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I WAKE UP DREAMING 2014
May 16, 2014 - May 25, 2014

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Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine. This year’s I WAKE UP DREAMING cavalcade will be the first ever presented entirely in DIGITAL. The Roxie Theater boasts one of the most outstanding digital projection systems in San Francisco and these specially prepared and supervised digital transfers are guaranteed to look astonishing on the big screen — where they belong! I WAKE UP DREAMING is committed to the idea that classic motion pictures are best viewed on a big screen in a large dark room full of complete strangers. It is our hope that programmers and exhibitors everywhere will explore the seemingly limitless number of films now available to movie theaters in the digital format. ————————– THE-UNFAITHFUL

Friday, May 16 STRANGER ON THE 3rd FLOOR (1940) 64 mins. 6:30 and 9:50 with THE UNSUSPECTED (1947) 103 mins. 8:00 only!

Saturday, May 17 Afternoon Program: LOVE IS A RACKET (1932) 72 mins. 2:00 with LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT (1933) 69 mins. 3:30

Evening Program: NORA PRENTISS (1947) 111 mins. 5:15 and 9:45 with THE UNFAITHFUL (1947) 109 mins. 7:30 only!

Sunday, May 18 Afternoon Program: ANGELS IN DISGUISE (1948) 63 mins. 2:00 with FALL GUY (1947) 64 mins. 3:15 and WHEN STRANGERS MARRY (1944) 66 mins. 4:30

Evening Program: THE LOCKET (1946) 86 mins.  8:00 only! with THE WINDOW (1949) 73 mins. 6:30 and 9:45

Monday, May 19 20,000 YEARS IN SING SING (1932)  78 mins. 8:00 only! with TWO SECONDS (1932) 68 mins. 6:30 and 9:40

Tuesday, May 20 TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY (1951) 90 mins.  8:00 only! with A WOMAN’S SECRET (1949) 85 mins. 6:15 and 9:45

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Wednesday, May 21 SPLIT SECOND (1953) 85 mins. 8:00 only! with EXPERIMENT ALCATRAZ (1950) 57 mins. 6:40 and 9:45

Thursday, May 22 HIGHWAY 301 (1950) 83 mins. 8:00 only! with DEATH IN SMALL DOSES (1957) 79 mins. 6:15 and 9:45

Friday, May 23 THE RISE AND FALL OF LEGS DIAMOND (1960) 101 mins. 8:15 only! with AL CAPONE (1959) 104 mins. 6:00 and 10:15

Saturday, May 24 Afternoon Program: MIRACLES FOR SALE (1939) 71 mins. 1:30 with GRAND CENTRAL MURDER (1942) 73 mins. 2:50 and BUNCO SQUAD (1950) 67 mins. 4:20

Evening Program: WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (1956) 100 mins. 7:45 only! with BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956) 80 mins. 6:00 and 9:50

Sunday, May 25 Afternoon Program: TWO ON A GUILLOTINE (1965) 107 mins. 3:00 with THE HYPNOTIC EYE (1960) 79 mins. 1:30

Evening Program: THE COUCH (1962) 100 mins.  5:30 and 10:00 with BRAINSTORM (1965) 114 mins.  7:45 only!

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Read more about the I WAKE UP DREAMING festival and its colorful history at the Roxie!

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DOCUMENTED: A FILM BY AN UNDOCUMENTED AMERICAN
May 16, 2014 - June 5, 2014

“At its heart, DOCUMENTED asks what it means to be American. The film succeeds because it moves well beyond an abstract debate about the very timely subject. It lets us get to know a living person caught in the middle of it.” – Mark Collins, Daily Camera

“A moving and intimate work…” – Matt Brennan, IndieWIRE

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailIn 2011, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas outed himself as an undocumented immigrant in the New York Times Magazine. DOCUMENTED chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his journey through America as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he re-connects with his mother, whom he hasn’t seen in 20 years. Written and directed by Jose Antonio Vargas. Digital. 2013, 89 mins..

“To me, politics is culture. I became a journalist, and later, a filmmaker, to get to know my adoptive country and my volatile place in it as a gay, undocumented, Filipino American. As a newcomer to America who learned to “speak American” by watching movies, I firmly believe that to change the politics of immigration and citizenship, we must change culture—the way we portray undocumented people like me and our role in society. That’s why I felt compelled to take charge of my own narrative and write, produce, and direct DOCUMENTED. This film, to me, is as much an artistic statement as it is a political one: I am not the “illegal” you think I am, and immigration is not what you think it is.” – Jose Antonio Vargas

May
19
Mon
20,000 YEARS IN SING SING / TWO SECONDS
May 19, 2014

20,000 YEARS IN SING SING

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A blunt and often raw prison drama steeped in pre-code Hollywood violence and cynicism. A brash young hoodlum is sent to prison and promptly begins a one man war against the system. One of the more powerful of the many grim prison dramas produced in the early 30s. Starring Spencer Tracy, Bette Davis, Arthur Byron, Lyle Talbot. Photographed by Barney McGill. From the book by Lewis E. Lawes. Directed by Michael Curtiz. In B&W. 78 mins. 1932.

At 8:00pm only!

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TWO SECONDS

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In the final seconds before he is executed, convict John Allen relives the final fateful days that led up to the tragic circumstances that brought him to the death house. A film of enormous power and scope, featuring a bravura performance from its charismatic star, Edward G. Robinson. Also in at the cast are Vivienne Osborne, Guy Kibbee, Preston Foster, J. Carrol Naish. Photographed by Sol Polito. Directed by Mervyn Le Roy. In B&W. 68 mins. 1932.

At 6:30pm and 9:40pm

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Tickets are good for one or both movies.

I WAKE UP DREAMING – Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine.

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May
20
Tue
TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY / A WOMAN’S SECRET
May 20, 2014

TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY

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After spending years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, a brooding ex-con attempts to adjust to life on the outside. His search for redemption takes a detour when he hooks up with a cynical dime-a-dance girl. A complex and compassionate noir that packs an unexpected emotional punch. Starring Ruth Roman, Steve Cochran, Lurene Tuttle, Ray Teal. Photographed by Robert Burks. Screenplay by Guy Endore. Directed by Felix Feist. In B&W. 90 mins. 1951.

At 8:00pm only!

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A WOMAN’S SECRET

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When a glamorous singer becomes afflicted with a rare throat disease she handpicks her successor, a young songbird with troubling emotional problems. Complications arise when deadly gunfire erupts. Like a slightly more daft and morbid version of All About Eve, but with just a twist of noir. Starring Maureen O’Hara, Melvyn Douglas, Gloria Grahame, Jay C. Flippen, Victor Jory. Photographed by George Diskant. Screenplay by Herman Mankiewicz. Directed by Nicholas Ray. In B&W. 84 mins. 1949.

At 6:15pm and 9:45pm

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Tickets are good for one or both movies.

I WAKE UP DREAMING – Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine.

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May
21
Wed
SPLIT SECOND / EXPERIMENT ALCATRAZ
May 21, 2014

SPLIT SECOND

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A vicious killer and his gang crash out of prison and hold a group of hostages in a Nevada ghost town where an atom bomb test is set to happen the following morning! Tension escalates to the boiling point as loyalties among the gang gradually begin to shift. Nuclear noir for the Fallout Generation. Starring Stephen McNally, Alexis Smith, Jan Sterling, Keith Andes, Paul Kelly. Photographed by Nicholas Musuraca. Screenplay by William Bowers and Irving Wallace. Directed by Dick Powell. In B&W. 85 mins. 1953.

At 8:00pm only!

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EXPERIMENT ALCATRAZ

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A group of five prison lifers are given the chance to gain their freedom if they’re willing to subject themselves to a bizarre and hazardous medical experiment — one that will blast radioactive isotopes into these desperate human guinea pigs! An ingenious low-budget noir from one of the legendary Kings of the Bs. Starring John Howard, Joan Dixon, Robert Shayne, Lynne Carter. Photographed by Jackson Rose. Directed by Edward L. Cahn. In B&W. 57 mins. 1950.

At 6:40pm and 9:45pm

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Tickets are good for one or both movies.

I WAKE UP DREAMING – Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine.

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May
22
Thu
HIGHWAY 301 / DEATH IN SMALL DOSES
May 22, 2014

HIGHWAY 301

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A gang of desperate armed robbers led by a psychotic killer spread a wave of terror throughout the southeast, wantonly killing anyone who gets in their way. One of the last great gangster noirs, breathlessly paced and brutally violent. Based on a true story. Starring Steve Cochran, Virginia Grey, Gaby Andre, Robert Webber, Aline Towne. Photographed by Carl E. Guthrie. Written and directed by Andrew L. Stone. In B&W. 83 mins. 1950.

At 8:00pm only!

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DEATH IN SMALL DOSES

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Tawdry B expose’ about the illegal amphetamine racket! Long-haul truckers are the targets of this heinous web of destruction that keep sending drugged drivers to their doom. A tough-minded federal agent is called in to straighten things out. As 50s trash-noir goes, this one rates awfully high. Starring Peter Graves, Mala Powers, Chuck Connors, Merry Anders. Photographed by Carl E. Guthrie. Directed by Joseph M. Newman. In B&W. 79 mins. 1957.

At 6:15pm and 9:45pm

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Tickets are good for one or both movies.

I WAKE UP DREAMING – Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine.

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May
23
Fri
BREASTMILK
May 23, 2014 - May 29, 2014

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Thursday, May 29, 7pm

Post-screening discussion with lactation consultant Tracy Massillon, moderated by doula Susan Arthur

 

GROUP SALES AVAILABLE!

BABIES WELCOME!!

BREASTMILK, the new documentary by first-time filmmaker Dana Ben-Ari, is an unflinchingly provocative, humorous, informative and inspirational exploration of just how, when and why the next generation gets fed.  The film dives into the fray of what really happens among new parents – those who want to breastfeed, those who can’t breastfeed and a whole culture caught up in the heady mix of stress, bliss and judgment that have made breastfeeding choices a matter of polarizing social debate. 

BREASTMILK uncovers all the most surprising and concealed aspects of what it means to have milk: from hooter hiders to work-place pumping, from career moms to gay parents, from wet nurses to sex practices, from freaked-out fathers and impassioned “lactivists” to the moms who halt breastfeeding before their infant is 6 months old. The result is an illuminating portrait of an everyday human subject rarely shown on film. Aiming beyond simplistic debates over what is natural or normal, BREASTMILK scopes out new territory.  For the film is not only a revealing inquiry into our modern approach to one of the body’s most remarkable functions – it’s also an examination of how the most personal things become political and a stirring sketch of the breathtakingly diverse experience of modern parenthood itself. CAVU Pictures presents BREASTMILK, directed and produced by Dana Ben-Ari (making her feature film debut) and executive produced by Ricki Lake (“The Ricki Lake Show,” “The Business of Being Born”) and Abby Epstein (“The Business of Being Born”).

Directed by Dana Ben-Ari. 2014. Digital. 91 mins. NR

Director Dana Ben-Ari IN PERSON
Friday, May 23rd, after the 7pm show
Saturday, May 24th after 11:15am & 3pm shows!!!!

 

THE RISE AND FALL OF LEGS DIAMOND / AL CAPONE
May 23, 2014

THE RISE AND FALL OF LEGS DIAMOND

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Despite any and all historical inaccuracies, this is a dynamic and emotionally wild gangster melodrama, the noir-tinged tale of a blindly ambitious punk whose career left a bloodstained swath across the Roaring 20s. Deeply nuanced and ultimately troubling, an important entry in a great director’s canon. Starring a B movie cast of a lifetime: Ray Danton, Karen Steele, Elaine Stewart, Jesse White, Simon Oakland, Warren Oates. Photographed by Lucien Ballard. Directed by Budd Boetticher. In B&W. 101 mins. 1960.

At 8:15pm only!

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AL CAPONE

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Fact-fueled opus on the life of the notorious gangster who, after arriving in Chicago at the dawn of Prohibition, rose to the top of the rackets through murder, extortion, and political fraud. Outrageously bold performances highlight this one-of-a-kind film. Starring Rod Steiger, Fay Spain, James Gregory, Martin Balsam, Nehemiah Persoff. Photographed by Lucien Ballard. Directed by Richard Wilson. In B&W. 104 mins.

At 6:00pm and 10:15pm

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Tickets are good for one or both movies.

I WAKE UP DREAMING – Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine.

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SEE THE ENTIRE SCHEDULE NOW!

May
24
Sat
MIRACLES FOR SALE / GRAND CENTRAL MURDER / BUNCO SQUAD
May 24, 2014

MIRACLES FOR SALE

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A suave, internationally known magician finds himself involved in a diabolical scheme involving fake spiritualists and…murder! A rare and fascinating proto-noir, wholly unusual and ripe with bizarre imagery. Sadly, this was the final film from the masterful auteur responsible for DRACULA and FREAKS. Starring Robert Young, Florence Rice, Frank Craven, Henry Hull. Photographed by Charles Lawton, Jr. Screenplay by Harry Ruskin. Directed by Tod Browning. In B&W. 71 mins. 1939.

At 1:30pm only!

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GRAND CENTRAL MURDER

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A tough-as-nails private eye matches wits with the cops and a train full of suspects when a glamorous movie star is found strangled to death! Paced at a lightning fast clip and charged with some of the snappiest hard-boiled patter this side of Chandler. Starring Van Heflin, Patricia Dane, Virginia Grey, Samuel S. Hinds, Sam Levene. Photographed by George Fosley. Screenplay by Peter Ruric. Directed by S. Sylvan Simon. 73 mins. 1942.

At 2:50pm only!

….and:

BUNCO SQUAD

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Exciting B noir about the undercover detectives who go after the phony mediums and spiritualists who prey mercilessly on the weak and the grieving. Smartly atmospheric and suspenseful, this is another seldom seen gem in need of critical re-ealuation. Starring Robert Sterling, Joan Dixon, Ricardo Cortez, Douglas Fowley, John Kellogg. Photographed by Henry Freulich. Directed by Herbert Leeds. In B&W. 67 mins. 1950.

At 4:20pm only!

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Tickets are good for one or two or three movies.

I WAKE UP DREAMING – Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine.

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WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS / BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT
May 24, 2014

WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS

WhileTheCitySleeps

Internal power struggles at a New York newspaper serve as the backdrop for this unwholesome tale of sex and murder. An ambitious editor exploits the recent series of brutal sex-slayings that has the city in a panic by using fear and greed as motivating principles. A brilliant noir melodrama, and one of this great director’s signature American films. Starring Dana Andrews, Rhonda Fleming, George Sanders, Howard Duff, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, Ida Lupino, John Drew Barrymore. Photographed by Ernest Laszlo. Screenplay by Casey Robinson. Directed by Fritz Lang. In B&W. 100 mins. 1956.

At 7:45pm only!

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BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT

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In order to call attention to the inequities of the death penalty, a writer conspires with his editor to have himself framed for murder, tried, convicted and sentenced to death despite being innocent. Fate steps in to deliver a bizarre twist to this ingenious tale from one of the true founding fathers of film noir. Starring Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Sidney Blackmer, Arthur Franz, Barbara Nichols. Photographed by William E. Snyder. Written by Douglas Morrow. Directed by Fritz Lang. In B&W. 80 mins. 1956.

At 6:00pm and 9:50pm

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Tickets are good for one or both movies.

I WAKE UP DREAMING – Ten sensational days and nights of pre-code crime, proto-noir, and film noir featuring thirty classics and curios spanning the years 1932 to 1965. These incredible films have been pulled from the vaults of the Warner Archive and programmed exclusively for the Roxie Theater by Elliot Lavine.

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SEE THE ENTIRE SCHEDULE NOW!