What’s Screening: November 26 – December 2

Amazing as this sounds, there are no festivals running this week. But there are some good movies. Voices of Light/The Passion of Joan of Arc, Oakland Paramount, Thursday, 7:30. Although not as popular as the works of Keaton or Murnau, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 period drama The Passion of Joan of Arc carries a high … Continue reading What’s Screening: November 26 – December 2

Leaves From Satan’s Book at the PFA

I saw Carl Th. Dreyer's Leaves From Satan’s Book at the Pacific Film Archive this afternoon. Made in 1919 through 1921, it's easily the earliest Dreyer film I've yet seen. Judith Rosenberg accompanied this silent film on piano; a translation of the Danish intertitles were read aloud by someone who's name I failed to get. … Continue reading Leaves From Satan’s Book at the PFA

What’s Screening: November 19 – 25

The New Italian Cinema runs through Sunday, while the Chinese American Film Festival continues through Tuesday. B Kings of Pastry, Balboa, Elmwood, Lark, opened last Wednesday. You may have seen, or heard of, two shows on The Food Channel called Iron Chef and Ace of Cakes. Combine the two, and slow down the editing for … Continue reading What’s Screening: November 19 – 25

Ratings, Censorship, and the Weinstein Company

I just received word that the Weinstein Company is appealing ratings on two upcoming films. They're objecting to the MPAA's NC-17 rating for Blue Valentine, and an R rating for The King's Speech. I saw The King's Speech at a press screening for the Mill Valley Film Festival, and liked it very much. (You'll find … Continue reading Ratings, Censorship, and the Weinstein Company