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

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.