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    Thursday, July 5, 2018
    7 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    1948,
    (99 mins)
    This naturalistic city film about a young working-class girl presents the closest thing to overt social critique in Bergman’s oeuvre. An early collaboration with Gunnar Fischer, the great cinematographer who would work with Bergman throughout the 1950s.
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    Friday, July 6, 2018
    7 PM
    Aki Kaurismäki,
    Finland, Germany,
    2017,
    (101 mins)

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

    A Syrian refugee adrift in Helsinki finds an unlikely ally in a sullen restaurateur in Kaurismäki’s delightfully humanizing take on immigration. “At once honest and artful, a touching and clear-sighted declaration of faith in people and in movies” (New York Times).
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    Saturday, July 7, 2018
    6 PM
    Michelangelo Antonioni,
    Italy,
    1953,
    (105 mins)

    Imported Print

    A Milanese shopgirl becomes a movie actress, but not a great one, in this expressive early melodrama. “Antonioni transcends the traditional hypocrisies of the soap-opera genre, [yet] never loses touch with the throbbing feelings of his characters” (Village Voice).
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    • Film
    Saturday, July 7, 2018
    8:15 PM
    Ernst Lubitsch,
    United States,
    1939,
    (110 mins)
    Severe Soviet commissar Garbo has her head turned by dashing capitalist Melvyn Douglas, and cynicism gives way to about as warm a Cold War comedy as ever there was. The ads proclaimed, “Garbo laughs!” So will you.
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    • Families
    • Film
    • Free
    Sunday, July 8, 2018
    4 PM
    Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger,
    United Kingdom,
    1948,
    (133 mins)

    Digital Restoration
    Free on the outdoor screen!

    Ballerina Moira Shearer must choose between love and art in this ravishing melodrama, which Martin Scorsese called “one of the most beautiful Technicolor films ever made.”
    At Outdoor Screen
    Free on the outdoor screen. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.
    5:15 PM
    Sunday, July 8, 2018
    5:15 PM
    Aki Kaurismäki,
    Finland, Sweden,
    1990,
    (74 mins)
    This grimly funny gender parable stars Kaurismäki regular Kati Outinen in “a beautiful, unsentimental performance . . . deeply realized and affecting” (New York Times). With short Those Were the Days.
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    • Film
    Sunday, July 8, 2018
    7 PM
    Michelangelo Antonioni,
    Italy,
    1952,
    (110 mins)
    Three moral tales observe the dehumanized behavior of postwar youth; aimlessness is reflected in the landscape as much as in the action.
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    Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    7 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    1952,
    (107 mins)
    Scenes from several marriages emerge when five women gather to await the arrival of their respective husbands at an island summer house in this essential early Bergman work.
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    Thursday, July 12, 2018
    7 PM
    Bertrand Tavernier,
    France,
    2017,
    (195 mins)

    East Bay Premiere

    A great director takes viewers on an idiosyncratic tour of French film in this delightful documentary, which offers an entire lifetime of cinema knowledge and passion within its running time. “Exhilarating and inspiring” (New York Times).
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    Friday, July 13, 2018
    6:30 PM
    George Cukor,
    United States,
    1941,
    (88 mins)
    A wholesome but exuberant ski instructress (Garbo) impersonates her own twin in order to lure her husband (Melvyn Douglas) back from his mistress (Constance Bennett) in Cukor’s frothy comedy.
    8:30 PM
    Friday, July 13, 2018
    8:30 PM
    Aki Kaurismäki,
    Finland, France,
    1992,
    (100 mins)
    Forget Puccini: Kaurismäki delivers his own ironic yet improbably sincere take on Henri Murger’s novel of bohemians struggling to sustain themselves, their loves, and their art in a timelessly shabby Paris.
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    6 PM
    Saturday, July 14, 2018
    6 PM
    Jacques Becker,
    France,
    1943,
    (110 mins)

    Imported 35mm Print

    A city slicker departs Paris for the provinces in Becker’s droll satire on city and country folk, family and outsiders, men and women. “Becker gave French cinema its greatest film about rural France” (Bernard Eisenschitz).
    8:15 PM
    • Film
    Saturday, July 14, 2018
    8:15 PM
    Michelangelo Antonioni,
    Italy,
    1955,
    (104 mins)

    Imported Print

    Antonioni inspects the social architecture of 1950s Turin in this portrait of a group of fashionable young women, “masterfully directed in Antonioni’s choreographic manner, with strong melancholic undertones” (Chicago Reader).
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    Sunday, July 15, 2018
    5 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    1958,
    (84 mins)
    In a maternity ward, three women await the blessed event with mixed attitudes, and fates. This film won awards at Cannes for Bergman and for his wonderful ensemble of actresses: Ingrid Thulin, Eva Dahlbeck, and Bibi Andersson.
    Sunday, July 15, 2018
    7 PM
    Aki Kaurismäki,
    Finland, France, Germany,
    2002,
    An amnesiac finds comfort with a dour Salvation Army soup-slinger in Kaurismäki’s “comedy of losers,” a look into the heart of poverty and the warmth of humanity. “At once artful, accessible . . . hilarious and humane” (New York Times).
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    Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    7 PM
    Jacques Becker,
    France,
    1942,
    (95 mins)
    Becker’s “official” directorial debut offers a suitably fast-moving tribute to Hollywood pre-Code programmers, as two rookie sleuths deal with a murderer, a beautiful femme fatale, and even a visiting Chicago gangster.
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    • Film
    Thursday, July 19, 2018
    7 PM
    Michelangelo Antonioni,
    Italy, United States,
    1957,
    (107 mins)

    Imported Print

    Amid the desolate vistas of the Po Valley, “an angry working man wanders impulsively through a world that has no place for him. Pervasive mist, fluid compositions, and melancholy piano add to the disorientation” (Village Voice).
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    • Film
    Friday, July 20, 2018
    7 PM
    Jacques Becker,
    France,
    1944,
    (111 mins)
    A talented, vain couturier runs roughshod over workers, friends, and lovers in Becker’s vividly realist drama of Parisian haute couture, a fascinating companion piece to Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread. Jean-Paul Gaultier is a fan.
    7:30 PM
    • Film
    Friday, July 20, 2018
    7:30 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    1949,
    (78 mins)
    In Bergman’s first major work, a young writer’s encounters with a prostitute fulfill the declaration that begins the film: “Human life is an inferno.”
    Screening in Theater 2; regular film ticket prices apply
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    • Families
    • Film
    • In-Person
    Saturday, July 21, 2018
    4 PM
    Judy Irving,
    United States,
    2005,
    (83 mins)

    BAMPFA Collection Print
    Recommended for ages 8 & up

    Irving’s very San Franciscan story of a once-homeless man and the birds he befriended “seduces you with its easy rhythm and unexpected dramatic potency . . . beguiling, moving, and just plain fun” (Baltimore Sun).
    In Person
    • Judy Irving
    • Mark Bittner
    6 PM
    • Film
    Saturday, July 21, 2018
    6 PM
    Michelangelo Antonioni,
    United Kingdom,
    1966,
    (110 mins)

    Digital Restoration

    “Simply put, the key movie of the 1960s. Set in a vividly mod Swinging London, Antonioni’s first English-language film [is] a cryptic murder mystery . . . a landmark of the decade’s observational outrage and Pop disposability” (Time Out).
    8:30 PM
    Saturday, July 21, 2018
    8:30 PM
    Aki Kaurismäki,
    Finland,
    1996,
    (96 mins)

    Imported 35mm Print

    An unemployed couple strive to make a new life for themselves in Kaurismäki’s tale of economic dislocation painted in shades of blue. The moral of this touching, deadpan fable: “Life is short and miserable. Be merry while you can.”
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    • Film
    Sunday, July 22, 2018
    3 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    1949,
    (78 mins)
    In Bergman’s first major work, a young writer’s encounters with a prostitute fulfill the declaration that begins the film: “Human life is an inferno.”
    Screening in Theater 2; regular film ticket prices apply
    Sunday, July 22, 2018
    5 PM
    Jacques Becker,
    France,
    1947,
    (93 mins)
    Becker’s “snappy, sentimental comic melodrama” (New Yorker) follows a young working-class couple and the husband’s desperate search for a missing lottery ticket in this portrait of changing proletarian life in postwar Paris.
    Sunday, July 22, 2018
    7 PM
    Aki Kaurismäki,
    Finland, Germany,
    2017,
    (101 mins)

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

    A Syrian refugee adrift in Helsinki finds an unlikely ally in a sullen restaurateur in Kaurismäki’s delightfully humanizing take on immigration. “At once honest and artful, a touching and clear-sighted declaration of faith in people and in movies” (New York Times).
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    Wednesday, July 25, 2018
    7 PM
    Kon Ichikawa,
    Japan,
    1956,
    (116 mins)

    BAMPFA Collection Print

    A lyrical, haunting requiem for the victims of war, set amid the giant Buddhas of Burma. Winner of the top prize at the Venice film festival and one of Ichikawa’s most famous films.
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    Thursday, July 26, 2018
    7 PM
    Alain Tanner,
    Switzerland,
    1971,
    (128 mins)
    Two self-proclaimed writers attempt to retell how a young woman (the amazing Bulle Ogier) shot her uncle in Tanner and cowriter John Berger’s portrait of the free and the defiant—and of those who get in their way. “A witty, shaggy, freewheeling tale” (Vogue).
    • Jon Winet
      Introduction
      Jon Winet is a professor of Intermedia at the University of Iowa. He saw La Salamandre the year it came out.
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    Friday, July 27, 2018
    4:30 PM
    Mathilde Damoisel, Sylvie Jézéquel,
    France, Switzerland,
    2016,
    (104 mins)
    Back by popular demand! This documentary offers an overview of the Ottoman Empire and its decline, the essential backstory of our world today.
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    Friday, July 27, 2018
    7 PM
    Jacques Becker,
    France,
    1952,
    (94 mins)

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

     

    A dazzling Simone Signoret is caught between a gangster tough and an honest carpenter in Becker’s “elegant masterwork” (Time Out) set in turn-of-the century Paris. Signoret’s performance is “a triumph of sensuality” (Pauline Kael).
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    Saturday, July 28, 2018
    6 PM
    Jacques Becker,
    France,
    1952,
    (94 mins)

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

     

    A dazzling Simone Signoret is caught between a gangster tough and an honest carpenter in Becker’s “elegant masterwork” (Time Out) set in turn-of-the century Paris. Signoret’s performance is “a triumph of sensuality” (Pauline Kael).
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    Saturday, July 28, 2018
    8 PM
    Michelangelo Antonioni,
    United States,
    1970,
    (112 mins)
    Antonioni filmed the 1960s war between radical and straight cultures in L.A. and Death Valley, creating “a sorrowing, stranger’s-eye view of modern America” (Time Out).
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    Sunday, July 29, 2018
    5 PM
    Jacques Becker,
    France,
    1951,
    (88 mins)
    A pianist and his wife quarrel as they prepare for an upcoming recital in Becker’s airy, Lubitsch-like portrait of love and life in a slowly modernizing urban France, which was praised by—and inspired—Godard and Truffaut.
    Sunday, July 29, 2018
    7 PM
    Alain Tanner,
    Switzerland,
    1974,
    (115 mins)
    John Berger cowrote the probing, teasingly ambiguous script for this film about the love affair between a Swiss engineer and an Italian immigrant waitress, turning a femme-fatale tragedy into a tale of the growth of a woman’s consciousness.
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    Wednesday, August 1, 2018
    7 PM
    (79 mins)

    Imported Prints
    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick!

    An evening of short documentary and narrative works by the Italian master, including The People of the Po, Lies of Love, Superstition, The Villa of Monsters, Suicide Attempt (from the omnibus film Love in the City), and more.
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    Thursday, August 2, 2018
    7 PM
    Jacques Becker,
    France,
    1958,
    (108 mins)
    The famed (and infamously wild) Italian artist Modigliani’s last days in Paris are reconstructed in Becker’s untamed biopic, a loving tribute to the city’s bohemian life.
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    Friday, August 3, 2018
    7 PM
    Alain Tanner,
    Switzerland,
    1976,
    (116 mins)
    Tanner’s most celebrated work (coauthored by John Berger) tracks a ragtag group of Swiss dropouts and dreamers and the little refuge they create for themselves. “Seeing it today . . . its undefeated sanity is bracing” (Vogue).
    7:30 PM
    • Film
    Friday, August 3, 2018
    7:30 PM
    Ingmar Bergman,
    Sweden,
    1950,
    (98 mins)
    The redemptive power of music is Bergman’s central theme in this portrayal of an ambitious, mercurial violinist (Stig Olin), featuring the great Victor Sjöström as an orchestra conductor.
    Screening in Theater 2; regular film ticket prices apply
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    Saturday, August 4, 2018
    6 PM
    Andrei Tarkovsky,
    USSR,
    1962,
    (95 mins)

    BAMPFA Collection Print

    Lyrical and brutal by turns, Tarkovsky’s first feature tells of a child’s experiences during World War II. “Tarkovsky would go on to make grander, weightier, more iconic films, but it’s tough to argue he ever made a better one” (Time Out).
    Saturday, August 4, 2018
    8 PM
    Jacques Becker,
    France,
    1949,
    (106 mins)
    A group of students, hepcats, and others spill through the streets of the Left Bank in search of love, life, and jazz in Becker’s spirited portrait of France’s emerging postwar generation, poised between existential despair and liberating action.