Upcoming at the Rafael

Just a quick note about what to expect at the Rafael over the fall.

Tributes: Both Ingmar Bergman and Irving Thalberg will receive retrospectives. (I don’t believe the phrase “brilliant and historically-important filmmaker” can accurately refer to two more different people.) Bergman’s runs October 13-19, and will include a multimedia installation called “Ingmar Bergman: The Man Who Asked Hard Questions” (I hope the title is snappier in Swedish), an interview documentary, and films never before shown in the Bay Area.

Boy genius Irving Thalberg, who ran Universal Studios before he was old enough to sign checks, ushered MGM into its golden era, and died at 37, will receive his retrospective October 24-November 6.

Actual films and dates haven’t been disclosed.

Also planned, but not scheduled into specific dates is a show on the Films of 1908 which will include D.W. Griffith’s directorial debut, and shorts from the Sundance Festival.

And, of course, there’s the Mill Valley Film Festival running October 2 through 12 and once again interfering with the Jewish High Holidays. No details have been announced.