What’s Screening: April 1 – 7

This week opens two new weekly series that bring you poetry on Sunday and dark despair on Wednesday. We’ve also got four film festivals, long-lost Shakespeare, and 70mm.


A whole bunch of small film festivals either just opened or are opening today.

I don’t consider the Rafael‘s Poetry in Motion Film Festival to be a true festival. Running Sundays for three weeks, it’s more of a weekly series.

And speaking of weekly series, Elliot Lavine’s I Wake Up Dreaming starts this week with double bill classic film noirs on Wednesday nights at Berkeley’s California Theatre.

Promising events

As You Like It, New Mission, Sunday, 11:00am

Shakespeare’s romantic comedy about lovers in disguise wandering through the woods has been popular for some 400 years. This particular production was made by the BBC in 1963, and stars a very young Vanessa Redgrave. Free, although you can reserve a seat online by buying a $5 voucher towards food and beverage.

Recent 70mm films, Castro, Friday through Sunday

Shooting films in 65mm for 70mm projection pretty much went out in 1970. But there have been exceptions, and three recent ones will screen at the Castro the next three days in glorious 70mm. You can read what I thought of The Hateful Eight (Friday and Saturday) and The Master (Sunday). I haven’t seen Inherent Vice.

Recommended revivals

B+ Scarlet Street, California Theatre (Berkeley), Wednesday

If you’re lonely, bored, professionally unfulfilled, and stuck in a bad marriage, beware of beautiful women who take an interest in you–especially if you look like Edward G. Robinson. You’ll likely fall for a dame and before you know it, you’ll be stealing from your boss and letting the dame take credit for your suddenly successful paintings. It won’t end well. A fine noir written by Dudley Nichols and directed by Fritz Lang. On a I Wake Up Dreaming double bill with Decoy, which I haven’t seen.

B To Have and Have Not, Alameda, Tuesday and Wednesday

This production ignited the Bogart-Bacall romance, which itself ignites the screen. Aside from the considerable charisma and sexual sparks that its stars set off, it’s an entertaining tale of war-time intrigue but not really an exceptional one. A good movie with a couple of great scenes.

? Horror of Dracula, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Saturday, 7:30; Sunday, 4:30

I haven’t seen this early Hammer horror move in decades, but I have fond memories of it. I remember a stylish, lurid, and–for 1958–rather sexy adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel. Part of the YBCA’s Gothic Cinema series.

Lebowskies (frequently-revived classics)