First show: May 13
The “Archaeology of Arthouse”
RARE & UNFORGETTABLE ARTHOUSE FILMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD 1944-1965
Programming renegade Don Malcolm, mastermind of the French noir series (THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT) that electrified sold-out Roxie shows over 2014/2015, takes a fascinating ninety-degree turn with MIDCENTURYECLECTIC! — tracing the roots of “arthouse” cinema around the world in the 40s, 50s and 60s.
From rarely-screened masterpieces (LOS OLVIDADOS, FORBIDDEN GAMES, ASHES & DIAMONDS) to astonishing rediscoveries (RAPTURE, THE SAVAGE EYE, THE CONDEMNED OF ALTONA), Malcolm’s curatorial kineticism is palpable, pushing us to discern arthouse elements in unusual places (comedies such as Italy’s THE PASSIONATE THIEF, France’s THE SHEEP HAS FIVE LEGS, and Great Britain’s NOTHING BUT THE BEST).
He even dares us to see “arthouse” where most see “kitsch”—and, as a result, we will all see something new in the sixtieth anniversary screening of THE BAD SEED (with its star, the great Patty McCormack, making a special Roxie appearance after the screening on Sunday evening).
So come swing from the rafters with Don as he kicks off a totally new approach to repertory programming. Dare to immerse yourself in MIDCENTURYECLECTIC!
“If you want to provoke a heated dialogue with a film lover, ask why a certain beloved movie (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, say, or To Kill a Mockingbird) is part of the canon when another, stronger film (Frank Borzage’s The Mortal Storm, for example) is utterly forgotten. Ever-restless programmer Don Malcolm would have quite a bit to say on the subject, I think, based on his passion for unearthing great films that many people have heard of but few have seen. He packs a dozen powerhouse titles into MIDCENTURY ECLECTIC! , an immersive dive into the most visceral and soul-churning works of postwar international cinema. From Luis Buñuel’s Los Olvidados and Rene Clement’s Forbidden Games to The Bad Seed (with Patty McCormack in the house), the Roxie will be heaving and rocking.” —Michael Fox, KQED Arts
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