THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 3 I WAKE UP DREAMING
DAVID GOODIS DOUBLE FEATURE!

NIGHTFALL 6:00 / 9:30
An innocent man becomes caught between the cops and a pair of desperate killers, all of whom believe he knows the whereabouts of a fortune in stolen loot. From the director of the classic noir OUT OF THE PAST, this ultra-stylish David Goodis adaptation (by Sterling Silliphant) criss-crosses from the sweltering urban jungle of Los Angeles to the barren wintry landscape of Wyoming in its dangerous quest for the truth. Starring Aldo Ray, Anne Bancroft, Brian Keith, James Gregory, and Rudy Bond. Directed by the great Jacques Tourneur and photographed by Burnett Guffey. (1957, 78 mins., 35mm)

THE BURGLAR 7:40
An aging thief forms an unholy alliance with a mysterious young woman and a bizarre gang of desperate crooks who put the bite on a fake spiritualist and then go on the lam. Resembling nothing less than the ironically imitative films of the emerging French New Wave around this time, this is a film of astonishing visual power and raw sexual frankness. Starring Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield, Martha Vickers, and Mickey Shaughnessy. Directed by Paul Wendkos. Screenplay by David Goodis (from his novel). Photographed by Don Malkames. (1957, 90 mins., 35mm)

 
     
   


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4 – MONDAY SEPTEMBER 7

VERTIGO IN 70MM Fri 8:00; Sat thru Mon (2:30), 5:15, 8:00

Early-retired San Francisco policeman James Stewart is asked to follow a friend’s wife prone to mysterious absences. As his detecting soon turns to obsession, the film builds to dizzying heights of duplicity, derangement and delusion. Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is his most powerful and personal work, and has been challenging viewers across the decades to decode its layers of symbolism. Co-starring Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes and Bernard Herrmann’s indelible score. Voted the Greatest Film of All Time by Sight & Sound magazine. (1958, 129 min, 70mm)

 

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 8 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 9 NEW 4K RESTORATION!

THE THIRD MAN 7:00, 9:15

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime — and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder. Thanks to brilliant performances by Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles; Anton Karas’s evocative zither score; Graham Greene’s razor-sharp dialogue; and Robert Krasker’s Oscar-winning photography, The Third Man, directed by the inimitable Carol Reed, only grows in stature as the years pass. Restored in 4K from a fine grain master positive struck from the original negative. (1949, 104 min, 4K DCP)

 
     
   


THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10 DOUBLE FEATURE

BULLITT 7:00

Classic San Francisco cop procedural has Steve McQueen aggressively investigating a mob hit in the face of politico intervention. Peter Yates’ taut direction makes great use of The City and the famous car chase remains one to be outdone. Co-starring a steely Robert Vaughn, the gorgeous Jacqueline Bisset and a groovy score by Lalo Schifrin. (1968, 114 min, 35mm)

+ THE SEVEN-UPS 9:05 Archival Print!

Roy Scheider stars as Buddy Manucci, a maverick cop who goes to war against kidnapper Vito Lucia (Tony Lo Bianco) in this New York action classic. Director Philip D’Antoni, a producer on Bullitt and The French Connection, adds another classic car chase to his resume with a riveting midpoint action sequence in which Scheider flies through the streets of Manhattan and New Jersey in his 1973 Pontiac Ventura. –American Cinematheque (1973, 103 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11 & SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12 SPECIAL EVENT

18th ANNUAL CALIFORNIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL

The California Independent Film Festival (CAIFF) is one of the most successful and fastest growing film festivals in California. Since its inception in 1997, CAIFF has captured both national and worldwide press. This star-studded event provides both local Bay Area residents and visitors with an opportunity to see world-class films, meet filmmakers from around the world, international celebrities and build exposure for CAIFF corporate sponsors. We invite you to become part of the fastest growing film festival in California. To purchase tickets: visit caiff.org/events.asp

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11

Shorts: MAKE US LAUGH 1:00
This is a showcase of eight short films that will surely make you laugh. (Approx 87 min)

Shorts: WILD WILD WEST AND A WILD ONE 3:00
A showcase of five short films about the old and new west. (Approx 92 min)

PAPER PLANES 5:00
A young Australian boy with passion for flight dreams of competing in the World Paper Plane Championships in Japan. (96 min)

ALTO 7:00
A lesbian mob comedy … enough said? Two girls, one gun and the mob – coming out to family is hard but coming out to FAMILY is funny! (101 min)

PATERNITY LEAVE 9:00
Greg finds out that he is pregnant with his partner Ken’s baby. Dumbstruck by the news, their relationship takes twists and turns through hardship and hilarity. (90 min)

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12

Shorts: LET’S MAKE MOVIES 1:00
This is a showcase of four short films that focusing on the craft of filmmaking. (Approx 94 min)

MY BROTHER’S SHOES 3:00
Family is everything – but how far would you go for yours? This is a zany comedy that borders on fantasy and reality. (88 min)

ELEPHANT SONG 5:00
A psychiatrist is drawn into a complex mind game when he questions a disturbed patient about the disappearance of a colleague. (70 min)

BFFs 7:00
Best friends Katherine and Samantha pretend to be in a relationship in order to attend a free couples’ weekend retreat. (95 min)

DADDY 9:00 U.S. PREMIERE!
Colin is a stud. Stew, not so much. They've been virtually inseparable since college. But now Colin has fallen for a much younger man. (89 min)

 
     
   


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 13 DOUBLE FEATURE

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS 2:30, 6:30

Ex-GI Gene Kelly stays in Paris after WWII to make it as an artist and finds himself torn between urchin Leslie Caron (in her film debut) and wealthy Nina Foch. Kelly choreographed the show-stopping numbers, set to the music of the Gershwin brothers. Directed by Vincente Minnelli. (1951, 113 min, DCP)

+ THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG 4:40, 8:40

Jacques Demy's visually intoxicating "film in song" pays homage to MGM musicals with his story of young love and thwarted dreams. Within an ultra-romantic riot of color, Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo sing their declarations of devotion via Michel Legrand's haunting score. Completely sung in French with English subtitles. (1964, 91 min, DCP)

 

TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 14 SPECIAL EVENT

     
   


TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 15

DO I SOUND GAY? (5:30), 7:15, 9:00

What makes a voice “gay?” A breakup with his boyfriend sets journalist David Thorpe on a quest to unravel a linguistic mystery. All his life, Thorpe, like many gay men, has felt self-conscious about his stereotypically un-macho voice. But what are its origins? And why is there such a stigma attached to “sounding gay?” As Thorpe consults with everyone from speech therapists to public figures to total strangers, he unpacks complex cultural questions with wit, verve, and intelligence. Featuring candid interviews with Dan Savage, David Sedaris, Margaret Cho, George Takei, Tim Gunn, and more, Do I Sound Gay? is a refreshingly frank, thoroughly entertaining look at a taboo topic. (2014, 78 min, DCP)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 16 DOUBLE FEATURE

SMOOTH TALK 7:00
What starts as a seemingly routine coming-of-age drama reveals itself to be something darker and more frighteningly ambiguous as a fifteen-year-old girl (Laura Dern), just beginning to explore her sexuality, has a life-altering encounter with a disturbing stranger (Treat Williams). Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Smooth Talk was adapted from Joyce Carol Oates’ famed short story Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?, itself inspired by the notorious “Pied Piper of Tucson” murders. -BAMcinématek (1985, 92 min, 35mm)

+ TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME 8:50
After a 45-minute prelude featuring some of the wildest and wackiest moments in Lynch-dom, this prequel to the hit series Twin Peaks dives deep into the dark world of Laura Palmer, the TV show's unreachable iconic figure, in her last days. The rich terrain of this nightmare-scape lead directly to Lost Highway and Mulholland Dr. Almost universally rejected upon its release, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me is now hailed by some as David Lynch's scariest and greatest work, and the best American feature film of the ‘90s. Sheryl Lee, Moira Kelly, Ray Wise, David Bowie, Chris Isaak, Harry Dean Stanton and Kyle MacLachlan appear. –Brecht Andersch (1992, 135 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 17 40th ANNIVERSARY!

NASHVILLE 7:30

One of the great films of the 1970s is Robert Altman’s multi-layered study of American culture, show business and politics as the sorted lives of 24 memorable characters are covered over 5 days. Among those maneuvering through the interlocking stories are Karen Black, Ronee Blakley, Keith Carradine, Lily Tomlin, Barbara Harris, Henry Gibson, Shelley Duvall and Geraldine Chaplin. (1975, 159 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 18 THROUGH SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 20 IN 70MM!

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA Fri 7:00; Sat & Sun 2:00, 7:00

Undisputedly one of the grandest, most compelling epics in cinema, David Lean’s multi-Award winning blockbuster tells the fascinating tale of enigmatic adventurer T.E. Lawrence and his adventures in Palestine circa WWI. This glorious 70mm print captures the awesome beauty of Lean’s masterpiece as he intended it to be seen. The magnetic Peter O’Toole leads the international cast featuring Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, Jose Ferrer and Omar Sharif (RIP). (1962, 216 min + intermission, 70mm ‘Scope)

 

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 22 DOUBLE FEATURE

TANGERINE 3:00, 7:00

Sean Baker’s fifth feature is a frenetic, funny, and often moving work that employs the most contemporary of means—it was shot on the iPhone 5S—to present the story of Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez), a transgender sex worker back on the streets of Los Angeles following a stint in jail. Seeking to confront her unfaithful boyfriend/pimp (James Ransone), Sin-Dee and fellow sex worker Alexandra (Mya Taylor) tear through Tinseltown against a sonic backdrop of blaring trap music, innocent and not-so-innocent bystanders be damned. -Film Society Lincoln Center (2015, 88 min, DCP 'Scope)

+ MAGIC MIKE XXL 4:45, 8:45

Three years after Mike (Channing Tatum) bowed out of the stripper life at the top of his game, he and the remaining Kings of Tampa hit the road to Myrtle Beach to put on one last blow-out performance. This sequel to the sleeper hit co-stars returning cast members Matt Bomer, Kevin Nash, Adam Rodríguez, Joe Manganiello and Gabriel Iglesias. Directed by Steven Soderbergh protégé Gregory Jacobs. (2015, 115 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23 PRIVATE EVENT

     
   


THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 24 DOUBLE SCHLESINGER

MIDNIGHT COWBOY 7:00

Two small-time hustlers develop an unexpected bond as they live a marginal existence in the brutal grit and grime of New York City. An Oscar-winner for Best Picture, Director and Screenplay, John Schlesinger’s heartbreaking, superbly acted film boats knockout turns by Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. (1969, 113 min, 35mm)

+ THE FALCON AND THE SNOWMAN 9:05
Captain Benjamin J. Willard stated it plainly in Apocalypse Now: "Charging a man for murder out here is like handing out speeding tickets at the Indianapolis 500." This succinct observation regarding committing murder in a war zone applies perfectly to the crisis that Chris Boyce thrust himself into in the mid 1970s, the gist of which is explored in Schlesinger’s bio pic that scrutinizes youthful impulse married to spook ethics and nationalist hypocrisy. In our present age in which Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden and Julian Assange are fighting for survival within the crushing shadow of a global surveillance state on steroids, this film is reborn and prescient. Timothy Hutton and Sean Penn star. (1985, 131 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 25 DOUBLE FEATURE

CHINATOWN 7:00

In 1930s Los Angeles, Jack Nicholson is a small-time private eye who stumbles onto a big case involving graft over valuable land and water rights, murder, incest and other intriguing elements. Director Roman Polanski took Robert Towne’s intricate script and ran with it. Faye Dunaway and a deliciously devious John Huston co-star. (1974, 130 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ THE LONG GOODBYE 9:25

Elliott Gould is Philip Marlowe, caught in the usual stew of death, betrayal and blackmail when a friend is suspected of murder. Set in hazy, pre-yuppie 1970s Los Angeles, director Robert Altman and Gould play Marlowe as Rip Van Winkle in this condemnation of the souring American Dream. Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden and Mark Rydell co-star. (1973, 112 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 26 SPECIAL EVENT
VITTORIO DE SICA - A FILM SERIES

Following the success of the special series dedicated to Pier Paolo Pasolini in 2013 and Bernardo Bertolucci last year, Cinema Italia San Francisco is back to present four glorious new restorations of the most loved works by Vittorio De Sica - the master of Italian Neorealism, engaging the audience in a one-day pursuit of a cinematic personality that has many facets.

SCHEDULE:
11:30 AM - La ciociara (Two Women)
2:00 PM - L’Oro di Napoli (The Gold of Naples)
5:00 PM - Matrimonio all’Italiana (Marriage Italian Style)
7:30 PM - Il Giardino dei Finzi Contini (The Garden of the Finzi Continis)
9:30 PM - Party: In the Secret Garden
All films will be presented with English subtitles.

TICKETS
Tickets are $12 per screening. Tickets for the party are $20. A pass to see all four films and attend the party is $60.
Discounts are available for seniors, students, IIC members, and LDV members.

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LA CIOCIARA (TWO WOMEN) 11:30 AM
Starring Sophia Loren, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Raf Vallone.
Presented in 35mm and not to be missed: a recent restoration of the acclaimed classic that won Sophia Loren the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Actress – the first time any non-English speaking role had garnered that prize. ("Before I made Two Women, I had been a performer," Loren said. "Afterward, I was an actress.") In De Sica's stunning adaptation of the Alberto Moravia novel, Loren plays Cesira (a role that was reportedly first offered to Anna Magnani, who turned it down), a shopkeeper who flees from Rome, along with her adolescent daughter Rosetta (Eleanora Brown), to escape the Allied bombardment during the last days of World War II. In the mountains of her native Ciociara, the hard-nosed widow finds refuge with her people and strikes up a flirtation with an idealistic young intellectual (Jean-Paul Belmondo); however, she soon discovers that even her financial cunning offers no protection from the ravages of war. (1960, 121 mins.)

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L’ORO DI NAPOLI (THE GOLD OF NAPLES) 2:00 PM
Starring Silvana Mangano, Sophia Loren, Eduardo De Filippo, Paolo Stoppa, and Toto
West Coast Premiere of the newly restored and complete uncut version with all six episodes – and presented in 35 mm!A personal tribute to Naples where director De Sica spent his first years: L’oro di Napoli , taken by the omonimous books by Giuseppe Marotta, is a collection of six Neapolitan episodes: a clown exploited by a hoodlum; an unfaithful pizza seller (Loren) losing her husband's ring; the funeral of a child; the impoverished inveterate gambler Count Prospero B. being reduced to force his concierge's preteen kid to play cards with him (and regularly being defeated); the unexpected and unusual wedding of Teresa, a prostitute; the exploits of "professor" Ersilio Micci, a "wisdom seller" who "solves problems. Special thanks to Rialto Pictures. (1954, 138 mins.)
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MATRIMONIO ALL’ITALIANA (MARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE) 5:00 PM
Starring Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, and Aldo Puglisi
Northern California Premiere of the dazzling new restoration! Marriage Italian Style, in 1964, sees De Sica return behind the camera with a comedy with a tragic flair: a delightful adaptation of Eduardo De Filippo's play “Filumena Marturano,” in which a man leaves his fiancée to go to the deathbed of his mistress. Moved by her condition, he swears to marry her if she recovers. New York Times critic Bosley Crowter at the presentation of Marriage Italian Style in New York in 1964 said: “Whenever Vittorio de Sica gets together with Sophia Loren to make a motion picture, something wonderful happens. It did when he directed her in ‘Gold of Naples,’ ‘Two Women,’ ‘Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,’ and now it's happened again, in ‘Marriage Italian Style.’ The something wonderful that's happened is the conception and projection of a film so frank and free and understanding of a certain kind of vital woman—and man, too—that it sends you forth from the theater feeling you've known her — and him — all your life.” (1964, 102 mins., DCP)
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IL GIARDINO DEI FINZI CONTINI (THE GARDEN OF THE FINZI CONTINIS) 7:30 PM
Starring Dominique Sanda, Lino Capolicchio, and Helmut Berger
West Coast Premiere of the new restoration by Antony Morato!A late-career triumph for De Sica, this adaptation of Giorgio Bassani’s famous novel won the director his final Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Garden is set in Ferrara during World War II, where the wealthy Jewish family of the Finzi-Continis finds refuge from the horror that is engulfing Europe in their sequestered, aristocratic lifestyle. But as Mussolini’s rapprochement with Hitler takes hold and the Fascists begin to purge and persecute local Jews, the family’s sheltered world begins to collapse. De Sica’s flashbacks evoke the working of memory, and a powerful sense of loss: of a world, a people, a culture. The lovely Dominique Sanda brings melancholy glamour to her role as the family’s daughter Micol. Special thanks to producer Arthur Cohn. (1970, 95 mins., DCP)
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PARTY: IN THE SECRET GARDEN 9:30 PM
Special Party in the theatre’s mezzanine after “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis,” featuring Naples, Rome, and Ferrara specialties.
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Official Website: www.CinemaItaliaSF.com
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Vittorio De Sica: A Film Series is co-presented by Istituto Luce Cinecittá and the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco with the support of The Leonardo da Vinci Society. The exhibition is organized by Cinema Italia San Francisco, Program Director Amelia Antonucci; Camilla Cormanni and Paola Ruggiero of Istituto Luce Cinecittá. Presented in association with the Ministry of Culture of Italy under the auspices of the Consulate General of Italy in San Francisco.
All films will be presented with English subtitles.

 
     
   


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27 SPECIAL EVENT

FROZEN SING-A-LONG NOON ONLY
Hosted by Laurie Bushman & Sara Moore.
Warm up your vocal chords, Frozen-atics. It’s time to join Anna and Elsa in song and “Let It Go” with your kindred spirits. Sing along to the words of the Academy Award-winning film, accompanied by on-screen lyrics with a bouncing snowflake to follow along! Dress up for the costume contest! Goody bags at the door!
(2013, full program runs approx 135 min, DCP 'Scope)

NO PASSES FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT
Special Admission: $16 general / $11 kids (12-) & seniors (62+)
Advance tix via
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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 27 DOUBLE FEATURE

THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE 2:30, 7:00

One of the best movie treatments of the corrosiveness of greed, this treasure-hunt classic stars Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston and Tim Holt as an unlikely trio of prospectors in Mexico. John Huston’s superior morality play keeps a light and entertaining touch despite the strong theme, and he won Oscars for both direction and screenplay. (1948, 126 min, 35mm)

+ SORCERER 4:45, 9:15

Four desperate men (including a weary Roy Scheider) haul truckloads of nitroglycerin over brutal terrain to put out a hellish South American oil fire. William Friedkin’s suspenseful and spellbinding adaptation of the French pulp novel The Wages of Fear was buried in the wake of Hollywood’s emerging blockbuster age; its cult following has grown over the years, and its digital restoration has cemented its reputation as one of the 1970s’ greatest movies. (1977, 121 min, DCP)

 

MONDAY SEPTEMBER 28 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 29 DOUBLE FEATURE

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD 7:00
Director George Miller revives his post-apocalyptic action franchise, and crafts one of the year's wildest movies. Tom Hardy steps into the title role, bringing wounded gravitas to the wasteland warrior; Charlize Theron is equally fine as the hard-driving Imperator Furiosa, whom Max joins in a struggle for freedom from the tyrannical Immortan Joe. Fury Road erupts with visual creativity, and effortlessly balances memorable characters, feminist subtexts, and an abundance of insane stunt work that must be seen to be believed. (2015, 120 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ THE ROVER 9:15

Set in a future civilization pushed to its breaking point, hardened loner Guy Pearce gives unrelenting chase on a gang of thieves through the desolate towns and roads of the Australian outback, with a wounded Robert Pattinson as his only guide. Director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) takes the viewer on a white-knuckled odyssey across a scorched and dangerous world. (2013, 103 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 30 SPECIAL EVENT

REEL ROCK 10 7:00

The REEL ROCK Film Tour brings the best in climbing and adventure films to local audiences in over 400 locations across the globe. REEL ROCK shows are spirited events where climbers and outdoors lovers come together to celebrate and sample the ultimate in adventure filmmaking. Prize giveaways, appearances by top climbers, and fundraising for non-profit organizations are always part of the party at REEL ROCK events.

In its landmark 10th year, REEL ROCK features exclusive premieres of short films by co-founders Sender Films and Big UP Productions that tell the stories of the most exciting vertical action from the past year. From big walls to big moves, and featuring athletes Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson, Alex Honnold, Daniel Woods and a special tribute to the late Dean Potter, this year's tour boasts an eclectic program that will get you psyched!

Advance tickets available through brownpapertickets.com
Full info at reelrocktour.com

 
 
 
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