THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 20 DOUBLE FEATURE

BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN 7:00
Odessa - 1905. Enraged with the deplorable conditions on board the armored cruiser Potemkin, the ship's loyal crew contemplates the unthinkable - mutiny. Seizing control of the Potemkin and raising the red flag of revolution, the sailors' revolt becomes the rallying point for a Russian populace ground under the boot heels of the Czar's Cossacks. When ruthless White Russian cavalry arrives to crush the rebellion on the sandstone Odessa Steps, the most famous and most quoted film sequence in cinema history is born. For decades, Sergei Eisenstein's masterpiece has remained the most influential silent film of all time, now magnificently restored with the original Edmund Meisel’s orchestral score. (1925, 69 min – 2007 restoration, DCP)

+ THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS 8:25
One of the most influential political films in history, Gillo Pontecorvo’s film vividly re-creates a key year in the tumultuous Algerian struggle for independence from the occupying French in the 1950s. As violence escalates on both sides, children shoot soldiers at point-blank range, women plant bombs in cafés, and French soldiers resort to torture to break the will of the insurgents. Shot on the streets of Algiers in documentary style, the film is a case study in modern warfare, with its terrorist attacks and the brutal techniques used to combat them. Pontecorvo’s tour de force has astonishing relevance today. Ennio Morricone’s score is one of his most indelible. (1966, in Arabic and French with English subtitles, 123 min, DCP)

 
     
   


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21 SPECIAL PRESENTATION ($16/$11)

YELLOW SUBMARINE Sing Along 7:00

All together now! To mark its 50th anniversary, come sing along with John, Paul, George & Ringo as our animated heroes team up with Young Fred and the Nowhere Man and journey across the seven seas to free Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, make peace with the militant Meanies, and restore music, color, and love to the world. If you don't already know all the songs by heart, the lyrics are on-screen to guide you! As ever, an exhilaratingly joyful cinematic experience for all ages! (1968, 85 min, 4K DCP)

NO PASSES OR GIFT TICKETS ACCEPTED FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT
Tickets may be purchased in advance via TicketWeb or at our box office on the day of show.

 
     
   


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 22 SPECIAL EVENT

CIAO, MARCELLO! AN HOMAGE TO MARCELLO MASTROIANNI

Cinema Italia San Francisco presents an overdue homage to a great star 60 years after the making of "La Dolce Vita" with the projection of restored digital and rare 35 mm films back on the big screen of San Francisco's legendary Castro Theatre. Nicknamed the "Latin Lover", this quintessential leading man was truly a a giant of the golden age of Italian cinema. He was embraced for his lighthearted, magnetic, and unassuming ways in diverse roles. Join us in this loving cinematic tribute to the talented, transformative, and chameleonic Marcello Mastroianni. Presented in collaboration with the Leonardo da Vinci Society, the Italian Consulate General, and the Italian Cultural Institute.

YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW 10:00am
Mastroianni + Loren x 3: the duo light up this breezy triptych of tales about love, sex, and class. In the first, Mastroianni is the harried husband of a sexually voracious Loren, who’s staying pregnant to stay out of prison; in the second, they’re a pair of sophisticates tooling through Milan in a Rolls-Royce; and in the third, he’s the gotta-have-it client whose trysts with her high-priced prostitute are constantly thwarted (Loren’s sultry striptease is justly famous, but Mastroianni’s wolf-howls of delight put the scene over the top). De Sica’s Oscar-winning charmer deftly combines naughty bedroom comedy with neorealist social commentary. (Film Society of Lincoln Center) Mastroianni + Loren x 3: the duo light up this breezy triptych of tales about love, sex, and class. In the first, Mastroianni is the harried husband of a sexually voracious Loren, who’s staying pregnant to stay out of prison; in the second, they’re a pair of sophisticates tooling through Milan in a Rolls-Royce; and in the third, he’s the gotta-have-it client whose trysts with her high-priced prostitute are constantly thwarted (Loren’s sultry striptease is justly famous, but Mastroianni’s wolf-howls of delight put the scene over the top). De Sica’s Oscar-winning charmer deftly combines naughty bedroom comedy with neorealist social commentary. (Texts written by the Film Society of Lincoln Center) Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® at the 1965 Academy Awards®. Directed by Vittorio De Sica with Sophia Loren (1963, 119 min, BD)

8½ 1:00
In Federico Fellini’s monumental landmark of Italian cinema, Mastroianni anchors an irresistible mélange of behind-the-scenes farce, marital tragicomedy, surrealist theological vignettes, poeticized flashbacks, and elaborate projections of private fantasies. Mastroianni plays hotshot filmmaker Guido Anselmi, struggling to get his latest passion project off the ground, while juggling relationships with various women. Notable for its bracing formal modernism and wry self-awareness, 8½ is at its heart a compassionate tribute to the wrenching aches and pains, and ephemeral ecstasies, of the creative process. The film features archetypal yet emotionally precise performances by Anouk Aimée, Sandra Milo, and Claudia Cardinale, as his wife, his mistress, and his idealized muse, alongside the colorful supporting roster of producers, journalists, movie stars, and clergy who swarm around Guido as he struggles to actualize his ambitious magnum opus. (Texts written by the Film Society of Lincoln Center) Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® at the 1964 Academy Awards®. Directed by Federico Fellini with Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimèe and Sandra Milo (1963, 138 min, 35 mm)

A SPECIAL DAY 3:30
May 8, 1938: all of Rome is turning out to see the spectacle of Hitler’s visit to Italy. Among the few not attending are a harried housewife and mother-of-six (Sophia Loren) and her across-the-way neighbor (Mastroianni, Oscar-nominated), a suicidal ex-radio announcer. She’s a conservative Mussolini supporter; he’s a homosexual enemy of the state. But after a chance meeting, the two share a life-changing day that will challenge their assumptions about people, politics, and sexuality. Gorgeously photographed in creamy sepia tones and driven by two virtuoso central performances, this tender, daring chamber drama is a more-relevant-than-ever look at fascism’s human cost. (Texts written by the Film Society of Lincoln Center) Winner of Best Foreign Film at the 1978 Golden Globes. Directed by Ettore Scola with Sophia Loren (1977, 106 min, 35 mm)

LA DOLCE VITA 6:00
Fellini’s panoramic portrait of contemporary Roman decadence — parties, paparazzi, and promiscuous sex — is one of world cinema’s most fêted films and one of the key works in the great director’s canon. With La Dolce Vita, Fellini inaugurated the cycle of ambitious, visually extravagant, episodic, self-conscious, autobiographical works that cemented his reputation as an artist of international stature and gave rise to the term “Felliniesque.” Marcello Mastroianni, is one of his signature roles, is the film’s protagonist, a world-weary gossip columnist and would-be serious writer utterly compromised by the amorality and debauchery of the New Babylon in which he lives. Anita Ekberg co-stars as the latest Hollywood sex goddess, come to Italy to star in a Biblical epic; her foray into the Trevi Fountain is one of modern cinema’s most iconic scenes. The film’s opening sequence is almost as celebrated: a huge statue of Christ being transported by helicopter over the rooftops of Rome. “Oh look, there's Jesus!” exclaims a bikinied woman sunbathing on a terrace. La Dolce Vita’s Rome is a phantasmagoria of such contrasts: the sacred and the profane, the spiritual and the material, the Christian and the pagan, the miraculous and the orgiastic. The film was a great succès de scandale in its day; the Vatican denounced it as disgusting and immoral, and even Fellini’s mother was given to ask her son, “Why did you make such a picture?” (Texts written by The Cinematheque, Vancouver) Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1960 Festival de Cannes. Directed by Federico Fellini with Anita Ekberg (1960, 173 min, DCP).

DIVORCE ITALIAN STYLE 10:30
Marcello Mastroianni plays an impoverished, bored Sicilian aristocrat who hatches an elaborate scheme to murder his wife after inveigling her into an adulterous affair. According to Italian custom, he would be justified in killing her, by defending his “honor,” (divorce being forbidden in Italy). Conveniently he would be then free to marry his young, beautiful cousin, who seems to return his affections, right up to the film’s final, wicked shot. Director Germi, who co-wrote the slyly clever script with Ennio De Concini and Alfredo Gianetti, had a background in neorealist Italian dramas, and that would serve him well in his sendup of the Catholic country’s cultural habits and social mores. Mastroianni’s voiceover narration offers wry commentary on those traditions, effectively skewered by Germi. Bosley Crowther in the New York Times called it “a dandy, satiric farce” and Time lauded Germi for “something wildly, wickedly, wonderfully funny. He has applied a cunning hotfoot to the world’s biggest boot.” (Texts written by Laemmle) Winner of Best Screenplay at the 1963 Academy Awards® and Winner of Best Foreign Film and Best Actor at the 1963 Golden Globes. Directed by Pietro Germi with Daniela Rocca and Stefania Sandrelli. (1961, 105 min, 35 mm)

Tickets:

  • $12 per matinée film (before 6:00 PM);
  • $14 per evening film;
  • $25 per Via Veneto Party (9:00 PM) ticket.
  • A pass to see all five films and attend the party is $70.

Tickets and details: http://www.cinemaitaliasf.com

 
     
   


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23 & MONDAY SEPTEMBER 24
SPECIAL PRESENTATION ($16/$11)

YELLOW SUBMARINE Sing Along
Sun 1:00, 4:00, 7:00; Mon 7:00

All together now! Sing along with John, Paul, George & Ringo as our animated heroes team up with Young Fred and the Nowhere Man and journey across seven seas to free Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, make peace with the militant Meanies, and restore music, color, and love to the world. If you don't already know all the songs by heart, the lyrics are on-screen to guide you ! As ever, an exhilaratingly joyful cinematic experience for all ages! (1968, 85 min, DCP)

NO PASSES OR GIFT TICKETS ACCEPTED FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT
Tickets may be purchased in advance via TicketWeb or at our box office on the day of show.

 
     
   


TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 25 SPECIAL EVENT

SFFILM presents
A Tribute to Spike Lee: BlacKkKlansman
SFFILM is excited to present a special onstage tribute to celebrated veteran filmmaker Spike Lee, on the occasion of his latest film BlacKkKlansman. Lee will join us for an in-depth conversation about his career and creative process, followed by a free screening of the film.

7:00 pm – Onstage conversation with Spike Lee
8:00 pm – Screening of BlacKkKlansman

Tickets include access to the onstage conversation as well as the screening. Access to the screening alone is free of charge on a first come, first served basis; seating for the screening will open at approximately 7:45 pm.

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It's the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil rights rages on. Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) becomes the first African American detective on the Colorado Springs Police Department, but his arrival is greeted with skepticism and open hostility by the department's rank and file. Undaunted, Stallworth resolves to make a name for himself and a difference in his community. He bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.

Posing as a racist extremist, Stallworth contacts the group and soon finds himself invited into its inner circle. He even cultivates a relationship with the Klan's Grand Wizard, David Duke (Topher Grace), who praises Ron's commitment to the advancement of White America. With the undercover investigation growing ever more complex, Stallworth's colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), poses as Ron in face-to-face meetings with members of hate group, gaining insider's knowledge of a deadly plot. Together, Stallworth and Zimmerman team up to take down the organization whose real aim is to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

For tickets go to https://www.sffilm.org/screenings-and-events/tribute-to-spike-lee

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 26 SPECIAL EVENT

SFFILM Presents
A TRIBUTE TO RUPERT EVERETT:
THE HAPPY PRINCE 7:00
Writer/director/actor Rupert Everett will participate in an onstage conversation moderated by New York Times Carpetbagger Kyle Buchanan

In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde lies on his death bed and the past floods back, transporting him to other times and places. Was he once the most famous man in London? The artist crucified by a society that once worshiped him? The lover imprisoned and freed, yet still running towards ruin in the final chapter of his life? Under the microscope of death he reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the ensuing reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross who tried and failed to save him from himself. From Dieppe to Naples to Paris freedom is elusive and Oscar is a penniless vagabond, always moving on, shunned by his old acquaintances, but revered by a strange group of outlaws and urchins to whom he tells the old stories—his incomparable wit still sharp. THE HAPPY PRINCE is a portrait of the dark side of a genius who lived and died for love in the last days of the nineteenth century. For tickets, please visit sffilm.org

 
     
   


THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 27 SPECIAL EVENT
TRIBUTE TO TAB HUNTER Hosted by Eddie Muller

DAMN YANKEES 7:00
Long-suffering baseball fan Robert Shafer is reincarnated as younger/hunkier player Tab Hunter after making a deal with The Devil, aka Applegate (Ray Walston), so that his team will finally win. George Abbott’s brassy hit Broadway musical got the top-of-the-line Warner Bros. treatment with most of his stage troupe encoring, including choreographer Bob Fosse, who mambos onscreen with Gwen Verdon (with whom he became inseparable personally and professionally). –Quad Cinema. (1958, 111 min, 35mm)

+ POLYESTER 9:15

In John Waters’ wonderfully weird send-up of the “women’s pictures” made in the 1950s, Divine stars as Francine Fishpaw, a housewife suffering the degradation of dealing with a promiscuous go-go girl of a daughter, a son who’s the Baltimore Foot Stomper and a porn king husband—until low-rent Romeo Tab Hunter comes to her rescue. Presented in Odorama! Theme song sung by Debby Harry and Bill Murray! (1981, 86 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 28 DOUBLE FEATURE

CHINATOWN 7:00 NEW 4K RESTORATION!

In 1930s Los Angeles, Jack Nicholson plays Jake Gittes, a small-time private eye who stumbles onto a big case involving graft over valuable land and water rights, murder, incest and high-level corruption. Director Roman Polanski exposed the genuine evil in Robert Towne’s intricate script and created an American masterpiece. Faye Dunaway and a deliciously devious John Huston co-star. (1974, 130 min, 4K DCP ‘Scope)

+ NIGHT MOVES 9:25

Gene Hackman is a world-weary private eye on a bi-coastal search for runaway Melanie Griffith, finding deception and disillusionment in his path. Memories of the Kennedy assassinations haunt Arthur Penn’s definitive ‘70s noir, which exploded expectations by questioning the foundations that defined the gumshoe genre. With Jennifer Warren and Susan Clark; written by Alan Sharp. (1975, 100 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29 SPECIAL EVENT

OASIS SF & PEACHES CHRIST PRODUCTIONS are proud to present
THE ROAST OF DONNA SACHET 7:00
Emceed by the incomparable BRUCE VILANCH!

And featuring the ridiculously rude talents of CLEVE JONES, LENNY BROBERG, MARK LENO, SISTER ROMA, HEKLINA, JAI RODRIGUEZ & performances by the SAN FRANCISCO GAY MEN’S CHORUS.

**PERCENTAGE OF TONIGHT'S PROCEEDS BENEFIT THE LGBT MUSEUM OF SAN FRANCISCO**

Few people in San Francisco do more for San Francisco than tonight’s victim, I mean honoree, DONNA SACHET. Donna has been at the forefront of LGBT rights and visibility in this wonderful city of ours for, well, let’s just say a lot of years. Please come out a little early on Folsom Saturday this night and help us honor this most iconic and charitable of San Francisco luminaries by showing her how much we love her – how else but with a vicious roast! This show is only happening once, one night only, so be sure to be there for what is going to be a fabulous and mind-blowing, side-splitting event…!

THE SHOW IS 18+ ONLY! NO EXCEPTIONS. Tickets and full info

 
     
   


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30 DOUBLE FEATURE

THE BIRDS (2:00), 4:30, 7:00

Bored socialite Tippi Hedren boats into Bodega Bay and insinuates herself into the lives of widower Rod Taylor and his family. Strange avian attacks ensue. Ambiguity haunts Alfred Hitchcock’s menacing masterpiece, filled with indelible images of beauty and violence. Suzanne Pleshette, Veronica Cartwright and Jessica Tandy co-star. Bernard Herrmann served as sound consultant. (1963, 119 min, 35mm)

+ PHASE IV 9:15
A small team of scientists hole up in the Arizona desert, examining the bizarre structures and strange designs created by colonies of ants. They soon discover that the ants have developed a hive mind with some very specific plans for the future of humankind. The sole directorial effort of famed film designer Saul Bass (Vertigo, Casino) is a suitably offbeat (and, of course, visually striking) take on the familiar nature-run-amok branch of science fiction, and has become a cult favorite. Nigel Davenport, Michael Murphy, and Lynne Frederick star. (1974, 84 min, DCP)

 
 
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