The Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival opens tonight and runs through the weekend. Other than that, it’s a slow week. Enjoy the fireworks.
C+ Pink Ribbons, Inc., Opera Plaza, Shattuck, Rafael, opens Friday. Breast Cancer kills nearly 60,000 North Americans a year. Yet organizations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure have turned it into an upbeat campaign–heavily themed on the color pink–to raise money for questionable purposes. At least that’s the claim of this compelling but extremely partisan National Film Board of Canada documentary. Director Léa Pool makes a persuasive if heavy-handed case against Komen, the Revlon Run/Walk for Women, and others, criticizing them for everything from corporate hucksterism to putting the money to the wrong uses. But there’s something unsettling about the way Pool presents the altruistic individuals walking, running, and otherwise raising money to fight a deadly disease. It’s as if she’s saying "Look at all these fools running around in pink." Read my full review.
B- Sabrina (1953 version), Stanford, Saturday through Tuesday. We generally don’t associate the name Billy Wilder with light, upbeat, romantic comedy. We don’t associate the name Humphrey Bogart that way, either. On the other hand, it’s exactly what we expect from a young Audrey Hepburn. The work of a great master who doesn’t appear to be trying very hard, Sabrina just floats along, nice and friendly, occasionally funny, never challenging, and moving towards a resolution as predictable as a full moon. The result is pleasant, but nothing more. On a double bill with Roman Holiday.