World music, Lusty Men, and a Roman Holiday this week in Bay Area screenings.
- Frameline continues through Sunday. Check out my preview.
- The Broncho Billy Silent Film Festival opens tonight and runs through Sunday. I’ll be introducing the final film of the festival, The Scarlet Letter, Sunday, 4:00, at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum.
New films opening
A- The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Embarcadero, Aquarius, Shattuck, Rafael, opens Friday
In the year 2000, cellist Yo-Yo Ma gathered international musicians to create the Silk Road Ensemble. He wanted to find the beauty in their different traditions and create something special out of them. This documentary follows Ma and other musicians as they work, play, and talk about their lives. Many have tragic stories, but the beauty of making music keeps them going. The film’s one problem: Not enough music. Read my full review.
A Margarita with a Straw, New Parkway, opens Friday
I normally don’t list a new movie twice in the newsletter (at least since my most recent format change), but this coming-of-age story–about a bisexual girl with cerebral palsy in culturally-conservative India–is an exception. Besides, it had previously only played in the South Bay. Read my full review.
The Lusty Men, Pacific Film Archive, Friday, 6:30; Sunday, 7:30
I’ve never seen Nicholas Ray’s story of a love triangle set in the world of rodeos, but I know it’s reputation. Many consider The Lustly men a masterpiece. I’m hoping to make my own decision on Sunday. With Robert Mitchum, Arthur Kennedy, and Susan Hayward. New 35mm print.
B Roman Holiday, Rafael, Sunday
Gregory Peck and “introducing” Audrey Hepburn fall in love through an extremely contrived plot in this entertaining romantic comedy. She’s a runaway princess, and he’s a reporter hoping for a scoop. But the real star is Rome; shooting overseas locations was a new thing in the early 1950s. Directed by William Wyler, from a story by Dalton Trumbo.