Films December 11, 19, 20

From: John
Sent on: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 3:29 PM
Dear Radical Visionaries,

Three exciting film programs have been added to December?s calendar. Please check the links below for more information and to RSVP.

What: Alain Robbe-Grillet's L'Immortelle
When: Thursday, December 11, 6:30
Details: Join us for a rare screening of Alain Robbe-Grillet's directorial debut, L'Immortelle (1963), part of the current retrospective of Robbe-Grillet films at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Robbe-Grillet, a famous postmodern novelist and author of the screenplay for Last Year at Marienbad, was also an impressive filmmaker. In L'Immortelle "a man shares an abrupt, passionate affair with a woman who soon disappears. Fearing she's been kidnapped and forced into prostitution, he searches the labyrinthine streets of Istanbul for her.""Like Marienbad, L'Immortelle is a gorgeous, obtuse math proof that doesn't necessarily prove anything. Its characters are merely new variables being plugged into a familiar equation--a man (N) tries to track down an enigmatic woman (L) and convince her of their previous meeting against an exotic backdrop--that is designed to shuffle them through time and space.?
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVP

What: Rick Prelinger?s Lost Landscapes of San Francisco
When: Friday, December 19, 6:45
Details: Join us at Fort Mason's Cowell Theater for one of the year's most enjoyable film events. Rick Prelinger, famed guerrilla film archivist, presents his third annual Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, an eclectic montage of lost and rarely-seen film clips showing life, landscapes and labor in a vanished San Francisco as captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen and industrial filmmakers....The audience will be encouraged to interact with the film, especially to identify mystery scenes! After the event will be a reception and holiday party at The Long Now Museum and Store. The Prelingers, Long Now's staff and board will be on hand, and we plan to continue to project footage from the Prelinger Archive on every surface we can. There will be some light snacks and wine served. Because seating is limited, it is recommended that you arrive early.
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVP

What: Antonioni?s Zabriskie Point
When: Saturday December 20, 5:30
Details: Join us as we celebrate the holidays with Italian director Antonioni's ravishing and explosive medititation on 1960s counterculture, revolution, and the power of the imagination. Featuring music by Pink Floyd and Jerry Garcia, the film boasts many hypnotically beautiful scenes, including its justly famous conclusion.
"Lured to the United States by an ambitious MGM, Antonioni set about coolly redefining California dreaming in this wander through a Los Angeles baking in its own heat--from both the cultures within it and the deserts that surround it. Studio executives may have hoped for some marketable sex from the counterculture plotline involving a tight-jeaned, plane-thieving rebel and a leggy, well-tanned hippie child, but Antonioni amusingly appears more aroused by the landscapes--the manmade urban realm seen and heard through a blur of industrial signs, salvage yards, and the ambient din of clattering machines and humans, and the vast natural setting just outside the city, the desert mirages of Death Valley?s heat and light....Zabriskie Point is grounded in the realities of radical sixties American culture, and ecstatically detached--in thought, aesthetics, and narrative concerns--from the Hollywood system.?
Where: Link for more details and to send or change an RSVP

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