MIDCENTURY ECLECTIC!

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First show: May 13

FRIDAY, MAY 13 THROUGH MONDAY, MAY 16

MIDCENTURY ECLECTIC at the Roxie

“MIDCENTURY ECLECTIC! has to be the most adventurously programmed (by Don Malcolm) repertory film series of the year, centerpieced by a screening of THE BAD SEED with star Patty McCormack in person at 6 p.m., Sunday, May 15…. Really, there’s not a weak link in this intriguing journey into the fractured arthouse of the mid-20th century.” »MORE

—G. ALLEN JOHNSON, SF GATE

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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).

Patty McCormackHe 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!

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Friday, May 13

Children in Peril

THE FORGOTTEN ONES 7:00

FORBIDDEN GAMES 9:00

Saturday Matinée, May 14

Beyond the Kitchen Sink

NO LOVE FOR JOHNNIE 2:00

NOTHING BUT THE BEST 4:00

Saturday Evening, May 14

Strange Aftermaths of War

ASHES AND DIAMONDS 7:00

THE CONDEMNED OF ALTONA 9:00

Sunday Matinée, May 15

Totó and Fernandel – Forgotten Comic Masters

THE PASSIONATE THIEF 1:30

THE SHEEP HAS FIVE LEGS 3:30

Sunday Evening, May 15

In Search of “Midcentury American Arthouse”

THE BAD SEED 6:00

*PATTY McCORMACK IN PERSON!

THE SAVAGE EYE 9:00

Monday, May 16

The Peril in “Coming of Age”

TORMENT 7:00

RAPTURE 9:00

“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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