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BAMPFA Presents Final Installment of Comedy Series

In the past few months, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) has presented film series of comedies from much of the twentieth century. Now this coming Friday, it is off to the comedy of the 1990s, up to 2010.

Titled Rude Awakening: American Comedy, 1990-2010, this film series is the final installment of BAMPFA’s three-part series on American comedy, and like the last two, consist of films voted by readers of the East Bay Express. This series is filled with films that brings a great stable of unstable satires, domestic drubbings, and mockumentaries, and features stars such as Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Sacha Baron Cohen, as well as directors such as Wes Anderson and Mike Judge.

Rude Awakening begins with the screening of 1996’s Waiting for Guffman, directed by Christopher Guest and starring Eugene Levy and Catherine O’ Hara, and then the 1993 Bill Murray film Groundhog Day. Then the month of July brings the Mike Myers classic Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski (1998), 1999’s Galaxy Quest (where the stars includes Sigorney Weaver and Tim Allen), and 1999 Office Space, directed by man that brought us Beavis and Butthead, Mike Judge.

The remainder of this film series consists of films from the 2000. They include two classics directed by Wes Anderson; 2001’s The Royal Tenenbaums (with stars including brothers Owen and Luke Wilson, Angelica Huston, Danny Glover and Gene Hackman) and 2004’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (with stars including Wilson and Bill Murray). Wilson will also be seen in a screening of 2001’s Zoolander, which also stars and is directed by Ben Stiller. Also being screened during the month of August is Guest’s Best in Show (2000), 2007’s Knocked Up (starring Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl), and the Sacha Baron Cohen 2006 classic Borat: Cultural Learning of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Rude Awakening ends on August 30th. Log on to for more information, including times and dates for screening of the featured films.

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