Films on Friday July 10 and Wednesday July 15

From: John
Sent on: Thursday, July 9, 2009 1:26 PM
Dear Radical Visionaries:

Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise and Lucrecia Martel's Headless Woman have just been added to our July calendar. Details below.

What: De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise
Where: Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley (2575 Bancroft Way)
When: July 10, 8 pm
Details: Join us Friday July 10 when we attend a rare screening of Brian De Palma's darkly comic rock musical, Phantom of the Paradise. "Winslow Leach (William Finley) is between rock and a hard place. A geeky composer, he's almost completed his Faustian cantata when it's stolen by Swan (Paul Williams), the satanic exec behind Death Records, who needs a new sound for the opening of his rock palace, the Paradise. After the consequences of the theft leave him with disfigured body and twisted soul, Winslow haunts the dark reaches of the Paradise while completing his cantata for his elusive love Phoenix (Jessica Harper), a young singer whose life belongs to Death. A frantic, cartoon-like musical that collides Ken Russell's Tommy and Lon Chaney's Phantom of the Opera with Oscar Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray, this early De Palma has a kind of arch virtuosity as it offers up its dyspeptic survey of American rock in songs that go from ducktailed fifties rockabilly to glittery seventies glam (all written by Williams, who penned Carpenters hits like 'We?ve Only Just Begun'). Along the way, Phantom slams the music biz for its devil-may-care duplicity. If memory serves, it's always been Swan's way."

8:00 Purchase tickets at PFA's Box Office (2575 Bancroft) then meet across the street at Cafe Milano (2522 Bancroft) for salads/sandwiches/coffee.

8:40 Head to PFA's theater (2575 Bancroft) to take our seats. The film starts at 9.

10:30 We will meet afterwards at Caffe Strada (two blocks up Bancroft, at 2300 College) for conversation.

Join us Wednesday July 15 at the Yerba Bueana Center for the Arts for the premiere of acclaimed Argentine director Lucrecia Martel's latest film, The Headless Woman. The film's story begins simply enough. "A bourgeois woman is driving alone on a dirt road, becomes distracted, and runs over something. In the days following this jarring incident, she is dazed and emotionally disconnected from the people and events in her life, and becomes obsessed with the possibility that she may have killed someone. Martel's third feature examines the intricacies of class status and the role of women in a male-dominated society.

A founding filmmaker in the New Argentine Cinema movement, Lucrecia Martel has become a major figure in contemporary world cinema. With just three feature films (screened at the YBCA on July 14, 15, and 23) she has created a deeply complex and vivid aesthetic, using a kind of exquisite minimalism where images, sound and subtle gestures dominate over traditional dramatic narrative."

The Headless Woman will be followed by a discussion with the director and film critic B. Ruby Rich.

Note: It is strongly advised that you purchase your tickets to this event online before the day of the show.

For tickets and more info about the film, its venue, and the Lucrecia Martel retrospective:

6:30 Purchase tickets at the YBCA Box Office (701 Mission St. at Third), then meet for conversation at Peets Coffee, on the corner of Mission and Third St.

7:15 take our seats in Yerba Buena?s film theater. The film starts at 7:30.

9:30 After the film and the post-film discussion with the director, we will meet for conversation at The Coffee Bean, 773 Market at 4th St.

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