One-Night Stands

Repertory film listings for September 11-17, 2008.

Thu., September 11

Taking Off A comedy of manners from Czech director Milos Forman in his first Hollywood effort. Buck Henry and Lynn Carlin portray parents who want to communicate with their rebellious children in the worst way — and succeed. (93 min., 1971). — K.V. (PFA, 6:30)

Contempt Superior and typical mid-period Jean-Luc Godard, setting Greek myth against modern edginess in a film about filmmaking. Eccentrically personal, visually adventurous, and as lean and tough as any US B-movie (103 min., 1963) — N.W. (PFA, 8:30)

Barton Fink Young pompous socialist playwright (John Turturro) who’s the toast of New York, circa 1941, moves into seedy Los Angeles hotel to write a wrestling movie. Scornful of Hollywood, the guy doesn’t realize just how out of touch with “the common man” he is. (117 min., 1991). — M.C. (PW, 9:15)

9/11 Film Festival Four feature films on 9/11, plus host Bonnie Faulkner and guest speakers Don Hamburg, Peter Dale Scott, Richard Gage, and Ken Jenkins. (GL, noon)

Fri., September 12

Still Life Award-winning documentary on a 2,000-year-old town in China set to be submerged by the Three Gorges Damn project. Directed by Jia Zhangke (108 min., 2006). (PFA, 6:30)

Dong Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke made this documentary about the artistic process in the soon-to-be-submerged town of Fengjie — at the same time that she was capturing footage for Still Life. (PFA, 8:45)

MilkBar 2008 International Live Film Festival Opening night features a screening of Evteeva Retrospective, installed film works, a program of commissioned works, and live music by Dan Cantrell’s Mini Mega Band. (The Noodle Factory Performing Arts Center, Oakland, 5:30)

Sat., September 13

Vivre sa vie Anna Karina plays the young woman whose husband leaves her, and who consequently turns to prostitution. (80 min., 1962). — M.C. (PFA, 6:30)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Milos Forman’s screen version of Ken Kesey’s high-intensity novel has the ever sardonic Jack Nicholson miscast as the big, breezy McMurphy, a rebel patient who disrupts the authoritarian regime of an insane asylum (134 min., 1975). — N.W. (PFA, 8:15)

To Have and Have Not Bogart and Bacall paired for the first time and the chemistry is immediate. Not quite on par with The Big Sleep and Casablanca, but that’s like saying Kilimanjaro isn’t on par with Mount Everest and K2. Howard Hawks bet Hemingway he could make his worst book into a first-rate movie and he did. Faulkner contributed to the screenplay (100 min., 1944). — M.C. (EC, 6:00)

The Curse of Quon Gwon Made in 1916 by Oakland resident Marion Wong, The Curse of Quon Gwon is a comic, feminist study of Old World and New World Chinese family values. Piano accompaniment by Judy Rosenberg, Cantonese opera performance by Helen Chou, and guest panel featuring Gregory Yee Mark and Mai Lon Gittlesohn. (Peralta Hacienda, Oakland, 2:15, 4:15)

MilkBar 2008 International Live Film Festival The festival’s second day includes two feature-length screenings, installed film works, a main program of commission works, and live music by Sylvian Carton and Friends. (The Noodle Factory Performing Arts Center, Oakland, 3:30)

Sun., September 14

Anxiety A three-part film from Manoel de Oliveira, based on a one-act play and two stories by three separate authors, centered on the theme of existential identity (114 min., 1998). (PFA, 5:00)

Vivre sa vie See Saturday. (PFA, 7:45)

To Have and Have Not See Saturday. (EC, 5:00)

The Curse of Quon Gwon See Saturday. (Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, Fremont, 4:00)

MilkBar 2008 International Live Film Festival The festival wraps up with a program of shorts, another Evteeva Retrospective, installed film works, and a final program of commissioned works. (The Noodle Factory Performing Arts Center, Oakland, 3:30)

Tue., September 16

Collage Animations A collection of short collagist films. Filmmakers include Lewis Klahr, Harry Smith, Joseph Cornell, Janie Geiser, and Eric Saks; their work ranges from 1990 to 2002 (total running time 71 min.). (PFA, 7:30)

Wed., September 17

The Divine Comedy Manoel de Oliveira’s final take on the whole of Western civilization is set in a mental asylum and commanded by five patients who believe themselves to be Raskolnikov, Jesus Christ, Nietzsche, and Adam and Eve (141 min., 1991). (PFA, 7:00)

The 11th Hour It’s even later than that, says this environmental documentary about the impending demise of the human race on Earth, a likely consequence of the wasteful lifestyles of you-know-whom — that other guy in the theater seat next to you. Filmmakers Nadia Conners and Leila Conners Petersen’s doomsday warning lands somewhere between Koyaanisqatsi and An Inconvenient Truth in its laundry list of human-caused ills, and the talking heads are a step above most nonprofit video op-ed pieces — Mikhail Gorbachev and a former CIA director step up to decry global warming, etc. Warner Independent is distributing this entirely watchable effort, no doubt because of the participation of Leonardo DiCaprio, who co-wrote, co-produced, and narrates (2007). — K.V. (Humanist Hall, Oakland, 7:30)

Brassier de Emma A thirteen-year-old stuck at home with her squabbling parents in Mexico City singlehandedly ignites the Mexican women’s liberation movement (90 min., 2007). (Madeline F. Whittlesey Community Room, Richmond Main Library, 6:30)


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