Pacific Film Archive

Georgian rhapsody

'Discovering Georgian Cinema' raises the curtain on a vital national cinema

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FILM Spanning nine months of programs and a full century of cinema, "Discovering Georgian Cinema" is the kind of ambitious exhibition that reminds us how much of film history is yet to be written. The series, presented by the Pacific Film Archive, represents a remarkable feat of coordination: Its opening weeks feature prints from Toulouse, Berlin, New York, Tbilisi, and, most delicately given recent history, Moscow.Read more »

Anxious art

Striking 'Masterpieces of Polish Cinema' at the PFA -- with a strange Jerry Garcia(!) twist

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FILM Poland had not been a major hub of film production in the early decades of the medium, and its industry stabilized without getting very interesting in the years after World War II, when a Soviet-backed Stalinist regime founded state-controlled Film Polski. This shotgun wedding of art and bureaucracy wasn't ideally conducive to creative expression, however. By the mid-1950s younger filmmakers, many graduates from the recently founded National Film School in Lodz, agitated for more independence — which, surprisingly, they won.Read more »

Freedom of expression

A PFA series pays tribute to Czech New Wave filmmaker Jan Nemec

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Mann up

PFA lures Anthony Mann's crime noirs out of the shadows

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Death and life

Archetypal tales and vibrant cinematic voices reign at the African Film Festival

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Eternal return

Three evenings of Gregory Markopoulos' visionary early films at the Pacific Film Archive

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