Friday, October 5 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 / 115 min. / PG / CC
It's 1936. The US government hires archaeologist "Indiana" Jones (Harrison Ford) to find the Ark of the Covenant before Nazi Commander Arnold Toht grabs it for Hitler. The Germans believe the Ark will make their armies invincible. Marion Ravenwood (Karen Black), who is an old love interest of Indy's, joins him in a wildly daring, suspenseful mission to defeat Toht. George Lucas co-wrote the story and co-financed the film. Directed by Steven Spielberg.
Friday, October 12 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? 1988 / 104 min. / PG / CC
In this film, set in 1947 LA, humans and animated cartoon characters ("Toons") co-exist on the screen. When "Toon" Roger Rabbit gets framed for the murder of a businessman who owns Toontown, he hires rumpled Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins) to clear his name. Eddie racks up delicious allusions to Noir as he does. Kathleen Turner voices Jessica Rabbit, Roger's partly human wife, and Christopher Lloyd is the villain, Judge Doom. Robert Zemeckis directs.
Friday, October 19 E.T. the Extraterrestrial 1982 / 115 min. / PG / CC
Steven Spielberg directs E.T., a science fiction fantasy. Young Elliott befriends a space alien who accidentally has been left behind by his spaceship's crew. The boy and his siblings decide to hide E.T. until he can be rescued. As Elliott begins to experience a psychic connection with E.T., US government scientists start to hunt E.T. for their own purposes. At the same time, Elliott and E.T. fall ill. Without a doubt, this is one of the most beloved films of all time.
Friday, October 26 The Shining 1980 / 146 min. / R / CC
Aspiring writer Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) accepts a job as winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. His wife Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and pre-school age son Danny (Danny Lloyd) go with him.. Jack hears the disturbing story that a former caretaker had gone mad while there, murdered his family and killed himself-but keeps it to himself. With six months ahead of them, they settle in, cut off from the world.
November 2018 On-Screen Chemistry Before 1950
Friday, November 2 Swing Time 1936 / 103 min. / NR
Small town vaudevillian Lucky Garnett (Fred Astaire) is a no-show for his own wedding, but he still hopes to marry his girl. He seeks the wealth he thinks he needs in New York City, where he meets Penny (Ginger Rogers), a dancing instructor. It's a big conflict for Lucky, but the starstruck two form a successful dance act...and fall for each other. Arguably, Swing Time has the most complex dancing and the most plausible romance in the Astaire/Rogers franchise.
Friday, November 9 To Have and Have Not 1944 / 100 min. / NR
Based on the Ernest Hemingway novel and directed by Howard Hawks, this is a romantic adventure drama that centers on Harry Morgan (Humphrey Bogart), a fishing boat captain in the Vichy France-controlled colony of Martinique. A very young Lauren Bacall plays Slim, a steamy American singer who seduces Morgan ("You know how to whistle, don't you?") When Morgan reluctantly agrees to use his boat to rescue Resistance fighters, will Slim stand by him?
Friday, November 16 Adam's Rib 1949 / 101 min. / NR
Married couple Garson Kanin and actress Ruth Gordon wrote the screenplay for this classic comedy. It's about married lawyers (Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn) who face off as prosecutor and defense attorney in the trial of Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) for the attempted murder of her two-timing husband (Tom Ewell). Holliday is priceless. Directed by George Cukor, Adam's Rib is # 7 on the American Film Institute's Top Ten List of Romantic Comedies.
Friday, November 23 LIBRARY CLOSED-Day After Thanksgiving
SPECIAL PRESENTATION IN APPRECIATION OF NATIVE AMERICANS
Friday, November 30 The New World 2006 / 150 min. / PG-13
Terrence Malik ("The Tree of Life") wrote and directed this film depicting the 1607 founding of Jamestown Colony in Virginia. Yes, Captain John Smith (Colin Farrell) travels upriver, is captured and held prisoner by Chief Powhatan. Smith and the Chief's daughter, Pocohontas (Q'orianka Kilcher), do fall in love. But the filmmaker chooses to focus on the natural world's deep, dreamlike impact on them, not ephemeral chemistry. Their dream does not last, not for them, not for their "tribes." In 2006, The New World opened to mildly positive reviews, but it has grown in stature since then. Emmanuel Luzbeki's brilliant cinematography is often cited as its crowning achievement. Mick LaSalle has called the film a masterpiece and the best film of its decade. Roger Ebert 4-starred it from the start.
Feb 16, 3pm to 5pm, 2090 Kittredge St. (at Shattuck), Berkeley, CA 94704
"Berkeley Dance Project 2018" features works by professional Bay Area choreographers Katie Faulkner and James Graham, as well as by TDPS student choreographers Madeline Aragon and Hillary Tang. Berkeley Dance Project opens Thursday, February 15, 2018 and continues through Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Zellerbach Playhouse. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm.
Katie Faulkner (the award-winning founder of little seismic dance company) has created a piece that uses movement and projection mapping to examine the physical changes that women undergo as they progress through puberty, childbearing, aging, and illness, with a specific focus on the power that women possess in their ability to reproduce. On the heels of a year of female action and activism (2017's Women's March on Washington, and the recent #MeToo and #TimesUp movements), Faulkner's piece, performed by an all-female cast, gives voice to the physical experience of being a woman in the world.
James Graham (artistic director of the San Francisco-based James Graham Dance Theatre) has created a new work that questions our experiences with gender, sexuality, and identity - how we see ourselves, and how we are seen in the world. James questions, "In comparison to when I was a student, how do these diverse young people experience their comfort level in their own gender identity and sexuality? It's inspiring to delve into their stories."
Original student choreography is also featured in "Berkeley Dance Project 2018." Works by TDPS students Madeline Aragon and Hillary Tang will be restaged on a larger scale, after premiering in December as part of TDPS's Fall Choreography Showcase. Aragon's duet conveys the challenge of clear communication between two people, and the resulting impact on relationships between friends, lovers, or family members. Hillary Tang's solo exposes her personal process of acknowledging a toxic relationship, removing herself from the abuse, and ultimately finding internal peace and clarity.
Feb 16, 8pm to 10pm, Zellerbach Playhouse
$68. 642-9988. cal performances.org
Feb 16, 8pm, Hertz Hall, 101 Cross-Sproul Path, Berkeley, CA 94704, USA