September 15-30 at the Pacific Film Archive (PFA)

  • Location:
    San Francisco

The Pacific Film Archive is located at:
2575 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

Please call 510.643.2197 for information or visit website:

Theater Admission Prices:
Single Feature:
$5.50 for BAM/PFA members and UC Berkeley students
$9.50 for Adults (18-64)
$6.50 for UC Berkeley faculty and staff; Non-UC Berkeley students;
senior citizens (65 & over); Disabled persons; and youth (17 & under)

Additional Feature:
$4 for All Patrons

Thursday, September 16
Drawn from Life: The Graphic Novel on Film 
Robert Altman (U.S., 1980). Robin Williams is Popeye, with Shelley Duval his Olive Oyl, in Nashville’s Robert Altman’s musical comedy, adapted from the 1930s comic by Jules Feiffer. “Altman takes one of the most artificial and limiting of art forms, the comic strip, and raises it to the level of high comedy and high spirits.”—Roger Ebert (114 mins)

Friday, September 17
Swoon: Great Leading Men in Gorgeous 35mm Prints
Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1959). Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo in the jazzy genre pastiche that launched Godard’s career and embodied the breathless bravado of the New Wave. (90 mins)

Radical L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
7:30Advance to Full Fury: Sound and Image Performance
Celebrate the launch of the Radical Light series with this night of exhilarating live performances, guest appearances, and dj’s. Across the street at BAM til 9PM!

Shakespeare on Screen
9:00King Lear 
Jean-Luc Godard (France, 1987). “More Cocteau and Beckett than Shakespeare” (TIFF Cinematheque), Godard’s take on King Lear features one of the most eclectic casts ever assembled: Woody Allen, Peter Sellars, Norman Mailer, Burgess Meredith, Molly Ringwald, and Godard himself. “A grand statement about the power of moviemaking.”—The New Yorker (90 mins)

Saturday, September 18
Elegant Perversions: The Cinema of João César Monteiro
6:30Recollections of the Yellow House 
João César Monteiro (Portugal, 1989) (122 mins). A melancholy, middle-aged, natural-born tramp obsesses over sex, desire, and his landlady’s daughter in this Portuguese merging of Chaplin and Dostoevsky’s Underground Man. “Monteiro sidesteps psychodrama to produce something altogether cooler, more thought-provoking, and more perverse.”—Time Out (122 mins)

Drawn from Life: The Graphic Novel on Film

8:50Sin City 
Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez (U.S., 2005). The director of El Mariachi combined with underground comic artist Frank Miller for this hard-boiled adaptation of Miller’s graphic novels. Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, and Benicio del Toro star. “It’s something Hollywood seems to have given up on: a bold, uncompromised vision.”—Rolling Stone (124 mins)

Sunday, September 19
Elegant Perversions: The Cinema of João César Monteiro
João César Monteiro (Portugal, 1981). Two young sisters are seduced by a villain in Monteiro’s luridly designed early film, staged with the deep colors of medieval religious paintings. "A masterpiece of faux naïveté, Silvestre overflows with miraculous events and wonderment at the misery and violence of the world.”—Film Comment (118 mins)

Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area
6:30Landscape as Expression 
Ernie Gehr and Lawrence Jordan in person. The Bay Area’s astonishing natural and urban landscapes are the subject of these works by Ernie Gehr, Dion Vigne, Chris Marker, Lawrence Jordan, Michael Glawogger, and more. (93 mins)

Wednesday, September 22
Alternative Visions
7:30L’Age d’or
Luis Buñuel (France, 1930). Buñuel's Surrealist classic, cowritten by Salvador Dali, represents a golden age of revolutionary cinema, a cinema of humor, eros, and outrage. With Jean Genet’s short Un Chant d’amour. (83 mins)

Thursday, September 23
Behind the Scenes: The Art and Craft of Cinema
7:30Akeelah and the Bee 
Doug Atchison (U.S., 2006). Sid Ganis and Nancy Hult Ganis in person. A young girl from Los Angeles enters a spelling bee, with help from her professor (Laurence Fishburne), in this “genuinely sweet and inspirational family film.”—Los Angeles Times (107 mins)

Friday, September 24
Elegant Perversions: The Cinema of João César Monteiro
João César Monteiro (Portugal, 1978). The fables and folklore—and modern politics—of rural Portugul are brought to life in this storytelling travelogue moving from Tras-Os-Montes to the Alentejo. (116 mins)

Drawn from Life: The Graphic Novel on Film

9:15Tank Girl 
Rachel Talalay (U.S., 1995). In the future there’s no water, and less power, until a grrrl-rocking superheroine Tank Girl (Lori Petty) aims her tank at the system. With music by Courtney Love and appearances by Ice-T and Iggy Pop. (104 mins)

Saturday, September 25
Swoon: Great Leading Men in Gorgeous 35mm Prints
Delmer Daves (U.S., 1956). Glenn Ford is a cowboy outcast entangled in a bizarre love quadrangle with Valerie French, Rod Steiger, and Ernest Borgnine (!) in this Shakespearean Western from genre ace Delmer Daves. “A gripping and intense drama of jealousy and power, played out against Wyoming’s spectacular Grand Tetons.”—London Film Festival (101 mins)

Elegant Perversions: The Cinema of João César Monteiro

8:00God’s Comedy
João César Monteiro (Portugal/France/Italy, 1995). Obsession, sensual pleasure, and ice cream form the unholy trinity of Monteiro’s grand statement on the human condition. “This monument to cinephilia suggests an unholy alliance between Straub, Tati, de Sade, and a nondescript porn director, under the direction of a dandy who only cares about two things: pleasure and vice."—Film Comment (163 mins)

Sunday, September 26
Behind the Scenes: The Art and Craft of Cinema
Martin Ritt (U.S., 1963). Introduced by Sid Ganis. Bad-boy modern cowboy Paul Newman battles his uptight father—and seduces an earthy housekeeper—in a modern West of both Cadillacs and cattle. Adapted from a Larry McMurtry novel. (112 mins)

Drawn from Life: The Graphic Novel on Film
6:45Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Roger Zemeckis (U.S., 1988). Gumshoe Bob Hoskins finds himself on the wrong side of the tracks—the cartoon side—in Zemeckis’s delirious merging of the real and the animated, set in a noirish postwar Los Angeles. “A film whose best moments are so novel, so deliriously funny and so crazily unexpected that they truly must be seen to be believed.”—New York Times (104 mins)

Wednesday, September 29

Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area
Introduced by David Meltzer. Wilder Bentley II in person. Essential films by James Broughton, Sidney Peterson, Harry Smith, Sara Kathryn Arledge, Christopher Maclaine, and Frank Stauffacher help redefine and expand our history of postwar Bay Area culture. (81 mins)

Thursday, September 30

Shakespeare on Screen
7:00Angelic Conversations 
Derek Jarman (U.K., 1985). Jarman’s home-movie-like, poetic Super-8 images are juxtaposed with a soundtrack by Coil and Judi Dench reading fourteen of Shakespeare’s sonnets in this “meditation on the pleasures of looking….[It] feels like the missing link…between the Eisenstein of Que Viva Mexico and Kenneth Anger.”—Walker Art Center (78 mins)