Upcoming at the Pacific Film Archive

After a three-week hiatus, the Pacific Film Archive opens its second year at the Center St. location on Wednesday, January 18. Here are some of the series that I’m looking forward to:

In Focus: Hollywood Outsiders January 18 – March 1: The always interesting David Thomson not only curated this series on directers who fought against the studio system. He’ll provide a lecture for each film. Among the titles included: Some Like It Hot, The Big Sleep, Written on the Wind, and the movie that everybody loves except me: Vertigo.

On Dangerous Ground: The Cinema of Nicholas Ray January 19–February 25: Ray ranks with Samuel Fuller among 50’s directors who pushed hard for their vision. Here’s your chance to see Rebel Without a Cause, Johnny Guitar, They Live by Night, and a lot of other really good films on the big screen.

Johnny Guitar

Hippie Modernism: Cinema and Counterculture, 1964–1974 February 7–May 13: I grew up in the sixties and hit adulthood in the early 70s, and many of these films were part of my adolescence. In fact, I had to lie about my age to see the X-rated Medium Cool. Among the films included are Monterey Pop, In the Year of the Pig, Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point, and the flip side of Woodstock,
Gimme Shelter
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Movie Matinees for All Ages 2017 Ongoing: The PFA apparently wants to raise a new generation of silent film fans, and I consider that a worthy cause. On January 21, they’ll screen one of my all-time favorites: The General. On February 18, they’ll show what is probably the first animated feature: The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Judith Rosenberg will accompany both films on piano.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed.

Documentary Voices 2017: I can’t tell you much about this selection of documentaries. As I write this, Jem Cohen’s Counting is the only film scheduled (January 25). And yet, the PFA says the series will run into April. Let’s hope they find some great docs.