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Today's Film Programs

Thursday, July 31, 2014
The Brilliance of Satyajit Ray
7:00 p.m. Distant Thunder
Satyajit Ray (India, 1973)

Current Film Series

link image thumbnail The Brilliance of Satyajit Ray
January 17 - August 31
Before the “international art house circuit,” before “Third World Film,” before “slow cinema” and “rural realism,” there was Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time. Discover—or rediscover—this legend of cinema with our expansive series, which continues through August and includes nearly all of his films.

link image thumbnail A Theater Near You
June 13 - August 31
A restored 35mm print of Antonioni's L'avventura, Last Year at Marienbad to remember Alain Resnais, the original 1954 version of Godzilla, and a restored final cut of The Wicker Man (the Citizen Kane of horror films).

link image thumbnail Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema
June 14 - August 21
"An incredible opportunity to discover for yourself the great power of Polish cinema on the big screen in brilliantly restored digital remasters," says Martin Scorsese of this touring series, which he helped organize. Spanning the years from 1957 to 1987, Masterpieces of Polish Cinema features films by Wojciech Has, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi, and more.

link image thumbnail Kenji Mizoguchi: A Cinema of Totality
June 19 - August 29
Between the early 1920s and the year of his death, Kenji Mizoguchi (1898–1956) made more than seventy-five films, marked by elegant long takes and sequence shots and a thematic concern with the subjugation of women. This summer, we are delighted to screen sixteen of his films, many of them rarely seen.

link image thumbnail Rude Awakening: American Comedy, 1990–2010
June 27 - August 30
Our three-part survey of American comedy closes out with movies selected by you, the audience. You have chosen films that are destined to be classics, if they aren't already: Austin Powers, Groundhog Day, Best in Show, The Royal Tenenbaums, Knocked Up, Borat, The Big Lebowski, Office Space, and more.

link image thumbnail Picture This: Classic Children’s Books on Film
June 29 - August 10
Picture This gathers over twenty animated shorts from the BAM/PFA Collection that were adapted from beloved picture books by Ezra Jack Keats, Leo Lionni, Maurice Sendak, William Steig, Dr. Seuss, Rosemary Wells, and more. Join us for four Sunday matinees this summer to discover these charming films and to hear from local children's book authors and illustrators.

link image thumbnail Derek Jarman, Visionary
July 5 - August 28
To mark the twentieth anniversary of Derek Jarman's death, we are pleased to screen a selection of his remarkable films, newly remastered by the BFI. Jarman (1942–1994), one of the most creative, idiosyncratic, and controversial filmmakers to come out of Britain, was known for his embrace of low-budget filmmaking, his willingness to unsettle audiences, and his vibrant exploration of a repressed queer history. And don't miss a screening of Andy Kimpton Nye's portrait of Jarman preceding a screening of Jarman's transcendent Blue on August 28.

link image thumbnail Alternative Visions: Animation
July 22 - August 7
This summer installment of Alternative Visions presents three programs of creative animation, featuring masters of the field who work largely by hand with materials ranging from paints, ink, and pencils to cutouts. With programs devoted to Faith and John Hubley, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, and Sally Cruikshank.

Upcoming Film Series

link image thumbnail Over the Top and into the Wire: WWI on Film
August 2 - August 27
Timed to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of World War I, our series brings together a selection of the shorts, cartoons, and features that span the fifty years separating the Great War from the Cold War to suggest the range of responses to the conflict and its aftermath. Guest curated by UC Berkeley's Russell Merritt, who will give two short lectures.

link image thumbnail Free Outdoor Screening in the BAM/PFA Sculpture Garden
August 27 - August 27
Bring a blanket to the BAM/PFA sculpture garden for a free outdoor screening of Shack Out on 101, deliriously trashy espionage flick starring Lee Marvin. Plus surprise short!