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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27 
DOUBLE FEATURE
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UNCUT GEMS 7:00
In one of 2019's indisputably great performances, Adam Sandler becomes Howard Ratner, an ambitious jeweler plying his trade in New York's busy diamond district. We follow Howard through the highs and lows of two emotionally fraught days as he attempts, repeatedly and desperately, to parlay a recent find of a rare black opal into a seven-figure gambling win. Filmmakers Benny and Josh Safdie (Good Time) have created a remarkable opus that is both grippingly intimate and startlingly cosmic, cringingly painful and wildly funny. The cast includes Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield, Eric Bogosian, Judd Hirsch, talented first-timer Julia Fox, and former NBA power forward Kevin Garnett as himself; Daniel Lopatin provides the exquisite, otherworldly score. (2019, 135 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

+ THE KING OF MARVIN GARDENS 9:25
For his electrifying follow-up to the smash success Five Easy Pieces, Bob Rafelson dug even deeper into the crushed dreams of wayward America. Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern play estranged siblings David and Jason, the former a depressive late-night-radio talk show host, the latter an extroverted con man; when Jason drags his younger brother to a dreary Atlantic City and into a real-estate scam, events spiral toward tragedy. The King of Marvin Gardens, also starring a brilliant Ellen Burstyn as Jason’s bitter aging beauty-queen squeeze, is one of the most devastating character studies of the seventies. –Criterion Collection (1972, 104 min, DCP)

 
     
   


FRIDAY FEBRUARY 28 DOUBLE FEATURE
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UNCUT GEMS 7:00
In one of 2019's indisputably great performances, Adam Sandler becomes Howard Ratner, an ambitious jeweler plying his trade in New York's busy diamond district. We follow Howard through the highs and lows of two emotionally fraught days as he attempts, repeatedly and desperately, to parlay a recent find of a rare black opal into a seven-figure gambling win. Filmmakers Benny and Josh Safdie (Good Time) have created a remarkable opus that is both grippingly intimate and startlingly cosmic, cringingly painful and wildly funny. The cast includes Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield, Eric Bogosian, Judd Hirsch, talented first-timer Julia Fox, and former NBA power forward Kevin Garnett as himself; Daniel Lopatin provides the exquisite, otherworldly score. (2019, 135 min, 35mm
‘Scope)

+ THIEF 9:30
James Caan gives an intensely controlled performance as a fiercely independent professional jewel thief whose personal life code is complicated when he goes to work for crime lord Robert Prosky. Filmed largely at night on the streets of Chicago, Michael Mann’s neon-drenched feature film debut is loaded with his soon-to-be trademark hypnotic visuals and precise attention to detail. “Thief is a film of style, substance, and violently felt emotion, all wrapped up in one of the most intelligent thrillers I've seen.” –Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times. Tuesday Weld, James Belushi, Willie Nelson, and a sizzling score by Tangerine Dream co-star. (1981, 122 min, DCP)

 
     
   


SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29 SPECIAL EVENT
Guster
An Evening of Acoustic Music and Improv
Doors 7pm / Show 8pm

All Ages
Tickets & info: http://folkyeah.com/guster-san-francisco-castro-2020

Expect us to dig deep into the Guster catalogue and discover songs we don’t usually play at our big rock shows. Expect violins and cellos. Maybe some nights we make up an album on stage. There are no rules on the 2020 Guster Acoustic Tour.

All tickets include $1 charitable donation.

 
     
   


SUNDAY MARCH 1 through TUESDAY MARCH 3
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PARASITE in Black & White

Sun (2:15), 5:00, 7:45; Mon & Tue 5:15, 8:00


Struggling and scheming to make ends meet, the Kim family seizes the opportunity when their young son becomes tutor to the daughter of the well-to-do Park family. As the Kims gradually take over every domestic position in the Park household, the question of who's scamming whom becomes decidedly blurry. Director/co-writer Bong Joon-Ho's energetic and bloody social farce is both scathingly political and wildly funny, delivered by one of 2019’s strongest ensemble casts. The history-making Best Picture Oscar winner reveals new depths in this special black-and-white version constructed under Bong’s supervision. (2019, 132 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


WEDNESDAY MARCH 4 BONG JOON-HO DOUBLE FEATURE
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THE HOST 6:30
A humble noodle vendor and his family must spring into action to save his youngest daughter, who has been taken underground by a gigantic, slithering creature. A major breakaway hit in both North and South Korea, this wild and wooly fantasy established Bong Joon-Ho as a major force in international cinema, and has everything you could ask for in a movie: family comedy, monster thrills, and a long, scathing look at US imperialist interventionism. Stars Parasite’s Song Kang-Ho and Sense8’s Doona Bae. (2006, in Korean with English subtitles, 120 min, 35mm)

+ SNOWPIERCER 8:45
After a global apocalypse the last survivors of the human race hurtle around the world on a modified passenger train, but still-lingering class and political resentments threaten to derail everything. Bong Joon-Ho made his English language debut with this richly imagined and politically-charged parable, which features a stellar international cast, including Chris Evans, Song Kang-Ho, John Hurt, Ewen Bremner, Ed Harris, and, in an award-winning, particularly grotesque performance, Tilda Swinton. (2013, 126 min, - ‘Scope)

 
     
   


THURSDAY MARCH 5, 2020 A.D. SPECIAL EVENT ($15)
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JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR with TED NEELEY and YVONNE ELLIMAN In Person!

VIP 5:00 • Q&A 7:00 • Film 7:30


Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's hit rock opera recounts the last week in the life of Christ as told from the point of view of Judas. Shot on location in Israel, director Norman Jewison (Fiddler on the Roof) takes an innovative approach to the razzle-dazzle, each role perfectly brought to life by Ted Neeley, Carl Anderson, Yvonne Elliman, and Barry Dennen. (1973, 108 min, HD 'Scope)

 
     
   


FRIDAY MARCH 6 EDDIE MURPHY DOUBLE FEATURE
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DOLEMITE IS MY NAME 7:00
In a sensational return to the spotlight, Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, the comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon. In dramatizing Moore's stranger-than-fiction story, writers Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood) and director Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) make the film just as bold, brash, and ultimately hard to resist as its subject. (2019, 118 min, 35mm ‘Scope)

+ BOWFINGER 9:10
Comedy greats Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy star in this smart and clever satire about Hollywood's least successful director Bobby Bowfinger (Martin) and his attempt to get Hollywood's biggest star Kit Ramsey (Murphy) in his ultra low-budget film. With an ingenious scheme and the help of Kit's eager and nerdy brother Jiff (also Murphy), an ambitious and sexy wannabe (Heather Graham) and an over-the-hill diva (Christine Baranski), Bowfinger sets out to trick Kit into the performance of a lifetime. Written by Steve Martin and directed by Frank Oz. (1999, 97 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


SATURDAY MARCH 7 SPECIAL EVENT

FELLINI 100: HOMAGE TO FEDERICO FELLINI

Presented by Istituto Luce Cinecittà and Istituto Italiano Cultura SF, director Annamaria Di Giorgio, under the auspices of Consul General of Italy Lorenzo Ortona and organized by Cinema Italia San Francisco as its 10th program. The One Day Marathon with 4 films selected by program director Amelia Antonucci is part of the Federico Fellini 100 Tour, a series of centennial tributes to Federico Fellini (1920–1993), which will travel to major museums and film institutions worldwide, coordinated by Paola Ruggiero and Camilla Cormanni of Luce Cinecittà. All films have been digitally restored by Luce Cinecittà, Cineteca di Bologna and Cineteca Nazionale. All films are with English subtitles.



LA STRADA 12:30
Giulietta Masina stars as a young woman who joins a strongman street entertainer on the road and soon discovers her calling as a clown. 1957 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (1954, 104 min, B/W, DCP)

JULIET OF THE SPIRITS 3:00
This Italian-French fantasy comedy-drama is about the visions, memories, and mysticism of a middle-aged woman that help her to find the strength to leave her philandering husband, starring Giulietta Masina. Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1966. (1965, 144 min, Color, DCP)

AMARCORD 6:00
A carnivalesque portrait of provincial Italy during the fascist period. The most personal film from Federico Fellini, satiring the director’s youth and turns daily life into a circus of social rituals, adolescent desires, male fantasies, and political subterfuge, all set to Nina Rota’s classic, nostalgia-tinged score. 1975 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (1973, 127 min, Color, DCP)

LA MAGIA DI FELLINI PARTY 8:30-10:30
Fellini once said, "Life is a combination of magic and pasta." Accordingly, this party will include three different kinds of pasta prepared for you by the Italian restaurants C'Era Una Volta, Poesia and Italian Homemade, along with a giant cake made by Emporio Rulli, Gió gelato, Italian wines, and, of course, some magic. On the walls of the mezzanine, the Italian Cultural Institute is presenting a very special preview of the exhibition "Food in Federico Fellini’s Drawings." Featured are 19 drawings from the famous Libro dei sogni, the diary of dreams that Fellini had kept for about 30 years, which is presently exhibited in the Rimini City Museum. The exhibition has been produced thanks to the Culture Department of Emilia-Romagna Region, Cinematheque of the Rimini Town Council and Casa Artusi.

I VITELLONI 10:00
Five young men dream of success as they drift lazily through life in a small Italian village. I Vitelloni compassionately details a year, following a group of small-town layabouts struggling to find meaning in their lives. (1953, 108 min, B/W, DCP).

TICKET PRICES
La Strada, Juliet of the Spirits or I Vitelloni: $13
Amarcord: $15
La Magia di Fellini Party: $25
Festival Pass (All 4 Films + Party): $60

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www.cinemaitaliasf.com

 
     
   


SUNDAY MARCH 8 KIRK DOUGLAS DOUBLE FEATURE
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OUT OF THE PAST 1:45, 6:00
Scuffling P.I. Jeff Bailey (Robert Mitchum) gets a sure-money job from shady high-roller Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas): Track down and retrieve his mistress (Jane Greer) who skipped with $40,000 of his money. Finding his prey in Mexico, Bailey falls for her, but his plan to make them new lives leads to stunning betrayals. Jacques Tourneur’s (Cat People) brooding masterwork is a candidate for the best noir ever made. (1947, 97 min, 35mm)

+ GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL 3:45, 8:00
Director John Sturges’ (The Magnificent Seven) superbly mounted, landmark western authentically depicts the famous 1881 Tombstone showdown between Wyatt Earp and "Doc" Holliday and the Clanton Gang, while exploring the friendship between the rugged marshal (Burt Lancaster) and the dentist-turned-gunfighter (Kirk Douglas). One of the most elaborate and star-studded takes on the story, Sturges draws out two of the more complex performances ever given by his two stars, with first-rate back-up from Rhonda Fleming, John Ireland, Jo Van Fleet, Dennis Hopper, and Lee Van Cleef. (1957, 122 min, 35mm)

 
     
   


MONDAY MARCH 9 through WEDNESDAY MARCH 11
WINNER OF 3 OSCARS!
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1917 Mon 6:00, 8:15; Tue & Wed (3:30), 6:00, 8:15

Sam Mendes (Spectre, American Beauty) brings his singular vision to his World War I epic that follows the lives of two young soldiers experiencing the atrocities of war in real time. A race against the clock will save the lives of their allies or send them all to certain death. Cinematographer Roger Deakins (who won Oscars for this film and Blade Runner 2049) shoots the movie as if it is filmed in one seamless shot, using bleak colors and occasionally an over the shoulder perspective adds a thrilling video game element which engages the audience while building a palpable tension. George MacKay (Captain Fantastic) and Dean-Charles Chapman (Game of Thrones) star. (2019, 119 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
     
   


THURSDAY MARCH 12 DOUBLE FEATURE

I COULD GO ON SINGING 2:00, 6:05
In her last film, the legendary Judy Garland stars as an American singer (belting out the tunes as only Garland can) who visits London and can’t resist the temptation to meet up once again with a lost love (Dirk Bogarde) and the now teenaged son she left him to care for many years before. Ronald Neame (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) directs Garland at the height of her interpretive power, and the title tune is by the incomparable duo of Harold Arlen and E.Y. (“Yip”) Harburg. Jack Klugman co-stars. (1963, 99 min, HD ‘Scope)

+ JUDY 3:50, 8:00
Set in late 1968 and early 1969, the iconic star’s latest biopic shows Judy Garland (Renée Zellweger, in her Oscar-winning performance) hustling in Swinging London after she successfully secured a five-week engagement in Talk of the Town. Behind the scenes, she battles her own management and prepares to fight her ex-husband and ex-manager, with her wit and warmth shining through. Featuring some of her best-known songs, the film celebrates the voice, the capacity for love, and the sheer pizzazz of “the world’s greatest entertainer.” Jessie Buckley, Rufus Sewell, and Michael Gambon co-star; Rupert Goold directs. (2019, 118 min, DCP ‘Scope)

 
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