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MONDAY APRIL 14 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


WEDNESDAY APRIL 16
DOUBLE FEATURE

JE T’AIME, JE T’AIME 7:00 New 35mm Print!

Acclaimed director Alain Resnais leaves us a moving tale of time travel and emotional discovery. When a man (Claude Rich) tries to commit suicide, he becomes the subject of a radical new experiment. Set up in a module that is half womb and half brain, he is flung back into an jumbled version of his life that only makes sense to the viewer, as time goes on. An avowed influence on Michel Gondry’s Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, celebrate Resnais' film with this beautiful new print. In French with English subtitles. (1968, 91 min, 35mm)

+ THE GREAT BEAUTY 8:45 Oscar-winner for Best Foreign Language Film!

An Italian socialite, depressed with the high life, turns his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, looking past the lavish nightclubs, parties and cafés to find Rome itself, in all its monumental glory. Featuring sensuous cinematography, a lush score, and an award-winning central performance by the great Toni Servillo, this transporting experience by director Paolo Sorrentino is a breathtaking Fellini-esque tale of decadence and lost love. In Italian with English subtitles. (2013, 142 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


THURSDAY APRIL 17
DOUBLE FEATURE

SORCERER 7:00 New Restoration!

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)

+ MIDNIGHT EXPRESS 9:15

Oliver Stone won an Oscar for his (extremely loose) adaptation of Billy Hayes’ gripping memoir, detailing Hayes’ arrest in Istanbul on drug smuggling charges and his daunting internment in a Turkish prison. Brad Davis is absolutely stellar as Hayes, and given fine support by John Hurt, Randy Quaid and Norbert Weisser as his fellow inmates. Alan Parker directs; Giorgio Moroder provides the captivating, Oscar-winning score. (1978, 121 min, DCP)

 
     
   


MiDNiTES FOR MANiACS presents
FRIDAY APRIL 18
"KiLL OR BE KiLLED" DOUBLE BiLL ($12)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE RUNNiNG MAN 7:20
Originally written in 1982 by Stephen King, this prophetic reality TV tale was wonderfully interpreted during the muscle-bound heroes of the late 1980s. Arnold Schwarzenegger gives one of his most exciting performances in what truly would be the biggest hit on current TV today as he runs for his life through a John Carpenter-esque vision of 2017. While critics panned the film for looking like a TV game show, it's time to come on out and reconsider that cinematic decision as a haunting allegory to our present times. Keep your eyes glued for fantastic genre performances by Yaphet Kotto, María Conchita Alonso (Vampire's Kiss) and Jesse "The Body" Ventura, while Harold Faltermeyer's synth score should leave you in an absolute neon bliss. (1987, 101 min, 35mm) Preceded by a slew of 1980s/1990s Action trailers.

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BATTLE ROYALE 9:30 BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
You better get your advance tickets for "the mother of all survival films!" This epic Japanese teensploitation flick is literally going to be one of the most intense Castro Theatre experiences ever! A brilliant allegory of coming-of-age within our violent classrooms yet taken to a whole new level when our government decides to start removing High School students from their comfort zones and throw them into an unknown forest filled to the MPAA brim of utter anarchy. Relentless vicious-violence, jaw-dropping camera-work and legendary performances by Chiaki Kuriyama (Gogo from Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Volume 1) and the stone-faced genius of Takeshi "Beat" Kitano, will have you stunned for days. This is not only the unofficial inspiration for the entire Hunger Games franchise, this is a modern masterpiece that begs to be seen on big screen. (2000, Unrated 114 min Theatrical Version, Restored Digital Presentation) Preceded by a gaggle of terrifying Japanese horror trailers.

Advance tix via TicketWeb.

 

 

 

     
   

SATURDAY APRIL 19 DOUBLE FEATURE

THE KILLING 7:00

In his classic film noir, Stanley Kubrick meticulously documents the lead up to a racetrack heist; he just as carefully captures the fallout and recriminations as everything falls apart. Sterling Hayden is determined ringleader Johnny Clay, heading a stellar cast of accomplices, hangers-on, and backstabbers including Marie Windsor, Timothy Carey, Coleen Gray, and Elisha Cook, Jr. (1956, 85 min, 35mm)

+ THE GETAWAY 8:40

Convicted felon “Doc” McCoy (Steve McQueen) is paroled and forced to rob a bank for a shady businessman. Surviving the inevitable double cross, Doc seizes the loot and, with wife Carol (Ali McGraw) in tow, heads for the border with cops, criminals, and his cheated partners (including a spectacularly amoral Al Lettieri) in hot pursuit. Sam Peckinpah’s adaptation of Jim Thompson’s gritty, surreal novel is a muscular concerto of deafening gun blasts and penetrating silences. (1972, 122 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


SATURDAY & SUNDAY APRIL 19 & 20

Disney’s FROZEN SING-A-LONG
1:00 matinees
, plus a 5:00 showing on Easter, April 20

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-Nominated film, accompanied by on-screen lyrics with a bouncing snowflake to follow along. When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna's sister, the Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), to break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman (Josh Gad), harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter's cold grip. Based on the fairy tale 'The Snow Queen' written by Hans Christian Andersen. Rated PG for mild, rude humor, some action. (2013, full program runs approx 135 min, DCP 'Scope)

NO PASSES ACCEPTED $16 general / $10 children (12-) & seniors (62+)
Advance tickets available via TicketWeb.

 

MONDAY APRIL 21 & TUESDAY APRIL 22 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


WEDNESDAY APRIL 23 DOUBLE FEATURE

RANCHO NOTORIOUS 7:00

Frontiersman Arthur Kennedy wanders the West obsessed with finding the culprits responsible for the brutal rape and murder of his fiancée. His quest leads him first to charismatic outlaw Mel Ferrer, then to Chuck-a-Luck, a horse ranch/criminal hideout overseen by saloon chanteuse Marlene Dietrich. Fritz Lang's dark Western has plenty of action, atmosphere and sultry Dietrich sings! (1952, 89 min, 35mm)

+ JOHNNY GUITAR 8:45

Nicholas Ray’s flamboyant western pits tough-as-nails saloon proprietor Joan Crawford against shrill firebrand Mercedes McCambridge in a two-fisted catfight for control of a frontier boomtown. This baroque and deliriously stylized Western, along with Lang’s Rancho Notorious, proves it is possible to lift the genre into the realms of Freudian analysis, political polemic and even Greek tragedy. (1954, 110 min, DCP)

 
     
   


THURSDAY APRIL 24 OPENING NIGHT

San Francisco Film Society Presents
57th San Francisco International Film Festival,
April 24–May 8

For tickets and complete program information: festival.sffs.org

THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY 7:00 – Special Guests Expected

Directed by Hossein Amini, England, 2014, 96 min. Celebrated screenwriter Hossein Amini (The Wings of the Dove, Drive) delivers a stylish directorial debut, with this adaptation ofa Patricia Highsmith suspense thriller gorgeously filmed on location in Greece and Turkey. In 1962, a well-heeled couple (Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst) come to know an American expatriate acting as an Athens tour guide (Oscar Isaac). But an incident at the couple’s hotel puts all three in danger and creates a precarious interdependence between them.

 
     
   


FRIDAY APRIL 25
DOUBLE FEATURE

MAUVAIS SANG 7:00 New Restoration!

In the near future, an aging crime lord (Michel Piccoli) recruits young delinquent Alex (Denis Lavant) to steal a serum designed to fight a mysterious plague. The plan becomes complicated by the deadly rival strategies of a wealthy American woman and by Alex falling for his boss’ young mistress (Juliette Binoche). Leos Carax’s (Holy Motors) ecstatic second film is brimming with giddy excess and hopeless romanticism. In French with English subtitles. (1986, 116 min, DCP)

+ WILD AT HEART 9:10

David Lynch’s wicked, violent road movie/love story stars Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern as a redneck couple fleeing weirdos via a convertible. Packed with inspired performances, surreal moments, flashbacks, voodoo, gangsters, and lots of Elvis and Wizard of Oz references, the film won the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Diane Ladd, Willem Dafoe and Harry Dean Stanton co-star. (1990, 125 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


SATURDAY & SUNDAY APRIL 26 & 27

Disney’s FROZEN SING-A-LONG 1:00 matinees

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-Nominated film, accompanied by on-screen lyrics with a bouncing snowflake to follow along. When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna's sister, the Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), to break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman (Josh Gad), harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter's cold grip. Based on the fairy tale 'The Snow Queen' written by Hans Christian Andersen. Rated PG for mild, rude humor, some action. (2013, full program runs approx 135 min, DCP 'Scope)

NO PASSES ACCEPTED $16 general / $10 children (12-) & seniors (62+)
Advance tickets available via TicketWeb.

 
     
   


SATURDAY APRIL 26 DOUBLE FEATURE

TOP GUN in 3D 7:00

Young studs Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards vie for glory in the skies and in the barroom whilst training at an elite naval aviation school. Tony Scott directed this quintessential 1980s blockbuster, now in 3D—all the more to marvel at the kinetic dogfight sequences pumping to Moroder & Faltermeyer’s MTV beat. (1986, 110 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ COCKTAIL 5:00, 9:05

Success-striving Cruise juggles Scotch bottles and shot glasses like a cocky carnival act, going from klutzy novice to revered barroom poet, and embarks on a personal journey of temptation, moral weakness, tragedy, and ultimate redemption. Bryan Brown co-stars as his mentor; Elizabeth Shue is the cute waitress who stirs his inner cocktail shaker. (1988, 104 min, 35mm)

 
     
   

SUNDAY APRIL 27 DOUBLE FEATURE

THE NARROW MARGIN 5:30, 9:10

A hard-boiled cop (the malevolently magnificent Charles McGraw) must escort gangster’s widow (sleazy siren Marie Windsor) to a Grand Jury trial on a cross-country train, dodging hit men at every turn. One of the greatest B-movies ever made, Richard Fleischer’s film is taut, fast-paced excitement from start to finish. (1952, 71 min, 35mm)

+ EMPEROR OF THE NORTH 7:00

Robert Aldrich’s unique, heavily symbolic Depression-era actioner pits sadistic train conductor Ernest Borgnine against legendary hobo Lee Marvin in a rail-riding dare to the death. Beautifully shot in Oregon country, packed with salty dialogue and boasting great support from Keith Carradine, Elisha Cook, Jr. and Sid Haig. (1973, 118 min, archival 35mm print)

 

MONDAY APRIL 28 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


TUESDAY APRIL 29

San Francisco Film Society Presents
57th San Francisco International Film Festival,
April 24–May 8

For tickets and complete program information: festival.sffs.org

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down 8:00 Live & Onstage

Reaching back into her musical catalog, Thao Nguyen and her band the Get Down Stay Down will play live, accompanying classic, strange and funny films and newsreels from the silent era. The evening will also feature a few short works with sound, such as original short videos that Thao made in collaboration with filmmaker Lauren Tabak, including one made especially for this event. This promises to be a special night, as Thao and the band perform to a program of films for the very first time.

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY APRIL 30
DOUBLE FEATURE

THE BRIDE WORE BLACK 7:00 New 35mm Print!

In François Truffaut’s thriller, Jeanne Moreau stars as a woman whose fiancé is nastily murdered by five men. Utilizing a series of disguises, the cool-customer Moreau tracks down all five culprits, sexually enslaves them and then engineers their deaths. A Hitchcock homage in the truest sense, right down to the pseudonymous Cornell Woolrich source material and the ominous musical score composed by Bernard Herrmann. In French with English subtitles (1968, 107 min, 35mm)

+ OBSESSION 9:00

Director Brian De Palma and screenwriter Paul Schrader take the basic premise of Vertigo and turn it upside down, creating a full-blown melodramatic tour-de-force of wild noir gimmicks and unrestrained emotions. Bernard Herrmann’s overpowering score haunts the proceedings like a phantom limb. Cliff Robertson, Geneviève Bujold and John Lithgow star. (1975, 98 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 

 
     
   


THURSDAY MAY 1 DOUBLE FEATURE

DAISIES 7:30

One of the most anarchic films of all time, Vera Chytilová’s absurdist farce follows the misadventures of two brash young women. Believing the world to be “spoiled,” they embark on a series of pranks in which nothing—food, clothes, men, war—is taken seriously. This aesthetically and politically adventurous film is widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema. In Czech with English subtitles. (1966, 76 min, 35mm)

 

+ TIMES SQUARE 9:00

(1980, 111 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


FRIDAY MAY 2
2014 Founder's Directing Award

San Francisco Film Society Presents
57th San Francisco International Film Festival,
April 24–May 8

For tickets and complete program information: festival.sffs.org

AN EVENING WITH RICHARD LINKLATER 7:00

Richard Linklater is one of the most profound and prolific American independent filmmakers of the last 20 years and The Film Society is thrilled to honor Linklater with the 2014 Founder’s Directing Award. The event includes an onstage interview and the screening of his groundbreaking new film, Boyhood.

 
     
   


SATURDAY MAY 3 DOUBLE FEATURE

PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE 3:45, 8:30

In Tim Burton’s oddball feature debut, Pee-Wee’s idyllic life is rudely interrupted when someone nabs his most prized possession: a fire engine-red customized bicycle. He then embarks on an epic cross-country search to find his lost love. (1985, 90 min, 35mm)

+ IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD 5:30

(1963, 159 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 

 
     
   


SUNDAY MAY 4

Disney’s FROZEN SING-A-LONG
1:00 matinee

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-Nominated film, accompanied by on-screen lyrics with a bouncing snowflake to follow along. When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna (Kristen Bell) joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna's sister, the Snow Queen Elsa (Idina Menzel), to break her icy spell. Although their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman (Josh Gad), harsh conditions, and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter's cold grip. Based on the fairy tale 'The Snow Queen' written by Hans Christian Andersen. Rated PG for mild, rude humor, some action. (2013, full program runs approx 135 min, DCP 'Scope)

NO PASSES ACCEPTED $16 general / $10 children (12-) & seniors (62+)
Advance tickets available via TicketWeb.

 
 
 
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