week in review – 07/10 – 07/15/12

Theatrical Viewing

Le notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria) (Fellini, Italy, 1957) – PFA, 35mm; 2nd viewing

Ted (MacFarlane, USA, 2012) – Century Theater, Digital Projection

At the San Francisco Silent Film Festival at the Castro Theatre:

The Wonderful Lies of Nina Petrovna (Schwarz, Germany, 1929) – 35mm

The Docks of New York (von Sternberg, 1928) – 35mm

Stella Dallas (H. King, USA, 1925) – 35mm

Le voyage dans la lune (The Voyage to the Moon) (Restored Color Version) (Méliès, France, 1902 – Digital Projection; 3rd viewing

The Cameraman (Keaton, USA, 1928) – 35mm

Home Viewing

Ulysse (Varda, France, 1982) – Digital Projection, Fandor; 2nd viewing

The Extraordinary Voyage (Bromberg & Lange, France, 2011) – Digital Projection, Fandor

Alice Neel (Neel, USA, 2007) – Netflix Instant (expired)

Upcoming Possibilities

Beasts of the Southern Wild (Zeitlin, USA, 2012)

Sandra (Visconti, Italy, 1965) – PFA, 07/25

week in review – 07/02 – 07/09/12

Theatrical Viewing

Magic Mike (Soderbergh, USA, 2012) – AMC Century; Digital Projection

Le amiche (Antonioni, Italy, 1955) – PFA, 35mm; 2nd viewing

This Is Not a Film (Panahi, Iran, 2012) – PFA, 35mm

Running Around Like a Chicken With Its Head Cut Off (short) (Blank, USA, 1960) – PFA, 16mm

Dry Wood (short) (Blank, USA, 1973) – PFA, 16mm

Always For Pleasure (Blank, USA, 1978) – PFA, 16mm

Home Viewing

Toute la mémoire du monde (short) (Resnais, France, 1956) – Digital Projection, DVD; 2nd viewing

Plaisir d’amour en Iran (short) (Varda, France, 1976) – Digital Projection, Fandor

Upcoming Possibilities

Le notti di Cabiria (Nights of Cabiria) (Fellini, Italy, 1957) – PFA, 07/11

The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is almost here!!! – Castro Theatre, 07/12 – 15

week in review – 06/25 – 07/01/12

Better late than never!

Theatrical Viewings

Barbarella (Vadim, France/Italy, 1968) – Castro Theatre, 35mm; 2nd viewing

Roman Holiday (Wyler, USA, 1953) – Stanford Theatre, 35mm; 3rd viewing

Sabrina (Wilder, USA, 1954) – Stanford Theatre, 35mm; 2nd viewing

Home Viewing

Les dites cariatides (The So-Called Caryatids) (short) (Varda, France,) – Digital Projection, Fandor

Elsa la rose (short) (Varda, France, 1965) – Digital Projection, Fandor

The Girl’s Nervy (short) (Reeves, USA, 1995) – Digital Projection, Fandor

Upcoming Possibilities

The Connection (Clarke, USA, 1962) – Roxie, 06/29 – 07/05

Beyond the Black Rainbow (Cosmatos, Canada, 2012) – Roxie, 06/29 – 07/07

Le amiche (Antonioni, Italy, 1955) – PFA, 07/06

Always For Pleasure (Blank, USA, 1978) – PFA, 07/07

week in review – 06/18 – 06/24/12

Slow cinematic week, or, more precisely, other priorities.  All first viewings.

Theatrical Viewing

Keep the Lights On (Sachs, USA, 2012) – Frameline at the Castro

The Films of Nathaniel Dorsky: Recent Films Program (USA, 2010–12) – PFA, all 16mm

      • The Visitation (Dorsky, 2002)
      • Threnody (Dorsky, 2004)
      • Song and Solitude (Dorsky, 2006)

Upcoming Possibilities

My Gun is Quick (White, USA, 1957) and The Girl Hunters (Rowland, UK, 1963 – PFA, 06/28

Barbarella (Vadim, Frane/Italy, 1968) – Castro, 06/28

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (Jires, Czechoslovakia, 1969) – PFA, 06/29

The Connection (Clarke, USA, 1962) – Roxie, 06/29 – 07/01

Roman Holiday (Wyler, USA, 1953) and Sabrina (Wilder, USA, 1954) – Stanford, 06/30 – 07/03

week(s) in review – 06/04 – 06/17/12

I didn’t realize I had forgotten to post an update last week!  Busy viewing weeks too.  All first viewings unless otherwise noted.


The Color Wheel (Perry, USA, 2012) – Roxie Theater, 35mm

Daisies (Chytilová, Czechoslovakia, 1966) – PFA, 35mm; 3rd viewing

Nightwatching (Greenaway,UK/Netherlands/ Poland/Canada, 2007) – PFA, 35mm

Moonrise Kingdom (W. Anderson, USA, 2012) – Metreon, Digital

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Hawks, USA, 1953) – Stanford, 35mm; 5th(?) viewing

The Films of Nathaniel Dorsky: Recent Films Program – PFA, all 16mm:

  • August and After (Dorsky, 2012)
  • The Return (Dorksy, 2011)
  • Pastourelle (Dorsky, 2010)
  • Compline (Dorsky, 2010)
  • Aubade (Dorsky, 2010)
  • Sarabande (Dorsky, 2009)
  • Winter (Dorsky, 2008)

Home Viewing

The Thin Red Line (Malick, USA, 1998) – Projected Blu-ray

Let Me Die a Woman (Wishman, USA, 1978) –  Projected Digital Streaming (Fandor)

The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (Rappaport, USA, 1997) – Projected Digital Streaming (Fandor)

John Garfield (short) (Rappaport, USA, 2002) – Projected Digital Streaming (Fandor)

The Secret of Wendel Samson (short) (M. Kuchar, USA, 1966) – Projected Digital Streaming (Fandor)

The Color of Love (short) (Ahwesh, 1994) – Projected Digital Streaming (Fandor

The Soul of Things (short) (Angerame, 2010) – Projected Digital Streaming (Fandor

Upcoming Possibilities

Keep the Lights On (Sachs, USA, 2012) – Frameline at the Castro, 06/20

Rio Bravo (Hawks, USA, 1959) – Stanford Theatre, 06/20 – 24

The Fallen Sparrow (Wallace, USA, 1943) – PFA, 06/23

The Films of Nathaniel Dorsky: Recent Films (USA, 2010–12) – PFA, 06/24

week in review – 05/28 – 06/03/12

Theatrical Viewing

Written on the Wind (Sirk, USA, 1956) – Castro Theatre, 35mm

The Tarnished Angels (Sirk, USA, 1957) – Castro Theatre, 35mm

La grande illusion (The Grand Illusion) (Renoir, France, 1937) – Castro Theatre, 35mm

Upcoming Possibilities

Rembrandt’s J’Accuse (Greenaway, UK/Netherlands, 2008) – PFA, 06/08

Nightwatching (Greenaway, UK/Netherlands/Poland/Canada, 2007) – PFA, 06/09

Daisies (Chytilová, Czechoslovakia, 1966) – PFA, 06/09

The Films of Nathaniel Dorsky: Recent Films (USA, 2010–12) – PFA, 06/10

week in review – 05/21 – 05/27/12

Despite the fact it was the first week of summer vacation, other priorities didn’t allow much time for movie viewing.  All first viewings.

Theatrical Viewing

Harold and Maude (Ashby, USA, 1971) – Castro Theatre, 35mm

Brewster McCloud (Altman, USA, 1970) – Castro Theatre, 35mm

Upcoming Possibilities

Written on the Wind (Sirk, USA, 1956) and The Tarnished Angels (Sirk, USA, 1957) – Castro Theatre, 05/30

Keyhole (Maddin, Canada, 2012) – Roxie Theatre, through 05/31

Once Upon a Time in AnatoliaSFFS, through 05/31

La grande illusion (The Grand Illusion) (Renoir, France, 1937) – Castro Theatre, 06/01 – 03

The Color Wheel (Perry, USA, 2012) – Roxie Theater, 06/01 – 07

week in review – 05/14 – 05/20/12

Was fully intending to catch more of the showings at both I Wake Up Dreaming and Crossroads, but, quite frankly, ran out of steam.  Which is a shame, because it meant some excellent and intriguing films were missed.  Ah well.  All first viewings this week.

Theatrical Viewing

Storm Over Lisbon (Sherman, USA, 1944) – Roxie Theatre, 16mm

Shadow of Terror (Landers, USA, 1945) – Roxie Theatre, 16mm

At Crossroads 2012, put on by the SF Cinematheque at the Victoria Theatre:

Monroy; Seeking the Monkey King (Jacobs, USA, 2012)


rites of alchemy (Moyah Pravda Newsreel, 2011)

Village, silenced (Stratman, 2012)

Penumbra Blind (McPhee, 2012)

Snakes and Ladders (McInnis, 2011)

movement (Moyah Pravda Newsreel, 2011)

Awe Shocks (Dornieden and Gonzále, 2011)

Upcoming Possibilities

Harold and Maude (Ashby, USA, 1971) and Brewster McCloud (Altman, USA, 1970) – Castro Theatre, 05/23

week(s) in review – 04/02 – 05/13/12

So as I expected Memories of the Future was forced into a temporary hiatus in consideration of academic priorities, but I turned in my last paper of the semester this evening, and I’m eager to channel my focus towards several exciting projects that have presented themselves, and I’ve jotted down notes on a number of topics I’d like to post on here, starting with my forthcoming contribution to this year’s Film Preservation Blogathon, which kicked off yesterday.

To say nothing of all the films in store for Bay Area cinephiles this summer: the first weekend of the Roxie’s film noir series “I Wake Up Dreaming” was amazing, the Crossroads Festival for experimental film next weekend looks mind-blowing, the Silent Film Festival has announced an impressive lineup, the PFA has several programs this summer I’m eagerly awaiting (Dorsky!  Greenaway!  Czech New Wave!), Frameline will be here in several months, and the list goes on and on…

As usual, first viewing unless otherwise noted.

Theatrical Viewing

The Penal Colony
(Ruiz, Chile, 1970) – PFA, 16mm

A TV Dante: Cantos 9–14 (Ruiz, UK, 1991)  – PFA, 3/4″ Video

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (Greenaway, UK, 1989) – Castro Theatre, 35mm

Zabriskie Point (Antonioni, USA, 1970) – Castro Theatre, 35mm

Whores’ Glory (Glawogger, Austria/Germany, 2012) – PFA, 35mm

Workingman’s Death (Glawogger, Austria/Germany, 2005) – PFA, 35mm

Kill Daddy Good Night (Das Vaterspiel) (Glawogger, Germany, 2009) – PFA, Digital Projection

Megacities (Glawogger, Austria, 1998) – PFA, 35mm

The Day He Arrives (Hong, South Korea, 2012) – SFFS Cinema, 35mm

Galaxie (Markopoulos, USA, 1966) – SFMOMA, 16mm

The Big Combo (J. Lewis, USA 1955) – Roxie Theater, 35mm

The Scar (Hollow Triumph) (Sekely,  USA, 1948) – Roxie Theater, 16mm

Knock on Any Door (N. Ray, USA, 1949) – Roxie Theater, 35mm

The Royal Tenenbaums (W. Anderson, USA, 2001) – Castro Theatre, 35mm

Une si jolie petite plage (Such a Pretty Little Beach) (Allégret, France, 1949) – Roxie Theater, Digital Projection

Detour (Ulmer, USA, 1945) – Roxie Theater, Digital Projection from a 35mm print; 2nd viewing

The Pretender (W.L. Wilder, USA, 1947) – Roxie Theater, 16mm

Home Viewing

The Blue Gardenia (Lang, USA, 1953) – Amazon Instant Video

Kiss Me Deadly (Aldrich, USA, 1955) – Projected Blu-ray; 2nd viewing

Making the Boys (Robey, USA, 2011) – Netflix Instant

Paranormal State: Seasons 1, 2, 3, and 5 (2007 – 2010) – Netflix Instant (one of my great guilty pleasures)

In Concert

St Vincent with tUnE-yArDs – Fox Theatre

Upcoming Possibilities

Storm Over Lisbon (Sherman, USA, 1944) and Shadow of Terror (Landers, USA, 1945) – Roxie Theatre, 05/16

Killer’s Kiss (Kubrick, USA, 1955) and Female Jungle (VeSota, USA, 1956) – Roxie Theatre, 05/18

To Have and Have Not (Hawks, USA, 1944) and Sergeant York (Hawks, USA, 1941) – Stanford Theatre, May 18 – 20

As much as the Crossroads Film Festival as possible – Victoria Theatre, 05/18 – 20

week(s) in review, 03/19 – 04/01/2012

I blame midterm craziness for the lack of updates, and as I’m diving headfirst into final papers I’m not sure if the situation is going to change much in the upcoming six weeks or so.  And I have so many updates I’d like to make–particularly regarding the epic experience that was seeing Napoleon.  2012 viewings also memorably kicked off over the last two weeks.  As usual, first viewing unless otherwise noted.

Theatrical Viewing

Napoleon Poster Paramount Theatre OaklandNapoleon (Abel Gance, France, 1927) – Paramount Theatre, 35mm (x3!)

The Hypothesis of the Stolen Painting (Raúl Ruiz, France, 1979) – PFA, 35mm; 2nd viewing

Le colloque de chiens (Dog’s Dialogue) (Raúl Ruiz, France, 1977) – PFA, 35mm; 2nd viewing

The House of Pleasures (Bonello, France, 2012) – SF Film Society, 35mm

The Deep Blue Sea (Davis, UK, 2012) – Embarcadero Landmark; 35mm

Friends with Kids (Westfeld, USA, 2012) – Century SF, Digital Projection

Crazy Horse (Wiseman, 2012) – Roxie Theatre, Digital Projection

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (Gelb, USA, 2012) – Embarcadero Landmark; Digital Projection

Upcoming Possibilites

The Penal Colony (Ruiz, Chile, 1970) with A TV Dante: Cantos 9–14 (Ruiz, UK, 1991)  – PFA, 04/04

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (Greenaway, UK, 1989) – Castro Theatre, 04/05