Today's Film Programs
The PFA Theater is closed today.
Current Film Series
Love Is Colder Than Death: The Cinema of Rainer Werner Fassbinder|
October 4 - December 15
Seemingly overnight, Fassbinder (1945–1982) went from enfant terrible to the driving force behind the New German Cinema, and became one of the most influential artists of the postwar European scene. This major retrospective offers Bay Area filmgoers a chance to get to know—or reacquaint themselves with—the remarkable richness of Fassbinder’s career as a film director.
November 1 - December 14
This sidebar to our Fassbinder retrospective offers a taste of the director’s favorites, crammed full of all the fantastic things that make life worth living, ranging from the Hollywood melodramas and genre films that he adored to French masterpieces from Jean-Luc Godard and Robert Bresson.
Beauty and Sacrifice: Images of Women in Chinese Cinema|
November 8 - December 8
As a companion series to the exhibition Beauty Revealed: Images of Women in Qing Dynasty Chinese Painting, we present a small selection of Chinese films that portray women, their desires, and their sacrifices. Two of the films, from the 1930s, feature the legendary actress Ruan Lingyu, while a third, Stanley Kwan’s Center Stage (1992), is an innovative modernist biography of Ruan. Wong Kar-wai’s masterpiece, In the Mood for Love—in a new 35mm print—and Cecile Tang Shu Shuen rare 1969 melodrama The Arch, round out the series.
The Resolution Starts Now: 4K Restorations from Sony Pictures|
December 1 - December 15
This nine-film series airs some of the complex issues raised by the ouster of analog while presenting laudable examples of recent digital restorations from Sony Pictures, including such classics as Lawrence of Arabia and Taxi Driver. Grover Crisp, senior vice president of asset management, film restoration and digital mastering at Sony, offers his insights about the state of digital preservation in a presentation on December 5.