FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22 DOUBLE FEATURE

PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE 7:30

Tim Burton’s oddball feature debut tells the wild tale of Pee-wee Herman’s idyllic life crushed when he is robbed of his most prized possession: a fire engine-red customized bicycle. Our hero then embarks on an epic cross-country search to find his stolen love. (1985, 90 min, 35mm)

+ FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF 9:15

Matthew Broderick stars in John Hughes’ saga charting a day of epic leisure in the life of a class-cutting clown/unban adventurer. Come save Ferris on the big screen! Alan Ruck, Mia Sara and Jeffrey Jones co-star. (1986, 103 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23 SPECIAL EVENT

HOMAGE TO LINA WERTMÜLLER

Cinema Italia San Francisco presents a day-long cinematic celebration of Lina Wertmüller, the groundbreaking, pioneering woman director and visionary whose fearless, polemical and provocative films have left indelible marks and influence on the international entertainment field. Lina Wertmüller was the first woman ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director in 1977. Four narrative films in 2K Restoration DCP and one documentary film. All DCPs are provided by Kino Lorber. All four narrative feature films star Giancarlo Giannini.

Tickets: $12 per matinée film (before 6:30 PM); $14 per evening film; $20 per White Glasses Party ticket. A pass to see all five films and attend the party is $70.

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LOVE AND ANARCHY (FILM D'AMORE E D'ANARCHIA...) 11:00 AM

An epic tragicomedy, Love and Anarchy plumbs the depths of fascist Italy from the perspective of a simple farm boy sent to kill Mussolini. Giancarlo Giannini won the best acting prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his achingly sensitive portrayal of Tunin, a freckle-faced innocent who became an accidental anarchist. His contact in Rome is Salomè (Mariangela Melato), a prostitute with her own sob story. While they prepare for the assassination, Tunin falls in love with Tripolina (Lina Polito), which threatens the entire operation. A film of operatic emotion and subversive comedy, Love and Anarchy is a powerful statement on the terror of fascism and the ignoble fates of those who challenged it. (1973, 129 min, DCP)

BEHIND THE WHITE GLASSES 1:30 PM
Director Valerio Ruiz in Person

Behind the White Glasses offers a deep dive into the groundbreaking life and career of Lina Wertmuller, the first woman ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director for her masterpiece Seven Beauties. The documentary spans decades, from the unpublished pictures taken in Cinecitta, when she was Federico Fellini’s assistant director on 8 1⁄2, to the places where her most famous films were set, revealing the artistic and human universe of a woman who, with her unfailing irony and taste for the grotesque, has left her mark in all the fields of entertainment in which she worked: cinema, drama, television, music. The journey is accompanied by many exclusive interviews with the artists who witnessed her intense and constantly evolving career. Among them: Giancarlo Giannini, Marina Cicogna, Sophia Loren, Harvey Keitel, Nastassja Kinski, and film critic John Simon. The film features a long series of unreleased videos, images and songs written by Lina Wertmüller. Behind the White Glasses is a personal poetic portrait by Valerio Ruiz, her longtime assistant director and very close collaborator. It held its World Premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in 2016. (2017, 104 min, DCP)

SWEPT AWAY (TRAVOLTI DA UN INSOLITO DESTINO NELL'AZZURRO MARE D'AGOSTO) 4:00 PM

Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Mediterranean, Swept Away is Lina Wertmuller's most famous and controversial film about sex, love and politics. On an elegant yacht cruising off the coast of Sardinia, Raffaella (Mariangela Melato), a rich and stunning capitalist, enjoys tormenting Gennarino (Giancarlo Giannini), a Communist sailor. Fate weaves a different scenario and roles become reversed when the two find themselves stranded together on a deserted island. Raffaella must submit to Gennarino in order to survive, which culminates in a dramatic climax when they are rescued. They must determine if their love can survive the harsh realities of civilization. (1974, 115 min, DCP)

SEVEN BEAUTIES (PASQUALINO SETTEBELLEZZE) 6:30 PM

Nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Director, Seven Beauties stars Giancarlo Giannini (Swept Away) as Pasqualino Frafuso, known in Naples as "Pasqualino Seven Beauties." Under fascism, there are no limits to sacrificing one’s honor—and in Wertmüller’s outrageous picaresque, comedy and tragedy are indistinguishable. When city hustler Giancarlo Giannini accidentally murders the lover of one of his seven sisters, a series of mishaps land him in a concentration camp, where he must seduce the homely Nazi commandant to stay alive. Controversial in its day, the film led Wertmüller to become the first woman nominated for a Best Director Academy Award. (1975, 116 min, DCP)

WHITE GLASSES PARTY 8:30 PM

Celebrate the cinema of Lina Wertmüller at the White Glasses Party on the mezzanine level of the Castro Theatre. Next to an excellent menu, the party includes Italian wine and drinks, special guests and other surprises! Don’t miss this event that has become a relevant part of the film series for the affectionate audience and Italy lovers.

THE SEDUCTION OF MIMI (MIMÌ METALLURGICO FERITO NELL'ONORE) 10:00 PM

The Seduction of Mimi is a raucous sex comedy that brought international fame to director Lina Wertmuller. Giancarlo Giannini gives a wonderfully comic performance as the sad sack Mimi, a Sicilian laborer whose refusal to vote for the Mafia's candidate leads him to lose his job, his wife and his home. At rock bottom, he revives his spirits by falling in love with the beautiful, radical Fiorella (Mariangela Melato), with whom he starts a new life as a reliable husband and father. But the past comes back to haunt him, piling on comical complexities as all his energies surge into defending his honor, an obsession that has horrendous but hilarious consequences. A blistering satire of Italy in the 1970s, The Seduction of Mimi takes aim at a corrupt government, compromised labor leaders and the Neanderthal sexual politics of men in power, with uproarious results. (1972, 112 min, DCP)

All films will be presented with English subtitles.
www.CinemaItaliaSF.com

 
     
   


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24 SPECIAL PRESENTATION

Disney’s MOANA Sing-Along Noon
Hosted by Sara Moore & Laurie Bushman.

The epic journey continues for Moana fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, criticallylauded comedy-adventure. With all the lyrics on-screen, experience the joy of singing along to the songs you already love in the company of many other delighted, enthusiastic fans. And don’t forget the goodie bags and costume contest! Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin), and starring the voices of Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson. (2016, full show approx 130 min, DCP)

NO PASSES OR GIFT TICKETS ACCEPTED FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT
$16 general; $11 kids (12 and under) / seniors (62 and over)
Tickets will be available day of show or can be purchased in advance via
TicketWeb.

 
     
   


SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24 DOUBLE FEATURE
NATIONAL ART HOUSE THEATER DAY

THE THIRD MAN 3:30, 7:15

Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, black-market opportunist Harry Lime—and thus begins this legendary tale of love, deception, and murder. Thanks to brilliant performances by Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, and Orson Welles; Anton Karas’s evocative zither score; Graham Greene’s razor-sharp dialogue; and Robert Krasker’s Oscar-winning photography, The Third Man, directed by the inimitable Carol Reed, only grows in stature as the years pass. (1949, 104 min, 4K DCP)

+ THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS 5:30, 9:15

A brilliant drama from Booth Tarkington’s novel of a family unwilling to change its way of life with the times and a possessive son's efforts to keep his mother from remarrying. Orson Welles's follow-up to his masterpiece Citizen Kane is equally exciting in its own way, despite being taken out of his hands, recut and reshot by others. Tim Holt, Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Anne Baxter, Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins, Richard Bennett and Erskine Sanford make up the exceptional cast. (1942, 88 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25 & TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 26
PROJECTED IN 70MM! ($13/$10)

DUNKIRK (4:00), 6:15, 8:30

In 1940, during the early days of World War II, hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are trapped on the beach, surrounded by enemy forces. The story unfolds on land, sea and air—RAF Spitfires engage the enemy in the skies above the Channel as hundreds of small boats manned by both military and civilians mount a desperate rescue effort, risking their lives in a race against time to save even a fraction of their army. Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance head the cast of Christopher Nolan’s highly intense spectacle. (2017, 106 min, 70mm ‘Scope)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 27 DOUBLE FEATURE
JERRY LEWIS (1926-2017)

THE NUTTY PROFESSOR 2:45, 7:00

Jerry Lewis is Dr. Julius Kelp, an absentminded chemist who invents a potion that turns him into the irresistible lounge lizard Buddy Love. “Lewis's Persona, and in some ways a more honest film…one of the most intense investigations of self ever put on film, a technically impeccable work of inspired megalomania.” –Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader (1963, 107 min, DCP)

+ THE KING OF COMEDY 4:50, 9:05

In one of his most unheralded performances, Robert De Niro plays an aspiring comic who kidnaps talk-show host Jerry Lewis in his delusional quest for fame. As directed by Martin Scorsese, this extension of Taxi Driver shares both its themes of obsession and its ambiguous stylistic mixture of fantasy and reality. Sandra Bernhard and Diahnne Abbott co-star. (1982, 109 min, 4K DCP)

 
     
   


THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 28 DOUBLE FEATURE
BOILEAU-NARCEJAC ON FILM

VERTIGO 7:00
Early-retired San Francisco policeman James Stewart is asked to follow a friend’s wife prone to mysterious absences. As his detecting soon turns to obsession, the film builds to dizzying heights of duplicity, derangement and delusion. Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is his most powerful and personal work, and has been challenging viewers across the decades to decode its layers of symbolism. Co-starring Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes and Bernard Herrmann’s indelible score. Voted the Greatest Film of All Time by Sight & Sound magazine. (1958, 129 min, 4K DCP)

+ EYES WITHOUT A FACE 5:10, 9:25
At his secluded chateau in the French countryside, a brilliant, obsessive doctor (Pierre Brasseur) attempts a radical plastic surgery to restore the beauty of his daughter’s disfigured countenance—at a horrifying price. Eyes Without a Face, directed by the supremely talented Georges Franju, is rare in horror cinema for its odd mixture of the ghastly and the lyrical, and it has been a major influence on the genre in the decades since its release. There are images here—of terror, of gore, of inexplicable beauty—that once seen are never forgotten. (1960, in French with English subtitles, 90 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29 DOUBLE FEATURE
BOILEAU-NARCEJAC ON FILM

VERTIGO 7:00
Early-retired San Francisco policeman James Stewart is asked to follow a friend’s wife prone to mysterious absences. As his detecting soon turns to obsession, the film builds to dizzying heights of duplicity, derangement and delusion. Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is his most powerful and personal work, and has been challenging viewers across the decades to decode its layers of symbolism. Co-starring Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes and Bernard Herrmann’s indelible score. Voted the Greatest Film of All Time by Sight & Sound magazine. (1958, 129 min, 4K DCP)

+ BODY PARTS 5:10, 9:25

Grindhouse mainstay Jeff Fahey is a prison psychologist who loses an arm in a horrific accident. Experimental transplant surgery gives him a new arm, which comes with disturbing visions and murderous impulses courtesy the arm's original owner. Based, if you can believe it, on a novel by Boileau-Narcejac, Eric Red’s (The Hitcher, Near Dark) visceral and offbeat horror film co-stars Brad Dourif and Kim Delaney. (1991, 88 min, 35mm “Scope)

 
     
   


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 30 DOUBLE FEATURE
BOILEAU-NARCEJAC ON FILM

VERTIGO 2:15, 7:00
Early-retired San Francisco policeman James Stewart is asked to follow a friend’s wife prone to mysterious absences. As his detecting soon turns to obsession, the film builds to dizzying heights of duplicity, derangement and delusion. Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is his most powerful and personal work, and has been challenging viewers across the decades to decode its layers of symbolism. Co-starring Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes and Bernard Herrmann’s indelible score. Voted the Greatest Film of All Time by Sight & Sound magazine. (1958, 129 min, 4K DCP)

+ DIABOLIQUE 4:40, 9:25
Before Psycho, Peeping Tom, and Repulsion, there was Diabolique. This thriller from Henri‑Georges Clouzot, which shocked audiences in Europe and the U.S., is the story of two women—the fragile wife and the willful mistress of the sadistic headmaster of a boys' boarding school—who hatch a daring revenge plot. With its unprecedented narrative twists and terrifying images, Diabolique is a heart-grabbing benchmark in horror filmmaking, featuring outstanding performances by Simone Signoret, Véra Clouzot, and Paul Meurisse. (1955, in French with English subtitles, 117 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


SUNDAY OCTOBER 1
BOILEAU-NARCEJAC ON FILM

VERTIGO 6:00, 8:30

Early-retired San Francisco policeman James Stewart is asked to follow a friend’s wife prone to mysterious absences. As his detecting soon turns to obsession, the film builds to dizzying heights of duplicity, derangement and delusion. Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece is his most powerful and personal work, and has been challenging viewers across the decades to decode its layers of symbolism. Co-starring Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes and Bernard Herrmann’s indelible score. Voted the Greatest Film of All Time by Sight & Sound magazine. (1958, 129 min, 4K DCP)

 
     
   


MONDAY OCTOBER 2 SPECIAL EVENT
I Wake Up Dreaming 2017

PHANTOM LADY 6:00 and 9:30
After spending a night on the town with a mysterious nameless woman, an unhappily married man returns home to find the cops in his living room and his beautiful, unfaithful wife in the bedroom—strangled to death! And so begins this psychologically reckless Cornell Woolrich tale, percolating with its own cockeyed logic, mixing hot sex with murderous impulses—and one obsessed young woman’s desperate descent into the long, dark night in search of a killer. The suitably delirious cinematography comes courtesy of the great Elwood “Woody” Bredell. Starring Ella Raines, Franchot Tone, Thomas Gomez, Alan Curtis, and Elisha Cook, Jr. Directed by Robert Siodmak. In B&W. 35mm STUDIO ARCHIVE PRINT. 88 mins. 1944.

+ BLUES IN THE NIGHT 7:45 only!
Hollywood’s one great film noir musical—a deep-dish epic of love, death, and passion—beautifully conceived and stunningly rendered. A ragtag jazz band jams its way to fame and fortune while sidestepping the temptations of the high life and the murderous machinations of a desperate gangster. The film’s full-bodied expressionistic cinematography and the pulsating music of the Jimmie Lunceford and Will Osborne orchestras mark this as a major big-screen rediscovery! Brilliantly photographed by Ernest Haller. Screenplay by Robert Rossen. Starring Richard Whorf, Priscilla Lane, Betty Field, Jack Carson, Lloyd Nolan, Wallace Ford, Elia Kazan, Billy Halop, and Howard DaSilva. Directed by Anatole Litvak. In B&W. Digital. 88 mins. 1941.

 

TUESDAY OCTOBER 3 TBA

     
   


WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 4 THROUGH FRIDAY OCTOBER 6
SPECIAL EVENT

GREASE SING-A-LONG Nightly 7:00

Hosted by Sara Moore & Friends.

For those of you not yet converted, Grease Sing-A-Long is the blockbuster movie musical complete with tricked- out subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along to “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “You’re the One That I Want,” “Summer Nights,” all of them! 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! Grease stars John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, Jeff Conaway and Didi Conn. Directed by Randal Kleiser. (1978, full show approx. 150 min, Digital ‘Scope)

NO PASSES OR GIFT TICKETS ACCEPTED FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT
• Special Admission: $16 general; $11 kids (12-) & seniors (62+)
• Tickets will be available day of show at our box office or can be purchased in advance via Ticketweb

 
     
   


SATURDAY OCTOBER 7 SPECIAL EVENT

Peaches Christ Productions Proudly Presents
HOCUS POCUS with a pre-show theatrical spooktacular called
"HOCUM POKEM" starring BOB THE DRAG QUEEN, JINKX MONSOON, & PEACHES CHRIST @ 3pm & 8pm

Don't miss a very rare theatrical screening of the Disney classic Hocus Pocus at the historic Castro Theatre featuring the world premiere of Peaches Christ's latest stage-play "HOCUM POKEM" starring RuPaul's Drag Race winners Bob The Drag Queen and Jinkx Monsoon. This special event will happen one day only. Audience members are STRONGLY encouraged to come in costume and check back here for further details, cast additions, and more information coming soon.

Tickets available NOW @ peacheschrist.com

 
     
   


SUNDAY OCTOBER 8 DOUBLE FEATURE

JAWS 3:00, 7:00

Police chief Roy Scheider, oceanographer Richard Dreyfuss and salty shark hunter Robert Shaw join forces to battle a great white that’s been chewing up the locals off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Amidst the New Hollywood revolution of the ‘70s, Steven Spielberg’s highly effective shocker altered the shape of blockbusters to come. (1975, 124 min, ‘Scope)

+ CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON in 3D 5:20, 9:20

Intrepid scientists Richard Carlson, Julie Adams and Richard Denning search the Amazon for clues to the Missing Link and his prehistoric past, but instead find the eponymous ‘50s icon “The Gill Man”—equipped with a nasty streak when his territory is invaded for “science,” and a healthy fascination with Ms. Adams and her tight white bathing suit. With this gorgeous restoration, Creature has never looked better, and rarely has 3D been this immersive, crisp, and beautiful. (1954, 79 min, DCP)

 
     
   


MONDAY OCTOBER 9 SPECIAL EVENT
I Wake Up Dreaming 2017

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT 7:15 only!
“Gloves” Donahue, a certain charming Runyon-esque Broadway gambler and his somewhat dubious underworld cronies, mix it up with murderous Nazi spies smack dab in the middle of Manhattan! With tongue firmly implanted in cheek, this darkly comic wartime melodrama manages to elicit equal measures of thrills and laughs. Expertly photographed in the noir style by Sid Hickox. Starring Humphrey Bogart, Kaaren Verne, Conrad Veidt, Jane Darwell, Peter Lorre, William Demarest, Frank McHugh, Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers, Barton McLane and Judith Anderson. Directed by Vincent Sherman. In B&W. Digital. 108 mins. 1942.

+ MINISTRY OF FEAR 5:30, 9:20
A sadly neglected masterwork of dark suspense from one of the true founding visionaries of the film noir style—Fritz Lang! A man just released from a psychiatric asylum stumbles blindly into a terrifying Nazi plot in wartime London. A sizzling blend of hyperbolic expressionistic imagery and propagandist zeal, compliments of a director who understood all too well the terrors of encroaching fascism. Starring Ray Milland, Marjorie Reynolds, Carl Esmond, and Dan Duryea. Beautifully incisive cinematography by Henry Sharp. Adapted from the novel by Graham Greene. Directed by Fritz Lang. In B&W. 35mm STUDIO ARCHIVE PRINT. 88 mins. 1944.

 
 
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