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Classic Cinema: Picnic at the Pacific Film Archive Berkeley

Come join me for one of the big screens best from the 50's - starring Kim Novak, Rosalind Russell and William Holden. We'll meet in the lobby at 4:30pm.

A staid Kansas town prepares for its annual Labor Day picnic. On the surface, this town is idyllic Americana, but beneath the how d’ya-dos, gingham, and pie-eating contests, seethe not-so-bucolic desires—in an aging school teacher (Rosalind Russell), a distraught teenager (Susan Strasberg), and the town’s beauty, Madge (Kim Novak), longing for love. Then a drifter (William Holden) appears whose own yearnings roil the serene surface of this rural enclave. The great cinematographer James Wong Howe captures this intimate tale in widescreen CinemaScope, filling the frame with pastoral aplenty, but the stifling detail makes it seem like Norman Rockwell on the rocks. 

Street parking.

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  • Marilyn

    Im here! 4th row doen in the center if the theater

    December 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I woke up sick this morning (SAT) and have spent most of the day in bed. I am so sorry to miss tomorrow's get together. Will be looking forward to the one in January. Happy Holidays to you all!

    December 7, 2013

    • Marilyn

      So sorry you're not feeling well. Look forward to meeting you at a future event. Feel better and happy holidays to you.

      December 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Holden and Novak in that film are so steaming HOT! But I just rented it a month ago, and will have to pass for this fab PFA offering. Have fun!

    1 · October 20, 2013

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