One-Night Stands

Repertory film listings for February 14-20

Reviews by Kelly Vance, Naomi Wise, Michael Covino, and Dave Kehr

Thu., Feb. 14

Let’s Get Lost — In the ’50s and ’60s with such jazz compadres as Gerry Mulligan and Stan Getz, trumpeter Chet Baker made headlines with a “West Coast school” combination of breathy horn playing, breathier vocals, and movie-star looks. Documentary filmmaker Bruce Weber’s 1988 appreciation gets a little too worshipful, but his close-ups or Baker’s used-up 57-year-old face (Chet was a junkie) bring the story full circle (119 min.). — K.V. (PFA, 6:30)

Masculine Feminine — This film is the most direct ancestor of Jean-Luc Godard’s Sauve Qui Peut, not only in its elliptical busy-ness, its dense-textured data overload, and adamant demand for several viewings, but also in theme and structure. Here, one man and two women form a loose triangle (with Chantal Goya at its apex), and Jean-Pierre Léaud, as Paul, is doomed to death by a compulsion to love (103 min., 1966). — N.W. (PFA, 8:50)

Thrillville’s Giant B-Movie Valentine’s Show — Screenings of Konga and Reptilicus, plus Mr. Lobo and the Queen of Trash, Gorilla X, and burlesque by Hot Pink Feathers. (EC, 7:30)

Fri., Feb. 15

Week End — Probably Jean-Luc Godard’s greatest. It starts out like some Mad magazine marginalia of a Sunday traffic jam on the road to the beach, with kids standing on hoods and bouncing beach balls from car to car while Dad fiddles with the flat tire and Mom breaks out the picnic lunches early. But then the screws tighten, the holiday outing atmosphere evaporates, and we are travelling across a dark, devastated, surreal landscape that not even Buñuel could’ve dreamed up (105 min.). — M.C. (PFA, 7:00)

Let’s Get Lost — See Thursday. (PFA, 9:00)

Sat., Feb. 16

Betty Boop, Popeye, and Friends — A collection of eight shorts dating from 1930 to 1936 (total running time 62 min.). (PFA, 3:00)

Faust — F.W. Murnau’s silent, black-and-white adaptation of Goethe, Marlowe, and German folk sagas (103 min., 1926). Judith Rosenberg on piano. (PFA, 6:30)

The Flowers of St. Francis — Roberto Rossellini’s buoyant 1949 masterpiece, a glorious hallucination of perfect harmony between man and nature. The Franciscans arrive at Assisi in the first reel and leave in the last. In between, as they say, nothing happens and everything happens (87 min.). — D.K. (PFA, 8:40)

Citizen Kane — Another chance to see the Boy Wonder’s durable, iconoclastic masterpiece. Some say the laurels belong to writer Herman Mankiewicz, others credit cameraman Gregg Toland, while traditionalists maintain all glory to Orson Welles — but who cares? Kane is simply there, an ambitious and fascinating first film by a bold young director (119 min., 1941). — N.W. (EC, 6:00)

Sun., Feb. 17

Out 1: Spectre — A short version of Jacques Rivette’s twelve-hour Out One, which begins as scenes from Parisian life, but eventually develops into a film with a plot that goes beyond the thirteen-character film, according to film writer David Thompson. Rivette sees acting as a model for living; the theatrical rehearsals in his films are not professional but forms of spiritual devotion (240 min., 1973). (PFA, 1:00)

The Forgotten Man — Cameroonian feminist director Osvalde Lewat-Hallade tells the true story of a man sentenced to four years in prison yet still incarcerated 33 years later. In French with English subtitles (52 min., 2003). Followed by Lewat-Hallade’s A Love During the War (63 min., 2005). (PFA, 5:30)

Citizen Kane — See Saturday. (EC, 5:00)

Tue., Feb. 19

Paper Tiger Reads Paper Tiger Television — Clips from Paper Tiger Television’s archive of over 300 tapes as well as interviews with past and present members of the collective (48 min., 2007). Followed by two additional shorts (total running time 51 min., 1987). Paper Tiger member Maria Juliana Byck in person. (PFA, 7:30)

The Shape of Water — Five women in India, Brazil, Jerusalem, and Senegal defy social taboos to effect environmental change (70 min., 2006). Director Kum-Kum Bhavnani in person. (370 Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley, 3:30)

Wed., Feb. 20

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans — German director F.W. Murnau’s American masterpiece about a husband and wife at odds (95 min., 1927). Lecture by Marilyn Fabe. (PFA, 3:00)

The Terence Davies Trilogy — Three films that depict the harrowing life story of Robert Tucker of Liverpool: Children, a 1976 film about Tucker’s unhappy, repressed childhood in British public schools; Madonna and Child, a 1980 film with Tucker as a dutiful son and conscientious worker by day, a seeker of homosexual adventures by night; and Transfiguration, a 1983 film that merges the past and present as Tucker is redeemed by the only person he ever loved. (Total running time 102 min.). Writer and director Terence Davies in person. (PFA, 7:30)

Amongst White Clouds — A rare look at the lives of China’s Buddhist hermit monks, living high in the Zhongan mountain range (86 min., 2005). (Humanist Hall, Oakland, 7:30)

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