I just received the Pacific Film Archiveâ€™s schedule for January and February. Some interesting stuff, and some disappointing things missing.
But then, those are two short months for the PFA. The Archive closes every year for U.C.â€™s winter break, and by the time it reopens on January 11, the month is a third gone. February is short for everyone, of course.
One promising series is The Medieval Remake, a examination on how world cinema has imagined Europeâ€™s middle ages. Among the better known titles are Andrei Rublev (maybe Iâ€™ll finally get a chance to see it), Alexander Nevsky, The Nibelungen, Parts I and II (with different pianists), and The Seventh Seal (which they just showed a couple of weeks ago).
All of these films are European and generally considered high art. Nothing wrong with that–if I had the time, Iâ€™d catch every one. But you canâ€™t truly explore how filmmakers have imagined and recreated the middle ages without including some Hollywood hokum. What this program clearly needs is Adventures of Robin Hood, which doesnâ€™t use medieval Europe as religious allegory or national propaganda, and certainly doesnâ€™t recreate it as it really was, but as it should have been.