MONDAY DECEMBER 5 SPECIAL EVENT

SF Film Society presents
Silence with Martin Scorsese
7:00 pm

Based on Shusaku Endo's 1966 novel by the same name, Silence has been a passion project for director Martin Scorsese for over 20 years. Set in the 17th century, the film follows two Jesuit priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to find their missing mentor (Liam Neeson).

This is a free screening for SF Film Society members only. Become a member or RSVP at sffs.org/membership. Seats are extremely limited. www.sffs.org

 
     
   


TUESDAY DECEMBER 6 & WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7 SPECIAL EVENT

Rick Prelinger presents
LOST LANDSCAPES OF SAN FRANCISCO, 11 7:30

Our 11th annual feature-length program shows San Francisco's neighborhoods, infrastructure, celebrations, and people from the early 1900's through the 1970s. As always, the audience makes the soundtrack! Come prepared to identify places, people and events, to ask questions, and to engage in spirited real-time repartee with fellow audience members. www.longnow.org

 
     
   


THURSDAY DECEMBER 8 SPECIAL EVENT

SF Film Society presents
La La Land with Cast & Crew
8:30 pm

With director Damien Chazelle and co-stars Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, & John Legend in person!

SF Honors is a new annual award and tribute celebrating innovation and audacity in current cinema. This year, the SF Film Society is pleased to celebrate La La Land.

Written and directed by Academy Award nominee Damien Chazelle, La La Land tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts.

SF Honors is made possible thanks to the generous support of Todd Traina and Diane Wilsey.

Buy tickets at sffs.org. $20 SF Film Society members / $25 general public.

 
     
   


FRIDAY DECEMBER 9 DOUBLE FEATURE

BULLITT 7:00

Classic San Francisco cop procedural has Steve McQueen aggressively investigating a mob hit in the face of politico intervention. Peter Yates’ taut direction makes great use of The City and the famous car chase remains one to be outdone. Co-starring a steely Robert Vaughn (R.I.P.), the gorgeous Jacqueline Bisset and a groovy score by Lalo Schifrin. (1968, 114 min, 35mm)

+ DIRTY HARRY 9:15

Clint Eastwood’s renegade detective Harry Callahan throws due process out the window when it stands in the way of apprehending a hippie psycho on the loose in SF. Don Siegel’s crisp, beautifully paced film is a quintessential work in ‘70s action cinema, stunningly shot by Bruce Surtees and scored by Lalo Schifrin. (1971, 102 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


SATURDAY DECEMBER 10 HITCHCOCK DOUBLE FEATURE

NORTH BY NORTHWEST 2:35, 7:00

A serious case of bad timing causes Madison Avenue advertising executive Cary Grant to be mistaken for a spy, sending him on a 3,000-mile chase across the country. Eva Marie Saint and James Mason co-star in Alfred Hitchcock’s vastly entertaining romantic thriller. Music by Bernard Herrmann. (1959, 131 min, 35mm)

+ THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY 5:00, 9:25

Hitchcock brings his macabre touch to this black comedy about the denizens of a Vermont town who find a corpse that won’t stay buried. Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe and (in her debut) Shirley MacLaine deliver amusing turns; Bernard Herrmann’s score marked the first of eight film collaborations with Hitch. (1955, 99 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


SUNDAY DECEMBER 11 RITA HAYWORTH DOUBLE FEATURE

THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI 3:00, 7:00

Orson Welles wrote, directed, produced and starred in this one-of-a-kind film noir about an Irish sailor who accompanies a beautiful woman and her corrupt husband on a cruise, only to become a pawn in murder. Rita Hayworth and Everett Sloane co-star. (1947, 87 min, 4K DCP)

+ GILDA 4:45, 8:45

Hardboiled gambler Glenn Ford confronts his passion for fiery Rita Hayworth when she comes back into his life as the wife of his twisted boss George Macready. One of the steamiest films of the postwar period, Charles Vidor’s direction delivers a palpable erotic tension rare for that era—Hayworth has never been sexier. (1946, 110 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


MONDAY DECEMBER 12 SPECIAL EVENT

THE 24 HOUR WAR 7:00

Shift presents the San Francisco premier of the new documentary from director Nathan Adams (Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman) that highlights the incredible story of teamwork and passion behind the GT40 and Ford's attempt to dethrone Ferrari at Le Mans. This is a semi-private event, with a number of FREE TICKETS available. Proceeds go to charity. Email jeremy@shift.com for ticket requests.

 

TUESDAY DECEMBER 13 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 14 SPECIAL EVENT

NOIR CITY Xmas 2016
7:00 p.m.: Doors Open
7:30 p.m.: Cash on Demand
9:30 p.m.: The Ice Harvest

Tickets: Available now at Brown Paper Tickets -- $12 for double feature
Go here to purchase: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2715653

Join us once again as the Film Noir Foundation celebrates the holidays by tossing aside the Christmas treacle for a headlong dive into a double bill of danger and darkness. For this year’s noir-stained Nöel, we present:

CASH ON DEMAND
7:30 p.m.
1961, England. Hammer Films. 84 min.
Scr. David T. Chantler, Lewis Greifer. Dir. Quentin Lawrence

In this stunningly suspenseful noir take on “A Christmas Carol,” Peter Cushing (in perhaps the finest performance of his long career) plays a Scrooge-like bank manager caught in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a charming and merciless thief (an equally great André Morell) who’s devised a devious plan for a holiday heist. Known mainly for its horror films, this is one of the greatest movies ever produced by Britain’s legendary Hammer Films, presented in a superb, pristine 35mm print from Sony Pictures. The perfect antidote to Yuletide schmaltz!

THE ICE HARVEST
9:30 p.m.
2005. USA.  Focus Features. 92 min.
Scr. Richard Russo, Robert Benton. Dir. Harold Ramis

Wily mob lawyer Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) and his shifty accomplice Vic (Billy Bob Thornton) conspire to steal $2 million from Wichita’s sleaziest gangster (Randy Quaid) on Christmas Eve. But as an ice storm descends on the region, Charlie’s associates prove more treacherous than the forces of nature. Scott Phillips’ classic neo-noir novel is adapted by a pair of ace screenwriters into a race-against-the-clock thriller, shot through with streaks of hilariously mordant black humor. Featuring Connie Nielsen as one of the sexiest modern femmes fatales.   

 
     
   


THURSDAY DECEMBER 15 DOUBLE FEATURE 30TH ANNIVERSARIES!

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS 7:00
Released on December 19, 1986. Based on the Off-Broadway hit, Roger Corman’s classic B-picture is ambitiously brought to life in big-budget form, slamming together twisted humor, a singing plant, a sadistic dentist, and the sweet, oblivious love between two Skid-Row denizens. This rollicking musical stars Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene, Vincent Gardenia and Steve Martin, with special appearances Bill Murray and John Candy. Director Frank Oz (The Muppet Show) and his team created this quirky, dark screen vision and this cut restores the original, far more sinister ending. (1986, 103 min - Director’s cut, DCP)

+ ¡THREE AMIGOS! 9:00

Released on December 12, 1986. In John Landis’ relentlessly goofy comedy (with songs) Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short are inept silent film cowboys who are mistaken for real heroes by the suffering people of a small Mexican village and must find a way to live up to their reputation. There isn’t a moment in the film that isn’t outrageously silly, always aiming for the ridiculous instead of the sublime. Delightful songs by Randy Newman. (1986, 104 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


FRIDAY DECEMBER 16 DOUBLE FEATURE

MAMMA MIA! 7:00
Meryl Streep heads the cast as a single mother whose daughter (Amanda Seyfried), longing to discover the identity of her true father before she exchanges her wedding vows, secretly invites a trio of paternal candidates to her upcoming nuptials. Phyllida Lloyd, director of both the original London sensation as well as the hit Broadway incarnation, helms this big-screen version of the beloved musical featuring 22 classic ABBA hits. Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters and Christine Baranski co-star. (2008, 108 min, DCP ‘Scope)

+ THE ADVENTURES OF PRISCILLA, QUEEN OF THE DESERT 9:10

This surprise comedy hit is anchored by Terence Stamp as an aging transsexual who, in the company of two drag queen colleagues, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce, travel into the Australian outback to put on a elaborate performance—to the amazement of the locals. A rollicking ride and a must for ABBA fans! Stephan Elliott directed this Oscar winner for Costume Design. (1994, 104 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


SATURDAY DECEMBER 17 DOUBLE FEATURE

THE MOSQUITO COAST 6:30
Fed up with consumerism and the false promise of the American Dream, inventor Allie Fox uproots his family and purchases a Latin American village. Allie's pursuit of Utopia, however, only aggravates his alienation, and his family can only watch as he descends into madness. Paul Schrader’s emotional adaptation of Paul Theroux's novel is brought vividly to life by director Peter Weir; Harrison Ford offers a powerful, offbeat lead performance as Allie, with Helen Mirren, River Phoenix and Martha Plimpton as the Fox family. (1986, 117 min, DCP)

+ THE SHINING 8:45

When adapting the literary greats to the screen, be they Nabokov, Burgess, Thackeray, or a Stephen King novel about a writer losing it in a haunted hotel, Stanley Kubrick makes their stories quite his own. Ride the axe handle with Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd and Scatman Crothers as you enter SK’s secretive world of snowbound horror. (1980, 145 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


SUNDAY DECEMBER 18 DOUBLE FEATURE

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN 3:00, 7:00

Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds dance up a storm in what is perhaps the greatest movie musical of all time. Directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen, they spoof the transitional period from silents to talkies as concocted by the matchless writing team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, plus MGM’s catalog of Arthur Freed-Nacio Herb Brown songs. (1952, 103 min, DCP)

+ THE GANG’S ALL HERE 1:00, 5:00, 9:00

Busby Berkeley’s visually dazzling wartime musical, with soldier James Ellison going off to battle while both Alice Faye and Sheila Ryan believe they're engaged to him. Featuring two socko musical numbers: "The Lady with the Tutti-Frutti Hat'' (with Carmen Miranda at her best) and the finale, "The Polka Dot Polka.'' Faye does "No Love, No Nothin'.'' And, as an added kitsch treat, Benny Goodman sings! (1943, 103 min, DCP)

 
     
   


MONDAY DECEMBER 19 DOUBLE FEATURE

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN 3:00, 7:00

Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds dance up a storm in what is perhaps the greatest movie musical of all time. Directed by Kelly and Stanley Donen, they spoof the transitional period from silents to talkies as concocted by the matchless writing team of Betty Comden and Adolph Green, plus MGM’s catalog of Arthur Freed-Nacio Herb Brown songs. (1952, 103 min, DCP)

+ SWING TIME 5:00, 9:00

One of the best Astaire-Rogers films, with Fred and Ginger as a dance team whose romance is hampered by his engagement to the girl back home. George Stevens directed, with peerless support by Victor Moore and Helen Broderick and the unforgettable Jerome Kern-Dorothy Fields songs "A Fine Romance," "Pick Yourself Up," and the Oscar-winning "The Way You Look Tonight." Astaire's “Bojangles of Harlem” production number is a screen classic. (1936, 103 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


TUESDAY DECEMBER 20 DOUBLE FEATURE

CASABLANCA 3:15, 7:00

The sentimental tale of two men vying for the same woman’s love, this story of political and romantic espionage set in war-torn Morocco is arguably the greatest film of all time. Elusive gin joint owner Humphrey Bogart’s world of displaced expats is lit up when old flame Ingrid Bergman reenters the picture. Steeped in rich, smoky atmosphere, trails of lost love, honor and duty, self- sacrifice, and passion collide under Michael Curtiz’s masterful direction. (1942, 102 min, DCP)

+ HOLIDAY AFFAIR 5:10, 8:55

Widowed mother Janet Leigh's attempt to purchase the train set her son wants for Christmas brings her to the attention of store clerk Robert Mitchum, who offers to purchase the train for him. This little gesture of kindness snowballs into a series of comic complications in this sugarcoated holiday gem. Mitchum, in a break from his crime and war film persona, delivers the romantic charm in spades. (1949, 87 min, Digital)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 21

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (2:30), 4:30

The ultimate in cuddly Christmas afternoon movies, this original version stars Edmund Gwenn (in an Oscar-winning performance) as a department store Santa Claus, who must prove he is the real deal—not least to a young girl (Natalie Wood) who has lost the true meaning of Christmas. Undeniably sweet, George Seaton’s seasonal favorite co-stars Maureen O’Hara and John Payne. (1947, 96 min, DCP)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 21 DOUBLE FEATURE

GREMLINS 7:00

Director Joe Dante takes the Norman Rockwell/It’s a Wonderful Life approach to Christmas and turns it on its ear by unleashing a horde of terrible beasties onto an idyllic small town. This darkly funny and exhilaratingly violent movie helped spawn the creation of the PG-13 rating, and Phoebe Cates’ monologue about why she hates Christmas is one for the ages. Also stars Hoyt Axton, Judge Reinhold, Polly Holliday and Dick Miller. (1984, 106 min, DCP)

+ TRADING PLACES 9:00

Two dastardly billionaire brothers (Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche) engineer the 'trading places' of a streetwise hustler (Eddie Murphy) with one of their young financial wizards (Dan Aykroyd) and sit back to watch their respective rise and fall. John Landis’ absurd satire on Reaganite capitalism features a snowy Christmas setting in Philadelphia, providing the film with more than a hint of Christmas Carol fairytale warmth. Jamie Lee Curtis and Denholm Elliot co-star. (1983, 116 min, DCP)

 
     
   


THURSDAY DECEMBER 22

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (2:00), 5:00, 8:00

A Christmas perennial, Frank Capra’s classic stars Jimmy Stewart as a family man at the end of his rope who is shown by a friendly angel what life would be like without him. Sentimental in the best sense, with a deep strain of melancholy coursing through it, Stewart gives one of his finest performances. Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore and Henry Travers co-star. (1946, 130 min, DCP)

 

FRIDAY DECEMBER 23 THEATRE CLOSED

     
   


SATURDAY DECEMBER 24 SPECIAL EVENT

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus presents
“HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS” 5:00, 7:00 & 9:00

Every year, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus comes together on Christmas Eve to celebrate the holiday season with three not-to-be-missed concerts at the historic Castro Theatre! This year is the 27th Annual iteration of "Home for the Holidays," and they have quite a few tricks up their holiday sweater sleeves, including the stunning voice of opera soprano Melody Moore, who will join them on stage! There will be joyful, raucous new takes on holiday favorites, gorgeous new choral works and tons of dazzling choreography – all done up with signature SFGMC flair. Don’t miss out on all the festivities! These shows always sell out, so buy your tickets early.

$25 General Admission / $40 Priority Seating
Tickets via SFGMC.org or City Box Office at (415) 392-4400

 

SUNDAY DECEMBER 25 THEATRE CLOSED – HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

     
   


MONDAY DECEMBER 26 - SUNDAY JANUARY 1 SPECIAL EVENT

SING-ALONG SOUND OF MUSIC

Mon 1:00, 7:00; Tue 7:00; Wed 1:00, 7:00 Thu & Fri 7:00; Sat 1:00; Sun 1:00, 7:00
Hosted by Sara Moore & Laurie Bushman. An annual Castro Theatre event, Sing-A-Long Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical in glorious widescreen, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along! In addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone and audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character for the costume contest! The movie stars Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Eleanor Parker. Directed by Robert Wise. (1965, full program including intermission runs approx. 240 min, DCP ‘Scope)

NO PASSES OR GIFT TICKETS ACCEPTED FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT
$16 general / $11 kids (12-) & seniors (62+) • Tickets will be available day of show or can be purchased in advance via Ticketweb.

 
     
   


SUNDAY JANUARY 8 DAVID BOWIE’S BIRTHDAY

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH

+ MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. LAWRENCE
In this captivating, skewed World War II drama, David Bowie regally embodies Celliers, a British officer interned by the Japanese as a POW. Ryuichi Sakamoto (who also composed this film’s hypnotic score) plays the camp commander, obsessed with the mysterious blond major, while Tom Conti is the British lieutenant colonel Lawrence, who tries to bridge the emotional and language divides between captor and prisoner. Acclaimed director Nagisa Oshima (In the Realm of Senses) has created a multilayered, brutal, at times erotic tale of culture clash. (1983, 123 min, 35mm)

 
 
 
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