A few interesting things coming up:
The Roxie presents RKO Lost & Found, a series of six RKO movies that have not been seen since at least 1959, throughout the week of November 23. One of them, A Man To Remember, hasn’t been seen since it’s first run in 1938. I missed a press screening of A Man To Remember this morning, but it sounds as if the Dalton Trumbo script inspired Citizen Kane, as it tells the story of a man’s life from flashbacks after his death. (Yes, I know that Preston Sturges did that first with The Power and the Glory.)
To bring the series up to lucky number seven, they’ll also screen Frank Capra’s 1933 Lady for a Day, which was made at Columbia rather than RKO and is hardly rediscovered. I saw it on Turner Classic Movies just a couple of years ago. The other RIO movies in the lineup are Double Harness, Rafter Romance, Stingaree, One Man’s Journey, and Living On Love.
Last August, it struck many of us that local art houses seemed slow to honor the recently deceased Ingmar Bergman. I’ve already mentioned the Bergman series going on (and almost over) at the Castro. Now the Pacific Film Archive offers its own series, Ingmar Bergman: Light and Shadow, from December 6 through the 20th.
And while that’s going on in the East Bay, the San Francisco Film Society will host a couple of benefits in the city. First, on December 8, they’ll show Gus Van Sant’s new film, Paranoid Park, winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s 60th Anniversary Award earlier at this year. According to the SFFS’s announcement, Paranoid Park concerns “A withdrawn high-school skateboarder (Gabe Nevins) [who] struggles to make sense of his involvement in an accidental death: He recalls past events across tides of memory, and expresses his feelings in a diary that is, in fact, the movie we are watching.– That screening will take place at the The Presidio’s Premier Theater.
The other SFFS benefit happens at the Kabuki (now Sundance Cinemas Kabuki) on December 12. This time the picture is Persepolis, an animated film about a young girl growing up in the Iranian revolution. According to the press release, the heroine rebels against the fundamentalists “and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war, a daily fear begins to permeate life in Iran.” Persepolis is based on the graphic novels of Marjane Satrapi.