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October 1-15 at the Pacific Film Archive (PFA)

  • Location:
    San Francisco

Visit the Pacific Film Archive this October!
The Pacific Film Archive is located at:
2575 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720

Please call 510.643.2197 for information or visit website: bampfa.berkeley.edu

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

Friday, October 1
Days of Glory: Revisiting Italian Neorealism
7:00La Terra Trema 
Luchino Visconti (Italy, 1948). Following the struggles of impoverished Sicilian fisherfolk, Visconti "makes compositions of the most down-to-earth reality as if they were scenes from an opera or a classical tragedy."—André Bazin. Repeated on October 30. (155 mins)

Saturday, October 2

Days of Glory: Revisiting Italian Neorealism
6:30Teresa Venerdi
Vittorio De Sica (Italy, 1941). A rare chance to see De Sica as not only director, but star; he plays a Cary Grant-like doctor on the make with nurses, patients, and showgirls, including a radiant Anna Magnani. “A romantic screwball comedy of the first rank.”—New York Times (94 mins)

Drawn from Life: The Graphic Novel on Film
8:30American Splendor 
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (U.S., 2003). The everyday workplace woes and hypochondriac harangues of the anti-bard of the Rust Belt, Harvey Pekar, are brought to life, starring Paul Giamatti, Hope Davis, and Pekar himself. “A profound tribute to lives lived on the fringes of society.”—Variety (101 mins)

Sunday, October 3
Days of Glory: Revisiting Italian Neorealism
Roberto Rossellini (Italy, 1946). A six-episode, semi-documentary portrait of wartime Italy, stretching from Sicily during the Allied Invasion to the Po Valley near war’s end. “One of the strongest anti-war films ever made.”—New York Times (124 mins)

Elegant Perversions: The Cinema of João César Monteiro
6:30The Last Dive 
João César Monteiro (Portugal, 1992). Saved from suicide, a young man joins an older ex-sailor on a nocturnal ramble through the streets, bars, and brothels of Lisbon. “The spirit of Fellini looms over this ribald urban folktale, but its mercurial cinematic inspiration is Monteiro’s own.” —The New Yorker (88 mins)

Wednesday, October 6
Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area
Best known for the Beat Movement, the mid-to-late fifties in the Bay Area was a fertile time for all cultural and artistic scenes, as these films by Hy Hirsh, Stan Brakhage, Christopher Maclaine, Bruce Conner, and more attest. (62 mins)

Thursday, October 7

Elegant Perversions: The Cinema of João César Monteiro
7:00Hovering over Water 
João César Monteiro (Portugal, 1986). A stranger with an American accent interrupts a woman’s summertime return to the Portuguese seaside. “This is the cinema of underreaction—long and tolerant takes, with the camera happy to stay still and watch as a fish is sliced and served or a bedtime story is told.”—The New Yorker (150 mins)

Friday, October 8
Days of Glory: Revisiting Italian Neorealism
7:00 Shoeshine 
Vittorio De Sica (Italy, 1946). Two young shoeshine boys become enmeshed in the black market in De Sica’s powerful moral fable. “One of the finest films I have ever seen.”—Alfred Hitchcock (93 mins)

8:50Days of Glory 
Luchino Visconti, Marcello Pagliero, Giuseppe De Santis, Mario Serandrei (Italy, 1945). Rarely seen outside of Italy, this extremely important work was the first documentary on the German occupation of Rome, and depicts various key episodes in the work of the Italian Resistance from September 1943 until the liberation of the North in the spring of 1945. (70 mins)

Saturday, October 9
Shakespeare on Screen
6:00Throne of Blood 
Akira Kurosawa (Japan, 1957). Kurosawa’s Noh-influenced version of Macbeth is “the most brilliant and original attempt ever made to put Shakespeare on screen.”—Time (107 mins)

Elegant Perversions: The Cinema of João César Monteiro
8:10God’s Wedding 
João César Monteiro (Portugal, 1999). More comic and sexual misadventures of our elderly Buster Keaton-like hero, João de Deus. “With a serenely riotous yet self-deprecating comic restraint, Monteiro lightly sketches the abyss between the aristocrat and the bum, piety and hedonism, and this world and the beyond, over which he gracefully flits.”—The New Yorker (150 mins)

Sunday, October 10
Days of Glory: Revisiting Italian Neorealism
4:00Under the Sun of Rome 
Renato Castellani (Italy, 1947). Life in Rome’s crowded San Giovanni district, as seen through the daily struggles of a group of adolescents. A highlight of the recent Bologna film festival. (104 mins)

Elegant Perversions: The Cinema of João César Monteiro
6:10Snow White
João César Monteiro (Portugal, 2000). Monteiro strips away the image, and leaves only words, in this radical adaptation of Swiss author Robert Walser’s notorious work. (75 mins)

Wednesday, October 13
Radical Light: Alternative Film and Video in the San Francisco Bay Area
Peter Hutton and other artists in person. Often brazenly anti-establishment and always joyfully self-expressive, the films from the Bay Area in the sixties channeled the zeitgeist and expanded the possibilities of film as art. With films by Bruce Baillie, Robert Nelson, Lenny Lipton, Peter Hutton, and more. (87 mins)

Thursday, October 14
Shakespeare on Screen
7:00 Chimes at Midnight
Orson Welles (France/Spain/Switzerland, 1966). Plus rare footage from the PFA Collection. Welles embodies Shakespeare’s Falstaff in “a dark masterpiece, shot through with slapstick and sorrow.”—Time Out (113 mins)

Friday, October 15
Days of Glory: Revisiting Italian Neorealism
Visconti is in an unusually comic mode for this satire on urban life and movieland ambition. The incomparable Anna Magnani plays a mother trying to launch her young daughter in show business.

9:10Miracle in Milan 
Vittorio De Sica (Italy, 1951). An abandoned child helps a group of hobos save their shantytown from crooked landlords in De Sica’s magical fable. “Accents the positive ideal of human brotherhood in a warm, exhilarating, richly comic picture…recalls the best of Charlie Chaplin and Rene Clair.”—Time Magazine. Repeated on October 31. (95 mins)

Radical L@TE: Friday Nights @ BAM/PFA
7:30Radical Light Book Launch
Help celebrate the launch of the Radical Light book with a night of entertainment, special guests, light shows, and other live performances.