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A Theater Near You

September 8, 2012 - October 21, 2012


This fall, as part of our ongoing series A Theater Near You, we present two classics, a new 35mm print of Mike Nichols’s legendary The Graduate (1967) plus Gillo Pontecorvo’s brilliant The Battle of Algiers (1966), shown on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of Algerian Independence. Also featured are two recent releases that should really be seen on the big screen. Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Once Upon a Time in Anatolia and Béla Tarr’s The Turn Horse, reportedly Tarr’s final film, are impressive, award-winning art films.

Susan Oxtoby, Senior Film Curator

Saturday, September 8, 2012
8:20 p.m. The Graduate
Mike Nichols (U.S., 1967) New 35mm Print! Student Pick! Dustin Hoffman is a college grad bouncing between his much-older seducer (Anne Bancroft) and her daughter (Katharine Ross) in this time capsule of an era, with scenes representing Berkeley campus life. (105 mins)

Sunday, September 16, 2012
5:00 p.m. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Turkey/Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2011). Police look for something amidst the darkness of a long Turkish night in this Cannes Grand Prix-winning meditative work from Nuri Bilge Ceylan, one of the most acclaimed films of 2011. “Both beautiful and beautifully observed, with a delicate touch and flashes of humor and horror” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times). (157 mins)

Sunday, September 30, 2012
7:15 p.m. The Turin Horse
Béla Tarr (Hungary/France/Switzerland/Germany, 2011). Winner of the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, the latest masterpiece from Béla Tarr is reportedly the director’s final film, and was inspired by a true-life tale involving Friedrich Nietzsche. A father-and-daughter depend on the health of their ill-fated horse. “An auteurist triumph” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times). (146 mins)

Sunday, October 21, 2012
4:00 p.m. The Battle of Algiers
Gillo Pontecorvo (Italy/Algeria, 1966). Pontecorvo’s agit-prop classic concerns Algeria’s struggle for independence against its French overlords, and remains today as one of the best films on revolution ever made. “A MASTERPIECE! Surely the most harrowing political epic ever!” (New Yorker). (123 mins)