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BAMPFA Presents Restored Classic Films and Polish Cinema

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By the end of this week, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) will be presenting two film series, one that features some of the most well-known films of all time, and another presented by a famous director.

On Friday June 13th, BAM/PFA presents the film series A Theater Near You, and it consists of four restored classic films. The series begins with two European romantic films restored in 35mm print. They are 1960’s L’avventura (June 13th), and 1961’s Last Year at Marienbad (June 20th). On July 18th, there will be a screening of Godzilla (1954), restored in its original version, with the ever-familiar story of the city-terrorizing giant lizard. Finally on August 31, there will be screening of the 1973 crime drama The Wicker Man, restored with a final cut.

On Saturday June 14th, BAM/PFA presents Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. It is a touring film series in which the director (best known for films including Taxi Driver and The Wolf of Wall Street) helped organized, following a visit to the National Film School in Lodz, Poland. The series features films created from 1957 to 1987, challenging the country’s waves of oppression, crackdowns and censorship. Thirteen films are screening during this series including Saragossa Manuscript (1964) and the Hour-Glass Sanatorium (1973).

A Theater Near You ends on August 31st, while Masterpieces of Polish Cinema ends on August 21st. Log on to bampfa.berkeley.edu for more information.

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