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Film 50 at BAMPFA

In conjunction with the UC Berkeley’s Department of Film and Media, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) will be presenting the film series Film 50, beginning this Wednesday.

The series (now in it’s 21st year) is actually a course that will be open to the public, showcasing a lineup of world cinema classics, which globe trots between continents, and feature strong examples from various film movements and historical periods. The selection of films draws upon the strengths of BAMPFA’s film collection, and ability to faithfully present this film experience with a high technical presentation, while teaching the public the complex medium of film.

Film 50 begins with Introduction to Film Language plus Avant-Garde Shorts on January 22nd, and then the Alfred Hitchcock 1926 film The Lodger on the 29th. Then throughout the film series, which last until May 7th, there will be screening of classic films including the Gene Kelly 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain, Orson Welles’s 1941 classic Citizen Kane, International films including Los olvidados (Mexico, 1950) and La Pointe Courte (French, 1954), as well as recent releases such as the Gus Van Sant directed My Own Private Idaho (1991 and starring Keanu Reeves and the late River Phoenix), and 2003’s The Five Obstructions.

All screenings will include a lecture by Professor Emily Carpenter, and special admission prices will apply, including general admission going for $11.50, $7.50 for BAMPFA members, and $5.50 for UC Berkeley students. Log on to for times, availability, and for ticket purchasing.

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